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Cbr1000Rider
12-01-2010, 1:58 PM
So I have been paying for Norton for about a year now. I just recently made the switch to Kaspersky and I must say I have never been happier with an anti-virus program.

It even has a vulnerability detector which told me my Java,Quicktime and Adobe Reader were all out of date and were vulnerable to viruses (and I just recently got a virus though Java which it found and deleted). I updated all of those programs including Chrome to the recent Beta and my laptop seems like a fortress now.

If you don't use one, have viruses or want to switch.. go to Kaspersky in my opinion. SUPER user friendly as well.. and I am a techie nerd.

E Pluribus Unum
12-01-2010, 2:14 PM
Norton Sucks!!! Half the time it can't even clean the virus.

I like Trend Micro much better. Their officescan product is awesome for businesses and their titanium product for SOHO is excellent.

HK4113
12-01-2010, 3:44 PM
I have been using Kaspersky for the past 3 years. As a matter of fact, I just ordered the new one from Costco for only $20 bucks yesterday.

Corbin Dallas
12-01-2010, 8:26 PM
Eff Norton products, they ALL suck equally.

I have used AVG, Avira, Panda, Kaspersky and Avast all have their own quirks but most are very good products.

I currently use Microsoft security essentials as my main, but I have Avira on rescue CD as a backup.

Boltz
12-02-2010, 11:37 AM
A lot of the free antivirus is pretty good nowadays like Corbin Dallas mentioned, so there should be no need to be paying for a product like Norton. Just don't try getting the free ones that show up in pop-up messages :p

stphnman20
12-02-2010, 11:39 AM
I've been using AVG for a while now. It's pretty good. Does it's job. Best of all, it's free!

http://download.cnet.com/windows/

E Pluribus Unum
12-02-2010, 11:40 AM
The free ones work... I used Avast and AVG for years, and still do for customers that just wont pay the $40 for Trend Micro, but the free ones slow your machine down noticeably.

BigFatGuy
12-02-2010, 11:42 AM
I've used Eset's Nod32 for many years on many computers. it's worked well, no virus infestations on any of the 5 computers I've had in my power during that time.

Nod does, sometimes freak out, though, and refuse to update or prevent some other software from running correctly. Lately I've used a combination of Microsoft's Security Essentials and ThreatFire (both free) and had no issues.

Norton and Panda don't even count as anti virus in my opinion. They are nothing but ad-pushing systems.

sevensix2x51
12-02-2010, 11:49 AM
Ubuntu ftw! (Just had to get that out of the way:D)

I used avast for several years while I was still a microslave. never had a virus, and never paid a dime. Win-win.

choprzrul
12-02-2010, 11:52 AM
Avast for free AV, Eset Smart Security for paid. Pay for a Malwarebytes license to get the realtime scanning (perpetual license, no renewal necessary), and Spybot S&D. Better yet, all of the above and add an Untangle box on the edge of your network. If you have kids and an internet connection, take the time to research and implement Untangle. It is a powerful solution that is well supported by the open source community and very intuitive to use.

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james758
12-02-2010, 12:05 PM
GET A MAC!!!
Microsoft Windows poses THE greatest threat to our national security. Forget about N. Korean Nukes, or terrorism. The Chinese have infiltrated almost all levels of our information networks because Windows cannot be secured.
Even if you run the best Anti-Virus software, until the virus that has infected your computer is identified, it cannot be scrubbed, so it can still cause damage before it is wiped.
Spend the extra money, and get a mac. you will never again need to waste time or money on running AV software ever again.
I don't like steve Job's turtlenecks either, but the Mac OS is far superior to anything Microsoft will ever come up with.
Done ranting.

sevensix2x51
12-02-2010, 12:08 PM
GET A MAC!!!
Microsoft Windows poses THE greatest threat to our national security. Forget about N. Korean Nukes, or terrorism. The Chinese have infiltrated almost all levels of our information networks because Windows cannot be secured.
Even if you run the best Anti-Virus software, until the virus that has infected your computer is identified, it cannot be scrubbed, so it can still cause damage before it is wiped.
Spend the extra money, and get a mac. you will never again need to waste time or money on running AV software ever again.
I don't like steve Job's turtlenecks either, but the Mac OS is far superior to anything Microsoft will ever come up with.
Done ranting.

