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Jun 10, 2008 22:29 |  #16

AVG is, as you've found out, not discontinuing AVGFree.

I have recently switched over to BitDefender Free, though. No on-access scanner (which, IMO, is a good thing), but a more robust on-demand scanner. I highly recommend it.


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Jun 10, 2008 22:37 |  #17

Another vote here for NOD32... no overhead from what I can "feel"!


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Jun 10, 2008 22:52 |  #18

Couple of resources I found

http://www.checkvir.co​m/ (external link)
http://www.av-comparatives.org/ (external link)

Looks like nod, mcafee, and etrust rate well. I might try nod32 next time.


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Jun 10, 2008 23:16 |  #19

Another happy NOD32 user. :)


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Jun 10, 2008 23:40 as a reply to  @ Jarrad's post |  #20

I agree with the person who said to avoid Norton and Macafee. Both are system resource hogs.

I've used a lot of AV products, and the best thing I've found is Kapersky Internet Security. It's light on resources. Best of all, however, is it sends you updates every hour or two. This is great because you're getting the anti-virus definitions more quickly than you do with other AV progs. Each update also has a very small footprint since it's a small amount of data. As a result, I hardly notice when it's updating.

The current version of Kapersky Internet Security, version 7, runs about $80 retail. I couldn't afford that, so I found someone on Amazon selling a legit copy of version 6 for $10. I got that and it ran great. Then I found out as a legal user of version 6 I was entitled to a free upgrade to version 7. Such a deal. By doing it that way, I got the latest version discounted by $70.

If you go for Kapersky, just make sure to choose the basic install and not the expert one. The basic install protects you just fine. I originally chose the expert install and then the thing constantly bugged me about every little detail. Changing the install to basic fixed that.


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Jun 11, 2008 07:27 |  #21

tim wrote in post #5699683 (external link)
Couple of resources I found

http://www.checkvir.co​m/ (external link)
http://www.av-comparatives.org/ (external link)

Looks like nod, mcafee, and etrust rate well. I might try nod32 next time.

I know I already said this, but as an individual and corporate user of several, several AV products, NOD32 is the best I've ever used. Updates in the background occur with god frequency, and if I didn't get the little balloon popup message, I'd never know it was updated. As for overhead, it feels like it's not even installed. I can't say the same about McAfee or Symantec - both of them noticibly slow the system down.

I hate paying for anything personally, and seriously considered AVG, but NOD32 is such an awesome product, I actually think it's a good investment for protecting my valuable resources. I've bought two copies, one for each of my main computers (desktop and laptop).


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Jun 11, 2008 11:40 |  #22

Another vote for Nod 32.


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Jun 11, 2008 11:45 |  #23

Try www.majorgeeks.com (external link) and click on the 'freeware' option on the right column---they list a bunch of effective and rated freeware utilities---worth a looksee:)




  
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Jun 11, 2008 12:40 |  #24

Scared me for a minute there about AVG...

Never had a problem with it myself.

Avast has been a resource hog on a couple of my machines (XP and Vista)... but haven't tried it in over a year.


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Jun 11, 2008 12:54 |  #25

been using bit defender and very happy with it.
doesn't hog my resources.


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Jun 11, 2008 12:56 |  #26

The best imo is a russian made antivirus called Kaspersky. It has the highest malware detection rate in the world.
The second highest rated is Eset Nod32. It is generally preferred because it is small and light on resources.

http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.c​om/ (external link)

I use Kasperky on my machines.

The reason Bit Defender gets the top spot is because it isn't as user friendly (read pretty with nice flashy colours), but read both reviews and you will see that Kaspersky gets the highest in the malware detection department, which is the reason I use it.




  
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Jun 11, 2008 13:27 |  #27

AVG for the past three years and recently upgraded to their Free AVG 8.




  
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Jun 11, 2008 13:40 |  #28

Nod32 +6




  
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Jun 11, 2008 14:28 as a reply to  @ tdodd's post |  #29

Another vote for NOD32. Best I've used.


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Jun 11, 2008 16:34 |  #30

I had Kaspersky, I got rid of it, but I can't remember why.


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