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 xCee
Joined: 7/22/2012
Msg: 33
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I always recommend Avast Antivirus (Free Edition) to people when I troubleshoot systems. It has a live scan for web pages and pop ups, which is where 90% of your viruses and malware will come from.

I use it myself as well. :)
 JustDidi
Joined: 6/9/2009
Msg: 34
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what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 1/29/2013 5:12:05 PM
Avira /Avast! are both fair free alternatives and are a valiant effort but they just cant match Kaspersky and it's almost limitless resources that are made available to them when needed.

Windows personal firewall only attempts to stop attacks from the outside so doesn't monitor any applications sending out information.

This may be the case with hackers from the USA unfortunately it isn't the case world wide eastern block and chinese hackers would rather have your credit card details and personal information, Or maybe as you have plenty of bandwidth they may just want to setup a stro on your machine or add it to their botnet.

Glad I'm not one of your clients.

The commercial software is updated more regularly than the free stuff when submitting new viruses to Kaspersky I normally get an email within half an hour confirming the code is malicious and it is normally in the updates within an hour or 2.

I use Kaspersky it's free over here as my bank pays for it and gives it to all their online banking customers . I'm guessing this isn't out of charity.
 Green_Bay_Packers_2013
Joined: 10/20/2012
Msg: 36
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 1/31/2013 10:40:23 PM
Avast! Free Antivirus Better Than Microsoft Security Essentials

Hybrid Cloud Technologies

NewStreaming, real-time virus database updates

Now you get each virus signature sent to you in real-time via connection to the AVAST Virus Lab cloud, rather than needing to wait for a traditional database update. Your database will be continuously updated with latest definitions.

NewFile reputation system

FileRep lets you know whether a file is safe before you open it – determined in part by how many people have the file and how new the file is. The technology is also used internally, to help the scanning engine make more intelligent decisions.

New Protective Features

ImprovedAutoSandbox

Suspicious programs are now automatically placed inside the avast! Sandbox. When the program finishes, a comprehensive report is generated and, based on the program’s behavior, you are given a recommendation on how to treat it in the future.

ImprovedBrowser Sandboxing

Enabled by a single click of the mouse, it allows you to completely isolate the browser from the rest of the system – even if the browser gets hijacked, your system stays clean.

ImprovedWebRep

The version 7 WebRep browser plugins provide greater protection against phishing sites, including heuristics detection of new phishing sites. Additionally, we have extended browser support to Apple™ Safari™.

ImprovedSafeZone™

Available only in Pro Antivirus and Internet Security, our SafeZone™, your ultimate clean and secure window for financial transactions, now auto-prompts you and moves to the SafeZone from your regular browser.
Greater Usability

Newavast! Account portal

Your web-based avast! Account portal is your personal directory for all your avast! related data. It allows you to track all your avast! installations, complete with their health data, status information, and useful statistics.

NewRemote Assistance

Our new Remote Assistance tool lets you initiate remote support from any ‘geek’ among your friends or f****y who agrees to help. Initiated by you, it routes through AVAST’s servers, bypasses firewalls, and can be terminated by you at any time. You will never have to ask for help over the phone again.

ImprovedEasy-to-use user interface

The avast! user interface has been optimized to be more intuitive. Novices will find it easy to use, while experts are still able to customize every aspect of the software to their individual needs.

NewCustomizable installation

Your avast! software can now be installed in Compatibility Mode, meaning that it will run perfectly along with your other antivirus software to act as a second line of defense. And even if you install avast! in normal mode, you are given the possibility to install the components you really need.
Now even faster AND less resource-hungry

Independent tests showed that avast! 6 was one of the fastest and least resource-intensive antivirus products available. We made version 7 even better: this is our best-performing product ever.

Windows 8 Beta compatible

avast! 7 runs great on Windows 8 and even has some cool new Windows 8 specific features, such as the Early-Load Antimalware Driver (ELAM), which snaps into the Windows 8 Secure Boot process to provide additional protection against system-level rootkits and bootkits.

