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Old 10-06-10, 08:12 PM
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Best Anti-Virus software?

My Norton subscription ends in 11 days and i was thinking of switching. I read up and Kaspersky seems like the best one out there. What anti-virus software do you guys have and can recommend me one?
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Microsoft Security Essentials.
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Microsoft Security Essentials.
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I concur. MSE has been really good and it is not bloated like most or the AV software out there.
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I prefer MSE for a few reasons. First, it's WAY less bloated than the other ones you mentioned; I can barely tell when it is performing routine scans. Second, it's free. Third, and this may be controversial to some, it's directly from Microsoft, and I actually kind of trust them. For all the flack Microsoft gets, this is actually a product that, IMO, out-performs the competition.
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Old 10-06-10, 11:00 PM
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what about nod32?
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Old 10-07-10, 08:31 AM
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Another vote for MSE, it is catching things that other programs on my machines are not, plus it is free
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Old 10-07-10, 08:53 AM
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I know MSE is good but I have had NO problems with Trend Micro I bought with my laptop on Black Friday and really works well it was only $29 too.
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I use avast! (freebie) at home and I love it.
We've recently switched to MSE at work, and I've been impressed at how lean and unobtrusive it is.
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Old 10-07-10, 09:22 AM
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No complaints about MSE here, either, and it even runs on Windows Server editions (unlike most free antivirus programs).
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Microsoft Security Essentials.
I bought the Win 7 Introductory deal to upgrade from XP. I was skeptical but decided to go with MSE on the new install. Glad I did.
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Old 10-07-10, 10:07 AM
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Buy a Mac.
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Buy a Mac.
For what I use my computer for, better built-in virus protection just isn't worth double or triple the cost.
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Buy a Mac.
Congratulations on providing the most useless answer to the thread. Way to contribute, sport!
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Buy a Mac.
As usual in all threads your about as useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle.
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No complaints about MSE here, either, and it even runs on Windows Server editions (unlike most free antivirus programs).
It does? The download says only XP/Vista/Win7.

I tried it on Win2003 and it said the OS was unsupported.
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Recently, I had problem with McAfee's new Internet Security Suite 2010 as their program caused a nasty spikes in CPU performance. After strings of contact with their Technical Support (outsourced to India ) and ended up in argument when they accused my computer being responsible for weak performance (they refused to accept the fact their program is responsible for decrease performance – even I presented all evidence).

So, I discontinued my subscription with them and I went on hunting for new anti-virus program. I looked in avast!, Trend Micro, EDO/NOD32, Kaspersky, and few more. All seems good programs, but it seems that every “media” sites, such as PC World, have their different opinions on each anti-virus programs. I had hard time making decision, but ended up using MSE.

I’m happy with MSE and it didn’t decrease any PC performance at all.
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Old 10-07-10, 12:13 PM
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Buy a Mac.
better yet, switch to linux its free. i recently switched to ubuntu and its amazing. so much better than windows.

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Old 10-07-10, 12:58 PM
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One thing to factor in; I download a lot of music movies on torrernt sites, frostwire and also go on porn sites. Will I still be protected by mse or will I need a more powerful program?
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Old 10-07-10, 01:18 PM
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One thing to factor in; I download a lot of music movies on torrernt sites, frostwire and also go on porn sites. Will I still be protected by mse or will I need a more powerful program?
Nothing will protect you from pr0n site malware. I suggest you use a boot CD with a small linux distro on it for your pr0n surfing needs.
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Old 10-07-10, 01:23 PM
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One thing to factor in; I download a lot of music movies on torrernt sites, frostwire and also go on porn sites. Will I still be protected by mse or will I need a more powerful program?
You're actually less likely to encounter a virus on a porn site, according to one study:
http://www.xbiznewswire.com/view.php?id=122415
A recent study suggests that porn sites are safer than conventional sites.

The study from anit-virus maker Avast claims that porn sites are far safer for computers than many people would think and far safer than websites from big businesses.

Avast CTP Ondrej Vlcek said that the statistics are clear — for every infected adult domain they identify, there are 99 others with non-adult content that are also infected.

In the study, the worst infections were found on more popular sites with higher traffic, and the report states that there was a higher infection rate in websites with the word “London” in the title than “sex”. One of the most infected sites, Avast discovered, was Vodafone’s smartphone section.

Porn entrepreneurs are constantly on the cutting-edge of technology, including streaming video, online-subscription models, and Internet advertising.

Because the porn industry is a pioneer in digital technology, the security measures taken are top notch. Increased security and smarter browser controls have forced hackers to look at other sites that might be slightly more vulnerable, sites where people do not expect viruses.
There are other steps you can take though. If you run Vista or Windows 7, have UAC turned on and on the highest setting. Use an alternate browser like Google Chrome.

Also, don't download anything illegal. Legit downloads that you pay for are better than getting "free" downloads that you end up paying for with virus infections and lost time/data.

If you do download questionable material, scan it with multiple antimalware scanners. No single antivirus/antimalware program can catch everything, but you should only run one real-time scanner program. However, you can run a second scan with something like the freeware malwarebytes:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
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Old 10-07-10, 02:34 PM
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It does? The download says only XP/Vista/Win7.

I tried it on Win2003 and it said the OS was unsupported.
I could have sworn that I have it running on Server 2003 R2 at home, but now that I think about it, maybe I'm just running Windows Defender. A Google search backs up what you're saying, so I'll have to check on that after work.

I know for sure that I am running it with no issues on several XP and Vista desktops and laptops, anyway.
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made the switch to mse awhile back and prefer it now
dont even notice it running
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Old 10-07-10, 02:52 PM
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One thing to factor in; I download a lot of music movies on torrernt sites, frostwire and also go on porn sites. Will I still be protected by mse or will I need a more powerful program?
seriously look into ubuntu. you can have windows and ubuntu installed on your computer. im not sure if frostwire works on linux so you can boot into windows to use it or any other of the few apps that dont have a just as good linux equivalent.

i only boot into windows to use my zune and lightroom. then you wont have to worry about antiviruses and crap. your computer will also run better and if you are into eyecandy. ubuntu has much cooler gui effects. just search youtube for ubuntu compiz.
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Old 10-07-10, 03:15 PM
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You're actually less likely to encounter a virus on a porn site, according to one study:
http://www.xbiznewswire.com/view.php?id=122415
I should qualify that PAID pr0n sites are most likely NOT your problem. They want your money and will make the experience on their web site as enjoyable as possible.


"FREE" pr0n sites are where you encounter problems. They generally collect money based on traffic or how many computers they can infect with some malware.

I do not consider anything by AVAST worth reading carry on...
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