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hoodrat
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My current subscription to McAfee Antivirus software is about to expire in a week. I have heard that there are better antivirus programs out there. Does anybody have any recommendations? I'm trying to avoid any antivirus programs that hog system resources -- I've heard McAfee is like this. I'm basically looking for a good, safe antivirus program that consistently gets good marks and reviews. Thanks for your ideas!
Jonathan Townsend
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So far zonealarm suite seems to be doing okay.

They let you try it for 15 days so it's safe to give it a shot.
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enginemagic
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Our local internet provider has a anitvirus that is included in the service & has been really effective the past year after the Macafee ran out. ask your provider what they have.
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I have always used Norton and been very pleased.
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Muckey Spleen
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AVG Free version. Basic protection, good enough for normal home use, doesn't hog your system.
http://free.grisoft.com/
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I have been using AVG for only 8 months or so and have had no problems with it. I have the free version and so far it has stopped at least one virus from getting into my system (at least that is what was reported to me).
The only thing I hate about AVG and McAfee as well as Microsoft's firewall is the fact that everytime I boot my system I get warning prompts that my computer might be at risk because I don't have automatic updates turned on so I must close several prompts before the computer will continue to boot up all the way.
So far AVG seems to do what it is supposed to do so at the moment I am happy.
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PutASpellOnMe
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I still say Norton. You will not get the annoying prompts to close and you can manually scan or place it on a schedule to scan your entire computer (which is what I do). My automatic live update is great. It truly is a no-brainer and it has caught many viruses and automatically quarantines them.
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I second PutASpellOnMe. I have always used Norton Antivirus, and I am very pleased with it. It's sorta like the bicycle brand of cards in the area of virus programs.

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Jaz
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Norton since Windows 3.1.
No problems.
irossall
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On 2007-07-15 07:22, PutASpellOnMe wrote:
I still say Norton. You will not get the annoying prompts to close and you can manually scan or place it on a schedule to scan your entire computer (which is what I do). My automatic live update is great. It truly is a no-brainer and it has caught many viruses and automatically quarantines them.


I can set AVG on a schedule also and will not get the annoying promts but I like to control my computer and do things on my time schedule. Also I am not online 24/7 like most people are so schedules don't work for me.
I used Norton Utilities back in the good old days of DOS on those occasions when I was too lazy to do much typing. I had no problems with Norton Utilities and Norton products have been around for so long and have been used by so many that if there where problems with Norton I'm sure we all would have heard about them by now.
My pocketbook forces me to stay with the freebies for now that is why I got rid of my McAfee program (my year was up and it was time for a renewal).
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Muckey Spleen
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Norton's a system hog. And, if you buy the upgrade version every year as I did throughout the 90's you'll have a helluva time trying to remove it permanently. It took hours of downloading and running removal utilities. By the time I was done I swore I'd never use another Symantec product. AVG Free doesn't take over your computer, does everything an antivirus program should, and you don't have to RE-PURCHASE IT EVERY STINKIN' YEAR.
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The best one is called 'Linux'. Smile
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Try BitDefender. I scan my computer with Norton and Bitdefender. Bitdefender actually found some virus which Norton missed.
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No anti-virus is perfect ,those hackers out there trying to ruin the internet will find a way around it ,on the good side the anti-virus companys are on top of that,and are doing a good Job keeping the internet & your PC healthy.Norton& Macafee are 2 good ones to use.
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It takes up about 50 MB. I update yearly. It merely installs updates, not the entire program. I have removed it permanently before and didn't have a problem at all. As far as hours to download? I simply save to computer then run it. Definitely not a long or enduring process for me and I have been using it for 10 years. It is no hassle to re-purchase. You get a warning about a month a head so you can plan for the cash out of pocket. Personally, the protection is worth the $30 spent. I am not Anti- AVG but I am definitely Pro - Norton.

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On 2007-07-15 13:44, Muckey Spleen wrote:
Norton's a system hog. And, if you buy the upgrade version every year as I did throughout the 90's you'll have a helluva time trying to remove it permanently. It took hours of downloading and running removal utilities. By the time I was done I swore I'd never use another Symantec product. AVG Free doesn't take over your computer, does everything an antivirus program should, and you don't have to RE-PURCHASE IT EVERY STINKIN' YEAR.
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My company provides employees with Symantec AntiVirus, Corporate Edition. It seems to work well, and doesn't have to be re-purchased every year.
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Kaspersky AntiVirus

http://www.kaspersky.com

Best rated Antivirus of 2007 Smile
No bloatware, very customisable and good for people with no knowledge as well. Regular virus definition updates several times a day.

Also sensibly priced. Norton etc is expensive and comparatively not as sophisticated.
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Muckey Spleen
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Whan I call NAV a "system hog" I'm not talking about hard-drive space; I'm talking about memory. Norton slows systems to a crawl - gamers know what I mean. It also invades every nook and cranny of your computer, requiring registry edits to remove. "Add-remove programs" doesn't get it all out, and to install a different AV program, you have to completely remove the previous one - this is where Symantec really puts it to you. See, if you're just reinstalling or updating NAV, no problem. Installing the less expensive update yearly just leaves MORE garbage all over your drive, hence the hours of locating, downloading, and running removal utilities (and Symantec doesn't make it easy) if you want to switch to a different AV. Seems that Symantec would really prefer that you buy the full version every year. Look at user reviews on independent sites; you'll find confirmation there. I'm DEFINITELY anti-Norton.
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I use AVG, but I don't allow it to use it's schedule. I don't like programs getting all uppity.

Of course I always install Zone Alarm(Firewall) Win patrol(Lot's of safety measures) and Spybot, making certain I use the tea timer, and immunize often(Two more useful features)

The only way I have had a virus, Trojan etc get in is when I downloaded and ran them before scanning. There is no defending against stupid.

Obviously, there is Adaware. I run it once in a while when I get suspicious. Also there is Killbox for when you something stupid and have to shut it down ASAP. Also I recommend Autoruns.exe for people who know what they need to keep from auto starting.

Never need to scan my PC with a AVG or Adaware unless I am suspicious.

All these together make very little difference in my speed, and they are all free.
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