Or you can just install linux on the computer you already have, for free.

And you'll still have more than one mouse button! :p

BluNorthern
12-02-2010, 12:16 PM
AVG, Spybot, and Spyware Blaster. I've had real good success at keeping the bugs out of my various systems through the years and they are free. I'll run a scan with Malwarebytes every so often but it's never picked up anything that's gotten past the first 3. Tried Avast a couple of times but it seemed to take up more resources than AVG. Use Zone Alarm as a firewall FWIW.

Ricky-Ray
12-02-2010, 12:48 PM
AVG, Spybot, and Spyware Blaster. I've had real good success at keeping the bugs out of my various systems through the years and they are free.

Been using that combo on all my computers for that last 6 or 7 years and no issues at all. Just make sure you keep all those program's definitions up to date and you should be good.

smird
12-02-2010, 2:26 PM
but the Mac OS is far superior to anything Microsoft will ever come up with.
Done ranting.

Uh No, people just don't bother hacking something with a 6.4% market share.
Nothing is really secure, some more than others. Microsoft just has the biggest bulls eye painted on it.

If the numbers were reversed and Apple had a 90+% control of the business market, China and others would put enough resources into infecting as many Macs as possible

Merc1138
12-02-2010, 3:35 PM
GET A MAC!!!
Microsoft Windows poses THE greatest threat to our national security. Forget about N. Korean Nukes, or terrorism. The Chinese have infiltrated almost all levels of our information networks because Windows cannot be secured.
Even if you run the best Anti-Virus software, until the virus that has infected your computer is identified, it cannot be scrubbed, so it can still cause damage before it is wiped.
Spend the extra money, and get a mac. you will never again need to waste time or money on running AV software ever again.
I don't like steve Job's turtlenecks either, but the Mac OS is far superior to anything Microsoft will ever come up with.
Done ranting.

First of all, Apple didn't "come up" with OSX. They designed a GUI for BSD.

Second, exploits for OSX and Linux do actually exist, and are becoming more and more of a problem.

Third, if Apple had half the marketshare Microsoft does, you'd see just as many exploits. Apple's operating system is not the slightest bit more secure than Windows(actually their Safari browser has had some serious issues lately that not even IE has), the people looking for exploits and writing code to take advantage of it are simply lazy and would rather focus their efforts on the giant with a bullseye on it's back(Microsoft), however that leads to a false sense of security and when OSX issues have been found they seemingly take longer to get fixed by Apple.

Fourth, if you really think that "most of our information networks" are running Windows, you've just shown how lacking your knowledge about the subject even is. In that particular usage setting, you're going to start finding Linux and Unix distros, IOS(that doesn't stand for "iphone os" like people seem to think it does...), and all sorts of systems that would be considered obscure to even most business users. When you see a windows taskbar sitting on a screen, that could very well be just for a client running software to communicate with a backend that's actually doing the work.

johnny_22
12-03-2010, 9:51 AM
GET A MAC!!!
Microsoft Windows poses THE greatest threat to our national security. Forget about N. Korean Nukes, or terrorism. The Chinese have infiltrated almost all levels of our information networks because Windows cannot be secured.
Even if you run the best Anti-Virus software, until the virus that has infected your computer is identified, it cannot be scrubbed, so it can still cause damage before it is wiped.
Spend the extra money, and get a mac. you will never again need to waste time or money on running AV software ever again.
I don't like steve Job's turtlenecks either, but the Mac OS is far superior to anything Microsoft will ever come up with.
Done ranting.

I run Intego's software anti-virus and firewall on the MAC. Hardware fireware is with a ZyXel P1 Anti-Virus/Intrusion detection and a ZyXel 2 Content Filter for my protection. Even with a small market share, there are those trying to infect you. When support on the P1 ends in 2012, we'll probably switch to one of Netgear's UTM family of hardware firewall/anti-virus/content filter.

