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post #11 of 51
I abandoned norton years ago. I use avast free and it works great for me. Not to sure about kaspersky.
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post #12 of 51
ABSOLUTELY HATE NORTON.
bloatware with too much extras.

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I really haven't noticed a huge difference between paid and free AV's over the years. There are free AV's that work just as well as paid AV's. Some that come to mind are Avira (which i use), Microsoft Security Essentials, and AVAST.
I prefer not to use Microsoft Security Essentials since the icon/interface are too simplistic, there's not a lot to the MSE product. but avast 100%

I like a simple yet feature rich antivirus, i used to use AVG antivirus but I tried AVAST and it works amazing.
It's free, and has game mode, it's easy to disable from tray (good for some program installs or cracks) and if it finds something it can alert you with a voice or a chime if you like.

It also includes email scanner and all that. My favorite feature i've been using is this sandbox they got, it lets you run a program in a safe zone incase it MAY contain a virus if avast doesnt recognize it.

I've been using avast for a while now, couldnt be happier.
Edited by rprice06 - 7/21/11 at 10:01am
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post #13 of 51
Most AV's run or detect off of some type of list rather than a signature genterated by the packets. It is the criteria as to what puts a specific website or URL or piece of spyware or adware on the list and how often the list is updated that plays a big part in an AV effectiveness. Do you consider spyware and adware to be malware?One piece of spyware that many companies will not put on their lists is yieldmanager. Some pay for AV's have a component of out and out fraud within the honest operations of the company as we have be shown with Cyberdeferder. Cyberdefender made AV products that detected problems that really were not there and when the customer tried to cancel they would be denied refunds.There has been a class action settlement against Cyberdefender.

I run an Untangle box for main AV/spyware/adware protection (and it uses Kaspersky for AV). Spyware/adware is written in house (or so I have been told). I still run free Avast on the rigs behind the Untangle. On rigs not behind the Untangle it is pay for Avast.

Do not be suprised if this question never gets decided one way or the other.It is very hard to bring the "free is good enough" group over to the "I like what is offered with the pay for version" side.People have their preferences about AV and stick to them very closely.
Edited by PCCstudent - 7/21/11 at 10:39am
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post #14 of 51
None, Linux.


;-)

Seriously though, Avast + MBAM will do.
post #15 of 51
I honestly like Avast free antivirus, but then again I don't know much and someone else will probably end up quoting this saying that it sucks or that I'm going to get a worm or something..

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Originally Posted by Xenthos View Post
None, Linux.


;-)

Seriously though, Avast + MBAM will do.
I actually installed Avast Free Antivirus on my parent's Ubuntu Linux machine..just to make sure that they don't manage to get a worm or anything, knowing them they would happen to go on the only websites that have linux worms out there.
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post #16 of 51
From all recent reviews, norton isn't what it used to be. It's actually sounding pretty good.
post #17 of 51
I use this for windows it's good and free http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

But for linux obviously virus free just scan your server for rootkits once in a while
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post #18 of 51
Avira AV
+ Comodo Firewall
= Success

Avira Rescue Disk when Success has failed. Success hasn't failed yet. : D

(all free)
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post #19 of 51
ESET all the way. Not cheap, but effective, and quick to update and/or upgrade.
post #20 of 51
Norton and McAfee are the worst.
Nothing tops Kaspersky.

AVG is decent, thier free suite is good basic protection.
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