Security Shootout: 10 Top Antivirus Apps Put to the Test

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Scootiep

Amen to that. I'm not going to speak for everyone, but I'm GUESSING that most of the people on here have computers that can handle the extra memory usage from the slower programs that do a better job of detection/protection and still allow you to use multiple other programs simultaneously. My personal opinion is that the ratings should have been either solely based upon, or very heavily weighted on how well the antivirus software detected, prevented and removed viruses/malware.

To start press any key...ohh, where's the "Any" key. - Homer Simpson

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DollarBob

Hey! it shows bugs and not viruses.  2 different things!

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chad152

I am surprised my McAfee's score. I do virus removal for a living and I see more infected computers with McAfee than any other security suite. It doesn't do much to stop rogue AV programs

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mavphoto

Wondering why Kaspersky is not in that list. I am pretty sure it isone of the best suite out there and available pretty much anywhere.

Thoughts?

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mavphoto

I forgot to mentioned that I have paid 20$ for the 1 year license, for the internet security version good for 3 PC!

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Frameboy

+1  Where is Kaspersky? 

 

I'm sure it would have scored better than some of the crap in this review.

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jarchack

A review of a review blocked a spam filter? To protect all 5 of their viewers?

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scott tech

 I have been using Vipre for a few months now and have been impressed, I do not have a comparitive speed pre and post AV but the scan is pretty quick. I would like to see a review of Vipre by Subelt

 

 

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Neufeldt2002

I'm really quite suprised by MSE. I have been running it for awhile and have been very happy with it. My only complaint I have is that I wish it would update more that once a day without user intervention.

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Please fix the spam filter it does not work right.

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Scootiep

Not that I really care about it, but shouldn't Avast show up in the performance chart as well as the  features chart in your final word?

To start press any key...ohh, where's the "Any" key. - Homer Simpson

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Paul_Lilly

Avast was included in the Features chart, but you're right, we unintentionally left out the Performance breakdown. Here are the numbers:

Scan 1: 34:34
Scan 2: 32:57
PCMark: 5857
Boot: +19

-Paul Lilly

 

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isamuelson

How did Avast do when you disabled it and put in your archive full of nasty stuff? Is that the archive you mentioned in the article that it failed to detect anything inside of it just like Norton? I was just curious.

Thanks! 

 

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Neufeldt2002

Maybe you should take it back out. LOL

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Please fix the spam filter it does not work right.

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noobstix

For something that scans fairly quick, Trend Micro sure takes its sweet time to load up upon booting.

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Biceps

What about AVG Free?  Isn't it the MOST popular free AV?

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Paul_Lilly

AVG and a few others didn't make the cut in order to make room for new faces that weren't included in last year's roundup. But keep your eyes peeled for standalone AV reviews in future issues of the magazine - they're coming.

BTW, you can reference last year's roundup here:
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/protect_your_pc_from_guys_like_this

-Paul Lilly

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r00t3r

You guys have a whole cloud full of room on your website.  You guys could have spot lighted the others here on the main site  and made it a comprehensive comparison.  I guess stand alone reviews fill the pages a bit better on those slow news months.

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Purity999

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Why was AVG Free not included? 

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NarcissusNarcosis

This is because AVG is latin for "You are Infected".

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Scootiep

I'm guessing it was also because they wern't testing "popular" antivirus programs, they were testing COMPETENT antivirus programs. Asking why they didn't test AVG is kind of like asking why Britney Spears isn't in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It's a question that shouldn't be asked.

To start press any key...ohh, where's the "Any" key. - Homer Simpson

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Habibus

Because the AVG scan is still going on and they didn't have time to wait for it before they went to publication!

Seriously, AVG used to be good, but since 8.0 they are stupid slow.

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Galdorf

The problem with this article is it is not accurate the charts of features is not accurate, the tests results were not shown, the method of testing is also in question and last the basis on which the final product was chosen was based on the reporters preferences.

I would like to see the test results and would like to see the results of 20 random exploits from malware domains of zero day exploits and results on how many got through and how many were blocked as well as the eicar and spycar.

Also many other popular antivirus were not reviewed like kaspersky and a few others.

I am a computer tech with over 20 years in the field i remove viruses and spyware on a daily basis as many as 10+ machines a day.

The reporter also fails to mention the features of each antivirus in detail such as signature based and behavioral based detection.

Comodo Internet security does have parental controls and email scan and live virus and malware removal which other antivirus companies do not have, they will remote connect to your computer and remove it as part of the service when you buy the pro version, free version is same but no remote removal by a comodo agent .

Speed has no relevance on how well an antivirus product works the proof is in the test result none of which were posted.

 

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