What is Better About NOD32

Discussion in 'NOD32 version 1 Forum' started by worldcitizen, Jun 7, 2003.

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  1. worldcitizen

    worldcitizen Registered Member

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    This is for those who are confused like I was about WHICH Anti-Virus provides best protection.

    The purpose of an anti-virus is to protect a computer from VIRUS attacks no matter whether they originate from - a cd, a floppy, email, an internet download or just by visiting an infected site while browsing. An anti-virus is NOT a WORM or TROJAN protector although most anti-virus products have this feature built in. For protection from WORMS and TROJANS specialised programs offer better protection while a FIREWALL is specifically for protection from attacks over the internet.

    I chose NOD32 simply because it has the BEST RECORD in scientifically carried out tests, of intercepting and eliminating viruses - period. No other product which has been laboratory tested with REAL VIRUSES COMES EVEN CLOSE TO NOD32'S DETECTION RATE OF 100% NOD32 has won I think 22 awards. Check out your own anti-virus and others compared to NOD32 here:

    http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archives/tests.xml?200306

    Here is NOD32's results over about 3 years - note that the tests show it has proved 100% in all LAB tests for the past few years.

    http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archives/products.xml?eset.xml

    That's what the experts and professionals have PROVEN in scientific lab tests.

    Other advantages with NOD32 is that it is not BLOATWARE and will use very little system resources compared to other products which are not near as good.

    Then there are stability & compatibility issues.

    With some anti-viruses I could not play some games even though I turned off their resident memory. In another anti-virus my graphics would not resolve on web pages properly. Many pictures would be replaced with a blank box and a red cross. Uninstallation of the product immediately reversed the situation. Again installation of the product caused the problem again. Using NOD32 did not interfere with either my browsing or gaming.

    Is NOD32 perfect? No, of course not but it's the closest thing you can get today to a perfect anti-virus. This is where CUSTOMER SUPPORT becomes a crucial issue.

    With many anti-virus products when there is a problem tech support either costs a small fortune or getting a response is difficult. One offers free phone support but not toll free so you pay just the same. Their forum is useless so if you can't afford the call your stuck.

    NOD32 Customer Support will answer your query and get back to you. There are no charges. They have phone support too but not always toll free depending where you live BUT they have one great advantage - THIS FORUM!! I've been to other anti-virus forums and some have practically nothing there and with others you have to go through a questionnaire type help file and if your problem is not listed then you have to wait in line for support or pay.

    With NOD32 Customer Support THIS FORUM has REAL LIVE PEOPLE who answer your queries and help with problems almost instantly (depending on who's online and what time zone you live in) and you can almost always find someone online answering your dilemma within a few hours or even minutes within posting your problem. NOW THAT'S SERVICE!!

    The proven best anti-virus coupled with the best support available should make NOD32 an easy choice.

    My tests include NOD32, Norton Anti-Virus 2003, PC-Cillin 2003, Panda Titanium, Invircible, McAFee Home Edition 7.0, AVG Free Edition, Avast.

    NOTES:With Avast the email scanner kept freezing so I had to discontinue use -with AVG I got infected so uninstalled it. Invircible gave me so many false positives I had to discontinue use. McAfee Firewall wouldn't allow access to the internet and McAfee couldn't solve the issue. Norton wouldn't let me play some games unless I uninstalled the program and took up too many resources. Panda did not detect email infections and let through 2 viruses. PC-Cillin interferred with browser graphics.

    PLEASE NOTE : ALL the COMMERCIAL products here were PURCHASED AND PAID FOR not trial versions. I spent a lot of time with each. I ended up getting a refund for McAfee and Panda Titanium. License expired with Invircible and license with Norton is still current but over the 3 month refund cap. With PC-Cillin I bought the boxed version so I'll just keep it. It score 2nd and does the job except for causing some graphics problems but I would recommend PC-Cillin. It intercepted ALL worms in my email and deleted them before reaching the inbox. Top product and not bloatware either. Support usually gets back within 24 hours.

    So I have invested a lot of money and time in thoroughly trying these products. I became a PROUD USER of each so I favoured all of them once but performance & support issues FORCED me to uninstall and buy another one.

    Of all the products NOD32 is the FIRST where I have been able to have my queries and questions answered in an open forum within minutes of posting many times.

