KAV Personal and NOD32?

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by lrtrees, Oct 31, 2004.

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  1. lrtrees

    lrtrees Registered Member

    Oct 23, 2004
    :rolleyes: Hi guy's. Hope you are all doing something fun for the Halloween. :D
    Now for my question, I have been trying out different Av softwares for several weeks now and I believe I have narrowed my choices down to either KAV personal or NOD32. It seems to me that KAV is somewhat easier to get set up but I can not say that I know if one really does any better job than the other. I have read, may not be true, that KAV does a better job at catching Trogans.
    Anyway I would really appreciate your input/help/suggestions on these two products.

    Thanks for help,
  2. NAMOR

    NAMOR Registered Member

    May 19, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    You should try out the search feature on the forums... :D This topic is brought up 2-3 time a month or maybe a week. Happy Halloween! ;)
  3. azumi21

    azumi21 Registered Member

    Aug 16, 2004
    There are NOD32 people and KAV people.

    You will not get an unbiased answer from either.

    On that note, NOD32 is far superior, KAV is for noobs.

    No, really try them both out and read reviews / tests.

  4. ninja_style

    ninja_style Registered Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    kaspersky all the way
  5. Notok

    Notok Registered Member

    May 28, 2004
    Portland, OR (USA)
    KAV aims to detect 100% of everything, no matter what. NOD32 focuses on everything that you might run into on a day-to-day basis and performance. What's better really depends on what you need and want.
  6. NAMOR

    NAMOR Registered Member

    May 19, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Well that depend on his system. For example, my notebook doesn't like KAV as much as my big machine does. So I run NOD32 on it, which has protected me thus far. Even with my sometimes unsafe computing habbits. :D
  7. ninja_style

    ninja_style Registered Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    I don't know, I thought Kaspersky was supposed to be light on resources, I don't notice any slowdowns on my system. The only thing I don't like about Kaspersky is that it takes long to scan files and also when you do a system defragment, it takes long as well. But otherwise I think Kaspersky is the best, it has kept me virus free eversince I have been using it. Despite the things I don't really enjoy about Kaspersky, I still prefer it over any other anti-virus because of the good protection it offers.
  8. TopperID

    TopperID Registered Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    Eh, what!
    Actually, compared to NAV, KAV does seem light on resources! NAV used to crash some of my programs (Microsoft 'Picture It' for example). KAV is much less obtrusive, but it's not light; for that you need NOD.
    In tests (which are admittedly artificial) NOD is all over the place, sometimes performing surprisingly poorly (relatively speaking). So if you want to catch things use KAV!!! In the real world NOD performs very well - but then so do several others! :-*
  9. BlueZannetti

    BlueZannetti Registered Member

    Oct 19, 2003
    KAV generally tops everyone in historical challenges of known malware.

    NOD32 (and others with good heuristic engines) perform better than KAV in retrospective challenges - i.e. attempts to mimic day zero infections.

    KAV largely mitigates heavy reliance on signatures with an extremely aggresive update strategy.

    Both are excellent choices. I have experience with and use both. My impression is that NOD32 is lighter on a machine, but whether you see this in use depends on a lot of factors including your PC hardware, other processes running, usage characteristics, and Internet connection speed.

  10. westwind

    westwind Registered Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    for some reasons, trojans and be remarked easily and av cannot detect them .so if you want to protect yousef from trojan,you need a brain instead of an av.I am for nod32,because it scans much faste.otherwise,both of them have almost the same detection rate in worms and virus.
  11. Don Pelotas

    Don Pelotas Registered Member

    Jun 29, 2004
    I think Blue sum's the pro's and con's up nicely and Here also , i have used both also and have settled on Kaspersky, i have no slowdown's on my two computer's (850 Duron+3200 Athlon). The only big difference is the on-demand scan, which takes around 30 minutes on the old and 10 on the newer. :)
  12. tuatara

    tuatara Registered Member

    Apr 7, 2004
    If it is about performance, NOD32 scans faster, but on the other hand
    KAV finds more other malware then virusses (trojans etc.)
    Is stronger in finding malware in compressed/zipped files.
    I have both applications running, on 2 systems.
    So i am a licensed KAV and NOD32 user.

    But to be honest, and this is my personal opinion...

    and this old-timer started virusscanning in about 1984-1985

    All the virusscannerstests i have seen give different results
    i have seen 1 that NOD32 found all virusses five years in a row.
    And another where you cannot find NOD32 in the Top 10

    And with KAV (almost) the same thing.

    And what i have seen in companies where i have worked for
    i think that most TOP10 virusscanners today, find about 80% of the virusses.

    I guess that the overlap of virusses that KAV and NOD32 BOTH can find is NOT 99% and i think not even 80 percent!

    Every time when i saw a scan on a pc which had KAV installed
    for a long time, and KAV was uninstalled and was scanned for the first time with NOD32 ...it found virusses.
    And visa-versa of course !
    ...I don't think that is a coincidence...

    The tests that you find are honest, but they are always done
    with a relative small database of virusses.

    With another set of virusses, the results would be completely different.

    I think that the line above is (also) already proven by the results you find.

    So then the choice is a bit like do you want to buy a red car or a blue one.

    Another thing is that you don't know how many virusses a scanner can find,
    because there is not 1 record for every virus in their databases,
    because the use heuristics etc.

    So that makes it even more difficult to compair them.

    Of course there are bad virusscanners..and you will NEVER find those in a Top10.

    And the most famous are always tested, but that doesn't have to mean
    the belong to the best there are out there.

    Norman Shark was tested a while ago, the results where not so good
    and they were very angry about HOW the test was done
    (Independed Institute ) and their reaction was:

    'We think that the Institute also has tested on virusses that onlu excists
    in a LAB, In our software their are only virusdefinitions that are really out there'

    And is it allowed to test virussscanners on Trojans and Worms ??

    I would like to see a virusscannertest that will test on all virusses that the following companies have in their database.

    The test should be done with the latest versions of (in random order here):

    Kaspersky personal Pro
    Anti-vir Professional
    AVG Professional Edition

    If it is about performance then is SOPHOS by far the fastes one of them all,
    Sophos has a patented way to keep your system secure.

    But i have no idea how it compairs to the others ..

    And for everybody that says this one is the best or that one is...
    you can find a testresult that proofs otherwise.

    Ask Santa for a virusscanner he knows which one is the best

  13. botzap

    botzap Registered Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    I just installed KAV 4.5 Pro on my brand new notebook PC. It's nice. Only 2 files run in the background, memory usage is far less than KAV v5.0.

    I've tried them all including NOD32, I liked NOD32, light on resources, only 2 files ran in the background, nice little program. But I know that with the KAV extended database, I'm going to catch 99.79% of what's out there. :)

    One thing's for sure, I'll NEVER go back to Norton. :mad:
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