is antivir a good antivirus

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by monicaa_84, Jul 13, 2005.

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  1. monicaa_84

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    never heard about antivir on this forum is it good in catching viruses
     
  2. pvsurfer

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    AntiVir Personal Edition Classic (AVPE-C) has plenty of virus signatures, & updates them at least 5 times/week. It also has strong heuristics & good cleaning/repair capabilities. AVPE-C is diligently maintained & has frequent updates to its scan engines.

    Therefore, AVPE-C is a good antivirus. However, as is true for all antivirus programs, you should supplement AVPE-C with a good AntiTrojan program.
     
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    Search links expire on the forums. Try antivir for a search term. :)
     
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    Yes I know but maybe monicaa_84 is new or not fully aware of how to use the forum features.
     
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    Thanks Ronjor, I did not know that. Hammer I think Ronjor was just being helpful, but I do agree with you and always resist that bad urge to snap back with a rude reply. We always want to make a Guest with a serious question a welcome guest now don't we. ;)

    I currently use AntiViri and like it fine. That would be until I decide what else I want to purchase. I run BoClean trojan protection along side. Bellgamin has given you good advice. ;)
     
  8. I installed AntiVir on my sisters pc because she didnt want to buy one but when I went back a few months later and ran a full system on demand scan it found lots of malware on her pc including some inside archives which it couldnt clean. I have since installed AVG on her pc and hope it does better. I advised her to buy KAV 5.
     
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    That means it is doing its job!

    Neither the KAV Guard nor AntiVir will scan within archives realtime, but both will do so with the demand scanner; I also doubt if KAV can repair within archives, that is the nature of archives.

    I doubt that it will even do as well as AntiVir.
     
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    Indeed. To draw an analogy, fitting the very best brakes to your car will never help you avoid collisions unless you also decide to drive more safely.

    ALL security software needs help from the user to do its job.
     
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    If this had happened on your machine that would be one thing. But how dilligent was Sis in updating definitions and running regular scans?
     
  12. Your right about not cleaning infected archives until you extract the archive and delete viruses from extracted files. Maybe some of the malware on her pc was due to regular update failure because of slow and large AntiVir dialup updates , hopefully smaller and faster incremental updates from AVG will be more suitable.
     
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    I think Antivir is a very good program, BUT update size is nonsense (!!!).
     
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    I think it's impossible...

    AVG will never be better than Antivir in detection...
     
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    Avg has let me down,antivir is far better.I have tried loads of antivirus and its up there with the best.
     
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    AntiVir is a good AV as far as malware detection is concerned. Much better than AVG IMO. :)
     
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    What are the pros and cons of Antivir against Avast?

    Which is the lighter on on the system

    Abhishek
     
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    I want the lightest and an effective FREE AV for my notebook PC.
     
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    Cmon guys, advise me! :doubt:
     
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    Hi Abhishek,

    May i reccomend you try both avast and antivir (both are free - you have nothing to lose) and you see which you like better.

    IMO, both are fine products.

    Antivir prolly has the better heuristics (a method of finding unknown malware threats) and a larger signiture database. However, its GUI isn't the easiest to use and the updates are very large (5mb+ daily), this is going to change soon BTW though, they will be making an incremental update system (only downloading the data missing instead of all the data again at every update)

    Avast on the other hand features several features which antivir misses. Such as a HTTP scanner and a network IDS system.

    You could always run one in realtime and the other on demand.

    Hope this helps...
     
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    which has a better real-time protection?
     
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    I'll recommend you avast! over AntiVir... The AntiVir update machanism just sucks, and what's a AV without a good update?
    avast! is better this way, fast little updates :) I'm sure AntiVir's scanning results will be a little better tho, but it's about compromises... Because on the other hand avast! has better unpacker then AntiVir, so just pick what you like/prefer :)
     
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    The level detection is the pratical the same between AntiVir and avast!, but avast have much better updater engine, support, features, and the free version also scan spyware...
    With AntiVir PEC you can't scan for spyware... :(

    AntiVir is good as backup AV and for very old computers...

    So, if you are looking for a free AV, try avast! Home Edition ;)
     
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    I have read that Avast Home Edition does not have script protection. Is this correct and if it is how important is this?
     
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    I've used avast! Home to protect my laptop more than 6 months, so far so good, avast! update mechanism is excellent on Wireless LAN and via GPRS.

    As far as I've seen in some tests. AntiVir has slightly better detection rates at Zoo malware but I don't care about that much for Zoo, Antivir is slightly lighter than avast! on my old PC desktop but my laptop is quite fast (768 MB of RAM) so I have no reasons to use AntiVir or AVG Free.

    Beside the excellent avast! update mechanism and superb support forum, the most important aspect of avast! Home for me is so-called Multi-layer real-time protection that you can choose to install what you want

    - Web Shield (real-time HTTP scaner)
    - URL Blocking
    - Network Shield (similar to IDS)
    - P2P Shield
    - IM Shield
    - Internet Mail (POP/SMTP/IMAP/NNTP)
    ...

    About Script Blocking module, If I'm not mistaken if you have the fully patched system you don't have to worry about it. But I may be wrong so wait for other gurus to tell you. :)

    Try avast! Home and AntiVir on your laptop and you'll know what works for you.
     
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