    I also use TDS-3 for Trojan detection and Wormguard for Worm interception. As well Port Explorer is excellent to let you know if something ugly is trying to hide itself from your eyes. I love Black Ice because it's not just a firewall but has INTRUSION DETECTION which simply is a better brain to stop hackers. Also love it's Application Protection which prevents any program from installing withou :)t your consent or accessing the internet. Pest Patrol really speeds up my surfing and kills any adware 'on the fly'. Don't usually have to scan anymore for Adware/Spyware because it gets deleted on the fly.

    I hope this in some small way assists those who are finding the anti-virus scene very confusing. One other word - don't go by reviews on shareware sites entirely. CHECK WITH PROFESSIONALS and EXPERTS. Most sites don't say much about NOD32 and advise everyone to use Norton BUT NOD32 has beaten Norton hands down in professional lab tests - go see for yourself.


    ALSO why do you think MICROSOFT use NOD32?? Microsoft stand to lose millions of dollars if an infected batch of Windows gets through so they TAKE NO CHANCES AND USE NOD32 - SO SHOULD OTHERS who value their computer.


    PS: CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO STAFF THIS EXCEPTIONAL FORUM. I FEEL VERY MUCH WELCOMED, VERY ASSISTED AND AM HERE TO STAY (If you'll have me)

    Regards

    Dave
     
  2. SmackDown

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    I may not agree with everything you wrote, but my hats off to you. It would have taken me hours to write that. ;) ;) ;)

    I came back to give you an applaud, good job.

    SB
     
  3. Blackcat

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    Welcolm Dave

    With my recent long post, maybe we can get together and write a book? :D :D

    Good post.
     
  4. Madsen DK

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    My hat goe off too, Dave.
    Very well spoken. :D
    Regards
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  5. Alaska

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    With both of us being new purchasers/users of NOD32 let us both hope that the software developers keep up the performance level. The one paragraph you wrote above, that I quoted, says it all - started out happy, then...

    I'm personally finished with the software search. I have my firewall, anti-trojan, and anti-virus. I'm finished searching.

    The one thing I like about the whole 'article' you wrote Dave is I suspect you would have written it without the free license. :p :D ;)

    Regards,
     
  6. Antarctica

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    NOD32 Customer Support will answer your query and get back to you. There are no charges. They have phone support too but not always toll free depending where you live BUT they have one great advantage - THIS FORUM!! I've been to other anti-virus forums and some have practically nothing there and with others you have to go through a questionnaire type help file and if your problem is not listed then you have to wait in line for support or pay.

    Hello worldcitizen,

    To me this says it all. You can have the best software in the world, without a good support it's worth nothing... :)
     
  7. solarpowered candle

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    never tried it , but that really sounded good . :)
     
  8. worldcitizen

    worldcitizen Registered Member

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    Thanks everyone.

    Sorry for the long read but I just felt I HAD to write it because I've been through hell with anti-virus programs & now I'm out of that hell I just want others not to have to go through it.

    Thanks ALASKA - free license or not - I wrote it to help others trying to sort out the sales hype from the reality.

    Also in gaining NOD32 my other anti-viruses (non-refundable ones) worth US$80 become useless so I really didn't get it free from that point of view.

    Thanks again everyone,

    dave
     
  9. Kym

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    In reply to what was said about other sites recommending other products for your anti-virius needs I thought I should let you know that "Choice" which a lot of people trust to provide good infomation actually recommends Norton Anti-Virus as the best package.
    They rated Nod32 towards the bottom of their review of Anti-Virus Packages
    Here are just a few of the things they said

    "Norton Antivirus 2003 (below) is excellent consumer antivirus software. You may need to adjust how often it scans on-demand, but other than that, it’ll handle everything else for you.
    PC-cillin is a close second — it handles most problems you’re likely to face with ease and has a handy wizard to change settings.
    The remaining products require too much day-to-day fiddling to be recommended for hassle-free virus protection.
    Some products seem to make updating unduly onerous — NOD32 and VET Online, for example, require you to input information before each update, removing any advantage of automating the process. In Kaspersky’s case, the updates are simple enough, but there’s no indication of how large the update is, or how far it’s progresse"

    As you can see, they do not seem to rate Nod32 very highly, but what you should also be able to see is that they did not seem to know what they were doing. I mean, what info is required to be entered before an update. All I have ever had to input is my user name and password and that only every 2 years.

    The sad thing is that people trust theses people to provide reliable information and therefore most people would heed their recommendations and miss out on the best product out there.
     
  10. Paul Wilders

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    Kym,

    Nice conclusion ;)

    regards.

    paul
     
  11. Jasper727

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    Ah yes the wonderful ramblings of reviews and testing by others :)

    I have been using NOD32 for a few years now !