ESET had an ad in Computerworld magazine for their new MAC anti-virus product. Someone must be buying the anti-virus for the MAC, other than my friends and I.

silaic7
12-03-2010, 9:56 AM
AVG=Free

Cbr1000Rider
12-03-2010, 10:36 AM
GET A MAC!!!
Microsoft Windows poses THE greatest threat to our national security. Forget about N. Korean Nukes, or terrorism. The Chinese have infiltrated almost all levels of our information networks because Windows cannot be secured.
Even if you run the best Anti-Virus software, until the virus that has infected your computer is identified, it cannot be scrubbed, so it can still cause damage before it is wiped.
Spend the extra money, and get a mac. you will never again need to waste time or money on running AV software ever again.
I don't like steve Job's turtlenecks either, but the Mac OS is far superior to anything Microsoft will ever come up with.
Done ranting.

Lol I hope you know the reason macs don't have viruses is because they only control about 6% of the market..

If you were a hacker/phisher would you want to spend your time writing viruses for a 6% market share!??

LOL

Cbr1000Rider
12-03-2010, 10:39 AM
First of all, Apple didn't "come up" with OSX. They designed a GUI for BSD.

Second, exploits for OSX and Linux do actually exist, and are becoming more and more of a problem.

Third, if Apple had half the marketshare Microsoft does, you'd see just as many exploits. Apple's operating system is not the slightest bit more secure than Windows(actually their Safari browser has had some serious issues lately that not even IE has), the people looking for exploits and writing code to take advantage of it are simply lazy and would rather focus their efforts on the giant with a bullseye on it's back(Microsoft), however that leads to a false sense of security and when OSX issues have been found they seemingly take longer to get fixed by Apple.

Fourth, if you really think that "most of our information networks" are running Windows, you've just shown how lacking your knowledge about the subject even is. In that particular usage setting, you're going to start finding Linux and Unix distros, IOS(that doesn't stand for "iphone os" like people seem to think it does...), and all sorts of systems that would be considered obscure to even most business users. When you see a windows taskbar sitting on a screen, that could very well be just for a client running software to communicate with a backend that's actually doing the work.

This.

Rivers
12-03-2010, 10:43 AM
Contrary to some previous posts, the Mac OS X is a more secure OS than Windows or Linux. I arranged for presentations by one of the few (7 at that time) computer specialists at the FBI. Not an IT guy, he was a special agent with a Computer Science Masters degree. Joined the FBI from a major tech corporation just after 9-11. Anyway, he had just returned to being a Mac user after a few years forced to use Win. He explained that Mac was far more secure than the PC. Ironically, LEO does not like Macs, especially when used by the criminal. The Canadian Royal Mounted Police are apparently the Mac experts for LEO in North America. A few months later, the FBI guy called me asking if I knew anyone who wanted to buy the 5-month old Mac he bought himself. I asked him why he was selling. He replied that the FBI was buying one for him!

I arranged a presentation by ESET a few months ago for their just-released Mac security software. While they said that Mac was more secure inherently, they pointed out something new. It seems that while the percentage of Macs in business is about 8% (25% for consumers, 40% for students, according to NewApplications), hackers have figured out that the average Mac user has more money than the average PC user. The richer target, though less popular, is putting the Mac on the virus-builder's radar. It is to everyone's advantage to keep their computers protected, Mac, PC or Linux.

sevensix2x51
12-03-2010, 10:58 AM
More secure than linux? But linux is based on permissions. I have a hard time believing that a virus can just give itself root permission, without the user being dumb and installing it themselves... that is the main folly of windows, its too user friendly, and allows third party garbage to do basically whatever it wants... but I guess anything is possible.

Plus everybody knows that penguins don't have any money.

Rivers
12-03-2010, 11:57 AM
OS X is also permission-based. In order to install anything, the OS requires admin account authorization.

smird
12-03-2010, 11:58 AM
Mac hacked in under 10 seconds at PWN2OWN (http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/home-it/23941-mac-hacked-in-under-10-seconds-at-pwn2own)

Claiming a Mac is more secure than a PC. Is like claiming a Yugo is more secure than a Accord. It's Not, just no one wants to break into a Yugo. Where as an Accord is a very popular vehicle so its easy to make a profit off of it.

Are better off owning a Mac, sure if you're afraid of viruses. Just like if you own a Yugo you probably don't have to worry about anyone stealing it.

sevensix2x51
12-03-2010, 12:04 PM
OS X is also permission-based. In order to install anything, the OS requires admin account authorization.

So, would you agree that the statement that mac is more secure than linux is not necessarily true?

