In The Market For A New Virus Scanner

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Bethrezen, Nov 5, 2006.

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  1. Bethrezen

    Bethrezen Registered Member

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    hi all

    I'm in the market for a new anti virus scanner so I'd like to get some feed back on which one I should get here are the criteria

    1.) it needs to be simple to set up and operate
    2.) in needs to be accurate (not produce a lot of false positives)
    3.) it needs to be light on resources
    4.) it needs to work on 98se
    5.) it needs to have a good detection / removal / repair rate

    so any of you know of a virus scanner that will meet these criteria ?
     
  2. ink

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    Drweb CureIt, no need to install, free.
     
  3. btman

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    Kaspersky, fast, not too expensive, and the best in the business. Great detection and removal/repair rate. So far I haven't had a f/p with Kaspersky.
     
  4. aigle

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    Acc to ur criteria, KAV( if it likes ur system )though my experience is limited with AVs, not used many of them.
    Put a trial to see!
     
  5. Blackcat

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    One possibility to trial would be the full version of Dr Web as this would satisfy all of your criteria. Install and then leave it at the default settings.

    Another advantage of considering Dr Web is if you are thinking of switching AV's. You can migrate to DW and obtain a 50% discount. It is a very lightweight scanner and you should be able to run it without any slowdown problems on your older system.
     
  6. Badcompany

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    Dr.Web is a excellent AV, very light, excellent detection, you can leave it at the default settings and forget it. :thumb:
    Badcompany.
     
  7. marcromero

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    What Badcompany said, and I will add, it's performance and protecton, are second to none.
     
  8. Malcontent

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    Another vote for Dr. Web. It's light on resources and is updated several times a day. It's stable and well behaved. Good detection. The default settings offer great protection. It's a set and forget program. It's less expensive then several other antvirus products.

    Try the demo for 30 days for free.
     
  9. Firecat

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    For meeting these criteria, I would recommend:

    a) McAfee
    b) Virus Chaser
    c) Kaspersky 6.0/Steganos
    d) BitDefender

    All of the above are easy to configure and have a good looking UI and come with optimal protection out of the box. :)
     
  10. Blackcat

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    But he might find, IME, McAfee and BitDefender a little heavy on his "old" computer with WIN 98. I have definitely found these two AV's heavier than Dr Web in real-time.

    If you do have an older system then I would also make sure you have maxed out the memory and then you might have a wider choice of AV's to select from.
     
  11. lodore

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    try nod32.
    lodore
     
  12. sukarof

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    Another vote for DRWeb. I use it because it doesn't cost much. It is very much set and forget, light on recourses, frequent updates of sigs. But the best thing with DrWeb imo is that they promise it will never get bloated with antispyware or firewall modules. Just a antivirus.
     
  13. aigle

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    Probably the word never is not true. Marketing needs might push them for a security suite soon. Antispyware is already part of virus signatures.
     
  14. JerryM

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    DR Web has a good following, however, it does not show up as well as Avast on AV Comparatives. It only gets Standard.

    Why would you recommend the Dr over Avast Home or Avira? I will say Avira might give some troubles, but I have found
    Avast Home trouble free.

    Best,
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  15. sukarof

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    I guess the saying "never say never" is true :) but the CEO of DrWeb, at least for now, says in a interview on their web page that it will not happen and explains why. But if it does, I´ll just move on to something else.
     
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    that does sound good that it should never become bloated. lets hope it doesnt become false advertising lol.
    lodore
     
  17. Blackcat

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    Don't worry too much about these results; most people will never see these samples. Although I agree that the perception of them going backwards on av-comparatives is not a good one.
    IME, lighter in real-time and therefore a better choice on older machines and a better option on WIN 98 than Avira with its greater problems on older OS's.
     
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    I personally believe these sort of claims are not trustworthy. They always decide acc to marketing. Anyway if any vendor launches a suite, there is most of time an option to but their standalone AV as well, so that is not a matter to worry for.
     
  19. marcromero

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    Read Igor Daniloff's interview, his philosophy concerning his company and his product are clearly stated, also the reasons why Dr.Web will not always do well in some of the independent malware tests. I have tried all the highly touted top tier av's according to av-comparatives and have been disappointed with each one of them, then I tried Dr.Web, what a revelation that was, I think some newsgroup users put way to much stock in independent malware tests, all they look at is the numbers, whats popular with the in crowd and then change av's everytime the ratings change, looking for that perfect solution, which we all know doesn't exist. I prefer, performance and stability in my antivirus program. To me, Dr.Web Antivirus excels in this area, with performance and protection, second to none, in my opinion. That's why I would and will continue to recommend Dr.Web Antivirus. I think it's a great program, with a great future, only time will tell. I'm onboard for the long haul, but this could all change tomorrow...
     
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    So far in my experience i have been the most happy with Kaspersky, I have tried most of the top tier anti-virus programs listed here and AV-comparatives.

    I saw in another thread that outpost has Kaspersky internet security free w/rebate and also has kaspersky anti-virus for half price with rebate. See link below to go to outpost webpage.

    http://shop2.outpost.com/search?search_type=regular&sqxts=1&query_string=kaspersky&cat=
     
  21. Toby75

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    I would say nod32...for its ease of use, effectiveness, and compatibility with most systems.
     
  22. aigle

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    It,s definitely not user friendly ATM, I mean the user interface and settings.
     
  23. marcromero

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    I agree with aigle, the Nod32 gui is not user friendly. In addition, configuration is a dauntless task.
     
  24. Firecat

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    For that matter, I found the paid AVG Anti-Malware to have better detection rates than Dr.Web for older malware. But when it comes to the malware that spreads fast, Dr.Web has excellent detection rates.

    The only problem is that the heuristic engine still occasionally generates an FP. I hope they make some improvement in version 5. :)
     
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    I'd like to throw my $.02 in if I can. I have tried all the AVs listed, and like them all. But there are things to consider that I don't think have been mentioned yet. Dr Web has had a memory issue, especially after completed scan. This issue, at least on my machine, makes virtually every process consume more memory that it otherwise would. I have not notices this when using NOD32, or any other AV. I'm sure this will be corrected in the upcoming Dr Web 5.0. As it stands right now, this is not a huge problem, just something to consider. Dr Web is very light. NOD32, as was said earlier, can be difficult to optimally configure. But if you buy it from www.nod32-av.com you'll get a preconfigured installer with optimal settings; the hard work is done for you. They are both great AVs, and you'd make a good decision no matter which one you go with. Try both and see how you like them. As a product, I'd have to say NOD32 slightly edges out the good doc. But it's a matter of personal preference.
     
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