Core Technologies

Antivirus and anti-spyware engine

Innovative scanning engine protects against viruses, spyware, and other malicious agents.

Real-time anti-rootkit protection

Prevents stealth malware (‘rootkits’) that, when loaded by the computer’s OS, are invisible to ordinary scanners.

Silent Firewall avast! Internet Security only

Stops hackers, using heuristic and behavioral analysis and a white list of safe applications.

Antispam avast! Internet Security only

Comprehensive spam and phishing filter, which works as a plug-in to MS Outlook and a generic POP3/IMAP4 proxy for other email clients.

avast! WebRep

Provides website reliability and reputation ratings according to community-provided feedback.

avast! CommunityIQ

Our technology uses a global network of sensors to provide us with data taken (anonymously) from the actual web-browsing experiences of an opt-in group of avast! users. This info is then used to protect all avast! users with the most up-to-date information on viruses and infected websites.
Because of avast! CommunityIQ, avast! has discovered 251,844 infected websites and protected 33,924,256 people from visiting them in the last 30 days.

Hi-Tech Features

Boot-time scanner

Scans your computer for infections before the OS can start to activate any viruses beneath it (now applies to Windows 7 and Windows Vista).

avast! SafeZone™ avast! Pro Antivirus and Internet Security only

Opens a new (clean) desktop so that other applications don’t see what’s happening – perfect for banking or secure ordering/shopping – and leaves no traces once it’s closed.

AutoSandbox

Prompts users to run suspicious applications in the virtual Sandbox environment.
avast! Sandbox avast! Pro Antivirus and Internet Security only

Provides an extra layer of security for you to run your PC and its applications in a virtual environment – where any attacks are thus targeted (instead of your real PC).

Intelligent Scanner

Reduces the number of required file scans up to 80% through a white list of safe applications. Files identified as safe are not rescanned unless they change.

Silent/Gaming Mode

Automatically detects full-screen applications and disables pop-ups and other notifications without compromising security.

Green computing

Leaves a minimal “footprint” due to its efficient and effective technology.
avast! Real-time Shields – a team of 24/7 guards

File System Shield

Real-time scanning of opened/executed files.

Mail Shield

Scans all incoming/outgoing email for malware (a special plug-in is used for MS Outlook).

Web Shield

Scans all visited web pages, downloaded files, and java scripts. Thanks to the intelligent stream scanning feature, the Web Shield doesn't slow your web browsing.

P2P Shield/IM Shield

Checks files downloaded via P2P programs and while using IM or “chat” programs.

Network Shield

Protects against network-based viruses with two main components: a URL blocker for malicious URLs, and a lightweight intrusion-detection system.

Script Shield

Detects malicious scripts hidden in web pages and prevents them from hijacking and potentially damaging your computer.

Behavior Shield

Stops ‘zero-day’ threats and unknown malware before virus definitions have been obtained.

Others

Supports the 64-bit architecture platforms of Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Heuristics engine

Proactively finds malware undetectable with normal definitions and virus signatures.

Code emulator

Uses dynamic translation (a method much faster than traditional emulation) for both generic unpacking and within the heuristics engine.

Automatic processing

Infected files are processed automatically, without requiring user instructions.

Smart virus definition updates

Incremental updating minimizes the size of regular update files.

Fast application of updates

New format for the virus definition file means faster updates and reduces demand on CPU/memory, for uninterrupted computing.

Multi-threaded scanning optimization

Allows the splitting of large files between cores, which accelerates the scanning process on new multi-core CPUs and makes avast! run even faster.

Wake-up/Scheduled scanning

Schedule scanning at night or whenever you don’t need to use your PC.

