Free Antivirus Poll

Discussion in 'polls' started by DaveD, Nov 21, 2006.

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Which free real-time antivirus do you prefer?

  1. AOL Active Virus Shield

    25 vote(s)
    19.1%
  2. avast! Home Edition

    28 vote(s)
    21.4%
  3. AVG Free Edition

    27 vote(s)
    20.6%
  4. Avira AntiVir

    51 vote(s)
    38.9%
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  1. DaveD

    DaveD Guest

    If you had to choose only 1 antivirus which is free and provides real-time protection, which would it be?

    This is intended to be a quick, simple and painless poll. Comments are not necessary unless you would like to describe why you prefer that choice over the others.
     
  2. DaveD

    DaveD Guest

    Personally, I like both AntiVir and AOL Active Virus Shield. However, I prefer AOL Active Virus Shield because updates are much smoother then with AntiVir and are done hourly. AntiVir also lacks the mail scanning feature. I do, however, consider both to be equal when it comes to detection capabilities.
     
  3. Yannis

    Yannis Registered Member

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    Avast for real-time scanning

    AVG for on demand
     
  4. TairikuOkami

    TairikuOkami Registered Member

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    My vote goes to Avira (which I would choose, if I wanted an AV), however I do not use it.
     
  5. yaggy

    yaggy Registered Member

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    Of the 4, i would choose in this order

    AVS
    Avira
    Avast
    AVG
     
  6. marcromero

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    AVG 7.5
     
  7. ASpace

    ASpace Guest

    Nothing to write -> AV-Comparatives.org speaks itself ;) I vote for Avira .
     
  8. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    AVG 7.5
     
  9. woobook

    woobook Registered Member

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    AV-Comparatives only shows you the on-demand rate. Do you scan your PC everyday?
    Which free antivirus has the highest real-time rate? I dont know. nobody can offer a reliable value.
     
  10. DaveD

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    This poll has ended up closer then I had originally expected.

    Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to vote or respond. If you have not yet voted, please feel free to continue voting. The more votes the better.

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
  11. Alphalutra1

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    What do you mean o_O If a real-time scanner is set to the same settings as the on-demand portion, it should catch exactly the same things in real time as it would on-demand. That being said, antivir is my choice (I have felt that way since v6 BTW so I am not jumping on any bandwagon)

    Cheers,

    Alphalutra1
     
  12. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    Because different comparatives in different magazines show different trends, I'm using 3 top AV just to be sure - Symantec, McAfee and TrendMicro. Sometimes they catch a dangerous cookie!
    But among the communist anti-virii, I like AVG. But I'm worried about its detection rate, because it never catches anything.
    Mrk
     
  13. incursari

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    i will choose Avira.
     
  14. King FN Kong

    King FN Kong Registered Member

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    i do use avg on my laptop.
     
  15. GS2

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    Avast first, AVG second :)
     
  16. woobook

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    I think the real-time engine is different from on-demand engine. For some antivirus they are very different.
     
  17. Rickster100

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    Avast! is a good all-rounder. Happy user for years. :)

    Richie
     
  18. strangequark

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    Avast! like Rickster I've been using it for a few years now and it's never let me down.
     
  19. dawgg

    dawgg Registered Member

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    My list in order of preference: AVS, Avast, Antivir, AVG :D
     
  20. TonyW

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    I used AVG many moons ago, but I wouldn't use it now as have a paid-for AV.
     
  21. Anti_Virus

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    As for the free ones, AntiVir is the best. Its excellent heuristic detection level makes the whole difference.
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2007
  22. the Tester

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    Avira AntiVir.
     
  23. EASTER.2010

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    UPDATE!

    Am settled on Kaspersky Suite and gonna stay with it.
     
  24. phasechange

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    I currently use AOL AVS on my desktop and Antivir on my server.

    Phasechange
     
  25. Macstorm

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    If I had to choose between those 4: AOL AVS without a doubt :thumb:
     
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