Which antivirus would be best?

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  1. gracie123

    gracie123 Registered Member

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    Hi, I am looking into purchasing a Dell computer and I don't see a option to not have a antivirus installed so these are my options and just wondering which would be best to have installed and if I do not like it, would not leave my computer in too bad of condition as a experience which Norton did to me which I had to reformat my PC at that time to fix a problem I had.

    Norton Internet Security™ 2006 Edition
    PC-cillin Internet Security with AntiVirus and Spyware removal
    McAfee SecurityCenter with VirusScan, Firewall, Spyware Removal

    Thanks,

    Gracie
     
  2. HAN

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    I had the same choice last year with a new laptop at work and went with PC-cillin. I didn't care for the firewall, so I uninstalled it and added ZoneAlarm.

    After soooo many issues with the other 2, I would never consider going back to them...
     
  3. the Tester

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    Whichever uninstalls easiest so that you can use what you want.
    Seriously,
    If you have to choose one of those three I'd take the McAfee package.
     
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  4. JerryM

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    McAfee came on my computer. I had no problem uninstalling it. It was a trial so I did not want to even try it.
    Of the three mentioned, if I wanted to use one of them it would be McAfee.


    Jerry
     
  5. DCM

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    I have tried all the commercial anti-virus software and finally settled on the free version of AVG. Like it much better than anything I have bought.
     
  6. Firecat

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    If you would prefer picking up your suites from the local stores (in the USA), then you can buy BitDefender Internet Security at Fry's.

    However, out of the three you have specified in the first post, I would go for either Symantec or McAfee (personally prefer McAfee).
     
  7. RakuPL

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    I suggest free for home and business use Comodo Antivirus 2.0 (when it's final - currently 2.0.4.3 Beta) :) It includes HIPS Application Control which prevents malware attacks :)
     
  8. WSFuser

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    i think pc-cillin would be easy to uninstall.
     
  9. twl845

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    I have recently helped 2 people set up their new computers which both had McAffee installed. I was able to uninstall on both pcs with no problem. Just don't touch any of the controls to set it off when you set up.
     
  10. tec505

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    IMHO:
    1) BD 10 Iss
    2) MaAfee Iss
    3) Symantec Iss

    Never TM Iiss.

    Best regards
    Mike
     
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    Fully agree with you there, Trend has failed me too many times to be reliable.
     
  12. Brian N

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    I'd go with PC-Cillin out of the 3.
     
  13. marcromero

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    I just recently tried Norton Antivirus 2007, believe it or not, it uninstalled effortlessly for me, with very little cleanup. I still ran their removal tool for safe measure afterwards, but it caused no problems. To answer your question, according to the choices you listed, I'd recommend Symantec products.
     
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  14. tec505

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    Hallo MarcRomero.
    I read about Norton 2007. But I wouldn't change my BD 10 for nothing at all.

    Very settable, Estremely powerfull w/ B-HAVE heuristic for zero-day scan.

    Best Regards.
    Mike
     
  15. lodore

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    not even kaspersky?
    lodore
     
  16. Mrkvonic

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    Hello,

    Gracie, get AVG for free and buy me a Christmas present with what you save!

    Honestly, there are tons of alternatives to those.

    AVG, Avast, free with mail scanner.
    Antivir, free without mail scanner.
    Kaspersky plugin for IE, on demand.
    Dr. Web plugin for Firefox, on demand.
    ClamWin, free, on demand.
    BitDefender, free, on demand, auto updates.

    Mrk
     
  17. tec505

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    Hi Lodore. I was waiting for you!!!:D

    Yes KAV is fantastic too, but at the moment I've 2 licences for BD 10 AV. And I'm very satisfied. The only thing I would like in BD is a much more coloured GUI.

    Best Regards.
    Mike

    PS. Lodore you are right about F-Secure, i'v just tried it. So heavy and too much tasks!!
     
  18. lodore

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    Glad to see im wanted!:D
    im glad you think that f-secure uses to much resource.
    Tomorrow im gonna order kaspersky Internet security 6.0.

    I do like bitdefender 10 as well but I dont like there suites as much.
    the BitDefender av is great.
    do you use bitdefender standard?

    I would love to have the scan bar from bitdefender in kaspersky because I really like that.
    and the fact you can drag files in to that bar to scan rather than right click menu.
    lodore
     
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  19. trjam

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    gracie123, let me give you my 2 cents. Of the 3, Norton would be the best. Just look at AV comparitives for proof. But if you want the best, go with Antivir. Based on the tests from AV this year, in all areas, it is evident that Antivir has taken over the number 2 spot from Eset. Kas gets the "nod" but only by a slight margin. Antivir is light, very light, quickest boot times of all of them, and I either own, or have tried them all. Detection is great, the price is great. On my main luv, iI dont use anything else but this program. Make the right choice the first time. If you want proof, check out all of this years reports at www.av-comparatives.org
     
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  20. tec505

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    Lodore,
    I'm using BD10 AV (standard) and ZA Pro firewall and SpySweeper 5.2.
    BD Av is great. i'm using it since 9.0.
    I can agree with you about KIS 6.0: it has great modules, and MP1 has improved it much more.
    I hope Softwin would improve firewall and would add an hips like ZA OS-firewall or Kaspersky proactive-def.

    Yes BD activity bar is very usefull.
    Good luck with KIS 6.0. I think you are doing a good choice.

    My best regards.
    Mike
     
  21. lodore

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    Thanks. after all the testing I prefer kaspersky. i like bitdefender av but i dont like there suites.nod32 i like the av.
    kaspersky has a really quite good suite that you can pick and choose what you want by uninstalling the modules you dont want or use.
    the other thing is with f-secure is once a new version is out there dont add new features. kaspersky seems to be always adding new settings and features.
    bitdefender has new features every so often as well.

    do you have any problems with spy sweeper 5.2?
    i think my bsods which i thought came from spysweeper came from f-secure instead lol.
    i blamed spysweeper because its caused me bsods in the past.
    regards
    Timothy
    also known as lodore
     
  22. tec505

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    SpySweeper 5.2 run sweet on my pc. No BSOD at all.
    I can say that 5.2 ver. is lighter than 5.0. And if you want to use it only on-demand you can reduce ram usage to a single very little task.
    I can explain better:
    when you close SS, a single task stay in memory. I's 5/6 MB big. But if you open the GUI, and then you shut-down SS, you can see the single task reducing it to less than 1 MB. Great. So you realy have no ram consumption, and use SS to a scan when you need.

    My best Regards.
    Mike
     
  23. lodore

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    Thanks Mike
    i only use spy sweeper on demand and it never finds anything unless its a false positive lol.
    Lodore
     
  24. tec505

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    that may be is due to great Kaspersky engine!! ;)
     
  25. lodore

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    yup plus im a safe surfer!
    i dont see why people would use f-secure over kaspersky really now ive checked it all out.
    lodore
     
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