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I have been using Avast Free Antivirus for years now. I also have Charter Internet, and it comes with Charter Security Suite, which is made by the Finnish company F-Secure.

I been wondering if i should switch from Avast to the Charter suite, but I heard that F-Secure uses lots of resources and slows boot and shutdown times... is that true? Anyone have experience with that program? Should I switch?

I'm also just using Windows firewall, and avast doesn't come with a firewall I think, so this is another reason I'm wondering about switching to Charter suite.
post #2 of 18
my 2 cents.

Just use Microsoft Security Essentials.

Free, Fast, simple.
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post #3 of 18
Common sense is the best one.

MSE works fine, personally.
Your router's firewall and NAT already provides what you're looking for in a software firewall.
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I always come back to AVG, it is the least "gimmicky", seems to have done a good job for years.

Maybe all I need is Microsoft Security Essentials, I will have to look into this.

Avast and others always irritate me with splash screens etc.

If I was going to purchase antivirus, it would be Kaspersky.
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post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by beers View Post

Common sense is the best one.

MSE works fine, personally.
Your router's firewall and NAT already provides what you're looking for in a software firewall.

QFT!

plus yep as said and by others aswell MSE works great and i havernt noticed changes in boot times by using it...
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post #6 of 18
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Quote:
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Common sense is the best one.
MSE works fine, personally.
Your router's firewall and NAT already provides what you're looking for in a software firewall.

ok, thats cool... i have a linksys router with tomato firmware, and i followed the guide on this forum about how to configure tomato, including the firewall settings in the router.
post #7 of 18
Zone Alarm...... harder to subvert than the other AV's when trying to get to the kernel.
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post #8 of 18
Avast is fine, so is MSE.
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Mse +1 been using it since it was there and never had a problem.
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Eset NOD32. Have been using it for years now. It is seriously light on resources, daily updates that aren't huge (most are less than 1MB). Haven't had any problems with it for the last 5 years.

The only real advice I can give is to AVOID Norton AV like the plague tongue.gif it used to be a huge resource hog and had the habit of being killed by the W32. variant viruses.... Don't know if it's still all that bad but I'd rather avoid ever going back :|
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