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 NowSucksLess
Joined: 2/4/2010
Msg: 2
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Microsoft now has a free one that was also rated tops.
 SteelCity1981
Joined: 8/16/2005
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Posted: 2/24/2010 2:48:08 PM
The biggest drawback to Windows Firewall is that it only monitores inbound streams only and not both inbound and outbound streams like many third-party firewalls do. If a program attempts to open up a channel to the Internet without permission, the firewall blocks the potentially insidious communication and asks you whether you really want that particular bit of software phoning home. Windows Firewall, on the other hand, leaves the outbound gates wide open. and because of that i'd recommend a free firewall like Zonealarm Free edition or Comodo firewall which is also free that gives you not only inbound and outbound protection, but a lot of other protection options that Windows Firewall doesn't.

As for Antivirus programs there are some good free ones out there that rival in protection to many paid antivirus programs ones like AVG and Avast just to name a few
 VroomOnDaYamaha
Joined: 9/21/2009
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what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 2/25/2010 10:37:48 AM
I'd say Comodo internet security, it has built in firewall with full customization, antivirus, spyware/malware protection, best of all it's completely free!
 Steve_Sandy
Joined: 3/19/2006
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Posted: 2/25/2010 11:05:18 AM
nod32 from eset, not let me down yet, unlike norton and avg that trashed some friends systems after they let some viri thru

no AV on ubuntu pc, but no need yet :)
 tallshyman
Joined: 1/1/2008
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Posted: 2/27/2010 12:33:34 PM
OP -- Paying for an anti-virus app in this day and age is just throwing good money after bad. if you're that free with your money you may as well walk to your local "skid row" side of town and just hand a bum $75 too while you're at it lol.




What about Key loggers, spy wear, tracking cookie, e-mail scan, and unsafe websites ?


I use Norton 360 cost about 60.00 and can be put on 3 computers for that price. that is only 20.00 per computer.
 LinuxD
Joined: 12/6/2008
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Posted: 2/27/2010 1:56:32 PM
Malwarebytes Anti malware and spy bot search and destroy along with Avast seems to do the trick for me.. and they are all three FREE.. *pockets 60 bucks for a new piece of hardware*
 plaid_retina
Joined: 11/23/2009
Msg: 12
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/1/2010 9:08:22 PM
Avast or AVG free editions.
 AladdinSane_
Joined: 8/17/2006
Msg: 14
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/2/2010 1:03:54 AM
Well.. there is a bit of mis-information in this thread.

The comment I always chuckle at hearing is " I Use XXX and haven't had any problems yet"

LOL.. Not that you KNOW of.
If your AV Software is inferior, how WOULD you know you have a problem :)

I have cleaned up many systems riddle with virus and spyware, trojans and keyloggers and the owners are all surprised their AV let it through.
You know the software I came across the most with infected PC's?
AVG
Apart from that, its usually because the software hasnt been updated for more than 2 - 3 months.
Why, Because often the 'free' ones dont come with auto-updates .
And this.. leads to expense which you could have avoided.

Free or to pay?
If you have nothing on your PC worth keeping then use a free one.
Then again , if you dont have anything worth keeping, no password to bank sites etc on your PC then , why use an AV program at all?

Think of it this way.. do you insure your home? Your car?
For a nominal fee you get software which usually offers benefits over and above what the free ones contain.

Most importantly ' real time protection'.
This means you are protected every minute every click of your mouse/ keyboard (exaggeration) is monitored.
Then there is updates, most free ones allow once a week, some go as far as once a day and many need you to manually update.

New virus definitions are released nearly every hour.
Your 'once a day' updater is now compromised because a bug created 7 hours ago , just got into your system via an email with a Power Point slide show showing you awesome images of Fluffy Cats and beautiful sunrises.

So, while your free one is putting a smile on your face because its saving you the price of a tank of fuel or a case of beer, it is giving you a false sense of security.

Having said that, Avast! or Avira Free are probably the best on offer at the moment with careful and diligent surfing habits.
Update regularly and scan regularly when the PC is idle.


If its free you probably have to do some things YOURSELF.

I use Avira Security Suite have been using it for about 9 months, before that I used Avast! for 12 months and before that, NOD32

When It comes time to renew I will probably go to G-Data. But I will check the reports before I do.

I check out the ratings on AV software all the time.
I have thousands of photos, I have documents from years ago. I also dont want anybody peeping into what i am doing.

Anti-Virus
Avira Security Suite - Real time protection.
This suite will block ads on websites that install cookies or have other kinds of malicious coding. The ads blocked have an Avira Warning on them. These ads are blocked BEFORE they enter your system.
Avira will scan incoming emails & all downloads, including web pages with no apparent decrease in browser speed or usability
The protection in Avira will detect, anything with suspicious code, silently.
Read your logs once a months and THEN sit back and grin confidently when you see all the various blocks it has made.
If you have nothing in your logs/ quarantine, what's the software actually doing?... nothing.

Avira also has a boot scan, which will scan the boot sector of the pc before drivers and Windows loads.


