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What is the best virus scanner right now?
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What is the best virus scanner right now?

Lots of good ones to choose from. I use MB and AVG.
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tbh can't fault KS & hitman pro
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I've has the most success with Kaspersky... But my sample size is pretty small.

Maybe someone who works with a company or sets up alot of PCs for clients can chime in.
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Does AVG slow your computers performance?
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AVG works well when you pay for the full version and get the full suite. Most people grab the free AV only version and it pesters you all the time. If you have a recent quad core and don't currently have viruses on your comp then it works great. It keeps stuff out and is pretty easy on your system. It does however suck if your system is already infected. I used AVG for approximately 5 years on a paid basis. Nothing ever got past that I couldn't easily remove with a full scan.

I am currently on Bitdefender which works great. I dislike how it only scans when you aren't using the computer. I for one am always using the computer when it is on so my scans have to be manually started. It can be had for less than $20 for 3 computers depending on the time and is very easy to install. It does occasionally give false reports which is annoying and AVG never did that.

I've also used McAfee, Viper, Norton, Avast, Eset, Kapersky, Panda, Webroot, and Malwarebytes and some random others. Every single company listed above really SUCKS if the computer has a root kit or multiple infections. Some of these were work environments, some were clients some we me some were family but either the same applies. They all suck if a compute is highly infected.

Malwarebytes is great for major infections but is a major resource hog if you use their entire suite. They are better if you just use the free version on an as needed basis if you don't trust your AV.

Anyway, all AV's can work but you need to protect yourself by clicking safe links. Also make sure you get a full suite and not an AV only option, they will let you down often.

Bitdefender has slowed down my computer the least of any of the companies I have listed if that helps you at all.
     
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Lots of good ones to choose from. I use MB and AVG.

Okay, do not want to jack this thread, but I keep getting these annoying things that keep popping p ads and I have sort of the same question. I have seen MB and love avg. So what is the difference between the 2? This is way off from my knowledge base right now. Why have both? Is maleware different from viruses? I thought they were one in the same.
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I used to use Avira, now I use bitdefender. A few months ago my work was deciding between keeping F-Secure or going to Webroot (both are good, but as they were the business versions, I don't really know that it applies here). I love this site when I look for an anti virus: http://www.av-comparatives.org/, it has some great comparisons. After looking through the site bitdefender really seemed to offer great performance at little resource usage.
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I use malwarebytes pro and have never had any problems thumb.gif
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I use malwarebytes pro and have never had any problems thumb.gif

This ^. & my experience with AVG is that it will not annoy you, as one user suggested it does, if you put it into silent/gaming mode. This will stop pop-ups, you can still see if anything is wrong though.
Now I have MB Pro I might get rid of AVG however as I have a real-time detector now. (I recently upgraded to Pro (Premium as it is now called)).
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