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Windows 7: Poll: Which type of antivirus do you use, recommend?

View Poll Results: Which security software, if any, do you use
Microsoft Forefront Client Security 14 8.81%
McAfee Antivirus 7 4.40%
Avast! Antivirus Home Edition 34 21.38%
Windows Defender 15 9.43%
Norton of any kind 18 11.32%
Other 83 52.20%
None 10 6.29%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 159. You may not vote on this poll

09 Oct 2009   #111
gforce23

Win7 RTM, XP Pro, Arch Linux, Puppy (Quad boot)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cheeriokilla View Post
Internet Security Performance Benchmark Report 2010:

http://www.passmark.com/avreport
Thanks for the link. Too bad Avira's not on that. Anyhow, GData's been closing in on the traditional leaders in all recent tests, thanks to its dual A/V engines, so that's what I'm going to try next.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by amigo max View Post
Well, i use avira and it satisfies me...
Err that doesn't sound right.


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10 Oct 2009   #112
Agent Zach

Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 [x64]
 
 

Well, some may look at my Security plan as "Conflicting" but I've no issues since my installation of Windows 7.

My 3 Security Programs (All Running Side-by-Side) are:

  • Norton Internet Security 2010
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • PCTools Threatfire (Expands Current Databases)
I know Norton usually informs users of currently installed Security software, but it didn't seem to mind having Microsoft Security Essentials. In fact, when One doesn't find something, the other does.

And for those who don't know, ThreatFire is basically an "addon" for a users current Security Software that expands the "known threats". It has been highly acclaimed in PC World Magazine, and on their website.
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10 Oct 2009   #113
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Gave up trying new AV programs after Vipre screwed up a file with a false positive. I'm sticking with NOD32 because I know it works very well, it's unobtrusive, low impact and has one of the best detection rates of any of it's kind. I'm now trialling spyware doctor as my anti-malware. it replaces maleware bytes for now at least.
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10 Oct 2009   #114
gamepro127

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
Gave up trying new AV programs after Vipre screwed up a file with a false positive. I'm sticking with NOD32 because I know it works very well, it's unobtrusive, low impact and has one of the best detection rates of any of it's kind. I'm now trialling spyware doctor as my anti-malware. it replaces maleware bytes for now at least.
Yep, you better watch vipre. I done a prevention test on it in virtualbox, 100% fail. It is unable to hold-up to real-world malware. Not including the fact it uses more CPU than ESET and the fact that its not even TESTED to see its detection rate, unlike eset, kaspersky, norton exc. Its just not a very popular antivirus.
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10 Oct 2009   #115
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gamepro127 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
Gave up trying new AV programs after Vipre screwed up a file with a false positive. I'm sticking with NOD32 because I know it works very well, it's unobtrusive, low impact and has one of the best detection rates of any of it's kind. I'm now trialling spyware doctor as my anti-malware. it replaces maleware bytes for now at least.
Yep, you better watch vipre. I done a prevention test on it in virtualbox, 100% fail. It is unable to hold-up to real-world malware. Not including the fact it uses more CPU than ESET and the fact that its not even TESTED to see its detection rate, unlike eset, kaspersky, norton exc. Its just not a very popular antivirus.
I see some rave reviews about ESET. Let me try it on my main pc.
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10 Oct 2009   #116
TheIgster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gamepro127 View Post
Yep, you better watch vipre. I done a prevention test on it in virtualbox, 100% fail. It is unable to hold-up to real-world malware. Not including the fact it uses more CPU than ESET and the fact that its not even TESTED to see its detection rate, unlike eset, kaspersky, norton exc. Its just not a very popular antivirus.
Well, in my tests Vipre has performed very well. No anti virus is 100%.

Vipre on my system takes less CPU and RAM than ESET, so I'm not sure how you are seeing it use more. Vipre is the lightest footprint anti virus on the market. I've tested just about everything out there.