Think again...
Facebook for instance, is riddled with malicious ads..This is why Facebook exists, its for advertising , not for social networking :)
MSN Messenger (Live) has huge amounts of threats.. mainly to the children, who accept anything and everything and click on all the ads messenger offers.

Even our local news sites 'infect' us with tracking cookies to gather data on our surfing habits so as to then present you with advertising that is relevant to you.
Some cookies are fine , to remember your details on sites you trust. Some however are not. If you have a LOT of tracking cookies, you're slowing down your internet speed.

(The two Google CEO's majored in Data Mining in Harvard University; how to collect and use anonymous data from peoples internet usage - how often do you use Google? Have you read up on the laws that have been imposed on Google, are you being protected by law? Answer: pretty much now, not in Google's first 4 years though)

Sorry, back OT
At the moment, G-Data seems to be the one I will be changing to as it is reported as being even lighter on the System and with slightly more detection results than Avira.

Other AV Software worth mentioning:
Trustport - not very user friendly advanced knowledge is required
F-data - Heavy on System Memory
McAfee - bloated with unecessary 'stuff'
Symantec - more for an office environment with many LAN users.

Anti-Malware.
Once upon a time.. Adaware and Spybot used to be the bees knees. Both free and did a great job,.. manually.
Spybot is still a very decent spyware scanner but with annoying pop ups for system permissions.

These days Malwarebytes Anti Malware is the bees knees.
In one need easy to understand program it does it all.
The free version however does not allow scheduled scans or realtime protection.
I paid for mine. Real-time protection AFAIC is paramount.

There isn't any point in scanning once a day/ week/ month to find the stuff that has already entered your system.

so..
Thanks for reading, if you did read it all.

Sometimes we are a little ignorant of what is safe and what's not, a lot of us believe we have adequate protection, when adequate on the internet, really isn't good enough to keep your privacy and precious files safe.

I have seen a lot of systems I couldn't save due to virus problems. Hence writing this post, in the effort to help those who may need t and give some food for thought to others.

Some of us are restricted with funds and simply can't afford the things we would like or know we need.
Along with Avast! or Avira free, there is a few things you can do to help your protection.
Safe surfing habits & careful downloads along with regular back up of important files to external devices, will always be good practice.

This address is to the Nov 2009 report from AV Comparitives, in PDF format.
http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/pua/avc_pua2009.pdf
 Bluesman2008
Joined: 4/2/2008
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what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/2/2010 6:52:10 AM
After trying many others, I've settled in on Kaspersky Internet Suite and update the viri definitions regularly because it's an effective AV and firewall. Haven't had one bug in a carload with it.
 tallshyman
Joined: 1/1/2008
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Posted: 3/4/2010 8:22:30 AM
I will not use Kaspersky because it is Russian don't to give them any of my money!!!

zone alarm free firewall
avg free auti-virus
Free KeyScrambler Personal anti-keylogging
 DTFMismyname
Joined: 4/18/2009
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Posted: 3/5/2010 10:33:54 PM
I use Kaspersky Internet Security. For the most part, I agree with Aladdin. One of my part time jobs was basic computer repair. When it came to virus removal, AVG was installed a majority of the time. I also laughed a lot when I would boot a computer to not one or two AV/AS(anti-virus/anti-spyware), but half a dozen. You wonder why your system is so slow.....

Once upon a time you needed an anti-virus AND anti-spyware, but now you can get one program to do both. The best ones to get are Internet Security editions, if you pay for an AV/AS.

A good way to look at protection programs is like an umbrella... good to keep you from getting wet, but once you do there isnt much the umbrella can do for you.

Just dont go to shifty sites, and keep up with updates.

-DTM
 Metreau
Joined: 7/30/2004
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what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/6/2010 5:05:55 AM
My personal recommendations:
Avast; no need to drone on it. How good it is has already been thoroughly explained.

Advanced SystemCare (from Iobit software)
It has some very decent utilities for finding spyware. It can also repair your registry keys, remove junk files, sweep privacy traces, optimize your system, defrag your hard drive, and make your system immune to spyware and even scans your Windows system for hijacked settings. Also, it has the Smart RAM utility which allows you to see how much of your CPU and RAM (physical, virtual, and Pagefile) is being used.

I will say that both of those programs are VERY light on system resources. Doesn't even make a scratch in them.
 Sweet_Le_Senza
Joined: 6/1/2007
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Posted: 3/6/2010 5:31:49 PM
I have Kaspersky or should say had. It conflicted with many applications that I had. I would also get the BSOD every now and then so I just un-installed it. Pretty sure it was compatible with my OS so not sure why the issues.

Norton I hear is good unless you're attempting to un-install that as well (however the right tools and it can be done)

McFee, I've never actually tried yet!
 ToThySelf
Joined: 2/26/2010
Msg: 21
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Posted: 3/7/2010 6:12:35 AM
OP -- Paying for an anti-virus app in this day and age is just throwing good money after bad. if you're that free with your money you may as well walk to your local "skid row" side of town and just hand a bum $75 too while you're at it lol.

I never bought one. Your isp probably has something already. If it isn't being updated its useless anyway. The typical user should have all data backed up anyway. Hundreds for free on the net - like I said - if it isn't being updated regularly it is useless.

