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Anti Virus Favorite

Anti Virus Favorite

Anti Virus Favorite

I am looking at changing our anti-virus solution.  Currently use McAfee...only on PC's, nothing on server.     What are your favorite solutions?


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Have been using McAfee until now but I'm changing to Kaspersky.
Better tool, better support, better Client surveillance.

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I also replaced McAfee. We went with ESET NOD32. So far, so good.


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Haven't used ESET NOD32, but one of the security gurus on another forums that I frequent says that it is a solid product.

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Is this for corporate or home use?

For business use, Symantec Corporate Edition is still good.  It's what we've used for years, and it's worked well, or so it seems.  Of course, we've got who knows how many other products involved as well..

For home use, Microsoft Security Essentials (free), Avira Antivir (Free), Avast! (Free), AVG, maybe, (FREE) ...  Microsoft Security Essentials is also free for businesses, within a certain limit.

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Yeah, they have been terribly common of late.  :)

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Well, at work they use Symantec, which seems to be a total piece of $h!t, with a capital $ based on both its performance impact and its performance.  However, I can't do anything about it, including removing it and replacing it with something decent, so there is no sense in my worrying about it.

I wonder if this question is becoming common because there has been an increase in problems recently?  I was talking with one of the guys in IT here at the Univ where I work and he was saying that they have been getting inundated to where they have had to black list several sites recently, for this first time ever (* see note).  At home, I have been noticing that the amount of spam traffic hitting my servers, including the stuff that tries to push strange attachments at you, has been going up dramatically too.

(*note, the usage policy has always been very liberal - and pretty much amounts to don't try to crack into someone else stuff and don't knowingly download pornography unless it is for a business purpose with supervisor approval or for academic research).  Site banning has never been used before and doesn't sit well.)

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"oh, no not another one of these threads!!!"

We need a little button that can be pressed for "duplicate post" or "post gone off topic" or something like that.  "Inappropriate post" is not enough any more.  Recommend that to the gods somebody.

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"don't knowingly download pornography unless it is for a business purpose with supervisor approval or for academic research"   I'm trying to figure that line out but..............

I had a manager that asked me to download pictures of Pamela Anderson for him once.  I wsa sure it was for academic or research purposes so I complied.  Never mind that it was a manufacturing facility.......

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Thanks for your responses.  My apologies for duplicating the post, I will try and be more diligent in searching backwards to find if it has already been addressed.

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Avast for me ; just brilliant .

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Quote (ben):

oh, no not another one of these threads!!!  

Well yes, but things constantly change and old threads get archived. So I say fine.

A good example is the very recent update to Avira, so now you get constant nagups to buy the full version, I havnt timed it but could be as often as every 30 mins, and they dont alway clear properly.   

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Might as well start a blond/brunette/redhead thread.  That would draw just as many differing opinions.

Why was this thread revived   manhunter2826

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my exact sentiment... why was it revived...


the reply I made then was due to the fact that there where two or more thread just like it, a bit earlier in the forum... and having three or more threads on the same subject is just a "Oh NO..." kinda deal...

anyways this thread was zombied, and should be properly buried...

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Things change all the time. Is Microsoft Security Essentials plus Microsift Firewall considered adequate? I've used AVG, Avira, and Avast in recent years. Then they were reported to be inadequate or wanted upgrades to paid versions. Then paid Kaspersky (considered tops at the time), which was a disaster with bad updates and false positives. Had to restore my system from the recovery console. (I've used both Norton and McAfee further back and both were problems, slow, computer hogs, and terrible support.)

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I used Avast until it started preventing my Realtec onboard sound from loading correctly on startup on Windows XP Pro. My startup sounds and some system sounds didn't work. On Google I found that the sound problem has been around since XP began. I tried all the fixes I could find. Finally, I uninstalled Avast and went to Microsoft Security Essentials. No more sound problems.



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Eset NOD32 has the lightest overhead and you dont get the annoying prompts every few days, it has been quietly doing the job. Definitely not AVG, and avast is too domestic. On our small clients we use MS security essentials (even on WEPOS clients there is an early 86 build that takes)

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You mentioned that you "definitely" don't use AVG. Is there something wrong with AVG for home use ? thanks

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Honestly, if you want to see how good/bad any AV product is, try checking out the reviews and charts at:


AVG got a little slack for a few years, but from all I've seen and read of the most recent versions, it looks like they've corrected that now.  I've yet to try the latest versions, but I have thought about it.  I know it was my preferred AV product for at least a few years, and I put it on several other home users' machines with not a single complaint.  I moved away from it for probably the past 3 or 4 years, b/c it had begun missing so many threats for a while..

"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57

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One more thought to consider, when considering DrZogg's post.  It does matter what type of user you're talking about:
1. Home
2. Small Business
3. Corporate

And therefore whom it's for, who will be using it, who will be doing the support, etc, etc.  Frankly for home use, there are probably several that are safe enough.  My personal favorite right now is Microsoft Security Essentials.  I like Avira Antivir, but for home use, their practically constant pop-ups have been getting to be too much.  I've gotten to where I'd rather risk being infected than deal with the prompts to "buy our pro version".

"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57

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We find AVG has ANOTHER firewall to worry about, and cant be disabled, and when you go to stop the service you dont have access to the process. We support and sell POS systems, and we find most of our problems have Windows Firewall and AVG.  

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DrZogg: Regarding the AVG firewall, AVG can be installed without the firewall component, just do a custom install and un-check the firewall.

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Thanks for the replies everyone. I use AVG and so far haven't had any problems. I don't have the firewall component, either. I also use Malwarebytes on my machine.  

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DrZogg: Regarding the AVG firewall, AVG can be installed without the firewall component, just do a custom install and un-check the firewall.
Don't beleive it!
We had AVG on our server, when they released the next version the server version wasn't even meant to have firewall in it let alone a choice, yet it took our webserver out.  AVG firewall even when not even meant to be part of the product messes with IIS!

support was useless so replaced with ESET NOD32 and everything has been fine (touch wood).

It's interesting many have moved away from McAfee, whereas our support company suggests we replace our Panda with McAfee?

Getting the right AV is a mindfield and what might be good this year can go seriously pearshaped next year.

Good luck with which ever provider you use, and let us know how you get on with it!

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