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Postby audiobliss » Sat Mar 05, 2005 7:22 pm

What is the 'ideal' anti-virus software? I guess there really is no 'ideal' program.....but what is closest?

I'm currently running McAfee VirusScan 2004 ver8.0 on my desktop and have no complaints with it. Before that, I was using Norton 2004 AntiVirus Professional and Norton 2004 Personal Firewall. I didn't really have a lot of complaints with that, either, though it totally messed up my mom's laptop. On my laptop I'm currently using GriSoft's AVG 7.0 (the free version) and have had no problems with it.

After typing that I thought, "Why am I asking about anti-virus programs when I haven't had a problem with any?" I guess the answer is just because I'm searching for better, even when what I have is adequate. The only reason I have to be dissatisfied with Norton and McAfee is because I've heard that they use up a lot of system resources, and I don't like that idea. The only problem I have with AVG is that I've read that it produces a lot of 'false positives.' I've heard that Norton AntiVirus 2005 uses a lot less system resources than its previous versions. Is this true? Would it make a good AntiVirus program? Or would you recommend something else?

Thanks!
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Postby tedybear » Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:15 pm

http://majorgeeks.com/download955.html

If one does not like AVG? I'd recommend AntiVir in it's place. Ranks very highly amoung users and is pretty much on-par with the best.

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Postby BicycleMonkey » Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:20 pm

I'm glad you asked this question. I just got a new GW 7422GX laptop and it came with both NAV 2005 and McAfee Security Center (although Security Center only had anti spyware installed). But i'm thinking about alternatives.

Within a couple days I started getting NAV errors. Whenever one program would try to update, the other would try to block the script. I uninstalled McAfee, and then had to uninstall NAV because the error messages said to uninstall NAV then reinstall.

Everything was fine until I swapped out the stock 4200RPM drive w/a 7200RPM drive and reinstalled NAV. Now after the NAV install, the script that lets you schedule scans and updates crashes and throws an error...any way i'm looking at alternatives. How did you like AVG, I have never used it before?
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Postby audiobliss » Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:32 pm

Well, I don't guess I can comment on how well it blocks/removes viruses because I've only had it about 2 weeks and don't think I've had any. However, the install, using it, and updates have all been very easy. I have read, though (in PCWorld, I think) that it produces a lot of 'false positives'.
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Postby EmilyB » Sat Mar 05, 2005 11:56 pm

Without question www.free-av.com is by far the best Ive ever used.
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Postby kltsin » Sun Mar 06, 2005 4:32 am

FreeAV, aka AntiVIR aka H+BEDV, has many disadvantages, it cant scan a single file or folder, it needs to scan the entire system. It also needs to reinstall the entire program each time instead of virus defs, this is a much larger download than any weekly virus definition file would ever be, and they dont come as often.
As of Feb 2005 virus bulletin has both avg and AntiVir at 100% with no false positives for common virus's. Historically when its comes to 100% awards Norton is best of the four then Mcafee then AVG then AntiVir.

But there is more to antivirus than a few awards, there is its ability to work in a system, AVG does have an issue with some win98/ME systems since they are trying to integrate into MS's security center, before that there were very few complaints, on the other hand Norton has wrecked more than a few systems as it integrates too much, if the program would fail it would be uninstallable. I could care less about learning curve for each program or ease to use, it just needs to do what its told to and do it well and quickly.

As to false positives.. this is generally fixed in the next def update for any decent AV program, usually a few days or a week at most for all of them that have been referenced so far. They arent the best like Kaspersky's or NOD32 is, these are the 2 best for AV products around, very expensive though.

The engine used and def's used in the review doesnt mean this is the way it is for all and wont change in the next update, yes engines for paid AV is somewhat static while you can update the free ones at will. You have to pay for the next version of norton xxx or mcafee which will include an engine you cant update anymore even if you pay for the defs.

I wouldnt worry about sytem resources at all when it comes to security unless you see it as an actual problem or is an actual problem.

On an upside I have read great things about Mcafees new program, have yet to see its long term results but overall it looks much better than it used to be.
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Postby ThEvil0nE » Sun Mar 06, 2005 9:12 pm

avast
http://www.avast.com/eng/av4_revision_history.html
Very well rounded, complete and powerful. An all-in-one-security with only a footprint of memory usage. Very nice skinable interface and talks too 8)

Here are some very insightful links:
AV-Test.org
Where does your anti-virus stand?
http://www.av-test.org/index.php3?lang=en

Safe Hex - A collection of suggestions intended to help you defend against viruses, worms, trojans, malware and other questionable code.
http://www.claymania.com/safe-hex.html

The WildList Organization International
The world's premier source of information on which viruses are spreading In the Wild.
http://www.wildlist.org/

FILExt is a detailed database of file extensions and programs that use them.
http://filext.com/

F-Secure
the latest virus description modifications
http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/_new.shtml
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Postby don'tknowmuch » Sun Mar 06, 2005 9:18 pm

What is the 'ideal' anti-virus software? I guess there really is no 'ideal' program.....but what is closest

If your not looking to cheap out on free stuff, hands down in my books NOD32
Trial version here:
http://www.nod32.com/download/trial.htm
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Postby ThEvil0nE » Mon Mar 07, 2005 6:20 am

don'tknowmuch wrote:
What is the 'ideal' anti-virus software? I guess there really is no 'ideal' program.....but what is closest

If your not looking to cheap out on free stuff, hands down in my books NOD32
Trial version here:
http://www.nod32.com/download/trial.htm


I second that :lol:
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Postby snap355 » Mon Mar 07, 2005 9:17 am

I like avast so far
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