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Windows 7: Tell Us What Is Your Current Antivirus

View Poll Results: Which antivirus do you think is the best?
BitDefender Antivirus 1 4.17%
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 0 0%
Trend Micro 0 0%
Panda Antivirus Pro 2009 0 0%
Norton AntiVirus 3 12.50%
Avira AntiVir 3 12.50%
Microsoft Security Essentials 11 45.83%
ESET Nod32 Antivirus 2 8.33%
AVG Anti-Virus 2 8.33%
McAfee VirusScan Plus 2 8.33%
Voters: 24. You may not vote on this poll

27 Jan 2010   #51

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
I don't use an antivirus. There isn't one out there that can catch everything, and it's only the malware your AV can't detect that gets through. I'd rather have the resources that would otherwise be used by maintaining an antivirus and firewall available for games and other applications.
Guess it all comes down to personal preference. For me, my machines have plenty of resources available for running the average virus scanner and I rely on the Windows firewall and my hardware NAT router firewall. I've never encountered an issue with gaming or anything else as a result of the virus scanning tool installed. And even if the AV cannot catch "everything", if it catches "most things", than that is likely good enough.

I've certainly encountered situations where Trend has gone off at work while surfing the web performing work research. Being a systems admin, there is a lot of Googling for strange error messages and such from software that I don't use personally, so I can never be certain of the forums and such that I will find along the research trail.

I don't even install virtual machines at work without at least putting something on it like Microsoft Security Essentials. I simply cannot take a chance of getting something and allowing it to wreak havoc on the rest of the network.

My home computers are always attached to the I don't do much anymore these days that isn't Internet centric. From emails, to forums, to web surfing and playing games online. Without an Internet connection, I almost don't have a need for a computer.

The only machines I don't run an AV on are Linux I just haven't really ever seen the need there.

AV packages that I use
--Trend Micro on my work machines: It's corporate standard and centrally managed, so that's what I have to use
--Microsoft Security Essentials: On my Windows 7 machine, it's good enough for me
--Avast on my wife's Vista laptop: She had AVG, but didn't like the daily pop up showing the update.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jan 2010   #52

Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit Upgrade to Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Overall Security - AVG9.0

Internet Security - Iobit360

Also - Windows Defender and Glary Utilities
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