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What Anti-Virus do you use

What AV do you use?  

294 members have voted

  1. 1. What AV do you use?

    • Antivir
      42
    • Avast
      74
    • BitDefender
      7
    • ClamWin
      1
    • eTrust
      0
    • F-Prot
      0
    • F-Secure
      1
    • AVG/Grisoft
      15
    • Kaspersky
      22
    • McAfee
      5
    • Nod32
      27
    • Norton
      21
    • Panda
      4
    • TrendMicro
      3
    • Microsoft Security Essentials
      28
    • Other
      31
    • None
      19


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I've been using Avira AntiVir on all my computers for a long time, but am considering switching to Avast (I would use NOD32, but can't see myself paying for something when there are good free alternatives). Can someone let me know which uses the least memory/system resources, Avira or Avast?

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Perhaps give Avast a try and see how it is on YOUR machine. Sometimes what is good on one persons machine may not perform the same on someone elses. This can be due to conflicts with other software, etc.

 

I have recently uninstalled Avira (good clean uninstall) and put Emsisoft Anti-Malware on instead. Working Ok so far, will see how it goes.

 

I got the paid version of it in a free giveaway from another forum so it was worth a try :)

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Perhaps give Avast a try and see how it is on YOUR machine. Sometimes what is good on one persons machine may not perform the same on someone elses. This can be due to conflicts with other software, etc.

I did just that. As far as I can tell, AntiVir uses ~15MB of RAM, whereas the combined memory usage of Avast's processes is ~40MB. However, it seems like Avast offers more protection, such as IM and e-mail protection. Even though the memory usage is higher, I might be sticking with Avast! B)

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since I bought my new computer I decided to changed to ZenOK Free Antivirus, I download the software from the website, it is for free and it has kept my pc safed since then I have not complains.

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so after reading Hazelnut's link and relooking at the links I removed I have banned the user, though not removed the posts as it is the links what are spam. This was due to the new information gained from http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1737730&postcount=13

What i dont like is the way they r trying to make money, through a pyramid sell scheme: //ZenOKWebsite/affiliate/

which allowed me to find

Easy promotion tools

 

We give you links, graphics, and suggestions on how to promote our products.

 

 

the link the poster was using was indeed an affiliate link and thus s/he was attempting to make money.

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What Anti-Virus do you use?

Hey, can anyone change Grisoft to AVG?

 

I feel a lot of users are possibly misled by that name.

I know that Grisoft IS AVG but many here probably do not know that.

 

Please update the name so the votes can be tabulated in a more knowledgeable manner by the common populace.

Thank you!

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Hey, can anyone change Grisoft to AVG?

 

I feel a lot of users are possibly misled by that name.

I know that Grisoft IS AVG but many here probably do not know that.

 

Please update the name so the votes can be tabulated in a more knowledgeable manner by the common populace.

Thank you!

 

Good call, Name updated, MSE added

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Well I think I have tried most free A.V over the years and I think Avira, Avast, AVG, and Panda are all good but I now use Microsoft Security Essentials and its very good had no problems with it at all. Please dont knock it till you have tried it.

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Please dont knock it till you have tried it.

I've tried just about all free AV's too, and while I agree MSE is very good it's a tidbit too heavy on Windows XP - but that's the fault of XP not having modern optimizations.

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I install MSE (with customer permission Of course) on the infected computers, that are brought to me and have expired trials of the big boys. I find it to be a very good program as well, not sure anyone was knocking it per se. in fact that is why I added it to the old (very old) poll. B)

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I install MSE (with customer permission Of course) on the infected computers, that are brought to me and have expired trials of the big boys. I find it to be a very good program as well, not sure anyone was knocking it per se. in fact that is why I added it to the old (very old) poll. B)

 

 

Not sure if people are aware of this but with MSE if you go to settings and change the scan to daily, and set a time, then MSE will automatically update itself before the daily scan.

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ZenOK has some dirty practices, including their linking scheme. I have removed the link to zenOK however have left the reference.

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ZenOK has some dirty practices, including their linking scheme.

Indeed, and it's worth switching to one of the known good freeware antivirus' with a good reputation.

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I don't use any Anti Virus software. Although I regularly run antivirus programs like:

1. Microsoft's Malicious Removal Tool (MRT.exe, in the folder C:\Windows\system32 (Win XP)). Make a shortcut to this tool and place it e.g. on your desktop.

2. McAfee's Stinger. Still regularly updated. (latest version is from april 21, 2011) It, say once every 6 to 9 months finds one or two viruses.

3. Norton Power Eraser.

4. Some other programs that specificly targets one ((small) group of) virus(es).

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I don't use any Anti Virus software. Although I regularly run antivirus programs like:

1. Microsoft's Malicious Removal Tool (MRT.exe, in the folder C:\Windows\system32 (Win XP)). Make a shortcut to this tool and place it e.g. on your desktop.

2. McAfee's Stinger. Still regularly updated. (latest version is from april 21, 2011) It, say once every 6 to 9 months finds one or two viruses.

3. Norton Power Eraser.

4. Some other programs that specificly targets one ((small) group of) virus(es).

 

Not having an AV is not really something I would recommend Willy.

 

It can lead to connection problems like you had recently :)

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Hazelnut,

 

I know, I know. But I haven't got a clue which Anti Virus program to install. And that's why I am glad I came across this thread. I am still digesting the info I found here.

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Hazelnut,

 

I know, I know. But I haven't got a clue which Anti Virus program to install. And that's why I am glad I came across this thread. I am still digesting the info I found here.

 

Avast, Avira or Microsoft Security Essentials are all free Willy. Lots of users of these 3 on the forums here, so you only have to ask if you try one and you come across anything you're not too sure about.

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I know, I know. But I haven't got a clue which Anti Virus program to install. And that's why I am glad I came across this thread. I am still digesting the info I found here.

If you're the sort of person that uses common sense and never gets hit by a virus I'd use Avira as it uses no noticeable resources (its what I've stuck with for that reason), I usually install Avast on friends/families systems as it seems a bit more belts and braces, but as a result of that it does seem to have a noticeable effect on system resources IME.

Haven't used MSE enough to have an opinion one way or the other.

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I use MSSE and I like it a lot. It barely uses any ram, and runs in the background. It's using 28,412K right now on my system, and it updates its definitions about 3 times a day (also can be done through Windows Update)

 

If you wanna test out your anti virus, and how fast it reacts to threats, open a text file and put this text in

       X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H* 

 

See how fast it takes your antivirus to react to it :)

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