While Vipre is not included yet in some of the tests that are performed out there (apparently it will be in the next round), I have seen it in the real world and through some other testing and it has performed very well.
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13 Oct 2009   #117
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have been using Avast since Windows Home Server first came out (about 3 years ago this Christmas). I used to use Mcafee and Norton before that until I kicked it to the curb when Norton 2005 came out (worst product I have ever seen or used..complete garbage) but Avast was the first to support the Windows Home Server (3 year license for $51) which I was standing up and decided to test the free home version on my PC's.

Avast updates daily or more. I have never had a virus since installing Avast. The player interface IS rather cheesy but who cares as I don't spend much time looking at it except when I want to run scans and that ability is also in my right click drop down menu or I use the tray icon menu for just about everything else. Total running memory used is 51mb which isn't the smallest or the largest.

I don't really get this issue about how much memory our AV's use as most people today have at least 2gb ram and a large percentage have 4gb or more. When memory was limited to 512k this was an issue but today not so much, its just sort of like WEI...doesn't really mean much except to brag.

Frankly most of the AV's people have mentioned work just fine. The real problem is the user.
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13 Oct 2009   #118
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I see a lot of members here stating that they love avast but dislike the Cheesy interface.

Please remember that the Avast 4+ interface , like cheese, is available in many flavours . Check out some available skins here ....

Free download - new skins for your avast! 4 antivirus program

Simply download and run the file to change the skin

The aVist skin fits nicely with the Standard Windows UI but there should be something for everyone (the Star Trek skin is fun )
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13 Oct 2009   #119
mves

Windows 7 / XP
 
 

I'm using Kaspersky Internet Security 2010.
NOD32 is not what it used to be. Avast beats him to the ground. But if you put Avast or NOD32 on a PC that using a horny teenager... well, you'll get a tons of viruses in a week or even less. Plus, in a network systems like cable or wireless internet, Avast and NOD32 are very vulnerable from network attacks and you need to use them in a combination with some other software and that loading your system much more. For a simple web browsing, reading e-mail, youtube, wikipedia, facebook... Avast and NOD32 with a windows firewall offers a great protection. Few scans and you are safe. For advanced security, you'll need to go a little bit further than that and get yourself something more. Like I said, I'm using Kaspersky and it never failed me. It does a little harder on a system than Avast or NOD32 but security has it's price. Some of you hates and some of you loves Norton. I don't like it too, but even a Norton is a rounded security suite and more advanced in a security than NOD32 or Avast. Yet, I don't say it's better
Someone mentioned Bitdefender... reinstalling 3 hour old windows installation due to a heavy virus infection, leaves a very bad impression to me. Sorry...
Also, McAfee was also mentioned. I tried it ones. It was totally confused for adjustments. It was run fully automatic and the things it was set up, was hard to change. I don't know... Maybe I was expected something else
I'm a computer serviceman and I've seen a lots of problems with popular antiviruses but for all those that needs stronger protection, get Kaspersky or Norton. And if you feel like playing games and you are accusing antivirus that gives you bad game performance, shut down internet, get all network connections off, shut down completely antivirus and then play your favorite game. And there are no perfect protection or perfect antivirus. Use antivirus that suits your needs. Every one of them comes with a trial period. Try them all and pick the antivirus that suits you the most
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14 Oct 2009   #120
cameljockey91

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ProXic View Post
Well, some may look at my Security plan as "Conflicting" but I've no issues since my installation of Windows 7.

My 3 Security Programs (All Running Side-by-Side) are:

  • Norton Internet Security 2010
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • PCTools Threatfire (Expands Current Databases)
I know Norton usually informs users of currently installed Security software, but it didn't seem to mind having Microsoft Security Essentials. In fact, when One doesn't find something, the other does.

And for those who don't know, ThreatFire is basically an "addon" for a users current Security Software that expands the "known threats". It has been highly acclaimed in PC World Magazine, and on their website.
You do realize that even if Norton doesn't complain about MSE (which it likely isn't doing due to how new MSE is), having both will still cause a hefty performance penalty and cause you to miss both when they DO conflict.
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