What Anti-Virus?
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Author:  Pete [ Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:09 pm ]
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For years I've used Norton products, and my virus definitions subscription is coming up for renewal, but I'm having doubts. From memory, last year the renewal cost more than the original download, and Norton was next to useless earlier in the year when I had some pestilential adware.

A friend tells me that her computer guy swears by AVG, which is available free. Free is a price that I like, but is it any good? Opinions, anyone? What do you use to protect your computer?

Author:  RossWarren [ Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:51 pm ]
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I've tried various free programs and Mcafree etc and am back to Norton. At the end of the day it's more than enough for my needs and has the customer service to back it up.

Author:  Roy [ Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:12 pm ]
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A knowledgeable colleague is happy with free AVG but you can pay for a pro version. Kaspersky Labs is another I've been recommended but they don't provide a free version.

I've also heard it's very difficult to get rid of Norton once it's on and hence get some advice before deciding. It may be easier to keep it updated.

Author:  Bob Lock [ Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:02 am ]
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I've always used AVG Free and found it very reliable. Norton can be quite an insidious program adding more and more stuff to your registery which can be a pain in the a*** to remove completly.
But you mention adware, Pete, and usually that is another beast altogether and a seperate program is needed for that such as: (which I use and again is free)

Try AVG 8 Free, if you don't like it you can always uninstall with less fuss than Norton. ... ee-edition

Make sure you download the free version and not the trial as the trial will time out after a while and ask you to pay.

Author:  Mike A [ Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:23 am ]
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I used to use AVG, but at some point it got very slow (this is going back a good few years) as though it was clashing with something, so I switched to Avast! free. Avast is a bit annoying in that, when updating definitions, it pops-up two or three messages that jump to the front - but it is at least very fast at updating (much faster than the old AVG I used to use).

I also use ZoneAlarm Free firewall, as the built-in Windows firewall in XP is pretty useless.

I don't like Norton AV products. Unfortunately they can often be very fiddly to uninstall.

Author:  Tony [ Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:11 pm ]
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I've used AVG free version for years now and it's always worked fine.
(Also have Spybot installed.)

I used to have Norton on my old PC, and found it very difficult to get rid of without crashing the system.

Author:  Andrew Hook [ Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:46 pm ]
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Tony wrote:
I've used AVG free version for years now and it's always worked fine.
(Also have Spybot installed.)

I also have both of these installed - although I now pay for AVG Pro following a virus which wiped my emails!

Author:  pendragon [ Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:20 pm ]
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Avg Free for me; touch wood and no problems.

Author:  Pete [ Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:36 pm ]
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Bob, I got the Super Anti-Spyware, and it got rid of that adware which was giving me so much grief, so big fan of that.

It seems what you're all (or most of you anyway) telling me is that AVG is better, but Norton will be a bugger to remove.

In fact, you make Norton sound like a virus. Hmm...

Author:  StevePalmer [ Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:58 pm ]
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I swear by the Apple Mac


Author:  Mike A [ Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:01 pm ]
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I tend to swear by whatever computer I'm close to. Profanity always helps in a crisis!

Author:  Matthew S Dent [ Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:47 pm ]
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I've always used AVG, and it's worked perfectly fine for me. My Dad is an IT professional, and he uses AVG too. His reasoning is that it's just as good as Norton or McAffee, if not better, and is free. So why not?

I also use Zonealarm firewall, if anyone's interested, and that's also extremely good, and free.

Author:  c-naptik [ Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:30 am ]
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I'm an IT professional, too and have been using ESET Smart Security (Antivirus + firewall) for a few years and I'm really satisfied with it. Highly configurable, not heavy on the system and relatively cheap. Has won many awards.

Author:  Steve Redwood [ Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:02 pm ]
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Hi Pete, a Kapersky man myself. Sexy name. AVG free used to let in too many nasties, and you needed other stuff to back it up, and then they quarelled with each other. Kapersky isn't free, but 30 quid a year is less than you spend on Mr Bruno's birthday present (well, I HOPE it is, considering what he puts up with!), and it aint never let nuffin through yet in three years.

Author:  Andrew Hook [ Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:31 pm ]
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Well, since I paid for and installed another year of AVG Professional (9.0) my internet has totally slowed down. I frequently have to refresh pages because they don't load correctly and it seems I can no longer click on links in emails. Since this happened more or less immediately since I installed it this seems too much of a coincidence to think it's been caused by anything else. Anyone else had a problem with AVG 9.0? I seriously want to kick some ass!

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