Command-line scanner avast! Pro Antivirus and Internet Security only
Runs a scan directly from the command line.
 FishOwl
Joined: 12/13/2008
Msg: 37
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 2/1/2013 1:38:28 AM
Kaspersky is good. You might also want to try Malware Bytes.

www(dot)malwarebytes(dot)com - free

Also had good results from spybot.
 smart_funny_creative
Joined: 1/29/2013
Msg: 38
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 2/2/2013 12:48:42 AM
I have kaspersky it works fine but I had to disable the smart money feature on the 2013 version because it didn't work with ebay transactions. Then I learned you can disable it for certain web sites.
 HarleyRide944
Joined: 9/19/2011
Msg: 39
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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:47:59 PM
I've been a computer technician for 12 years and did it as a hobby before that. I've been running AVG free on my systems at home from the very beginning and I've never had an infection. Paying for anti-virus protection is a HUGE waste of money. There isn't one anti-virus program that can or will catch everything. Since that's the case, there is absolutely ZERO reason to pay for it.

If you are careful of the sites you visit and the emails you open, you have defeated half the problem. I recommend AVG FREE, but there are others out there like AVIRA, AVAST that are also free that work very well. I also recommend using Spybot and Malwarebytes as well. Do a good search for those and install and run them.

One thing I do when setting up AVG on my systems is once it is installed and runs its initial setup scan, I disable the daily scan. AVG and other anti-virus programs are running resident already, so they are going to catch it if you open a file that is potentially malicious or visit a potentially malicious website. There is absolutely ZERO reason to let the anti-virus programs run a daily scan on your machine. The machine is already clean, so running the daily scan on a clean machine is overkill and will only slow you down when you are wanting to use the machine.

I've had computers brought to me mulitple times that had an issue connecting to the internet. The problem: Norton. It was always the program that locked the user out of the internet. I would NEVER recommend a user pay for antivirus protection and if they are insistant on doing so, Norton would be the absolute LAST option I would suggest. It's AWFUL and causes more problems than it actually fixes. Moral of the story: DO NOT waste your money on anti-virus protection. Get AVG, AVIRA or AVAST and keep that money in your pocket.
 HarleyRide944
Joined: 9/19/2011
Msg: 40
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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:53:57 PM

I actually use the free verison of AVG and also Avast Antivirus is great :) I use a combo of the two of them as not one virus solution is 100% complete and I also use spybot S&D


You are using AVG And Avast? As a computer technician, I highly recommend you pick one and uninstall the other. Running two anti-virus programs on one pc is an absolute NO NO.. You are lucky your machine still boots up. When you run two anti-virus programs together they conflict with each other and will eventually crash your system. Sooner than later. It would be wise to pick one of those quickly and remove the other.
 Dancing_4_You
Joined: 1/21/2006
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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:30:18 AM
i use free avg and pay for avg pc tuneup. i also have several malware applications and for now, use zone alarm-- but, the latter may be switched to more sophisticated package. problem is that the latter is harder to manage when you are not lingo saavy.
 Visuell
Joined: 11/13/2008
Msg: 42
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 2/19/2013 7:01:52 PM
Just though I would mention sandboxie as a nice addition if you are really worried about keeping your PC safe.
 Albvs
Joined: 2/14/2013
Msg: 44
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/16/2013 4:23:26 PM
Microsoft Security Essentials
 Rheostatic
Joined: 5/27/2011
Msg: 46
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/17/2013 11:27:52 AM

If you are careful of the sites you visit and the emails you open, you have defeated half the problem.


Truer words are rarely spoken.

All the AV programs out there are just as good as the others. The paid ones like Norton and Mcafee, might be decent AV programs, but as software they're absolutely horrible. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the only thing you're paying for is customer/technical support.

The best AV protection is the user. Treat the internet like a used-car salesman and don't trust anything (or anyone). Reformatting every now and then doesn't hurt, either.
 Albvs
Joined: 2/14/2013
Msg: 47
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/17/2013 5:10:11 PM

MS Security Essentials is not going to block Malware.

