I have used Kaspersky last year, norton the year before that and am now using avast, but I'd like to know what the best Anti Virus software is for 2010.
I'd like to know this as well. I don't like Norton (too bossy and slows everything down), tried out Kaspersky and quite liked it but it seemed to pick up the same old issue each time - wondering if it's actually effective. Currently using McAfee.
The free and the most widely downloaded on download.cnet.com is AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, also so far I still use antivirus, because the light and always provides the latest virus database ...
I am using Bitdefender 2010 and found good.
Definitely Norton Antivirus 2010: much faster and lighter than the competitors. p.s. forget about free antivirus software - its not as effective as paid one, also there are countless fake ones
No Doubt in Avira premium Antivirus. Its best and the most downloaded antivirus on http://softpedia.com.
I am using it from 18 months my lappy never got infected. Even i didn't format my lappy even once. Go for it. Its worth.
From my experience, all the software that have been mentioned are good, but they have some major flaws. First off, they slow down the performance of your pc, while some of them are difficult to delete when you don't want them anymore. So for me, the best antivirus software for me is, micrsoft security essentials. This I use with zonalarm firewall (free version). I have been using this now for the past 4 months with no complaints
I use McAfee. Protect my computer from virus, malware, etc.
I am having no probs whatsoever with the latest version of AVG
My only issue is the way that they try and flog you something once and a while.
Other than that, It uses something silly like 0.25% of my CPU.... has a really low footprint.... and I sometimes forget that I even have it until it doesn't like the look of something.
I have also heard good things about Nortons latest free offering, I hated the 2008 version. Norton has always irritated me though.
I've used AVG for years(the free edition) and have had really good luck with it.
Of course, they do try to get you to buy their "better" edition, but you don't have to. I just update the free version when it becomes available.
I tried Avast once, and it worked well, but it really slowed down my computer, so I un-installed it.
I'm sticking with AVG!
Yay! A fellow happy AVG user! Has been my free anti virus of choice for 4 years now!
I've used McAfee for years and never had a problem with it, but when my subscription expired a couple of months ago I decided not to spend the money to renew and I went with Avast's free AV and I'm liking it a lot.
AVG has been my AV of choice for years. Very light, very effective, great program. But anyone undecided, particularly those with Windows, I would suggest trying out Microsoft's new Security Essentials. It's free, in benchmark testing all across the web holds it's own with all the paid suites and usually beats the free ones including AVG, Avast, Comodo and Avira. It's detection rates are great.
I even performed a test of my own. On essentially identical machines I downloaded a known Trojan. One Machine ran a Norton suite and another MSE. MSE caught it much quicker. On a different machine with AVG, MSE again detected first. I rec it very highly. And believe me, I find no comfort in rec'ing an MS product!!
I would never have considered an AV program from MS. But when 7 came out and before some of the others were ready I decided to give it a try. It was a test machine as I was testing the RC of Windows 7 and figured what the hell? Let's try it.
Much to my pleasant surprise, it's a fantastic program. No nagging or attempts to get you to upgrade to any paid version, very easy interface, scan scheduler, individual folder/file scanning, customizable actions to take based on the type of infection, etc, etc. Just great so far and in 7 months now, I haven't even considered changing.
And once I really thought about it, who knows an OS better than the company that makes it? With the online community reporting, MS weaknesses are reported and MS picks them up immediately and updates the AV program. And of all the AV programs, none integrate better with the OS IMO than Security Essentials.
The other thing everyone will like? It's even lighter on resources than AVG. It updates daily on a schedule you choose and if you happen to have your PC off, you still get the daily definition updates through Win Update.
Anyone undecided should check it out. You won't be disappointed.
Currently I use Windows defender (build in Windows 7) & Malwarebyte (free version), previously for 3 years Avast.
I think it doesn't matter which program as long as the virus definition update daily. I more concern in memory and processor usage.
I have used Norton, McAfee,ESET and now Kaspersky. I found no problem with Kaspersky till now!
I'm using Avast - free and perfectly efficient, unless you're doing really stupid things that you shouldn't be doing anyway.
I think eset nod32 is ok, it takes up less system resources; but since serveral years ago, i haven't been using any antivirus software, I only installed comodo firewall on my notebook......
I was using Quick Hill it was very useful for me so as per me Quick Hill was the best Anti Virus Program for 2010
I went with AVG as well in the end. Tried the 'free trial' version and then upgraded.
Right now market is full of competition of Anti-virus making companies. I personally tried AVG, Bit Defender, Norton, Symantec, McAfee and Kasper-Sky.
Norton is good, but not up to the mark, it slows down system by capturing most of the memory of system, AVG is very light and good in running.
But I Prefer Kasper-Sky, because there is no compromise on security. It provides good security bond to the system.
Yes kasper sky is also best i am using avast.. that is also good one right
Great Question! We've been working with a relatively new program called VIPRE. It finds things that none of the other anti virus programs find and doesn't slow your computer down while scanning. It is truly, so far from what I've experienced, the best Anti Virus Program.
I used AVG but the latest version slowed my computer to a crawl and started pushing me around.
I used Avast but that just isn't ... I don't know...good.
I've been using I0bit...seems very good so far; it's new, it's small...I like it
The best Anti virus is Linux. I usually used Linux but my prob is that I connect via this sony card and I'd have to download the driver special for it as no one packaged it.
I used Norton for a while till I was introduced to AVG and haven't used anything else. I love AVG compared to Norton which irritated me to no end...
I enjoy the peaceful, none bothersome protection of AVG
I am using Symantec Endpoint protection and i found its good.
The best anti-virus to use is the best one you are happy with to date. Anti-virus programs are pretty much so reliable these days, its rare for one of the 4,000 odd virus' on the internet to get onto a computer and bypass anti-virus software.
