Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by KingJack, Dec 14, 2005.
I see a lot of people use nod32 over kav? Is it just because nod32 is ligher on resources?
I think these two are held my most people here as the two preferred antivirus apps out there.
Historically NOD32 has always been about being lightweight...fast, not bogging down your system. Historically KAV was known to be heavier...however recent versions have gotten much lighter. In my experience NOD32 is still lighter..but the difference isn't as much as it used to be.
My vote...either of the two...and you're in good hands.
I don't know f this will help you, but I have noticed the most recent verion of KAV 6 (beta) is very light. It might be lighter than the current version of NOD32 but the gap between the two has been narrowed.
A lot of people use NOD because they like zero hour protection; they like NOD's advanced hueristics. With it there is often no need to wait to have malware signitures added because most stuff will be caught with AH. That, and scanning speed seem to be the biggest difference between the two. KAV prefers using signatures and NOD prefers AH.
Good points made. Run a search, this has been asked many a time before.
But the use of Advanced heuristics in NOD32 is counterbalanced in KAV by the HOURLY updates of signatures. NOD32 doesn't update NEARLY as often as KAV does. NOD32 depends on its heuristics instead. Those are quite good, better than KAV's for sure but then KAV has hourly signature updates and NOD32 doesn't come anywhere close to that. So, the decision comes down to which do you personally like and trust best: put your eggs in Advanced Heuristics (NOD32) or in hourly updated signatures (KAV)? It really comes to that alone as I am beta testing KIS 2006 and it is very light so that gap between NOD32 and KAV is just about gone now.
The only other significant consideration is does NOD32's IMON for the internet slow your computer? It did mine something terrible over a year ago and KAV 4.5 never slowed my computer at all. But that is a very individual thing and that is why you need to test each one on YOUR computer. I haven't tried NOD32 since then. Perhaps now I would find that IMON did not slow my computer. I know KIS 2006 beta doesn't slow it at all (that I can tell) but I don't know about the latest NOD32. You simply must test both of them on YOUR computer.
I think another consideration is whether you don't mind a program split into components, such as the IMON, which NOD does. Personally, I prefer everything under one user interface.
I don't like this aspect of NOD either. Hopefully that will change in the future.
I preferred KAV 4.5 over the version of NOD32 was out at the time. KAV was a fraction slower than NOD32 (from huuman eye).
But KAV 5 had some bizzare conflict (like taking 6mins and 40s to boot up) with my laptop (masses of disc thrashing, even with ADS streams disabled + a reinstall of win xp). The KAV support guys did try and help, but to no avail.
So I am using NOD32.
Is it just me or did NOD32 score higher than KAV?
http://www.av-comparatives.org/ - November 2005
Even Bitdefender scored higher
These retrospective tests are a reflection of heuristics/proactive detection and NOD and BitDefender are very good in this respect.
It's just you.
It sure did. Can't say I'm surprised though