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Best computer virus protection ?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by bigbore613, Oct 21, 2009.

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  1. bigbore613

    bigbore613 Active Member

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    Whats the best ? Jeff
     
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    I use the free AVG. It has caught quite a few. I have another from Computer Associates, but its firewall clogs applications to a degree.

    The big thing is to make sure the virus definition files are constantly updated.

    The disadvantage to AVG is if you have scans run daily they take a long time and slow your computer.

    I scan with Malware Bytes regularly, and only have AVG programmed for bi-weekly scans which occur when I am away.

    HM
     
  3. Carol Lister

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    Dump the junk.... Macintosh.
     
  5. Ruck

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    "Once you've had MAC, you'll never go back". I won't, anyway!!

    Ken Rucker
     
  6. capvan

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    Yep, getting a Mac is the answer. No viruses. I worked in a medical facility that was all Mac, over 600 machines. Never had a virus problem. They switched to PC's (after I left) due to bad reasoning on the part of the administration. Now they spend a LOT of time combating viruses. And other problems they never had with a Mac. Today's Macs can also easily run Windoze, if you absolutely must have this capability.
     
  7. ivanhoe

    ivanhoe Well-Known Member

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    Mac, Mac what company makes that virus program? That a new program isn't it???

    Bob Lawless
     
  8. Allen-MX8

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    I use Norton on one computer and McAfee is on the other and have had no problems.

    I think regardless of what anti-virus software you use, be sure that it is updated regularly.

    Allen
     
  9. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    I tried Macafee, Kaspersky, Norton & Bitdefender. I am now using Panda and it seems to be the better of all of them
     
  10. Carol Lister

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    There is no "best" AV software and I'm not sure how the people who say that they've tried "this one" and "that one" and like "this other one best" are making their evaluation. Remember that AV software is retroactive... an infection has to get out into the wild and be discovered by some researcher before his development company can analyze it, write a signature for it and include it in an update for their AV program. How effective an AV program is on any given computer depends in large part on how security-minded the user is and how diligent they are about reducing their expose to infection in the first place. The more sloppy a user's computer habits are the more likely they will encounter infections that their AV software doesn't have signatures for yet.

    There are only 3 free AV programs I would consider: Avira, Avast and Comodo. There are several paid full version programs that will serve well including one from Avira plus Sophos, Eset Nod 32, McAfee, Kaspersky and Bit Defender.

    I'd also advise installing and using MalwareBytes scanner and doing periodic scans with the Eset online scanner and either BitDefender or Trendmicro's scanner.

    I talked to someone last week whose computer I had resurrected. He picked another AV program after that incident and I asked him how it was working for him. He said, "It's great. I only get half the viruses I used to!".

    Carol Lister
     
  11. OldRemFan

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    I quit using Norton a few years back when their new version wouldn't load over the current version I was using. Their tech staff wanted me to go into the operation system and start changing things. I went to Trend Micro Internet Security and I was very pleased and have used it ever since.

    It has saved me a lot of trouble on more than one ocassion, not difficult to install and use in my experience.
     
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    AVG home has worked well for me.
     
  14. Jennifer

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    I'm no expert, but I used to exclusively use Norton but not anymore. Last year's version made my older computer run horribly slow, and I still had two trojans get through, which they were happy to charge $100 to fix.

    I've now been using Kaspersky which does NOT make my computer run slow, AT ALL, and I have had nothing get through.

    Jennifer
     
  15. StonewallRacing

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    I'll seventh, eighth and ninth the MAC.

    We have three of them, have not owned a PC since early 90's. Have never had a single virus issue.

    SW
     
  16. hreinke

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    MODERATOR DELETED - You need to shape up with your comments.
     
  17. JerryP

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    Mac viruses and malware exist.
     
  18. Hauxfan

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    Nod 32 is supposed to be one of the best.

    Hauxfan!
     
  19. Mark Gadbois

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    Best = Vipre by sunbelt software - not free but well worth it
     
  20. missemucho

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    Another vote for Trend Micro; I've gotten quite a few of our club members to ditch Norton. Trend uses a minimum of your computer resources and works well. Check
    http://www.pricewatch.com/ under security software and you'll find some good buys.
    John
     
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