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BEST anti-virus software out right now?

Hey guys,

I have a simple question that you may be able to help me with. What is the BEST anti-virus software out there right now? I'm planning on purchasing a new computer and want to make sure I'm fitted with the top-of-the-line virus protection software.

Also, if you have any personal suggestions or recommendations for anti-virus software or spyware software, both free and premium services, please post. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for all of your help

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Re: BEST anti-virus software out right now?

A common question, to which there is no simple answer:   what's "best" for one person may not be "best" for someone else:  you're sure to get many different opinions on the matter.

you need to consider not only "reliability" --- the raw ability to catch/prevent and remove viruses (and without being subject to false positives) --- but also, the "usability":   how "friendly" the interface is  for you.   also, the "drain" on system resources [CPU, RAM, & hard drive].  many also consider the ease of installation, as well as the ease of UNinstalling, should one subsequently decide to remove it.

Let me simply point you to an excellent summary by forum member Joe53, whose recommendations I heartily endorse.    While focusing on free products, Joe also cites two paid anti-virus programs:

http://naut.homestead.com/files/Free/free1.html

(Anti-viruses are considered under topic # 2 )

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P.S.   You wrote that you "want to make sure I'm fitted with the top-of-the-line virus protection software".   Let me stress that the best defense against "catching" anything --- as well as the weakest link --- is the person typing-away at the keyboard:   YOU.   Even the "best" anti-virus product will not necessarily prevent problems if you intentionally surf  "bad" sites and/or choose to override security warnings.   Also, anti-virus programs don't necessarly catch "malware":   I have yet to find an antivirus program that is adroit at preventing vundo and zlob infections.

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Re: BEST anti-virus software out right now?

ky331 pretty much said it all.

There is really no"best". What is great today may move to the bottom of the list in two weeks. That is one reason why I do not like all-in-one products (or suites). I prefer to use a combination so if one component does not meet my expectations, I can replace that. In the past two years, we've seen several popular anti-spyware and anti-virus applications change in popularity and ratings.


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Re: BEST anti-virus software out right now?

Ky331 and Bugbatter are giving the best advice found in this Forum, but remember that it does not matter what antivirus or antimalware your PC uses, you are the ultimate weapon against the viruses, worms, and malwares. Using a bit of common sence will keep you away from trouble. Well most of the time. I copied this 14 rules from some where, I do not remember where, appologies to the writter.

 

14 ways to get Infected without trying

 

A little bit of humour but also based on fact.

1) Look for cracks, subdivided in illegal software and .....#%&*(edited for Forum protocol).

2) Practice unsafe hex, browse the web for free pOrn .....uuoohhh.

3) Look for software that adds smileys to your posts, mail etc .....ha,ha, ... oohh.

4) Look for kewl skins, screensavers etc .... niceee ...eeeh

5) Look for spyware removers, concentrate on the kind that makes you pay before it removes anything ....????

6) Install a P2P program and repeat all of the above .... yeahh.

7) You always want the best; use p2p to download anti-virus/firewall software .... fooolll.

😎 Do NOT pay for anything, the internet is a place where you can steal anything from everyone without even saying as much as thank you ...chich,chich.

9) Don't have/use/update antivirus/security software ....no, no, no.

10) Look for pokergames, slotmachines and other gambling outfits ....I won, I won, I,I....eh.

11) Look for ringtones and other stuff to bling your phone ....blip, blip ....BLUP

12) Click on those unexpected links and attachments in email, because you're curious ....#%&*(edited for Forum protocol).

13) Do loan your laptop for the weekend and give your Admin account login so your friend can get his project done with no hassles ....bad idea.

14) Let the Babysitter use your laptop for 'schoolwork' ......worst yet.

 

Good luck, and keep your nose clean... pardon me, you computer clean.

 

Hernan.

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Re: BEST anti-virus software out right now?

"... you are the ultimate weapon against the viruses, worms, and malwares. Using a bit of common sence will keep you away from trouble".

Essentially a paraphrase of the "P.S." in my reply.

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Re: BEST anti-virus software out right now?

"Essentially a paraphrase of the "P.S." in my reply."

 

That is why I said remember. It was a way to introduce "the 14 ways to get infected"; However, if in any way, I disrespected you. my apologies to you.

 

Hernan.

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Re: BEST anti-virus software out right now?

Any other recommendations? I've heard that McAfee and Norton are . I've also heard that ESET is good. Any thoughts?

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Re: BEST anti-virus software out right now?

baseballnut020:


I think ky331 and Bugbatter anwered your question. I personally would not want McAfee or Norton on my PC, but they are reputable products. If you want an opinion poll on what security-conscious people are using, I can refer you to the Wilder's forum poll here:
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=213806

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Re: BEST anti-virus software out right now?

"Any other recommendations?... I've also heard that ESET is good."

Baseballnut:   If you clicked on the link I gave you to Joe's recommendations, you would have seen that it in fact cited ESET's NOD32 as one (of his two) paid recommendations.

As I originally mentioned, you may receive many opinions/suggestions here, if the thread continues.   While some people want a "gazillion" choices, others find it overwhelming, and appreciate our "pruning" of the results down to a scant few items in which we have confidence.

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Re: BEST anti-virus software out right now?

The independent test site AV-Comparatives also recently polled its members as to what AV they were using, and how satisfied they were with it. Results from about 1,000 respondents are here: http://www.av-comparatives.org/seiten/ergebnisse/survey2008.pdf

 

Matousec.com, another independent security site noted for its firewall tests, also has an ongoing poll on which AVs its members use. Results are here: http://www.matousec.com/info/poll-archive.php?poll=2


I am always struck by seeing the same top-rated AVs recommended by experts and sites that I trust. Alwil, Avira, ESET, and Kaspersky products (both paid and free) all consistently rank highly. The last time I checked, all offered 30 day free trials of the paid versions.


When you purchase your new PC, the odds are that none of these AVs will be included in the package. Dell seems to push Norton, McAfee, And Trend Micro security software, on a trial basis. None of these would be my first choices.


Best of luck with whichever computer/AV you decide to get.

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