Thoughts on PC tools Antivirus

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  1. gery

    gery Registered Member

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    i wanted to try PCTOOLS Antivirus alongside with TF and i wanted some advice about this combo? thanks in advance
     
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    PC Tools' antivirus is very decent, but I'd say it's unstable for long-term use due to being bought out by Symantec.
     
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    PCTools AV is well-known to have begun life as a clone of VirusBuster, a perennial upper-second-tier AV program. It's okay, I guess.

    By the way, PCTool's AV is built into Threatfire (TF), a free behavior-blocker-type-HIPS. TF uses PCT's AV for on-demand look-up. So, if you run TF, you will have PCT's AV on-the-job as well -- a fine combo... and free!
     
  4. gery

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    Would Avira free be a better choice in terms of coexisting AV? I would like to know because AVG 8 paid had some freezing problems and they did not go well in the same computer,
     
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    When did this happen? o_O
     
  6. gery

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    a while ago
     
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    pc tools antivirus 5.0 has some bugs. it needs to fix first.
     
  8. gery

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    What sort of bugs do you refer to? I had it for a while and it never gave anything ran fine and smooth
     
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    you use avg 8 thats much better than pctools av:ninja: :ninja: :ninja:
     
  10. bellgamin

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    PCT's AV runs just fine. It is just as bug-free & stable as other antivirus programs (NONE of which are 100% perfect, of course). The PCT AV lags a bit behind the top-tier AVs in terms of detection as well as (possibly) its heuristics/emulator proficiency.
     
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    I've heard many good things about this Antivirus. Just wondering how resource friendly this is?
     
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    PCtools AV is easily the lightest AV I’ve tried, and like AVG8 it does not require a reboot upon install.

    I had no problems with it at all except for a conflict with SandboxIE, probably due to the introduction of the memory guard.

    I don’t know if it has very good, if any, termination resistance as some of the other free AV’s do. I did run it for a while with Online Armor Free for a while for added termination resistance with good results.

    The only downside is always wondering if it protects you as well as another free AV would.
     
  13. EliteKiller

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    If PCTAV were "good" then this forum would have an enormous amount of positive threads devoted to it. Unfortunately that is not the case. PCT Spyware Doctor suffers a similar fate.
     
  14. gery

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    There is not much talking about AVAST either but this does not mean that it is not a good product so the forum discussion is not a sufficient indicator that a certain product is or is not a good one .
     
  15. EliteKiller

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    I beg to differ; there are plenty of threads discussing avast in one form or another. I suppose I was a little vague in my previous post, but there's no question that if you search for avast you'll find it mentioned in over 1000 threads vs. a handful with the search term pctools. Sift thru the reputable comparatives and other reviews for more info.

    Has PCT scrapped the VirusBuster engine completely?
     
  16. clocks

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    Are you saying it would be pointless to use PCT_AV in conjunction with TF, that you could get the same protection with TF alone?
     
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