View Poll Results: What Antivirus Do You Use?

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  • AVG

    31 21.38%
  • BitDefender

    4 2.76%
  • ESET

    24 16.55%
  • Norton

    14 9.66%
  • McAfee

    8 5.52%
  • Dr Web

    0 0%
  • Trend Micro

    3 2.07%
  • Zone Alarms

    1 0.69%
  • AVAST

    31 21.38%
  • Other

    29 20.00%
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    Webroot antivirus with spy sweeper

    Currently using Webroot and I've been very content. My renewals up in 7 days. Should I renew or are there others that can attest to a better one? Anyone use Webroot before and were discontent? What are you using now?

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    Panda Internet Security 2010

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiitoddid View Post
    Currently using Webroot and I've been very content. My renewals up in 7 days. Should I renew or are there others that can attest to a better one? Anyone use Webroot before and were discontent? What are you using now?
    It really depends on what exactly you are looking for in an Antivirus... I would never recommend Norton/symantec because of their habit of setting up the computer with a time bomb so to speak. But that doesn't follow the question. What kind of things are you expecting, do you want to buy it or do you want it for free, do you want to never have to pay for the virus definitions or do you not mind that, do you want it to actively scan every file that changes or appears or do you want it to only scan when you ask it to. It really depends on what you want. a lot of these things really effect your computer's performance. If you have a beefy computer (multicore lots of ram and that sort) then some of these things are not an issue, but for a person like me that uses computers that are old/slow whatever. you want to squeeze all the performance out of it that you can get.

    as for what I was talking about with Symantec and their timebomb practice. If you ever let your virus definition subscription run out, then the antivirus software begins acting like a virus itself. It's a scare tactic to get fools to update to protect their computer and "catch the virus" before it causes more problems. And here's the real kicker, if you decide to install one of the competitor antivirus softwares (mainly Mcaffey or whatever it is called) it causes the time bomb to explode and usually results in the destruction of the windows install. SO if you decide to uninstall a symantec product you have to remove all traces of it, Registry entries included otherwise the time bomb is still active so to speak.

    my recommendations for free antivirus that have active scanning and free virus definition updates:
    AVG Free
    Avira Free Antivirus.

    Recomendation for antivirus that just gives you a basic removal tool (also good for saving a computer that has had a virus that deactivated your given antivirus):

    ClamWin
    (the scan cycle is a tad slow but it is quite effective.)

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    Avast
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    AVG freeware is the one that I use..It does ok!

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    Avast usually, though have used AVGfree in the past until it wouldn't upgrade

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    I have used AVG free, AVASt Home, AVIRA AntiVir personal. Now I am running Microsoft Security Essentials. It is lightweight, unobtrusive, and best of all free. It also scored very high at AV-Comparatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasfast View Post
    I have used AVG free, AVASt Home, AVIRA AntiVir personal. Now I am running Microsoft Security Essentials. It is lightweight, unobtrusive, and best of all free. It also scored very high at AV-Comparatives.
    and I bet you have one of those multicore processors that has more than 2 cores. any good Antivirus If it actively scans, it will have a relatively large footrprint. but then again I don't trust Microsoft to protect it's own Operating system...

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    use avg it works well, another good program is malwarebytes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deeluna View Post
    and I bet you have one of those multicore processors that has more than 2 cores. any good Antivirus If it actively scans, it will have a relatively large footrprint. but then again I don't trust Microsoft to protect it's own Operating system...
    Well, yes and no. I have 1 desktop with a quad-core, 2 with dual-cores, and a netbook, all running microsoft security essentials. The netbook has 2gb memory and MSE is using all of 700k of memory. And I trust myself more than any antivirus or other security software.

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