Antivir PE vs AOL AVS

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by duke1959, Sep 7, 2006.

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  1. duke1959

    duke1959 Very Frequent Poster

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    I have used both of these now (currently using AVS) and am literally torn between the two. I like many things about each one, and there is only one thing that i don't like about each one. The Notifier of Antivir, and little more slowness with my PC now using AVS. That's why I am asking for help in choosing by starting this thread, and will add in the words of former boxing referee Mills Lane. "Let's Get It On!"
     
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  2. DaveD

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    By following several threads here it is very easy to get rid of the Notifier part of AntiVir. Once done, it does not bother you anymore. No Notifier. No errors. No problem.
     
  3. ggf31416

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    AntiVir
    + Great heuristics
    + File/Folder/Process Exclusions
    + Good Result in August AV-Comparatives Test
    + Fast Scanning
    - Notifier
    - Some False Positives (if heuristic is set to High)


    AOL AVS
    + Deteccion rates equal to Kaspersky (According to virus.gr results)
    + Ad/Spyware detection
    + Autoprotection
    + Fast Scanning (if scan only new and changed files is enabled)
    + Mail Scanner
    + Can be configured to desinfect/delete infected files automatically
    + A backup copy is always made before desinfecting / deleting a file
    - Optional toolbar
     
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    AVS

    - Poor "proactive protection" i.e. heuristics

    Personally I like them both and probably give the edge to AVS. I am running AVS on my main home desktop and Antivir on my file and print server.
     
  5. RejZoR

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    Still, i think AVS has better reaction times for non heuristical stuff (those that even AntiVir misses completelly). Though they really don't lag much behind...
     
  6. lodore

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    this is a hard one. i mean the big AOL lettering is enough to put anyone off avs
    but of course since it uses kaspersky engine it is good.
     
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    I would answer this question...except I have the same question :D
     
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    mercurie A Friendly Creature

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    I agree with this. ;)
     
  9. lodore

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    more people would use it if it wasnt partly a deal with AOL. if say it was party a deal by most other companeys e.g. bt.
     
  10. duke1959

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    Poor proactive protection? Well I have to admit Antivir rated very high in that department according to the May AV Comparitives, with Kaspersky and Avast much lower. But poor to me is how bad AVG did in them.
     
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    didnt kaspersky get something like 15-20percent? in those proactive tests?
    but kaspersky are working on a new proactive engine soon.

    antivir scanning doesnt slow down even budget laptops where as kasperksy scans do.
     
  12. Seishin

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    I'm new to AntiVir after defecting from Avast. How do you do that? And how do you set the heuristics level?

    Thx :)
     
  13. ggf31416

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    Kaspersky got 24% (4 FP), Avira 54% (25 FP). These are on-demand results with 3 months old antivirus. For more details see the full report.

    You must enable the expert mode in the configuration dialog. Then click the + (Scan for the on-demand scan and Guard for on-access scan), select Heuristic, enable Win32 file heuristic and set the heuristic level. In my experience the Medium level causes few false positives.
     
  14. DaveD

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    To successfully get rid of the Notifier, I have quoted Kerodo's post. I followed Kerodo's post step by step and it works perfectly and never comes back.

     
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    That's because it IS Kaspersky albeit re-branded.
     
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    Thx 4 that. Good it was set to that by default.




    Nice, Kerodo must have got that advice from an insider :). I'll swap over to Admin and do the tweak.

    Thx dude.
     
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    For some reason I cannot see the screenshots.

    If you are using Windows XP see https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=130419&page=2

    The file heuristic is disabled by default
     
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    You cannot see the security tab because of the fact that you have windows xp home. In order to see the security tab, you must boot into safe mode, then log in as the hidden "Administrator" account, then do the security tab.

    Cheers,

    Alphalutra1
     
  20. kdm31091

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    My opinion is that Antivir is probably better. Might be lower (slighty slightly!) in detection, but in general, it's lighter and it should remain free (I use the paid version right now though), and we can depend on it. It's not bloated, and it works well.
     
  21. duke1959

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    But AVS is free with antispyware,adaware, and dialer protection, plus if I'm not mistaken the rootkit detection AVS has is also not in the free version of Antivir.
     
  22. kdm31091

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    Fine but AVS won't be free forever, it's free FOR A YEAR!
     
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    Well, using AVS for a year is o.k, then you could always change to something else, e.g Antivir... :D

    Regards, C.
     
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    It's not a problem. If AVS doesn't remain free after the year the people using it can easily switch to Antivir or Avast
     
  25. duke1959

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    Or because you liked AOL AVS so much you may go to the paid version. I must say as much as I like both of these Antiviruses, I would still probably lean towards KAV simply because of the additional features the Pro version offers, and since the free version never bothers me (Are you listening Avira) everytime it updates. Not to mention the proposed Heuristics KAV is said to add next year. It's still close, but I'm beginning to like AVS more and more. Maybe this is why it is free for now, and why quite a few people will go Pro later on.
     
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