My new lineup - Giant, Ewido, KAV

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by richrf, Oct 20, 2004.

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  1. richrf

    richrf Registered Member

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    Hi all,

    Well after being attacked hard, I re-evaluated my setup and it looks like:

    1) KAV 4.5.104: I am still trying to verify the update function since I do not have a key, but it is looking good. I liked McAfee but the weekly updates spooked me.

    2) Ewido: replaces BOClean. I like BOClean, but Ewido has on-demand and real-time scan. Also, I ran into an unexpected glich in BOClean support that left a bad taste in my mouth. Not sure if Ewido is a total replacement for BOClean - it is still a bit unproven - but it is doing a good job over the last couple of months and their database "appears" to be quite comprehensive. I still have the highly trustworthy TDS-3 (and their support group) for my on-demand backup.

    3) Giant Anti-Spyware: It is doing a great job. Alerting to changes in the registry. Allowing the good guys through (I also use Ad-Watch). Less FPs than SpySweeper. I think it is off to a great start.

    Questions:

    1) If I can't get a trial key to KAV 4.5.104, is it reliable enough to purchase anyway.

    2) Does Ewido do as good a job as BOClean in trapping executables. I did like BOCleans approach? Is TDS-3 Prot a better option than either of these two?

    3) Does Giant have adequate anti-keylogger protection or do I need additional protection in this area.

    I have Spbot and Ad-watch which really are great products. Time and time again I fall back on them for confirmation when I think there may be a FP. Also Spywareblaster and Spywareguard. From what I can tell TeaTimer is redundant with Ad-watch. Does anyone prefer one over the other? The final product that I am considering is Process Guard 3.0 which I am waiting to come out of beta.

    Thanks for any advice. I think I am coming to a conclusion on all this. Finally. :)

    Rich
     
  2. mercurie

    mercurie A Friendly Creature

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    richrf,
    I have followed your thread over in the other section. You really need to get over the CompUSA support thing! :( BoClean is a fine product and I have always received first rate support. No need for you restate it all here. I have been eye balling Ewido with interest myself. BUT IT WILL NOT REPLACE BOCLEAN unless something beyond my imagination were to happen to Kevin and Nancy's company or product. BoClean=Trojan Defense. Ewido may be fine I have never used it. I certainly follow the logic in the thinking about needing a scanner too.

    I use AdWatch from Lavasoft too.

    I am certainly not knocking your set up looks pretty strong to me.

    Let me share this one last thing with you and then I will say no more about this. It must have been on one of the other Boards I am a memeber of, but someone bought Zone Labs Zone Alarm Pro in a box from retail store. This is a BroderBund reseller type thing too. This creature had all kinds of problems and had to deal with them not ZL. I do not think he every got a valid license key for the product. So the warning you gave in your anti-trojan thread is sound advice based on my experiences. Got to fly best of luck to you. ;)
     
  3. BlueZannetti

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    Rich,

    1. The KAV 4.5 level program is very solid. If you've examined KAV 5.0 and didn't see any system issues, I wouldn't expect any systemic problems with KAV 4.5. Overall it's a rock solid application.

    2. TDS-3 is different in that it has a number of auxilliary tools associated with the basic AT application - these can help with the diagnosis of a problem. KAV will also do a good job in the AT area. Don't know relative performance of Ewido vs BOClean vs TDS-3. I guess I informally view TDS-3 as the KAV of AT's, BOClean is the resource light (NOD32, F-Prot, take your pick here) equivalent for AT's.

    3. I would think that between Giant/your AT/KAV this area would be well handled.

    Since you didn't mention them, the only things I'd add - if you don't already have them - are a NAT router (even if you have 1 PC) and software firewall for outbound application control. If you have them already that's great, if not that's where I would focus. ProcessGuard is also a good addition to consider. The 3.0 beta seems stable in my hands at least. I haven't seen any problems, but I'm also waiting for the full release before installing it on the remaining family machines.

    Blue
     
  4. richrf

    richrf Registered Member

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    Hi Blue,

    Thanks for the hints. I have ZA Pro which I am very satisfied with. I have a Netgear RP614 router. I don't know if it provides me with any additional protection. Overall, I am feeling pretty good right now especially with the feedback I am getting. It looks like I will go with KAV 4.5.104.

    Thanks again.
    Rich
     
  5. richrf

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    Hi Mercurie,

    The BOClean thing is history for me. Time to move on. I have license copies of TrojanHunter, TDS-3, and Ewido. All are good products. When I needed an on-demand AT, I was able to get a current copy of Ewido quickly and that is what is important to me. Whether or not one is slightly better than the other is not so important. TDS-3 is always there as my backup and I was able to get a clean copy right away also. With so many good products, I figure I'll just choose the ones that are easiest for me to deal with - especially if there is an emergency. I think you would agree that this is pretty good reasoning.

    Thanks for your other suggestions. This forum and its members have been a great resource.

    Rich
     
  6. Don Pelotas

    Don Pelotas Registered Member

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    Rich, why not run both Ewido and BOClean, i do without problem's or slowdown's. Link to Ewido compatibility list
    http://www.ewido.net/en/?section=compatibility :)
     
  7. azumi21

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    Kav does have a good reputation...Kav or Nod32.

    TDS-3 and BoClean are far beyond Ewido.
    Ewido is ok, I have it, can't compare to them.

    Giant is very nice, as is Adaware se, Spysweeper, Spywareblaster.

    Process Guard is a must, Wormguard I also like.
     
  8. Infinity

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    Personally, I have gdata (kav+bit together) and nod32 and I have ewido tds and th and for on acess I use only nod32 and ewido. they are great together and are real gentle. ewido updates daily and has the strong sigs, a good scan and mem scan. the rest is on demand. TDS rocks but at this time Ewido is giving me a bette feeling then tds... ... ... we are waiting till version 4... ... ...

    any way you could not get wrong with these prgs you are talking about. pg is a must.
     
  9. richrf

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    Hi guys,

    Yep, I am waiting for PG 3 to be releases. PG 2.5. caused some instability on my system. Prevx is nice also. Once in a while I get a stack overflow condition which I am not sure where it is coming from. Could just be a poorly programed piece of software on my machine. I doubt it is a virus or trojan.

    I use TDS-3 on-demand. I have BOClean up and running now alongside Ewido to see what happens. Everything is stable now. SSM does cause instability so I had to take it off. Very nice product but still a little rough on my system. I will compare it to PG. I think Prevx and PG complement each other well, but I think the two running together may cause some stability problems. Anyone running PG 3 and Prevx together?

    Cya,
    Rich
     
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