Anti Virus Software

#1
In short whats the best?

Longer version, I took the lady laptop shopping yesterday and they offered us norton. I went pah, all it does is hog resources etc. Well in the end she got it free( she had to get office and some barganing was involved). It comes with 3 licences and i need to put some anit virus software on my laptop. She has used it on hers and I'm wondering should I put it on mine.

I'm used to using freeware, anti vir and spybot but what is the best software to use (free or paid) that doesn't hog resources? Do I go with the norton (as is is "free") or get something better?
 
#3
AVG free.

don't care if it's free; i refuse to install norton, after having to do a complete clean install to get rid of it a few years ago. it infests corners you wouldnt imagine!
 
#4
Don't put norton on. I've lost count of the number of PCs I've had to remove it from because of performance issues. As jobsworth says, AVG is the AV of choice for home users. I had that before I got myself a copy of McAfee Enterprise from work :)
 
#5
CRmeansCeilingReached said:
AVG free.

don't care if it's free; i refuse to install norton, after having to do a complete clean install to get rid of it a few years ago. it infests corners you wouldnt imagine!
Agreed,
Norton are aware this cack is a problem and actually have a download to help you remove fully their software.
 
#6
That Norton bollocks is probably only free for three months anyway. Mag to grid.

As said, AVG is a good free solution, but it can occasionally pick up game trainers and keygens as malicious.
 
#10
I wouldn't touch NORTON with yours! Not keen on AVG as I have known a couple of people have issues with it - also because it's free they don't have to be too speedy with issuing signature files!

I would go for McAfee (which you (I believe) can get free or heavily subsidised through the MOD home user programme on DII?) or splash a bit of cash usually not much though, and shop around and get KASPERSKY.

It's worth paying for something that could save you a lot hassle and pain in the future I believe.
 
#11
I agree with all the Anti-Norton posts here. It's horrible and you need knowledge of "Regedit" to get rid of all the nasty left over bits after uninstalling the damn thing.

I used AVG for years before I moved to Avira Anti virus which I think is better.

Avira Anti Virus
 
#12
Cougar said:
I wouldn't touch NORTON with yours! Not keen on AVG as I have known a couple of people have issues with it - also because it's free they don't have to be too speedy with issuing signature files!

I would go for McAfee (which you (I believe) can get free or heavily subsidised through the MOD home user programme on DII?) or splash a bit of cash usually not much though, and shop around and get KASPERSKY.

It's worth paying for something that could save you a lot hassle and pain in the future I believe.
My bold.

Not to sound like a c0ck, but do you have anything to support that? As far as I knew the paid version and the free version use the same signature files, so they have a financial incentive to push out the latest sigs asap.
 
#14
ocdt_ said:
Cougar said:
I wouldn't touch NORTON with yours! Not keen on AVG as I have known a couple of people have issues with it - also because it's free they don't have to be too speedy with issuing signature files!

I would go for McAfee (which you (I believe) can get free or heavily subsidised through the MOD home user programme on DII?) or splash a bit of cash usually not much though, and shop around and get KASPERSKY.

It's worth paying for something that could save you a lot hassle and pain in the future I believe.
My bold.


Not to sound like a c0ck, but do you have anything to support that? As far as I knew the paid version and the free version use the same signature files, so they have a financial incentive to push out the latest sigs asap.
From AVG:

Infrequent updates – AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 receives updates via a lower priority service. Priority updating via high-speed servers is only available for the commercial versions of AVG products

Less protection – AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 provides the same anti-virus and anti-spyware scanning engine as the commercial product; however, it lacks anti-rootkit. The older 7.5 Free Edition is perfectly capable of finding and disabling rootkits based on signatures, but cannot scan for rootkit-like activity. The 8.5 version of AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition version lacks any anti-rootkit capability. While there is no official protection for files from messaging sources, the Resident Shield component automatically scans files before they are opened or copied.
 
#16
A lot of soldiers have a techie inclination. But these days Linux is a doddle. Far sexier than a Mac. Really uber cool. And no virus/crashes/bloat.
 
#17
Avast - runs constantly in the background.

Zone Alarm (takes a bit of time to get running properly,and train it up).

lavasoft ad-aware.

malware bytes antimalware (recommended by someone on this site but can't remember who).

strangely enough no probs yet.
 
#18
Cougar said:
ocdt_ said:
Cougar said:
I wouldn't touch NORTON with yours! Not keen on AVG as I have known a couple of people have issues with it - also because it's free they don't have to be too speedy with issuing signature files!

I would go for McAfee (which you (I believe) can get free or heavily subsidised through the MOD home user programme on DII?) or splash a bit of cash usually not much though, and shop around and get KASPERSKY.

It's worth paying for something that could save you a lot hassle and pain in the future I believe.
My bold.


Not to sound like a c0ck, but do you have anything to support that? As far as I knew the paid version and the free version use the same signature files, so they have a financial incentive to push out the latest sigs asap.
From AVG:

Infrequent updates – AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 receives updates via a lower priority service. Priority updating via high-speed servers is only available for the commercial versions of AVG products

Less protection – AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 provides the same anti-virus and anti-spyware scanning engine as the commercial product; however, it lacks anti-rootkit. The older 7.5 Free Edition is perfectly capable of finding and disabling rootkits based on signatures, but cannot scan for rootkit-like activity. The 8.5 version of AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition version lacks any anti-rootkit capability. While there is no official protection for files from messaging sources, the Resident Shield component automatically scans files before they are opened or copied.
I stand corrected! :oops: :)
 
#19
I've just endured a year of McAfee Total Protection on three machines and McAfee AV on another two and not one of them ran for the whole year without having to reinstall.

So I went back to Norton which ain't perfect or hasn't been in the past. But the latest NIS 2009, installs in just over a minute, runs in the background, doesn't hog resources and I was able to install it quickly and easily on all five machines.
 
#20
I dumped Norton ages ago as I found it slowed everything down, I now use BullGuard which seems to do the job, picked up a copy on ebay for 11 quid.
 

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