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Old 02-11-04, 10:52 AM
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Help on choosing Antivirus Program

I need some help choosing a Antivirus Program. I have 2 computers in the house. Both running off a Router. Im not networking or anything. I need to know what would be a good program for my main computer. I went to Wal-Mart last night and looked at Norton. It was 40 dollars. Is installing a Antivrus Protection going to interfere with my router as well as the other computer???? I believe the router has a built in "firewall" or something like that.
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Old 02-12-04, 04:01 PM
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AVG ANTI VIRUS, its a free download.it picked up 2 viruses on my sisters computer and she had norton and mcafee. homepage at www.grisoft.com.
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Old 02-12-04, 09:06 PM
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AVG generally fares very poorly in AV testing. You get what you pay for.
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Old 02-16-04, 05:28 AM
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Originally posted by JustinS
AVG generally fares very poorly in AV testing. You get what you pay for.
My friend swears by it, says it's the best out there. I use Norton AV 2004, so I have to disagree with him.
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Old 02-16-04, 06:51 AM
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AVG generally fares very poorly in AV testing. You get what you pay for.
Maximum PC magazine compared Norton, McAfee, and AVG. The scores are 8, 6, and 9, respectively.
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Originally posted by bloopbleep
AVG ANTI VIRUS, its a free download.it picked up 2 viruses on my sisters computer and she had norton and mcafee. homepage at www.grisoft.com.
I'd agree. Even if you don't like it, you can try it for free!
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Old 02-16-04, 10:13 AM
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Ok, this is bizarre. I went to the Grisoft website to download the free version of the virus software. I downloaded the exe and it's an Ipod updater for Windows. WTF?
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That is strange - did you try this URL:
http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php ?
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Old 02-16-04, 11:05 AM
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That is strange - did you try this URL:
http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php ?
Yep. Downloaded from that exact link.
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Old 02-16-04, 11:38 AM
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Originally posted by Alvis
Maximum PC magazine compared Norton, McAfee, and AVG. The scores are 8, 6, and 9, respectively.
Let's see:

1. Link?
2. Maximum PC magazine??? They have some special expertise in this area that I am not aware of?
3. What were the rating based on?

A proper AV test bombards each of several products (i.e. far more than just the three that they tested) with actual malware from dozens of different families and with every known transmission vector and rates the products based on how well they identify the threats and defend the system they are installed on. Period.

These types of tests are expensive and require the testers to really know what they are doing.

I have never seen AVG do well on one of these tests (I've seen the results of four in the past couple of years). Kapersky, F-Secure and Trend Micro's PC-Cillin always seem to do pretty well.
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Originally posted by JustinS
Let's see:

1. Link?
2. Maximum PC magazine??? They have some special expertise in this area that I am not aware of?
3. What were the rating based on?

A proper AV test bombards each of several products (i.e. far more than just the three that they tested) with actual malware from dozens of different families and with every known transmission vector and rates the products based on how well they identify the threats and defend the system they are installed on. Period.

These types of tests are expensive and require the testers to really know what they are doing.

I have never seen AVG do well on one of these tests (I've seen the results of four in the past couple of years). Kapersky, F-Secure and Trend Micro's PC-Cillin always seem to do pretty well.
Of course Maximum PC magazine.

Here is their review:

AVG is da bomb, baby! Totally modable and skinnable. This anti-virus software doesn't stop at BLING-BLING, it goes all the way to PUFF Daddy P.Diddy BLING-shizzle-BLING. *******88eighteight stars!
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Originally posted by Tsar Chasm
Of course Maximum PC magazine.

Here is their review:

AVG is da bomb, baby! Totally modable and skinnable. This anti-virus software doesn't stop at BLING-BLING, it goes all the way to PUFF Daddy P.Diddy BLING-shizzle-BLING. *******88eighteight stars!
Not quite...

It's in the March issue.
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Originally posted by Alvis
Not quite...

It's in the March issue.
The article isn't entitled "0v3rcl0ck yu0r AV!!!", is it?
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Old 02-28-04, 04:36 PM
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Leo Laporte and Roger Chang gave AVG a positive review on Call For Help on Friday Feb. 27.

http://www.techtv.com/callforhelp/fr...382067,00.html

But I guess they don't know anything either...
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Originally posted by Alvis
Leo Laporte and Roger Chang gave AVG a positive review on Call For Help on Friday Feb. 27.

http://www.techtv.com/callforhelp/fr...382067,00.html

But I guess they don't know anything either...
Apparently they do not. They gave it a positive review while not comparing it against any other AV application.

From the article:

To test this software, I clicked on several email messages containing attachments in the "Call for Help" inbox -- people seem to love to send us viruses. AVG instantly popped up a screen warning me that several messages contained a virus.
Wow, I am so impressed. It detected infected email attachments associated with worms that have been identified by AV vendors for weeks and months. That was the extent of their tests.
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Old 02-28-04, 08:37 PM
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You can get the german AntiVir from free-av.com
But since its free it must suck, right?
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Old 02-28-04, 10:55 PM
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You can not get the details to this unless you buy a subscripion, but the cover page says a lot


http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archives/tests.xml?200402


Grisoft
Status: FAIL
Result history: Grisoft
Product name: Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 7.0

FYI - Norton is Symantec


Symantec
Status: PASS
Result history: Symantec
Product name: Symantec SAV 8.1.0.825
There are other test, but these guys are one of the repected industry leaders. In the details of their test, AVG scored 69% where Norton/Symantec scored a 97%

but hey use what ever you want, I really don't care. Just don't spread bad information to others. There is already an extreme amount of ignorance in the PC world.
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Old 03-01-04, 04:36 PM
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Originally posted by 4KRG
There are other test, but these guys are one of the repected industry leaders.
Yes there are other tests, and I have read several of them over the past two years. I do not recall AVG ever doing well on any of them compared to respected commercial packages like F-Secure, Sophos, and Kapersky or even doing nearly as well as common apps like Trend Micro, Symantec/Norton, and McAfee.

but hey use what ever you want, I really don't care. Just don't spread bad information to others. There is already an extreme amount of ignorance in the PC world.
Amen.
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