What makes the mac more secure than linux? Not starting a debate, just curious.

CEDaytonaRydr
12-03-2010, 12:09 PM
Malwarebytes free version is very good...

Been using it for a year or two now...

paul0660
12-03-2010, 12:16 PM
The Norton that Comcast gives away works great. Not slow, thinks ahead, not intrusive.........unlike my previous experience with them.

I would love to switch to Apple, because I want to pay 2x-3x more for hardware, and not be able to run my big boy programs, but I just can't pull the trigger.

753X0
12-03-2010, 12:51 PM
See cansec west, pwn2own contest. Apple fell first. Ubuntu never did.

Next?

sepiid
12-03-2010, 1:42 PM
Security through obscurity is not true security

Merc1138
12-03-2010, 1:56 PM
There's never ever ever been a unix or linux exploit giving an attacker root access :rolleyes:

Claiming OSX is more secure than anything else is just deluding yourself. Again, there are fewer people looking for exploits for OSX because it's marketshare is so minimal, that does not mean that no one finds exploits, and the reality is some of the "better" folks have specifically attacked OSX just because of the silly public mindset that it's somehow "more secure".

If our federal government switched to OSX, you bet your *** China would devote some more engineers to writing virii specific for OSX and finding exploits in the OS. As sepiid said, security through obscurity is not true security. It is an absolutely terrible false sense of security that will lead to problems due to complacency.

sevensix2x51
12-03-2010, 2:04 PM
Hell, I can't even figure out how to give myself root access in ubuntu. :D Stuck with sudo. But im not very good with it, yet. Haven't really needed to dig into the root for anything, though. 10.04 is just perfect as is..

Rivers
12-03-2010, 2:50 PM
So, would you agree that the statement that mac is more secure than linux is not necessarily true?

What makes the mac more secure than linux? Not starting a debate, just curious.

I don't use Linux nor do I follow Linux developments. That said, I can't answer. I do know that a Unix user is very at home once he opens the Terminal application on the Mac. OS X is Unix with a pretty face, made accessible to the average user to accomplish everyday tasks. I also know, after a long conversation with a UCSD Mathematics professor, that a mathematician using Windows has as much credibility as a Formula One driver who drives a Yugo (since that seems to be a popular pile here). Win apparently has documented coding errors that render inaccurate high-end math calculations. Unix and Linux do not have that problem.

What I do know is that, regardless of Win/Mac/Linux, if the user is vigilant about responsible web surfing, downloads, security and keeping both the OS and the security current and operating correctly, that computer is going to be among the last standing.

My firsthand experience is from many PC users who are NOT braindead idiots yet consistently frustrated by their Win machines. Within a month of switching to a Mac, they call me to complain that I should have made them do the switch sooner. (I do and they know it. It's just how they express their satisfaction with the Mac.) They also say how nice it is to actually talk with someone in support who actually learned English as a native language. And that support immediately answered their questions. You do get what you pay for with Apple.

If you think your computer and network are secure, this is a really interesting read about Stuxnet, the virus attack against Iran's nuclear program:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/11/26/secret-agent-crippled-irans-nuclear-ambitions/

Nose Nuggets
12-03-2010, 5:13 PM
w have Symanted Endpoint Protection deployed for a few customers, sucks balls
went to SEP from Trend Micro because it couldn't find **** either. its still on a few customers environments until it expires.
just deployed Kaspersky to a new client and, same ****, cant find squat. had to remove malware and trojans manually.

they all suck.

i use MSE on my home and work computer and it finds and removes more stuff then all three of the others combined.

id deploy MSE to all my clients to if i could manage it from a server.

qbi2001
12-03-2010, 5:33 PM
+1 for Eset NOD32

Jimmy Deuce
12-04-2010, 8:40 AM
Here is my 2 cents

Paid: Prevx
http://www.prevx.com/


Free: Microsoft Security essentials
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/?WT.srch=1

choprzrul
12-04-2010, 10:38 PM
We can all sit around talking about what is best, but real world testing is available here:

http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_od_aug2010.pdf

http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_report26.pdf

One is based on real time and one is based on manual scanning. NOTHING will catch everything. NOTHING will remove everything. I will typically remove a hard drive and attach it to a test computer for initial scanning. Then boot to safe mode and scan with Eset's online scanner, then reboot to Avast's BART cd and scan with it, then boot into windows and scan with whatever is installed by the customer. There are a lot of other steps, but you get the idea. Buy Malwarebytes. It is a perpetual license, so you only have to buy it once. Many times I have seen the pro version of Malwarebytes pop a warning window saying that a website is bad while the AV and antispyware both happilyl let it open. Yesterday I even encountered an infected news story from a direct link on MSN.com. Blew right through my Untangle box, Avast AV, Spybot, and was caught by malwarebytes.

