What would most likely make you drop an antivirus?

Discussion in 'polls' started by acr1965, Oct 24, 2009.

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What would make you drop an antivirus?

  1. not as configurable as you like

    5 vote(s)
    4.7%
  2. too many false positives

    10 vote(s)
    9.4%
  3. too resource heavy

    40 vote(s)
    37.7%
  4. no/non-existant customer support

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  5. conflicts with programs you won't part with

    10 vote(s)
    9.4%
  6. does not stop a malware infection

    11 vote(s)
    10.4%
  7. just want to try a different antivirus

    2 vote(s)
    1.9%
  8. trying another security strategy (i.e. virtualization with no av)

    9 vote(s)
    8.5%
  9. too expensive

    2 vote(s)
    1.9%
  10. av company commits a social wrong (i.e. fraud, racketeering, etc)

    2 vote(s)
    1.9%
  11. antivirus program set up is too difficult to understand

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  12. other

    13 vote(s)
    12.3%
  1. acr1965

    acr1965 Registered Member

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    What would be the most likely scenario that would make you drop a particular antivirus? If you choose "other" please explain.
     
  2. ThunderZ

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    No option for "Any\All of the above".

    Or is that "Other"?
     
  3. acr1965

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    The poll is to see what of the options would most likely drop an av first. What of the options will you tolerate the least? Other is if there is something that would make you immediately drop an av that is not listed.
     
  4. RSpanky

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    Trying another security strategy (i.e. Virtualization with no AV)
     
  5. Page42

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    Voted 'Other'... If I grew to distrust the developer.
     
  6. acr1965

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    what do you mean by that? As if the product may become abandoned ware or sold out to another company with no further upgrades/updates for current license holders?
     
  7. beethoven

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    I side with ThunderZ - most if not all of the options are likely to make me drop an AV. If pushed for really one answer only I probably would go for "conflicts with other software I cannot do without " or company commits social wrong (though that would be a matter of evidence not just someone alleging behaviour).
     
  8. the Tester

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    My pet peeve is configurability.
     
  9. noone_particular

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    The poll should allow multiple selections, so I voted "other". I stopped using AVs a long time ago, primarily for these reasons, in order:
    1. Compatibility issues, both software and OS.
    2. Too heavy on resources.
    3. Too many missed detections.
    4. No off switch. No manual startup option.
    5. Either not configurable enough or doesn't perform as configured, ie keeps detecting something it was instructed to ignore.
    6. False positives, especially on my batch files.
    7. Switched security policies from default-permit with AV to default-deny with SSM.
     
  10. overangry

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    Agree
     
  11. Pedro

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    Going with this explanation, i voted "conflicts with programs you won't part with", which for me would include "too resource heavy" ( = incompatible with using a computer).
     
  12. Creer

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    Outdated mechanisms - based on blacklists, plus many FP, plus too resource heavy, plus does not stop a malware infection... etc etc
     
  13. blacknight

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    " conflicts with programs you won't part with "
     
  14. Osaban

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    I go by 2 criteria with AVs:
    1) Impact on my system (most important issue)
    2) Detection percentage
     
  15. acr1965

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    There are a couple other optional answers I should have included- poor detection ability/ malware test result shows unacceptable performance ability / product becomes abandon ware / don't like the GUI / etc

    The problem with multiple answers or "all the above" is that most people would choose "all the above". I am wanting to know if there is any particular reason that stands out above others as a reason people drop an av.
     
  16. Pinga

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    I don't know what you want to achieve with this poll, but whatever it is, its methodology seems inadequate to me. People can only vote for one 'reason', in reality it will likely be a combination of factors that will make somebody consider an alternative. You'd also need to weigh these reasons somehow; i.e. becoming infected despite supposedly adequate protection is more likely to trigger immediate action than merely finding a product 'difficult to understand'.
     
  17. SammyJack

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    "Other",as chronic update difficulty not listed.
    Also,moved away from Anti-Virus, towards virtualization, due to the above update difficulty.
     
  18. acr1965

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    That's why you can vote for only one - it's easier to weigh the reasons as a group.
     
  19. Page42

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    No, although that is a case that I had not considered... sold out to another company... and I did actually quit using a security app that I once swore by when there was strangeness surrounding the transition.

    When I said, "If I grew to distrust the developer", what I meant was flat out growing to not trust the owner of the company. If, for example, program users who are forum members begin to ask the developer questions about the program that he then does not adequately answer, his credibility begins to suffer. If, for example, program users who are forum members begin to question some of the developer's advertising practices, and his responses are hardly what I would expect in the way of professionalism and proficiency in dealing with the public, his credibility suffers some more. Soon I begin to wonder about the integrity of the individual and lose the relative comfort that we all must have when we install security applications. First thing you know, the writing is on the wall, and the only thing left to do is remove the program from my machines and make sure I have no further dealings with the company.
     
  20. Pedro

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    Heh, happened to me too.. i wonder..
     
  21. funkydude

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    Too many FPs/terrible support attitude.
     
  22. Keyboard_Commando

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    Voted for - resource heavy - as a reason to drop ... but, I recently dropped Avira because I had problems with updates.
     
  23. rdsu

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    Other: I don't need "File System Shield"...
     
  24. progress

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    There's nothing more to be said :thumb:
     
  25. funkydude

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    Heh, you really will take any chance to bash Avira and promote AVG huh :p complete stubbornness ^^
     
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