What about Key loggers, spy wear, tracking cookie, e-mail scan, and unsafe websites ?

You really need to stop visiting those porn sites pal.
 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 22
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Posted: 3/7/2010 1:17:43 PM
My choice is still Macafee, even though it takes up resources more than some others. It has served me well the last year and a bit. I also use Malwarebites and Windows Defender.
 just_a_nobody
Joined: 1/8/2010
Msg: 23
what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/7/2010 11:20:37 PM
As a computer tech, I can say that no antivirus program is any good if the person allows a virus on their computer. What I mean, most computers that I see with infections, the user said they just clicked on something that popped up, and now they can't do anything with their computer.

Right now, the big thing is extortionware, where a Fake Antivirus program pops up saying your computer is infected with a multitude of infections, and only their program can remove them. Don't fall for it, that program is the virus, unless it is your actual AV program giving the warning.

I don't like the big suite type AV programs, because they are big and bloated programs that take over one's computer, and creates its own havoc on a system. Microsoft just introduced a free system, that so far I am impressed with. As for myself, I use AVG free on my main system, and I haven't had any viruses in years, unless I invited them on. However, on some of my other systems, I have installed the new Microsoft Security Essentials, which does a good job.
 Entzauberung
Joined: 2/12/2009
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what is best anti-virus program. Kaspersky? Norton?? McAfee???
Posted: 3/8/2010 7:51:20 AM
I've gone to Microsoft Security Essentials (free)

http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

and Webroot SpySweeper (paid subscription)
http://www.webroot.com/En_US/consumer-products-spysweeper.html
 jelydonut
Joined: 7/27/2006
Msg: 25
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Posted: 3/9/2010 2:06:48 PM
NOD32 is in my opinion the best. Tiny footprint and no noticeable slowdown. I've used many many others, and they just end up slowing down the machine and like to be constantly in your face. NODs silent mode is great, unless you have a virus, you never hear from it. It's the only one I would consider paying for, and I haven't paid for software since I was 13.
 eurosteve
Joined: 9/24/2009
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Posted: 3/12/2010 6:45:18 AM
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
 Skips_a_Beat
Joined: 5/1/2009
Msg: 27
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Posted: 3/12/2010 1:20:46 PM
I use 3 Anti-Virus/Spware programs that are free to both download and upgrade:

1) MalwareBytes>>>
(this one is lightweight and has actually removed spyware that other programs have not been able to do)

http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?part=dl-10804572&subj=dl&tag=button


2) AVG Anti-Virus>>>
http://download.cnet.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html?part=dl-10044820&subj=dl&tag=button&cdlPid=11014801


3) Spybot Search and Destroy>>>

http://download.cnet.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/3000-8022_4-10289035.html?tag=prod



None of these has EVER caused a program conflict or slowed down my PC.

I had Norton and MCafee in the past & detested them both...they were the worst system hogs. Norton, in my opinion, was like having a virus on my PC...it crashed all the time.

Also, I like the Trend-Micro "HouseCall" available online, without any download.

This helped me out once when a really nasty virus managed to interfere with the actual anti-virus programs that were installed on my PC. >>>

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/



 jpwrnglrwmn_forumsonly
Joined: 4/23/2011
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Posted: 1/20/2013 12:59:11 PM
I didn't know MSE wasn't a full security suite, until I started having problems with my computer recently. The scans took forever,a nd then my computer would shut down suddenly, for no reason. I did a search on the problem,a nd uninstalled it, and installed both avast and malwarebytes. Malwarebytes detected 14 infected files, which it removed, and now my computer runs fine.
 SteelCity1981
Joined: 8/16/2005
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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:40:15 PM
microsoft security essentials isn't good. in real world protection test it did bad and failed AV-TEST-Certification again.

Microsoft Security Essentials Fails Certification Again

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/AV-TEST-Certification-Security-Essentials-Double-Failure-0-Day,20524.html
 jimintoronto2
Joined: 11/8/2011
Msg: 30
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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:23:56 AM
I have used Norton products going way back to early versions of Windows. Today, I use Norton 360 and it's the best one yet. Unlike earlier versions, it runs unobtrusively in the background and updates itself dozens of times a day. It has saved my bacon more than once by catching email viruses, trojans, etc. (which my ISP is supposed to catch) and blocking malicious web sites. It even does scans on Facebook news feeds. It does cost about $80 a year for 2 computers, but it's worth every penny to me. You also get upgrades to new releases for free.
 gentleplus
Joined: 9/8/2008
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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:49:33 AM
@jeff.... good advice...

if I may add...

any antivirus is more or less the most effective at any time... there will be a constant horse race every quarter of changes in management or when key programmers are gone or newly acquired at each company.... as jeff said... if your online activity is not "at risk" don't sweat it at all... just keep your current checker up todate is all
 Debyduz_
Joined: 5/4/2012
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Posted: 1/25/2013 5:56:57 PM
I run advast and malewarebytes. 3 years no problems. The free versions were working fine, but I paid for both just to support them.
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