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 Post subject: Best antivirus program?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 9:00 pm 
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What is the best antivirus program out there? I'm currently using Norton AntiVirus 2004 Pro.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 9:21 pm 
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a lot of people swear by AVG Free Edition:

http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php


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forgot to mention; I'm one of 'em :wink:


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AVG, Panda, Norton, Nod32, Avast

There's no definitive answer to which is "best." As big_mak said, you'll find a lot of love for AVG here, and that's what I use (AVG 7 Pro, not free version). In MY experience, it outperformed Norton both in detection and in system performance. Individual opinions and experiences vary though, and any of the above are quite capable when combined with smart computing habits.


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AVG does it for me. i highly recommend AVG also.


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Norton's does it for me. Can't let AVG hog all the glory. :)


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I'm gonna go with AVG on this one.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 9:20 am 
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big_mak wrote:
a lot of people swear by AVG Free Edition:

http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php


I prefer not to choose AntiVirus just because it's free. It has to be able to match up to the paid ones.


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Just for the record, MaxPC gave AVG's free version a higher rating than Norton's paid version.

That being said, I don't use a free version myself - I paid for AVG 7 Pro.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 10:13 am 
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AVG 7 is about $30 for 2 years. Norton is $40 for one year?


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One4yu2c wrote:
Just for the record, MaxPC gave AVG's free version a higher rating than Norton's paid version.

That being said, I don't use a free version myself - I paid for AVG 7 Pro.


In what issue is the review for AVG?


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March 2004, page 77.

Norton Antivirus 2004 - 8
McAfee VirusScan 2004 - 6
AVG Anti-Virus (free version) - 9

They knocked it for "not including any bells and whistles such as spyware scanning." It did catch all their test viruses though (and I have no idea which ones they used).


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I used to run nothing but Mcafee back in the day... like win 95 days. I then used nothing but norton up to this year.

I'm still using norton on all my familys systems just becuase it does work fine and is easy enought to use. For me personally, I now run AVG on my systems.

I was hesitant considering it was free but it's works flawlessly for me. The reality of the situation is now days you just need something to protect you from email worms/virii. Well long as you play it safe out there and don't F*** around the back alleys of the net. AVG catches everything coming into my inbox so I'm happy.

Will I switch rest of the family over? Probabbly not. They've become accustomed to how norton works so to make them learn something new would be more hell for me than I want to bother with! :)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 6:59 pm 
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One4yu2c wrote:
March 2004, page 77.

Norton Antivirus 2004 - 8
McAfee VirusScan 2004 - 6
AVG Anti-Virus (free version) - 9

They knocked it for "not including any bells and whistles such as spyware scanning." It did catch all their test viruses though (and I have no idea which ones they used).


I kinda like having the spyware scanning with Norton, because I don't have to install extra spyware scanning software.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 7:00 pm 
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BTW: Does AVG have audio/sound alerts when you complete a scan, or if a virus is detected, etc.?


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well I can't find any settings as far as alerts for scans, and honestly I've never done a full system scan, but it does play a sound and pops up a little alert every time it finds an email virus. So I would assume it does the same for system scans.

I've just started a full system scan so when it finishes I'll tell you... I have around 75gigs of files so it'll take a while for it to scan :)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 6:13 am 
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I used to use Norton, but I like AVG better. I use it on all my systems! :D


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well it flashes if it finds a virus while it scans but no sound. I actually had two viruses! :o Well they were just in an email backup from my fathers laptop when I switched him over to xp from 2000. So no big deal :)

there is not audio on finish either but it does leave up a nice results window telling your plenty of nice stats about the scan.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 2:09 am 
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I've always been a user of Norton Antivirus. Its always been great, never missed a thing. A few months ago I kept on hearing about "better" solutions, so I tried a few out. I used Nod32, Sophos, Kaspersky and Symantec AV CE 9. After thourougly testing all of the programs, I got hooked on to Symantec AV Corporate Edition 9. It has unlimited updates (no annual subscription), it can even scan for spyware, and other threats. The thing I like about it most is that it offers similar, if not better performance than Norton AV, but barely takes any system resources. Great program!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 2:12 am 
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I was just looking around the net and I came across this AV comparison test sheet. I dont know how exactly the person tested these programs, but it seems interesting. I'm a bit skeptical of some of these scores though...are these accurate? I'm not too sure...anyways, here is the list.

"This is a big issue in my house & job areas. I have been searching for the safest and accurate Antivirus and found that not all of them are worth the chance. Here's a comparison of all the "so-called" Leaders of AntiVirus:

I call this the AV Face/Off - it's based on a scale from 1 to 30 with (1) being the best."

1a) MKS_Vir 2004 - 321/321 0 Missed - 100%
1b) eXtendia AVK - 321/321 0 Missed - 100%
2a) Kaspersky 5.0 - 320/321 1 Missed - 99.70% (with Extended Database ON)
2b) McAfee VirusScan 8.0 - 319/321 + 2 - 99%
3) F-Secure - 319/321 2 Missed - 99.37%
4) GData AVK - 317/321 4 Missed - 98.75%
5) RAV + Norton (2 way tie) - 315/321 6 Missed - 98.13%
6) Dr.Web - 310/321 11 Missed - 96.57%
7) CommandAV + F-Prot + BitDefender (3 Way Tie) - 309/321 12 Missed - 96.26%
8) ETrust - 301/321 20 Missed - 93.76%
9) Trend - 300/321 21 Missed - 93.45%
10) Avast! Pro - 299/321 22 Missed - 93.14%
11) Panda - 298/321 23 Missed - 92.83%
12) Virus Buster - 290/321 31 Missed - 90.34%
13) KingSoft - 288/321 33 Missed - 89.71%
14) NOD32 - 285/321 36 Missed (results identical with or without advanced heuristics) - 88.78%
15) AVG Pro - 275/321 46 Missed - 85.66%
16) AntiVIR - 268/321 53 Missed - 83.48%
17) Antidote - 252/321 69 Missed - 78.50%
18) ClamWIN - 247/321 74 Missed - 76.94%
19) UNA - 222/321 99 Missed - 69.15%
20) Norman - 215/321 106 Missed - 66.97%
21) Solo - 182/321 139 Missed - 56.69%
22) Fire AV - 179/321 142 Missed - 55.76%
23) V3 Pro - 109/321 212 Missed - 33.95%
24) Per_AV - 75/321 - 246 Missed - 23.36%
25) Proland - 73/321 248 Missed - 22.74%
26) Sophos - 50/321 271 Missed - 15.57%
27) Hauri - 49/321 272 Missed - 15.26%
28) CAT Quickheal - 21/321 300 Missed - 6%
29) Vir_iT - 10/321 311 Missed - 3%
30) Ikarus - Crashed on first virus. - 0%


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