Which computer antivirus is the best?
Why dont we save ourselves the pain of debating which antivirus is the best, since we obviously avnt being doing a good job at that anyway. Most of our wrong conclusions i'll say are based on our so called experiences, which in my own opinion arent thorough enough.
Most people run on Free Version of AVG (How in heavens name will u think a free version of a software meant to be sold at $25 will offer optimum performance - i'll be damned)
Kapersky may be good, but when ur system file is infected, rather than clean the file, it offers the option of deleting, this is BAD, i mean BAD.
If u want to knw which is the best antivirus, leave the decisions to the professionals and brood over their Results.
PC World releases reviews of antivirus testing and still find Bit-Defender Standard 9 the best of all this year (bit-defender also topped the chart last year),followed by McAfee Virus Scan 2006 10.0 (Full Product), then Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus Personal 5.0 (Full Product)(U can check here http://www.pcworld.com/article/124475/top_antivirus_software.html)
PC Anti-Virus thinks a little differently and finds potential in a new anti virus VIPRE Antivirus (I'm Thinking of trying these)
Anyway, My point is, lets leave the decision of which is the best to the Profs and just pickup form there, But remember, none that is free i as good as the Full product, There always a draw back somwia
@ guysmart.Thanks.The reason why i think its a virus is because i just bought this laptop about a week ago,so i don.t think it should be a problem with this RAM stuff or defragmentation.It performed well on the first 4 days and this prob just started, The only thing i,ve done with it is browse the internet,but i,ve a cousin that chat,s all day on the laptop when i,m at work.That made me think "virus".
What do you think about the free scan with mcafee.I guess i can do that without removing norton.I have a free 90 day trial of norton and i don,t want to uninstall when i never get money buy another antivirus.
I,ve got norton antivirus with windows anti spyware and windows defender on my laptop.But it recently started acting slow,i,m not that computer literate but i think it,s been infected by a virus.I,ve scanned and detected nothing.Can i download any of this free antivirus softwares named on this thread without uninstalling the norton antivirus on my computer.Which one can anybody recommend for me.
What about the option of reformating.What does that mean?
nod32, (problem: up dating a pirated copy is a nightmare)
Kaspersky( piratable, as long as you update manually, detects virus like activity)
Norton(resource intensive. will only detect viruses within signatures)
Mcafee(resource intensive. will only detect viruses within signatures)
bit defender (resource intensive. )
i recommnd kaspersky.i've been using it for a month now. before that, i was using norton. my system is much faster now. i tried bit defender, which pc mag rated best of the year last year, but its scan module slowed my system (running at 50% CPU)
you have to configure kaspersky for manual updating, and ensure your firewall blocks it from the net. otherwise, you might find its license has been unvalidated
Okay, first off SpyBot is no Anti-Virus; that's a spyware/malware removal tool/utility.
Second off: major league, you will find McAfee, Trend Micro & Symantec which makes Norton and then the rest, this is not to say there aren't good AV sources out there - my two kobo!
Microsoft just came into the AV vertical with 'Windows Live OneCare' which isn't bad either.
Oh and by the way another good malware removal utility is 'Hijack This', but you've got to be very careful when using it, always refer your scan results from 'Hijack This' utility scans to knowledgeable folk for analysis!
And to all my Windows® haters, where will Linux as an OS or a Kernel be without the advent of Microsoft and Mr. Gates, think about it!
TELL U WHAT I AM IN THE BUSINESS OF SELLING COMPUTER PROGRAM MES AND I MOST TELL U THAT HAVING TRIED NORTON,AVAST, AND MANY OF THE OTHER POPULAR ANTI VIRUS, I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE TWO BEST ANTI VIRUS OUT THERE ARE NOD32 AND KASPERSKY.BOTH ARE VERY LIGHT NOD IS ABOUT 11MB AT THE MOST.KASPERSKY ABOUT 22MB,BOTH ARE NOT PROCESSOR OR RAM INTENSIVE, HENCE THEY DONT SLOW YOUR STARTUP.AND IN TERM OF VIRUS THEIR BOTH RATED AT ABOUT 99% VIRUS DETECTION RATE . THEIR VERY GOOD, I WOULD RECOMMEND NOD32 FOR XP USER AND KASPERSKY INTERNET SECURITY FOR VISTA CUS NOD32 HAS KNOWN ISSUES WITH VISTA.
Try the Anti-Virus from www.discmaster.info, it comes with a professional Anti-Spyware and updates itself automatically (free for 1 year) and it scans in the background - using less resources than most!
If it finds a virus it brings up a hazard sign and a siren sounds - v cool :-)
I use it because it managed to install on my infected PC (when Norton and McAfee wouldn't) and it found the virus straight away plus it has kept my PC clean since. Get it at http://www.diskmaster.info/UK/software.htm or http://www.discmaster.info/USA/software.htm
Hope this helps!
I think Panda is still the best anti virus software and i guess AVg is doing well too. Though Panda will slow down ur system when functioning but u just have to update, use to scan and uninstall it after use. AVG actually deals with worms in most cases. These 2 antivirus softwares are still the best for internet viruses. check them out on google search, Thks
I have been using AVG since 2002 and IMHO I think it is the best antivirus for winows. Off course most people using the free edition will run into problems of finding viruses and not being able to delete them (its a marketing strategy buy the full version and it will remove them).