Given the numbers of infected computers that I am seeing, I am really starting to think that every network needs UTM on the edge. This includes home environments. I am betting that over 75% of home users have some type of infection on their machines.

orangeusa
12-04-2010, 11:34 PM
PcTools has saved my machine(s) for the last 4 years. Not expensive.

I used to buy the freaking Norton Tools/Anti-Virus when it first came out from - NORTON and for the next 10 years. Sold to Symantic and it sucked big wind since then. I still bought it, until I found PcTools.

TrendMicro is a huge expensive joke.

And yes linux is great if you want to have no apps, nobody is gonna hack a linux/unix/ubuntu machine - there is no userbase to speak of. Great if you want to make a bunch of low cost servers - i.e. the OS is free.

Mac - 1-2% of the userbase - not many hackers are motivated to attack them. Mac owners are more rabid about ownership than the Glock guys!! :)

My 6 cents.

UBFRAGD
12-11-2010, 3:24 PM
The Norton that Comcast gives away works great.

I agree. Using that and MSE I have been able to keep my heavily attacked computer occasionally usable. Only 2000 reg errors on the last scan with my other registry program......

AAShooter
12-11-2010, 3:29 PM
Mac hacked in under 10 seconds at PWN2OWN (http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/home-it/23941-mac-hacked-in-under-10-seconds-at-pwn2own)

Claiming a Mac is more secure than a PC. Is like claiming a Yugo is more secure than a Accord. It's Not, just no one wants to break into a Yugo. . .

:D:D:D

dad
12-11-2010, 3:54 PM
From Consumer Reports

PyroFox79
12-11-2010, 5:37 PM
a MAC

TNP'R
12-11-2010, 9:43 PM
the best anti virus is yourself.dont be stupid and download everything around and don't visit shady websites.

TURBOELKY
12-11-2010, 10:08 PM
the best anti virus is yourself.dont be stupid and download everything around and don't visit shady websites.

Amen!
Most people get viruses from phony email and "adult" sites:whistling:

carry on.

jonyg
12-13-2010, 8:07 PM
What OS are you running?

If it's earlier than windows7 get combofix.

It doesn't have live protection but quite frankly virtually every antivirus software will bloat up and eat your resources, and none work as well as combofix for every virus type out there.

atto
12-15-2010, 1:54 PM
The best AV I have ever used, bar none, is ESET's NOD32 (http://www.eset.com/).

Low memory usage, low CPU usage, and great at detections. But you have to pay.

For now I just use Avast.

mosinmike
12-15-2010, 2:00 PM
Right now I'm having good luck with the Microsoft Security Essentials and using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as a good scanner. Both are free and both do a good job of removing viruses. As other said, don't go to dumb places, including download free music and movies. This seems to bring the most problems that I see.

JDay
12-15-2010, 4:29 PM
GET A MAC!!!
Microsoft Windows poses THE greatest threat to our national security. Forget about N. Korean Nukes, or terrorism. The Chinese have infiltrated almost all levels of our information networks because Windows cannot be secured.
Even if you run the best Anti-Virus software, until the virus that has infected your computer is identified, it cannot be scrubbed, so it can still cause damage before it is wiped.
Spend the extra money, and get a mac. you will never again need to waste time or money on running AV software ever again.
I don't like steve Job's turtlenecks either, but the Mac OS is far superior to anything Microsoft will ever come up with.
Done ranting.

