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What anti-virus software do you use?
Avast!
23%
 23% 4
AVG
41%
 41% 7
AntiVir
0%
 0% 0
BitDefender
0%
 0% 0
NOD32
5%
 5% 1
Kaspersky
5%
 5% 1
McAfee
5%
 5% 1
Norton
11%
 11% 2
AOL
0%
 0% 0
Other
5%
 5% 1
Voted : 3
Total Votes : 17
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Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:14 pm Reply and quote this post
I definitely missed a few, but those are the ones that came to mind. I personally use NOD32. Kaspersky used to be my antii-virus of choice, but NOD32 uses very little system resources, which I like.
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Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:16 pm Reply and quote this post
Kaspersky, if I could pay for it. Kaspersky, I believe, has been proved to be the best antivirus solution on the market, targetting 99% of all viruses, worms, etc. Others like Norton fall back around 95%.

As for free, I've heard AntiVir is probably the best.

As of now, I am running with no antivirus. I have Sygate Personal Firewall, Spyware Blaster, Spyware Guard, Ad-Aware, and CCleaner.


Last edited by Predator on Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:18 pm; edited 1 time in total

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Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:21 pm Reply and quote this post
In regards to detection rate alone, yes, Kaspersky remains the best. However, AOL's anti-virus uses Kasperskys engine and is free.
Contributed by KoolDrew, iVirtua Ultimate Contributor
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Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:23 pm Reply and quote this post
I would never use AOL's service, regardless of how good it was.
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Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:30 pm Reply and quote this post
You don't have to use AOL as your ISP (I think that's what you referring to by saying \"service\"). It is a separate program available even to people not using AOL. It's basically Kaspersky with a couple UI changes and a couple features removed such as email connection monitoring, rescue disk, and web cache scanning. All the services and processes are identical and anti-virus definitions are identical.

Here's a link:
http://www.activevirusshield.com/antivirus/freeav/index.adp?

As you can see, it almost looks identical to Kaspersky and as much as I hate AOL, it's hard not to recommend its anti-virus when it uses Kaspersky's engine.

Contributed by KoolDrew, iVirtua Ultimate Contributor
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Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:06 pm Reply and quote this post
I use AVG and NOD32.

But I have to agree with Predator.  No matter how good it is, I'm not using something that has the AOL brand on it.

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Sat Nov 11, 2006 7:15 pm Reply and quote this post
I use AVG and it is damn good.

I'm looking for another good AV, does anyone know any good ones?

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Sat Nov 11, 2006 8:36 pm Reply and quote this post
Quote:
I'm looking for another good AV, does anyone know any good ones?


Free or paid? What do you look for in an anti-virus?

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Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:59 pm Reply and quote this post
KoolDrew wrote:

Quote:
I'm looking for another good AV, does anyone know any good ones?


Free or paid? What do you look for in an anti-virus?


Free.

-(Very) low on system resources (memory, CPU)
-High detection rate
- Email scanner
- Real time protection

Contributed by zerinty, iVirtua Active Member
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Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:47 am Reply and quote this post
When it comes to free anti-virus the main choices are avast!, AntiVir, AVG, and AOL. Antivir does not have email scanning and avast! and AOL are heavier on system resources. AVG fits all of your criteria except high detection rate. Its got the worst out of all of them. So, it's really whatever is more impotant to you. If you really want something meet your criteria you will have to buy NOD32 or something.
Contributed by KoolDrew, iVirtua Ultimate Contributor
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Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:13 am Reply and quote this post
I don't have an AV program, but I used to. When I get a new computer though(which I hope is soon ) I'll download AVG. Right now all I have is Windows Defender, and I like it.
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Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:22 pm Reply and quote this post
Right now I have no anti-virus, but thats because the choices are rather limited for Vista at the moment.
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:35 am Reply and quote this post
I use AVG Free 7.5. Very powerful antispyware/antivirus program. For a firewall I use Zone Alarm Free.
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:37 am Reply and quote this post
AVG free and a hardware firewall.
Contributed by vaio, iVirtua Recognised Member
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Sat Feb 24, 2007 6:29 am Reply and quote this post
I prefer Mcafee Enterprise... very simply, no-nonsense completely utilitarian interface behind a fairly powerful engine that covers a few extras besides email scanning. On my other machine I simply use AVG, and on the third I don't use anything because the system is constantly in a state of OS flux for hardware reviewing...

KoolDrew wrote:
Right now I have no anti-virus, but thats because the choices are rather limited for Vista at the moment.


I am not sure if they are still currently offered, but Mcafee, Norton (yuck), and a couple others offered free beta AV software for Vista. I beleive AVG now works fine on Vista as well...

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