Read the title of this thread again.
 ladywilltravel
Joined: 8/25/2012
Msg: 48
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/20/2013 10:16:17 AM
I don't think there is a "best" AV program, none of them will catch everything, but if the program is not run, it is useless.
Daily runs are recommended; setting your computer to auto run is useful, but your computer must not be in shut down at the time. If full or quick scans are offered, the full scan would be most beneficial. AV updates are there for a reason, so make sure those are current.
All of my computers have different AV programs plus Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes has recognized things that have slipped through the AV programs.
In 15 years and a half dozen computers, I have never had a disabling virus. Safe computer use is the best protection.
There has been occasions when a virus was suspected; the current AV program was temporarily disabled and a free program was downloaded and run, then deleted and original AV program enabled.
If you don't need the added features of the paid AV programs, such as another firewall, monthly reports, defender, etc., then the free programs may work quite well.
 IT-is-SEXY
Joined: 3/14/2013
Msg: 49
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/21/2013 11:10:51 PM
ESET NOD32 Antivirus or Smarty Security is the best

*Resource* - Myself, I manage over 10,000 endpoints. ESET catches and removes the most by far. I also use Kaspersky, Kaseya Antivirus, and Microsoft Security Essentials.
 Azream
Joined: 12/30/2009
Msg: 50
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Posted: 3/25/2013 4:06:37 PM
Malwarebytes is the best for me. Being an online gamer, I prefer it as it doesn't run automatically which means it does not use up memory, yet, it is just as powerful, if not more powerful, than many other commercial antivirus applications. I believe it is very heavy-duty in the sense that it even picks up rootkits, which are typically a pain to cleanse.
 TomSlick1982
Joined: 11/20/2012
Msg: 51
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/26/2013 10:23:20 AM
I AM a computer expert...well, I was for the DOD. Free programs are every bit as good as the paid programs. It's just that morons fall for marketing and scare tactics.
 _FishingForAMermaid_
Joined: 1/4/2009
Msg: 52
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/26/2013 8:49:54 PM
Anti-virus programs are similar to online dating sites. One can pay if one likes to throw away money. The free ones are just as good. That's why we are here on POF, right? I use AVG free and have no complaints.
 excelica
Joined: 3/23/2013
Msg: 53
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/27/2013 6:47:34 AM
I use Avira (combination with Comodo) cause' I find it to be the least resource hog and produces the least false positives. Kaspersky would take #1 though only it's shareware...
 LowNrusty
Joined: 10/2/2012
Msg: 54
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/28/2013 2:38:28 AM
Kaspersky ill vouch for. Never had a problem as long as i have it installed! well worth what i pay for it!
 tag47
Joined: 1/9/2009
Msg: 55
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Posted: 3/30/2013 12:31:50 PM
ARE THERE ANY NEWER VERIONS THAN 2010 ?

TGRASSO47@GMIL.COM
 Sbrk0656
Joined: 9/8/2012
Msg: 56
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/31/2013 1:18:22 PM
I would recommend downloading the Microsoft Security Essentials. It is a free program and I know it works very well. When others have had issues with other programs, this one continues to work without issues.
 sureicanhelp
Joined: 3/27/2013
Msg: 57
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 4/1/2013 5:15:19 AM
Bitdefender is the best period has been for 14 years straight
yes free online scan and a free version and if u want to buy it it very cheap.
Rated so by outside judges - outside of the usa.

online scan: http://www.bitdefender.com/scanner/online/free.html
Free Download:
http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html

Good Luck
 gentleplus
Joined: 9/8/2008
Msg: 58
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Posted: 4/2/2013 7:10:20 AM
avast.... free
 sureicanhelp
Joined: 3/27/2013
Msg: 59
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 4/2/2013 9:06:38 AM
Like i said avast is crap Bitdefender is Number 1 14 years straight and here is a free one
 Iron-nerd
Joined: 10/29/2012
Msg: 60
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 4/10/2013 9:09:34 PM
Avast is great in my opinion. There is a free version and that's all you need. Nice interface, doesn't take a lot of resources and hasn't caused any interference with other programs like many others have for me in the past.
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