Calling All Readers: Which Antivirus Programs Would YOU Like to See Reviewed?

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jnutley

I second this idea! Please compare paid vs free AV suites.

I'd like to see

ESET Smart Security 6

compared to the rest, but that's because I run it myself.

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Iceman50

Bit9
Bromium
FireEye
Seculert
Norton internet security
Avast

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whr4usa

Bromium isn't an antivirus product, though I'd love to see it examined by MaxPC

that said MaxPC has a propensity to review lots of software in its antivirus roundup which isn't really antivirus, so why not!?

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Axel011

Well It is best to cover the obvious behemoths out there:

-McAfee Internet Security 2013
-Norton Internet Security
-Microsoft Security Essentials (Window's 7 and Windows 8) Not sure if that will be grouped into one or two separate. If they are two separate options than scratch Trend Micro
-BitDefender Internet Security 2013
-ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2013
-Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security

Should have several of the popular free alternatives as well. That is what a lot of us use now a day's
-avast! Free Antivirus
-BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition
-avast! Free Antivirus
-ClamWin Free Antivirus

My list is mostly based off of what I personally believe most people are using now and would want more info on.

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whr4usa

+1

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blindhorizon

here is my pick for the top 10 i would like to see tested.

-AVG Antivirus Free
-Avira AntiVir Free
-ESET Smart Security 6
-Kaspersky Internet Security 2013
-McAfee Internet Security 2013
-Microsoft Security Essentials
-Norton Internet Security
-Panda Internet Security 2013
-Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security
-Vipre Internet Security 2013

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Shalbatana

MSE (Windows Defender)
AVG
AVAST

and the rest I'd like to see the ones that haven't made the list recently or at all.

One note, a relative's computer actually had more than one antivirus on it (ran really slow, etc), and one or two of the programs actually noted that fact (which they ignored). Nice feature to see on programs, especially since there's a lot of pc "maintenance" proggys out there which now all include their version of an antivirus but don't call it that.

sometimes people may not even know they have more than one running.

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whr4usa

Microsoft Security Essentials is NOT Windows Defender

Windows 8's Windows Defender has the antivirus functionality of MSE but actually has more functionality and isn't just an integrated equivalent

...though that 'feature' is nice if you'e running Vista SP2 or higher it is unnecessary because of Action Center (or Windows Vista Security Center)

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Bullwinkle J Moose

1. Microsoft Security Essentials

2. AVG

Do they both still disable your firewalls and connect to the Internet even though they are blocked in the firewall

Please state the exact date which these Companies began this behavior

Please state the exact version numbers this behavior began with

Please state the Operating Systems this behavior occurs with

Please state why you believe the media outlets not see this behavior as a problem

and....finally.....

How do you plead?

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whr4usa

...you apparrently don't realize still yet WFAS rules (or any third-party firewall using proper APIset on 6.1.760x or 6.2.920x) are applied into the network stack directly, thus even if the firewall is disabled and the service stopped your basic rules are still in effect

do you also realize definition-based protection is useless without Internet access..?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

everyone is connecting to everything

yes, that works

thanks

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whr4usa

was that sarcastic?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Dude

Basic Rules were not in effect when switching from avg 7 to avg 8 several years ago

Once v8 was installed, I could easily connect to the Internet with firefox or any other program even though the firewall was set to block all programs from sending or receiving

It was AVG that caused this behavior, and it could easily be undone by switching back to AVG 7 or a different antivirus

AVG v9 hides what it is doing better than v8 but you are still warned about it in the license agreement and YES, they still do it according to their license agreement

Microsoft Security Essentials can be updated even though it is blocked in the firewall from doing so

Opening back doors is not my idea of security, regardless of how you try to relabel it as something that is friendly and benign

so, YES, that was sarcasm

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whr4usa

you really need to learn how to use a firewall properly and you need to learn how the internals of your OS of choice function before you accuse products of having backdoors (which would be incorrect and misleading terminology here anyways!)

you still havn't answered why blocking your antivirus accomplishes anything but I'll give you the benefit of my doubts even though you'vn't earned it and assume there's a legitimate need to disable your antivirus by preventing it from updating and thus rendering it useless; unless you block all of the ports used by all of the protocols that can be used to receive updates and all of the processes that can be used as masking countermeasures and block the processes called for the update function itself (i.e. wusa - msmpeng etc. have no update code) then all you've proven is how uninformed and ignorant you truly are

...was this paid AVG suite with its own firewall (thus its own set of rules not applied) or the free..? does avg reset firewall rules to their defaults as part of its installation procedure possibly to check for proper firewall functionality? many products do this not just avg (poor security design and user experience but nothing malciious just insecure and ill-thought)

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DR_JDUBZ

hahaha windows defender is all I need, anything else has thus far been unecessary and detrimental to my computers

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whr4usa

false, though 't's possible to run without antivirus, just not with that attitude towards your security

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Blues22475

Freeware Domain:
avast! free anti-virus
AVG Anti-Virus Free (2013)
Microsoft Security Essentials.

Commercial Domain:
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013
Norton Internet Security 2013

The reason why KIS and NIS is because I heard Kaspersky is great. While Norton Internet Security is improving.

