Originally Posted by SpykeZ
Originally Posted by maybbmay
I personally love ESET NOD32. It's lightweight and catches plenty of threats the others miss. I purchased a 4-pack that is good for 2 years. Pricing comes out to $15/year per machine.
We recommend ESET to all of our clients (well except for the VIPRE clients).
Pretty much this. If someone is being stupid enough to even get a virus, and really need an AV, Kaspersky and Nod32 are the only way to go.
How much more ignorance can you put in one post ?
This has been said many times in this thread, but it's never enough to reiterate this: you don't need to be stupid in order to get malware, you've been here long enough, you should know that. Even OCN has had at least one rogue ad added to the ad platform they contracted. You can block all the ads (if everybody does this OCN doesn't get ad revenue), use a myriad of extensions on your web browser, live in a bubble of sites you decided to arbitrarily whitelist in your head (yes, because those sites will never get hacked), and yet still get a virus, spyware, rootkit, etc on your computer without actually doing anything out of the ordinary.
There is no such thing as too much protection, the best Anti-virus are the ones that have the best heuristics engine, that is, the ability to detect unknown threats. That is actually one of the things MSE is not good at. Any company can have 100% detection rate of known threats, that is easy, just add the signature to the database and that's it. Great Anti-virus software has sophisticated behavioural analysis, to detect suspicious behaviour, a strong firewall to fend off all sorts of attacks (both automated and manual attacks), rootkit detection, etc.
As I said, you may not even be doing anything and still get malware. If you don't have a strong firewall for example (and even then...), you may well let in an attack while you're doing a fresh install of Windows that needs to install a bunch of updates from previous months that fix vulnerabilities. So you go call stupid to those people not familiar with slipstreaming service packs into a Windows installation, not to mention those not familiar with slipstreaming every single Windows update that has come out since the last Service Pack. Face it, using a highly popular operating system makes it a great attack platform, it's the nature of the thing. You can't call people stupid indiscriminately like that, it's not black and white.Edited by tpi2007 - 10/9/13 at 4:37pm