PDA

View Full Version : Need help choosing antivirus


M i n a t o //
May 30th, 2009, 04:35 PM
When my cousin gave me my laptop, he also gave me a 2 month subscription for Norton. It's almost expired so I need to get a different antivirus. Should I get McAfee or Avast? Or is there any other good antivirus that's free?

twocows
May 30th, 2009, 04:38 PM
When my cousin gave me my laptop, he also gave me a 2 month subscription for Norton. It's almost expired so I need to get a different antivirus. Should I get McAfee or Avast? Or is there any other good antivirus that's free?
Avast is free and one of the highest rated AVs available. McAfee is a crappy overrated antivirus that leave most of itself on your computer even if you uninstall it. Also, I don't know where you're getting this "it's free" businesses, McAfee costs money.

Shadow
May 30th, 2009, 04:51 PM
avast! is your best bet. AVG has fallen behind in terms of quality lately and there's really no other truly free one that isn't complete bogus and/or junk, that I'm aware of.

beauty. proletariat
May 30th, 2009, 05:09 PM
Avast! Home Edition 4 is your best bet for a good, free anti-virus.
AVG is also free, but it detects nothing lol.

If you can pay money, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 is the best one in my opinion.

Archer
May 30th, 2009, 05:39 PM
I've also had good experiences with Avira Antivir. It has a much more professional interface compared to Avast's, in my opionion. On the other hand, the update servers seem a bit slow, but if you have a decent connection, that's shouldn't be an issue. From what I've heard, they both have a very similar detection rate.

Zet
May 30th, 2009, 06:28 PM
Avira Basic is the best free antivirus you'll get though you won't get a web shield or anything, so you'll need to go out and find programs for that. If you want a webshield, firewall etc and don't mind slow boot times, a slow laptop. Go with Avast

Gerri Shin
May 30th, 2009, 07:51 PM
As others have said, Avast! is your best bet for free, but if you feel more secure paying I would definitely recommend trying out NOD32 from ESET.

Sweet Jasmine
May 30th, 2009, 09:58 PM
I've prefered Avira Anti-vir.. My dad uses it because every hour it got updates in your computer and it's pretty strict :3.

pokerus34
May 30th, 2009, 10:03 PM
I was using AVG before I bought my LAPTOP. That was in the past 2007, maybe? And it was only free, but unregistered/not full...

But now, I use Norton 2009 on both My PC and Laptop... I decided to order a registration key to unlock the full version.

Sucks though, because before i have unlocked my Norton, my PC caught an auto shutdown virus...

Still, Norton Works best for me... :)

--- Hey, does McAfee work for you guys?---

Max™
May 31st, 2009, 04:26 AM
I prefer Avira AntiVir, it's nice and easy to use and like archer said, good detection rate iirc
I've had serious problems with Avast but that may just be me, do whatever works for you

Shadow
May 31st, 2009, 04:46 AM
I've had serious problems with Avast but that may just be me, do whatever works for you

I've known avast! to effectively brick non-traditional version of Windows. I've also had it refuse to uninstall once. Other than that, nothing has come out of it for me.

I'm going to look into this Avira, though, thanks to this thread (and I wasn't the topic creator!).

Vednix
May 31st, 2009, 05:25 AM
I woud suggest AVG free edition 8.5
But thats just me. Probably coz its free and does great secturity.

Kazukii
May 31st, 2009, 05:37 AM
I use Sophos anti virus which is good :D

Eureka1
May 31st, 2009, 05:41 AM
I use nothing on all my computers.

I'd like to think Avast is the best AV though, free at least.

Blue Nocturne
June 2nd, 2009, 10:47 AM
McAfee works really well for me, its blocked quite a few viruses and doesnt seem to slow down my computer which is a problem i had with norton. To my recollection they do provide a free trial. From my experience that is what i would recommend, as i havent tried avast

Virtual Chatot
June 2nd, 2009, 12:51 PM
http://www.clamwin.com/

A free, open-source alternative.

Rukario
June 2nd, 2009, 01:51 PM
I strongly suggest you use Norton AV 2009 (pay to unlock/renew it) - use the AV ONLY, not the suite.

Very good detection, will remove or quarantine found viruses, and, since the 2008 version, is very light on system resource use, and finally, updates multiple times per day.

twocows
June 2nd, 2009, 02:30 PM
McAfee is garbage. Never use it.

Norton is better than it used to be, but I still don't recommend it, as there are better solutions. If you insist on a Symanetc/Norton product, you should opt to go with Norton AntiVirus 2009 (http://shop.symantecstore.com/store/symnahho/en_US/ContentTheme/ThemeID.1795800/pbPage.NAV09wide?ipd=InterstitialChall&ipln=true).

Here's the short answer. If you want to pay money, use Kaspersky Anti-Virus (http://usa.kaspersky.com/products_services/anti-virus.php) or ESET NOD32 AntiVirus 4 (http://www.eset.com/products/nod32.php). If you do not want to pay, use avast! Home Edition (http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Home-Edition-Free/3000-2239_4-10019223.html?part=dl-85737&subj=dl&tag=button) or Avira AntiVir Personal (http://download.cnet.com/Avira-AntiVir-Personal-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10322935.html?part=dl-10322935&subj=dl&tag=button&cdlPid=11012914). If you choose to use avast! Home Edition, you must register yearly (this process is free and can be done in a few minutes from this page (http://www.avast.com/eng/home-registration.php)).

AVG also has a popular free soultion, but I no longer recommend it. It's bloated and its detection rate isn't as high as some of its competitors. If you wish to use it anyway, here is the page for AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition (http://download.cnet.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html?part=dl-10044820&subj=dl&tag=button&cdlPid=11014801).

@Rukario:
Are you going to avoid Tetris games from now on, as well? Kaspersky has been one of the highest rated AV programs for years; I used it on my primary computer from 2004-2006 and didn't get a single virus (and not from lack of opportunity, either). I see no reason why people should avoid it.

Rukario
June 2nd, 2009, 03:08 PM
Kaspersky Anti-Virus <-- remember, you get what you pay for.. (I, for one, will NEVER trust any, ANY product that comes from Russia, ever.)
NOD32 isn't too bad, as long as you keep it updated.

Zet
June 2nd, 2009, 08:26 PM
Kaspersky Anti-Virus <-- remember, you get what you pay for.. (I, for one, will NEVER trust any, ANY product that comes from Russia, ever.)
NOD32 isn't too bad, as long as you keep it updated.
Kaspersky never worked for me, and this was a few months ago(and a few years ago to see if it was better than trend micro) to see if NOD32 missed anything, only avira found some false positives so yay me

Alec_
June 6th, 2009, 06:01 AM
I guess Avira is the best? I think so? :3

~Fairytales.

Sk8_K1d
June 6th, 2009, 07:02 AM
I would go with avast. If you have no set up problems then it should work really well and warn you if it detects any viruses.

TERRA#493
June 7th, 2009, 06:02 AM
For free, Avira should be the best. But to speak from my own experience, the options, which you have to pay, are better, such as Kaspersky Anti-Virus/Internet Security 2009, what i use now for 2 years. It is easy to configure, works very well and identifies most or all of potencial viruses. Only to advise ;)