BUT, not all are created equal, anti-virus programs WILL NOT find and WILL NOT remove a significant portion of keyloggers, trojans, web hijackers, malware, root-kits, boot file bombs, and many other forms of spyware.
In addition to your anti-virus software, down load and get the following
and Spybot - Search and Destroy
all four of these items are free to download and used in conjunction with your anti-virus are an effective means to stopping all sorts of nasties from playing havoc on your Windows computer..
I have been using Avast or AVG for a couple years now. I think its the best free option for us windows users...
Well for all those looking for the overall best antivirus it will have to be AVG. It is widely written about all over the net as one of the most reliable and best option for your basic pc protection software. I have been in the pc repair business for a long time and with every tech I have always seen AVG been used as their main protection.
But the truth of it all is that people can't rely on Avg to keep them fully protected. Plus it takes to long to scan, and doesn't seem to find some of the big spyware that attacks your computer. So for that people should really use these two other program:
- Malware Bytes (best used for quick scans, and can solved most issues)
- Spybot search and Destroy (longer scans but in the worst of cases has really come up at top, when a computer is really messed up. Used only when really needed)
- Then AVG (for that annoying windows notification that tells you to install an antivirus. It's also best to have running in the background at all time, and to have daily scans in the middle of the night.)
That is all you need for your protection, and best of all you can get them 3 for free!
for free, AVG is best, but if you are willing to purchase then prefer kaspersky, its perfect antivirus, i've tried it on several companies and found it the best
For free, Avast Home edition is very good. I use AVG but I am not happy with the speed.
Many people suggest that paid versions of antivirus are better than free versions.
The best part is that now one need not buy the software, one can subscribe for one year, which turns out to be cheaper many a times.
Also if someone is planning to buy Windows 7, I saw an ad that said MS is giving free antivirus MS Essentials with it !
For a free solution, Microsoft Security Essentials is very good. It actually does a decent job catching some of the spyware out there too.
For a paid solution, you can't really go wrong with most of the big names such as Trend Micro, McAfee, Kaspersky, etc.
I love kaspersky, nothing beats it. Its the best av solution ever
i am using a 8 years anti virus services program + free pc support in very low prices from the thesupportonline.com .
I have found the two best for me were Kaspersky and Bitdefender 2010. Bitdefener scans faster than kaspersky but kaspersky is better at scanning compressed files. The both use low resources except when scanning.
So in my opinion the best is!
It depends on the user
If you don't mind scanning time buy kaspersky but if scanning time is a problem but you still want great results get bitdefender. I thing kaspersky is more expensive than bitdefender though. Like double expensive!
Microsoft Security Essentials. Free, fast, and does a good job .
A computer virus acts much like it would if it infected a human – it spreads throughout your system, infecting and harming everything it can.
Luckily, there is a way you can prevent that from happening in the form of a good quality antivirus program.
i m using SystemTech AntiSpyware software, SystemTech AntiSpyware detects and removes any threat to your PC, helps repair damage to your system components and protects you from future intrusions. Subscription free.
you can take a look at: http://www.summitsoftcorp.com/utilities … yware.html
I have found...
To purchase: Norton Internet Security is the best and most reliable package...You will want more than a virus scanner (there are adware, malware and spyware to consider as well)
For Free: superantispyware has worked great for me
I would like to share a little unknown gem for a lot of people. Advertising is all based on Norton, Symantec, etc...
How many of you have heard of Eset NOD32? This Antivirus/Spyware software that you can also get as a full security suite has the BEST track record of ANY scanner on the market today.
I invite you to check out the VB100 awards website. They run independent tests on 53 scanners on the market. Since 1998 NOD32 has not lost one competition for finding what they call "In the Wild Virus." What this means is that in order to detect such a virus, a product must use what's called Heuristics(Artificial Intelligence) vs a signature. It can think and analyze data to determine if it is a virus or spyware.
Here are two quotes from the latest VB100 tests:
"Detection rates were as excellent as ever, with some superb RAP scores; no issues emerged in the WildList or clean sets, and ESET continues its monster unbroken run of VB100 passes,"
"...Since the inception of VB100 awards in 1998, ESET's antivirus products continue to boast a success rate of over 97 percent - the industry's highest. Most antivirus vendors have success ratios in the 50 - 75 percent range."
Don't follow the hype of the advertisers, there are products that spend their money in development instead. It has kept me virus free for years. I also recommend for added protection since so many new threats occur would be Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is dedicated to spyware removal and is a perfect side kick to NOD32.
I hope this helps, my background is in IT. I am the one my colleagues turn to when they have given up on spyware removal. I have more advanced techniques I use for systems that are not properly protected, save yourself the trouble and get protected now.
I've used Avira for several years. It seems to work effectively and causes no problems. It's a free download in the basic version. It throws a pop-up or two at you each day hyping its paid versions, but they're really not that intrusive. And, it's free.
I have been running Webroot for about a year now and have never had a single problem so it must be good
Kaspersky still tops 2 years in a row for me...was a Nortons man supporter but it got to unwieldy and power hungry..reckon Kaspersky is top at the moment
I have using kaspersky from last one year it is the best.
I have used AVG last 2 year,now using avast & now i am satisfied with it. i think Avast is the best. you can try it.
There is no "best" Antivirus as if you check their detection results they fluctuate. However there are some that are much better than others. I'll give you the top free av's. In no order:
1) Microsoft Security Essentials.
2) Avira AntiVir
You shouldn't use AVG free as AVG does not include rootkit protection!
now atlest Nod32 is the best but it has some password problem and the second best is Avast
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by beth8117 years ago
What antivirus did you use and why?
by salt6 years ago
anyone know any good ones that really work and dont take up all your hard drive?
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