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Atvaark

i vote for comodo. I've been using it for years and i'd really like to know how maximum pc views it.

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marcoshid

I would like to see the following reviewd:
- AVG
- Avast
- McAfee
- Norton Internet security

If possible Spybot 2.0

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Brand___X

Eset 6

Webroot

Avast

Thank you for offering to do this democratically :)

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tkane18

avast! Free Antivirus
AVG Antivirus Free
Avira AntiVir Free
BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition
Comodo Internet Security Free
Microsoft Security Essentials
Norton Internet Security
ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2013

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Jacobwt226

Free and internet, been using avast for years, yet still wondering if i should upgrade to internet from free...

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Aviar

I like the idea I've seen above for two categories. Basically a free and a paid category. Then compare the top in those two categories to each other and show what you actually get for your money. You can also even go further with categories and split out suites from just anti-virus packages.

The software I would like to see reviewed for sure though is:

eset 6
norton
MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials), or Defender in Windows 8
Mcaffe
Kaspersky

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CptTom

Symantec Endpoint Protection and/or 360.

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Julyjules

Microsoft Security Essentials

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Orvtrebor

I didn't even realize there were that many options. MSE is the only one I'd run anyways, it's built in and hassle free.

But I'd love to see how it stacks up in that list.

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billcheese5

Comodo Internet Security Free

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Danthrax66

Bitdefender Internet Security 2013
Eset 6

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Crazybillybob

The 10 I would like to see are:

Sophos
Clamwin
AVG
Panda Cloud
McAfee
Norton
Microsoft Security Essentials
Avast
Comodo
Avira

Thanks for Asking us to help choose!
CBB

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pratikrawankar

Norton 360

it rocks

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ParityError

I also would like to see ClamWin reviewed. I have the original WHS built off Server2003. Up to this point I've been using McAfee SAAS, but I just received notice that McAfee will no longer be supporting WHS. I don't know what else is out there besides ClamWin that works on WHS. But does it work on both versions of WHS?

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whr4usa

any antivirus certified for windows small business server family will work for WHS and most certified for full windows server can be adapted to run for whs well

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kowal

I would like to see what there is available for "Windows Home Server 2011"?
I have been using HS2011 for 2 years....and the only thing i found that works free is Clamwin.......MSE will not work.....anyone know a good free antivirus for Windows HSVAIL 2011?

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allc0re

Anything that is available for free including Windows Defender built into Windows 8.

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big_montana

Windows Defender, as that is the default protection that is baked into Windows 8.
MSE
Norton Internet Security
Avast
ESET
Kaspersky

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sevin

AVG Antivirus Free
Microsoft Security Essentials
Norton Internet Security

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Gordon Class

Microsoft Security Essentials
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013
McAfee Internet Security 2013
Norton
Zone Alarm

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grayuniverse

"avast free" & "avast internet security" (would love to see the free version compared to paid version)
"kaspersky internet security 2013" (on the fence with trying this out eventually, have always seen decent reviews on it)

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ZX9RDan89

Security Essentials is a must.

For the others, I would suggest a good mix of the more popular free and paid for tools.

But that's been done before so a few entries from the more obscure suites may be interesting. Who knows, you just might discover a hidden gem by testing some of the less known softwares out there.

Also, I don't know if this is out of the scope of the article, but I've used Kaspersky Rescue several times to clean machines that were is such bad shape that they wouldn't boot or has severe problems after booting.

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crc32

Avast - Because I prefer it
Eset - Because it has a weird name
Norton - Have they improved?
Mcaffee - My company insist on it
Microsoft - A generic
ClamWin - My portable backup

Also, a little blurb about the best portable would be nice. I dont trust my work laptop to be really safe with Mcaffee, so I always need a good portable.

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whr4usa

portable ++ antivirus == infected

a virus by definition becomes part of non-malicious code to function so unless you're carrying around a multiterabyte array to hold all definitions for everything possible then 'portable' means "less detection assurance"

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crc32

In this case, portable is in addition to the company's installed virus software. It has to be portable, since I am not allowed to install apps.

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whr4usa

I see your company believes in 'halfway' security eh

in that case please continue to doublecheck your IT department!! if they do have any real security people on staff, they'll respect your verification and if they don't your company needs you!

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Ullr

kaspersky and norton.

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tweeve

Comodo Internet Security Free
Microsoft Security Essentials
Norton Internet Security

I would like to see how Microsoft security Essentials stacks up to some of the big dogs like Norton.

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angryone

Only the free ones. I do not pay for anti-virus or security software since there are so many good ones available for free. Therefore, I would like to see a comparison of the free ones and don't care how the paid ones perform.

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Business Direct

AVG Antivirus Free
ClamWin Free Antivirus
BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition
Microsoft Security Essentials
Norton Internet Security
ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2013
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013
BitDefender Internet Security 2013

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Eoraptor

I always am interested in reviews of the free suites. You always see reviews of the big dogs; the Norton's, Kaspersky's, MacAfee, etc... services like Avast free (my choice) and AVG and the like are usually omitted, or stuck on at the end of the article as "also rans" as though they are inherently inferior products used only by schmucks.

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sojrner

Microsoft Security Essentials and Vipre...

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fertig

Comodo Internet Security Free

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