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Windows 7: Which antivirus is best for win7

24 Jun 2009   #241
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Funny how many of you use Avast... I tried it a few days ago and was so disappointed... it was huge and slow (my startup time increased by 20 sec!!)... and to top it off it didn't find anything that AVG Free 8.5 couldn't which suggests that my AVG was far more effective than I'd thought... here is what I tried:

AVG Free 8.5... my trusty old faithful
Avast
Bit Defender
Panda
Threatfire
Iolo Antivirus

Now I'm back on AVG Free 8.5... the others found nothing... some were too intrusive... I'll stick with AVG for now... works just fine for me...


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24 Jun 2009   #242
pestbest

Windows 7
 
 

Currently using: Microsoft Security Essentials Beta A.K.A The leading sensation that's changing the fate of all PCs.
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25 Jun 2009   #243
aya0o

Windows 7 beta
 
 

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009, is working fine with windows 7
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25 Jun 2009   #244
Mercurial

Windows 7 32bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb View Post
Funny how many of you use Avast... I tried it a few days ago and was so disappointed... it was huge and slow (my startup time increased by 20 sec!!)... and to top it off it didn't find anything that AVG Free 8.5 couldn't which suggests that my AVG was far more effective than I'd thought... here is what I tried:

AVG Free 8.5... my trusty old faithful
Avast
Bit Defender
Panda
Threatfire
Iolo Antivirus

Now I'm back on AVG Free 8.5... the others found nothing... some were too intrusive... I'll stick with AVG for now... works just fine for me...
lol I even wonder why you still going back to AVG :P....
You tried eset before?
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25 Jun 2009   #245
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mercurial View Post
lol I even wonder why you still going back to AVG :P....
'Cos it works...
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25 Jun 2009   #246
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb View Post
'Cos it works...
yes eset nod 32 really works. Im currently using MS security essentials ans so far im impressed.
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25 Jun 2009   #247
ciphernemo

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM
 
 

In short, ESET, Kaspersky, Symantec, McAfee, and Microsoft come out on top when they were tested by third parties. Of those, ESET and Microsoft were the only ones on top in most every test, while Kaspersky, Symantec, and McAfee had some less than top-notch test results. However, Kaspersky and Symantec typically top most tests recently.

Of that list, Microsoft is the only one with a free product called Morro. But they currently sell OneCare/Live (not free) and Morro is in Beta, though it will be free soon. I wouldn't recommend relying on a Beta version of any anti-virus product since it defeats the purpose. Only use Beta if you want to help the company test it, not for actual protection. The third-party tests for Microsoft evaluated OneCare/Live, not Morro. Morro is supposed to replace OneCare/Live and Defender.

Of that list, ESET and McAfee are the least expensive (per individual purchase, not by licenses).

Of that list, ESET and Symantec are the only two with a long-running, proven track record of doing well in third-party tests. Others (except for McAffee) have decent track records, but haven't been around as long as these two.

If you want the "best", pick from that list, somewhere along that line.

If you want something 100% free that is still rated as acceptable by third parties, use Grisoft's Free AVG, Alwil's Avast! Home Edition, or Avira AntiVir Personal.

^--- ALL OF THAT LISTED ABOVE IS FACT, NOT OPINION ---^

Now my opinion: you get what you pay for. AVG and Avast are probably going to be a better option than Avira, since Avira has good detection but overkill with false positives (which is extremely annoying). But, I wouldn't use a free anti-virus when I can buy better and less bloated commercial anti-virus software for $30-40 a year.

And I wouldn't want to use Symantec because it's bloated. I wouldn't use McAfee, because their products fluctuate in the tests (one month they're great, the next they don't cut it). I didn't list others like Panda, F-Secure, etc., because they don't come out on top of others in third-party tests. In fact, some of them fail on many tests.

I personally use ESET because of its performance (thought not the best in every test), its small footprint (not bloated), its good detection of viruses in the wild, and its ability to run in a "silent mode" that stops all pop-ups, update notifications, etc., except when it actually detects a virus or malware.

The terms "viruses" and "malware" are sometimes confused, interchanged, and their detection can vary in different anti-virus package. Malware is used as a global term to cover anything bad software that is not identified, and can sometimes be used to cover viruses, though it typically covers things like spyware, adware, and other unwanted software. Many anti-virus applications will run well in conjuction with anti-malware software such as Microsoft Defender (which is free). Some anti-virus software will protect well against malware and not require separate anti-malware protection.

Also, you won't want to use multiple anti-virus applications on one system since many of them will clash with each other. Some products will even warn you when installing them on systems with existing anti-virus proteciton.
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25 Jun 2009   #248
ciphernemo

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dinesh View Post
yes eset nod 43 really works. Im currently using MS security essentials ans so far im impressed.
You mean NOD32. This must have been a one digit off typo on your number keys.


And don't let the name confuse others, either. They have 64-bit versions available, still named NOD32.
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25 Jun 2009   #249
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ciphernemo View Post
You mean NOD32. This must have been a one digit off typo on your number keys.


And don't let the name confuse others, either. They have 64-bit versions available, still named NOD32.
thanks man, just got up from a long sleep..
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25 Jun 2009   #250
ciphernemo

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dinesh View Post
thanks man, just got up from a long sleep..
Heheh, no worries. I've been there, done that, and had even worse typos, lol.
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