I hate to burst your bubble but both Vista and Windows 7 are more secure than OSX. Don't believe me? Well, just take a look at how many vulnerabilities have been discovered for each. In fact, OSX has had far more security updates than Vista and 7. The only reason there isn't a bunch of malware that targets OSX (and don't believe for a second that there isn't any in the wild, because there is), is because nobody cares about an OS that has a very small percentage of the desktop OS market.

http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/mac-security-expert-os-x-is-safer-but-less-secure-20100319/

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/analysis/1590073/apple-mac-os-x-secure-windows

http://lifehacker.com/5518787/famous-hacker-calls-windows-more-secure-than-mac

http://www.macworld.com/article/57616/2007/04/daizovi.html

But you go ahead and keep drinking the koolaid.

JDay
12-15-2010, 4:33 PM
Right now I'm having good luck with the Microsoft Security Essentials and using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as a good scanner. Both are free and both do a good job of removing viruses. As other said, don't go to dumb places, including download free music and movies. This seems to bring the most problems that I see.

Malwarebytes removes spyware and adware, not the same as a virus.

mosinmike
12-15-2010, 4:57 PM
Malwarebytes removes spyware and adware, not the same as a virus.

And that's why I use the Microsoft Security Essentials, cover all the bases.

Noah3683
12-15-2010, 5:18 PM
For windows 7, I use Microsoft security essentials. Kapersky on the vista pc we have. I found MSE to work like crap on vista being that it was designed mainly for 7. It seems to work great on windows 7 though and it's faster than it was with kapersky. All is moot since the vista pc will also be running on 7 ultimate by the end of the night :)

JDay
12-15-2010, 11:11 PM
For windows 7, I use Microsoft security essentials. Kapersky on the vista pc we have. I found MSE to work like crap on vista being that it was designed mainly for 7. It seems to work great on windows 7 though and it's faster than it was with kapersky. All is moot since the vista pc will also be running on 7 ultimate by the end of the night :)

Kaspersky has been getting bloated and slow, that's the main reason I quit using it.

InFamous20
12-15-2010, 11:23 PM
Give avast a try, it's free!!!

Ravenslair
12-16-2010, 12:57 AM
I run AVG. No issues at all. Have not tried Avast, but have heard good things about it.

GuyW
12-16-2010, 12:54 PM
Avast slowed down my XP something terrible....
.

E Pluribus Unum
12-16-2010, 2:04 PM
Avast slowed down my XP something terrible....
.

Yup.... avg does it too...

The free ones work... but there's a reason they are free.

xenophobe
12-16-2010, 3:03 PM
The free ones generally work better than the ones you pay for... just saying.

I used to buy the freaking Norton Tools/Anti-Virus when it first came out from - NORTON and for the next 10 years.

Norton Utilities used to be so amazing when systems were still running DOS.

Mstnpete
12-16-2010, 3:07 PM
For me the best anti-virus..... was getting a MAC!

gimme
12-16-2010, 3:37 PM
GET A MAC!!!
Microsoft Windows poses THE greatest threat to our national security. Forget about N. Korean Nukes, or terrorism. The Chinese have infiltrated almost all levels of our information networks because Windows cannot be secured.
Even if you run the best Anti-Virus software, until the virus that has infected your computer is identified, it cannot be scrubbed, so it can still cause damage before it is wiped.
Spend the extra money, and get a mac. you will never again need to waste time or money on running AV software ever again.
I don't like steve Job's turtlenecks either, but the Mac OS is far superior to anything Microsoft will ever come up with.
Done ranting.

here, have a nice read (http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10444561-245.html)

and for me, avast! has been pretty nice and safe for me for the past few years. It's not the free one, but I dont pay for it.

basalt
12-16-2010, 5:01 PM
There are only a handful of detection engines out there. As such, most are built same on the engine and have similar detection rates. Some of the best use multiple engines and have the highest detection rate, but take longer to scan or use more resources. While Eset has very low CPU usage, it is higher in memory usage, so what may work great on one computer may not on another. I personally prefer an AV that catches as much as possible, even if it slows my computer a bit, or takes longer for a ful scan. Some of the best are Coranti, Trustport, and Gdata from a detection stand point closely followed by a lot of the others mentioned here: Eset, Avast, and Avira. Of those, Coranti use the most CPU resources (about double the others) but has 4 detection engines. Trustport and Avast also use relatively more CPU. GData is hard to beat from a resources and detection standpoint, but you won't go wrong with any of them.

tba02
12-16-2010, 7:07 PM
For me, it's
Paid: ESET NOD32
Free: MS Security Essentials
Running on Win 7 or XP

To the MAC comments, recent versions of the OS are BSD (*nix) based and closely in line with Linux. You may *think* its secure (I am not comparing it to Windows) but you shouldn't think it's invulnerable.

