Most Well-Rounded Antivirus Program

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by f123, Jul 20, 2004.

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  1. f123

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    One nomination per user, please. Vote for something that will work well for most PC users, right out of the box. Keep in mind that the AV should run well with W98, W2K, and WXP. I'm going to set the lower limit of the CPU to 500MHz with 256MB of physical memory.

    Remember, the key words are WELL-ROUNDED ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM.

    TIA for your participation,
    F.
     
  2. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    Command antivirus will work on 95 98 98se nt 2000 xp solaris unix. runs light on resources and scans very fast good hueristics good trojan detection good unpacker. and inexpensive.


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  3. router

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    Light on resources ? That would be NOD32 :)
     
  4. Paranoid2000

    Paranoid2000 Registered Member

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    Well-rounded = Fat = NORTON AV! :D
     
  5. router

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    LoL. Indeed, Norton's like a big white whale. Poor poor pitiful Norton.
     
  6. ^Ale

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    Well - rounded.... I think F-Prot (maybe is the only certified also for Win95)
     
  7. Blackspear

    Blackspear Global Moderator

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    Nod32 on 500 PC's over the past 2 years, and we have installed all but a handfull, very impressed with it...

    I am a reseller, however, if it came down to profit margin being my motivation then I'd be selling Norton, I'll stick with Quality over Quantity...

    Cheers :D
     
  8. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

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    Actually, the quality of the antivirus product is more important than the quantity of the antivirus. It is quality vs quantity, its the quality that counts, not the quantity.
     
  9. Blackspear

    Blackspear Global Moderator

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    This is what I said "I will stick with Quality (Nod32), over Quantity (Norton)".

    Cheers :D
     
  10. Pigman

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    Well rounded? How about KAV - in tests, it seems to detect just about everything pretty well...

    As for the one I've had experience with, I think I'll go for NOD, because it can detect all kinds of crap with AH.
     
  11. se7engreen

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    I'd say KAV or F-Prot/Command. More likely F-Prot because of your specs. NOD32 is a good AV with awesome potential, but I don't think well-rounded is the way to describe it.

    Bitdefender may also be something to look into, resource usage is medium, it updates daily and in my previous experience it detected everything thrown at it.

    Edit- sorry didn't see that you said 1 nomination per user...F-prot
     
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  12. kloshar

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    I would definetily chose F-prot!
     
  13. steve1955

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    I think Kav 3.5 is still available from the swiss site,this version runs very well on low spec PC's
    Steve
     
  14. Stan999

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    I would recommend NOD32. Small footprint and CPU usage plus good detection.

    Example with the Win32/Bagle.AH virus.

    I received a Win32/Bagle.AH infected file by e-mail before the NOD32 - v.1.817 (20040719) definition update and before a number of other AVs had updated their definitions to detect it.

    NOD detected it at that time using AH as probably unknown NewHeur_PE virus.

    With the 1.817 update NOD detects it as Win32/Bagle.AH

    At that time I sent the file to: http://www.virustotal.com/flash/index_en.html

    Results:
    VirustotalServer response

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    Results of a file scan
    This is the report of the scanning done over "Doll.vscr" file that
    VirusTotal processed on 07/19/2004 at 20:02:58.
    Antivirus Version Update Result
    BitDefender 7.0 07.19.2004 Win32.Bagle.AJ@mm
    ClamWin devel-20040517 07.19.2004 Worm.Bagle.AF.2
    eTrustAV-Inoc 4641 07.18.2004 -
    F-Prot 3.15 07.19.2004 -
    Kaspersky 4.0.2.23 07.19.2004 -
    McAfee 4378 07.19.2004 -
    NOD32v2 1.817 07.19.2004 Win32/Bagle.AH
    Norman 5.70.10 07.19.2004 W32/P2PWorm
    Panda 7.02.00 07.19.2004 -
    Sybari 7.5.1314 07.19.2004 -
    Symantec 8.0 07.18.2004 -
    TrendMicro 7.000 07.19.2004 -

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  15. spiff5000

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    Some of those scan engines aren't current. I wouldn't use that service as a comparative on-demand AV test between vendors.

    -Spiff5000
     
  16. spiff5000

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    I've used Norton for years. It used to be a 'well-rounded' product, however I've changed my opinion since I've seen it get smacked-down (read: service disabled) many times in recent months by different worms and trojans. It's simply too easy to disable Norton.

    I installed McAfee v8 last night and was suprised to see it caught a downloader-iq trojan. But I didn't like the fact it used an ActiveX applet for the auto-update service, so I have to keep that enabled unless I download updates manually.

    I installed Kaspersky trial v5 on my other computer last week (again replacing Norton) and it found a trojan right away. But it couldn't read the quarantined items in Spybot v1.2 (not that I want it to do so, it's just that the prompts were irritating).

    -Spiff5000
     
  17. Mele20

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    It is hard to choose one for all those OSes. NOD32 works great on 98SE and is low in resource use and likes Windows 98. I'm not sure I think it is the best for a new box with XP and lots of RAM but you just asked for one.
     
  18. Mannaggia

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    What about Trend Micro's AV? You don't see much written about it. I don't use it, just asking.
     
  19. rdsu

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    If you want to buy an AV, I recommend NOD32...

    If you want a free AV, I recommend avast! Home Edition...
     
  20. Eliot

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    Running it right now while waiting on NOD32 beta. Very nice and excellent detection I must say. Cleaned what KAV 5 suppposedly removed *puppy*
     
  21. router

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    f123:

    Please, keep in mind that NOD32 IS NOT GOOD AT TROJAN DETECTION If you use NOD32 then you would have to use another utility to remove trojans, that's a downside of NOD32

    For me KAV 5.0 all the way :p
     
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  22. Stan999

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    The point was that NOD already detected that new Bagle variant using AH before a lot of AVs got their definitions out. That is one of the reason I prefer NOD.
     
  23. Azn_Tweaker

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    i would say NOD32 or AVG
     
  24. Pigman

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    AVG?! :eek: o_O :p
     
  25. Madsen DK

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    Ditto!! :eek: :eek: o_O
     
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