On linux Clamav absolutely rocks. I think they are also coming out with windows version which is laso free and open source hvent ried it yet,
zone alarm antivirus to mi is freaking hot!veryvery gud,irregardless of yr system's config or problems,it does the work.zone alarm was one of the best products lastyear in the PCworld magazine poll--
aol ,avast,avg-grisoft,are all excellent products.d new mcAfee, norton are also kool ones.
NOD-32, F-secure,antivir are all best suited and offers the financially challenged a great opportunityof its use.
the basis lies on what actualli suits u and one that has effectively worked for u.
anivirus/spyware can be deciphered with this technical taxonomy(mind u,they all have their little defects and strong points):-
its your choice!but these points cud help.Godbless
1. free editions/ pre-registration hiccups.
2.technical support --most free editions might not have this!
3.signature file problems--- avg has that problem
4. software interface--avast's funky media player type doesnt suit some!
5.creation of rescue disks&mgt of the quarantine area--aol cud be weak ere!
6.scanning ability(both emails)&presence of a resident virus guard.
8. weight--- norton is weighty bt doesnt disturb ur sys from working if u have a larger ram
9. extra layered defense mechanism--ewido antivirus has dis. superior to norton andavg in this sense.the present best crop of anti-
trojans,&just recently bought by avg.it it detects polymorphic ,process injecting trojans.it murders trojans at will!
10.important heuristics and html modules--Kaspersky possesses this great asset
Nico, for as long as you have been tied to PC/Windows based systems, even your back-up is not safe. Some viruses can partition your back up into 23. As in Partition A - Z.
To eliminate the fear of viruses, trojans and worms almost completely, go for Apple Macintosh. THe latest apple laptop is the PowerMac and the cheapest is $1,100. Now you don't need to worry about crashes and viruses as all, or 99.999% of viruses are targeted at windows based systems only so your files are always safe with Apple mac and you only have to bother yourself with productive work and not subject your processor speed to silly Viruses as a result of Microsoft's carelessness.
I'll go check out the latest statistics on Antivirus Comparisons and get back to y'all. i'm sorry for all windows users, myself inclusive.
I'm yet to come across a Virus AVG can't deal with. Which antivirus has the highest number of definitions?
I used Panda (titanium and Platinum), Norton, McAfee and I've settled with AVG since 2003.
A friend recently got a Compaq Presario Laptop with Pre-installed norton, thinking Yahoo! could always be right (could be some biz strategy there, who knows) but he got an attack, and after 3 days, Norton detected but was unable to clean it. He reported the virus to norton, and the next day, the Virus took over Norton itself, he couldn't open it.
This same friend had been laughing my Bottom off for using some free stuff, but I had to help him out so I copied my 5 month Old AVG setup file on an Ipod, installed it, and bravo 380 viruses were detected and "CLEANED" one was sent to Vault.
Don't let some RAM hungry Utilities frustrate you.
AVG is tha best Antivirus software.
SuperAnti Spyware is the best Spyware remover.
RegCure and TuneUP are the best Registry Utilities and for Firewalls, I don't know!
Well, to be sincere with you guys,
Every Anti-virus has its strength and weakness. There are virus that will be seen by McAffe and AVG wouldn't be able to detect or cure. It's so for all. Avast is a very good antivirus, I guess cois its new- No challenges yet.
But for me i use Norton, and so far, It has been so good for me. I love it.
I seem to be in the minority here but I have always used Nortons Antivirus and I'm very happy with it. I have also tried several others (McAfee, AVG etc.) but I always end up coming back to Nortons. Why do i like it? Well, in my view it does a great job of detecting and neutralising viruses, I like the interface and online updates are always smooth.
What I have often found is that a lot of people don't read the documentation carefully enough and as a result tend not to follow and/or implement the recommended guidelines in respect to configuration settings etc. so the software is not optimised and they then complain about the performance.
I still use McAfee 7 cos the interface is not so cpu intensive but the antivirus definitions are always current and it's also important to:
1. run windows updates via the browser regulary (or turn on automatic updates on win xp to handle it 4 u). Without patching holes/exploits in ur OS viruses and worms may still find a way in no matter how good the antivirus is (this is partly why antivirus sw are not neccessary in linux).
2. if u can, use a hardware gateway/router/firewall cos they're not affected by viruses (since they don't run windows) and so that ur system is not directly exposed to the internet.
3. If u can avoid internet explorer (IE) or download the newest beta version. OR better still switch to firefox (which I use) or opera etc. They're immune to many harmful websites that target IE. since 99% of all spyware comes in through IE, I rarely use antispyware cos of this.
4. It's also good to use more than one antispyware sw if u happen to have an infection. I can't remember the review I read on Cnet but one antispyware sw can't catch them all. Windows Defender and Spybot SD should do and they're both free.
@Olat: My advice against Windows firewall is basically because its part of the OS and that always makes it easier to attack. I noticed the more integrated or common your solution, the more prone you are to attack, Note - more recent viruses and spayware have been able to disable Symantec Antivirus, same will surely apply for Windows OS integrated utilities.
i have used norton, mcafee, avast, avg etc and will still recommend norton over the rest anyday despite its heavyness. last week my free and updated AVG got itself corrupted forcing me to reformat my windows partition. A simple insertion of a floppy disk can disable both AVG and Mcafee but Norton is always live and on although again there are some viruses that it may not readily detect.