My cell phone is probably more secure today, but I don't expect that to be the case for long, and *nix users should be complacent either.

11 machines and 5 different operating systems are at the end of this KB, and like the guns we own, the safety is not a component of the weapon, it is the operator.

BC9696
12-16-2010, 9:31 PM
ESET NOD32 after Norton 360 was completely corrupted by a worm.

dunndeal
12-16-2010, 9:51 PM
I was listening to Leo LaPorte on KGO last Saturday, he has a technology info show. He said that NOD 32 was the best protection you could get for your computer. We have it on our Dell.
I also have a Falcon trading computer, a lightening fast machine, it came equipped with G Data. Falcon says it's the best.

johnny_22
12-17-2010, 11:37 AM
At work at at home we use Zone Alarm Internet Security Suite. One person here at work uses ESET. All work computers run through a Netgear UTM 10, with all scanning enabled.

I recommend a combination of hardware and software for any computer for maximum safety.

evidens83
12-17-2010, 11:39 AM
Downloaded AVG Free after various reviews and reccomendations. Best DL I've ever done ;)

Zoom3
12-24-2010, 3:46 AM
Macs don't usually get viruses. I'm on Mac, and I've never dealed with such problems (considering the fact the only "anti-virus software" I use is ProteMac Netmine) (http://protemac.com/NetMine/).

bg
12-24-2010, 9:33 AM
Avira Prem here along with Super Anti Spyware and Malwarebytes.

HotRails
01-01-2011, 11:56 AM
Hi everyone. My Kaspersky license is about to run out and I've read through this thread for suggestions on a replacement. Like someone else said, it's getting slow and I'm pretty sure it's missing a few things.

Based on what I've read here the MSE is looking pretty tempting. I'm running XP Pro, Version 2002, Service pack 3. Any other suggestions from you guys in the know?

Let's say that my browsing habits are somewhat risky at times.. ;)

110
01-01-2011, 12:04 PM
I use Avira personal+Comodo firewall + Spybot SEARCH & destroy+Malwarebytes and they are all free! I dont pay a penny for virus protection.

paul0660
01-01-2011, 12:10 PM
I was listening to Leo LaPorte on KGO last Saturday, he has a technology info show. He said that NOD 32 was the best protection you could get for your computer. We have it on our Dell.

Leo is a very pleasant person, but he gets paid to say that about NOD.

Ricky-Ray
01-01-2011, 1:36 PM
Hi everyone. My Kaspersky license is about to run out and I've read through this thread for suggestions on a replacement. Like someone else said, it's getting slow and I'm pretty sure it's missing a few things.

Based on what I've read here the MSE is looking pretty tempting. I'm running XP Pro, Version 2002, Service pack 3. Any other suggestions from you guys in the know?

Let's say that my browsing habits are somewhat risky at times.. ;)

Setup a virtual machine and run your risky browsing habits on the virtual machine. If something happens to it just delete it and create a new machine.

GM4spd
01-06-2011, 7:37 AM
I was paying for virus protection for years----nice they scan-- say that they
removed X amount of infections etc. etc,. I thought my computer was going to die
running so slow---installed Microsoft essentials after removing other virus
protection. Microsoft scanned 1.8 million items--took 5 hours--found ONE
bad item,now my computer runs better then ever.If you have Windows I
really recommend their protection and it is FREE. Pete

kyle_e
01-07-2011, 3:01 PM
Link you all might be interested in. http://www.matousec.com/projects/proactive-security-challenge/results.php

I've used Comodo, Nod32, Kaspersky. All are fine.

Favorite tools at work are Malewarebytes, CCleaner, and Hijack this.

We use Trend Micro at work. Stay away from Trend.

maxicon
01-08-2011, 10:17 AM
Another vote for AVG Free. I've used it for years, and put it on all the PCs I support for friends and family. It lets stuff slip through now and again, but they all do.

hcbr
01-17-2011, 3:29 PM
McAfee is over rated, though i'd still stick with Norton or Kaspersky.

ExtremeX
01-17-2011, 3:54 PM
NOD32 or Kaspersky

Malwarebytes on top of that...

