First of all... I like it!..... I read a post about some "ya hoo" who used nod32 for a year, but got rid of it because he didn't see enough on the web, and that everytime there was a virus "showdown", nod32 wasn't included, and that the only place you ever see then win any prizes or score well was at the "Virus Bulletin Awards", so I started looking.... it took me about 10 seconds or less to find out how pcmagazine was praising nod32! http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,978452,00.asp That guy shouldn't be so dependent upon what is popular!..... hasn't he figured out by now that what is popular is often the worse? Same with clothes!!! The popular companies aren't "hungry" anymore and get lazy about keeping thier stuff "cutting edge" and the little guys flys by in a blaze before they realize whats up!... Kinda like microsoft verses Amd "did I say that?" anyway, you can try them all for free, but so far I am really impressed with nod32! I don't have a "bag" of viruses on some cd that has been collected for the last 50 years for it to check (and don't care too), but its stinkin fast..... I run a athlon64 3200 and I feel like I just bumped up to at least a 4000? Its the "in the wild" viruses is all that matters!.. Not all those on some cd?, Who cares if extendia has 100,000 kav definitions plus another 90000 rav defenitions?, if it makes my computer slow, and doesn't find the "in the wild as better, and is slow, its not worth the trade-off? Those are the only ones you'll ever catch.. unless you "go look for them in the zoo's!" and "the wild" is what nod32 excells in! No compatiblity issues either.... I open everything blazing fast.... Nero 6.3125, Perfectdisk, spybot I can run at the same time I am scanning with nod32, and I can run registry mechanic also with the two prior as well as browse the web.... all with virtually no notice! I also run Office 2003, Wordperfect 10, burn Cd's, DVD's, and can play games or run benchmark utilites all the while.... try that with some of the "popular, highly rated pieces of crap av software out there!" What good is the antivirus program if it "behaves" like a virus and slugs your system down and makes things not work, or not work well... NOd32 rocks! I like the review in pcmagazine, because he reflected exactly my sentiments from my own findings. I do like to read what other people say out there, and you have to take it all with a grain of salt, just like any info about anything and follow your gut, but nod32 has been blamed for having a "cultish" following that can see no evil? I only think thats because its hard to figure out on first look. And those "groupies" are the ones that have figured it out!.... then you are blown away with what it will do and how fast it will do it! But even the default settings will find more than its competitors most of the time. Like I said in a previous post.. I tried to send NOD32 a virus I found via email and I no longer had clicked the "send" button and it arrested my send!!!! ----> no scanning for a few seconds or even milliseconds... it felt like "nanoseconds" boom! and it had it! And look at that... already another virus update!... "1.905", I am really impressed with nod32 not making you wait a week "like mcafee (most of the time) but come out with new dats every few hours! And hallelujah!.. my autoupdate "did" work!!!! Some people try it and get rid of the nod32 trial version and the first 15 minutes toss it because they are confused and intimidated with the controls... kinda like getting in a Farrari your first time!!!!!! It may be hard to drive at first, but man does it fly once you figure it out!!! IN all my reading... the one thing that really made sense to me "why nod32 is so fast" is found on these pages... Quote "Most of the current antivirus solutions are coded in high-level programming languages that consume valuable system resources when executed. NOD32 uses elegant assembly code to provide first-rate virus protection with a negligible impact on network and CPU performance." I couldn't find much data on "elegant assembly code" so first, I tried to educate myself and here's what I found..... It basically means "computer assembly language" http://www.agner.org/assem/ http://www.intel.com/cd/ids/developer/asmo-na/eng/53764.htm Seems it has to do not only with the way the processors work, but as well as the operating system interaction, and all is considered.... time for new stuff! I realize many of the sites share and copy each others stuff, but if you want to confirm about using "elegant assembly code", check out these sites: Read 3/4 way through the second paragraph http://nod32.name/nod/NOD32_Antivirus.htm http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0409/S00078.htm Ok.. I'm done.. I feel better now..... what do you think this forum is for anyways!!!