    I have NEVER had a virus attack or damage since then .... not ONE has gotten through.

    I also spent many days asking, reading, reviewing, checking. Only NOD managed to win so many awards and remain repeatedly consistent with its results.

    Of course I was being swayed by Nortons and other programs, but at the time when I looked at their results, there was nothing current, the awards were old and outdated?

    I institution I study at uses a certain program on ALL their computers, of course I assumed it was because of excellence and quality... err no ! It was because they paid so little for each license. o_O

    So it seems that 'market prescence' is really a mix of promotive skill and not always a quality product ! Like we didn't know that :doubt:

    Read the reviews, read the independant reviews especially ..... they speak volumes about just how good NOD32 is :D

    Jasper
     
  12. bones

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    I'm trialing the new version 2 now, but it looks like I will wind up agreeing with Alaska......... my software search is over. Nod32, Outpost Pro, and BoClean round out my protection. Nice work on the new version guys (and gals). :)

    bones
     
  13. jan

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    Hi all,

    thx. for nice comments - enjoy! :)

    jan
     
  14. o_O

    What are those morons talking about? NOD32's updates are totally automatic... "require you to input information before each update" What is THAT all about?

    I truly wich some of those so called "reviewers" at least use the software first before they review it..LOL...
     
  15. sig

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    Perhaps they didn't click on the "save password" box on the CC? (In version 1 dunno yet what it looks like on ver. 2.)
     
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    I agree NOD32 is great but it isn't the only one Microsoft uses. Recently Microsoft bought RAV, a Romanian antivirus compania.RAV is(or was, rather) a good product, very sensitive, was catching a lot of viruses that other "big" names were missing(and I don't say this cause I'm from Romania) its problem was that it was eating a lot of memory and was very unstable. Yet, it had good perspectives and it's sad that it was swallowed by Microsoft, who wants to include its technology in a future operating system. It's unfair from Microsoft, they want to determine people to use Microsoft's antivirus, so that people pay everything to Microsoft. Hopefully Nod32 will never be "swallowed" by a bigger company like it happened to RAV.It would be a big loss, cause NOD it is the best antivirus as far as detection is concerned.
     
  17. NormanS

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    Your excellent post helps identify the best way to complement NOS32 to obtain maximum protection.

    Everyone at this Forum owes you a debt of gratitude.

    Thanks,
    NormanS
     
  18. snowbound

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    Split this post out as topic not related. Looking for uninstall opinions. Renamed Nortons Uninstall. See it at this link:

    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=22889;start=0



    snowbound
     
  19. ajs11

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    your post is great!

    When you post again I would love a copy!
    xxxx@mindspring.com

    email address changed for harvesting and security reasons

    Have you looked at F-Secure Anti-Virus 2004 ?

    Have you looked at firewalls?http://www.agnitum.com/php_scripts/compare2.php#26
    http://www.agnitum.com/purchase/shop/outpost/familylicense.html

    please stay on topic - F-Secure issues belong in the Other Antiviruses Forum, OutPost belongs to the Other Firewalls Forum
     
  20. Josh

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    I have heard alot about NOD32 and am thinking about using it. Can you run NOD32 and NAV 2003 at the same time?
     
  21. sig

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    Running two AV Real Time Monitors simultaneously is not recommended due to potential conflicts as both RTM would be trying to scan the same files. Ditto for email scanners. In fact, some AV vendors (and I believe ESET is one) recommend only having one AV installed precisely due to concerns about trying to support their product when problems may be caused by conflicts by having two AV's.

    Some people do however run one AV as a RTM and use another AV for on demand scanning only.

    In my own view I wouldn't bother with another AV if I were satisfied with the performance of my current AV. I did switch from Norton to NOD years ago because I couldn't get LU to work after resubscribing and dealing with their support was like talking to a wall. Additionally, I had an old PC with W98 and wanted a product that was lighter on resources than Norton. And especially after dealing with Norton support I wasn't going to be giving Symantec any more of my money, although one of their recommendations to solve my LU issue was to buy their latest version of NAV. ;) Since then I've used NOD and so far it suits me.
     
  22. boney

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    im using N.A.V. at the moment but will definitely look onto nod32...i'll be honest....up untill reading these posts i'd never heard of nod32...i'd relied on NAV due to what i'd read in pc mags...will look more seriously at nod32 and will report back...


    dave uk
     
  23. Paul Wilders

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    Please continue over on the NOD32 version 2 Forum - version one has become rather obsolete in the meanwhile ;).

    Closing this thread.

    regards.

    paul
     
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