I run NOD32 and Malwarebytes on my personal system.

& LOL @ You Apple People

ExtremeX
01-17-2011, 3:56 PM
Setup a virtual machine and run your risky browsing habits on the virtual machine. If something happens to it just delete it and create a new machine.

+1 , or create a snapshop and revert to snapshot works a little better as it saves time.

I use a lot of VMWare... and IMO everyone should use it, or atleast learn what it is.

ExtremeX
01-17-2011, 4:04 PM
Kaspersky has been getting bloated and slow, that's the main reason I quit using it.

+1

We had 10 Kaspersky licenses for our servers and desktops. I also used Kaspersky Internet Security on my personal system at home. I was an avid Kaspersky user, and still like the software, but you are so right... the software is bloated and slow.

We since switched all our licenses to NOD32 for Servers and Desktops and its a much more pleasant user experience, for both administrator and user.


Ive also heard great things about Sophos, but its more of an enterprise product. Never used it, but many large companys use it.

problemchild
01-18-2011, 8:15 PM
Ubuntu

basalt
01-18-2011, 8:56 PM
Setup a virtual machine and run your risky browsing habits on the virtual machine. If something happens to it just delete it and create a new machine.

Along the same lines you can run any application "sandboxed", where the application has no direct access to the underlying system. It is a little more seemless and easier to do and in some ways can provide better protection than a full virtual machine. An infected virtual machine may still be able to send out a bunch of emails, or transmit a virus across the network. A sandboxed browser session cannot. It has disadvantages as well.

I use Sandboxie, but other stuff is out there.

Duglas3
01-20-2011, 8:02 AM
what about protect my mac i recommended use ProteMac Netmine (http://protemac.com/NetMine/).it's firewall for mac)good soft.

gunafficionado
01-30-2011, 11:18 AM
AVG has gotten the job done for me. Worst experience was with McAfee and Norton :(

Hozr
01-30-2011, 11:36 AM
ESET Nod32. Best defense, least intrusive. Never been burned with it and I run it on 10 different systems.

Noobert
01-30-2011, 12:08 PM
I'm using Bitdefender

axel4488
01-30-2011, 3:37 PM
GET A MAC!!!
Microsoft Windows poses THE greatest threat to our national security. Forget about N. Korean Nukes, or terrorism. The Chinese have infiltrated almost all levels of our information networks because Windows cannot be secured.
Even if you run the best Anti-Virus software, until the virus that has infected your computer is identified, it cannot be scrubbed, so it can still cause damage before it is wiped.
Spend the extra money, and get a mac. you will never again need to waste time or money on running AV software ever again.
I don't like steve Job's turtlenecks either, but the Mac OS is far superior to anything Microsoft will ever come up with.
Done ranting.
Fail. Macs are pretty looking overpriced hipster crap
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loose_electron
01-30-2011, 6:17 PM
If you are not aware of it the Mac OSX is a Unix-Linux variant put together by Apple. Lots of mods, bug fixes, in house upgrades and all that, but still none the less its a Linux variation on a theme. A close friend is one of the developers on the beast so I am taking that from some inside sources.

Surprised nobody has mentioned the McAfee security suite. I ditched Norton a long time back, for Mcafee and can not complain, Have also worked with Eset NOD32 and that seems to be a pretty good beast as well.

axel4488
01-30-2011, 8:43 PM
Mcafee is what I currently have, and if you edit/game or anything thats not surfing the web, it will immediately block and ask you if you want the program to allow running. Its great, except for the fact It keeps asking about the same programs over an over again. its as bad as vistas security and firewall..

no buy.

orangeusa
01-30-2011, 9:13 PM
I called AOL w/ a malware issue, and they suggested Malwarebytes. Stunning since McAfee is free w/ AOL subscription. Malware bytes worked to remove the issue I was having. I also use PcTools AntiVirus which I pay for..

CenterX
01-30-2011, 9:15 PM
I got a Mac 6 years ago and got 10 hours a month back.
Best of luck to you.

Durasteel
02-03-2011, 7:39 AM
I'm using Avira AntiVir. It's free, and according to av-comparatives.org, it's usually near the top in their tests.

HK4113
02-03-2011, 9:14 AM
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