Best Anti-virus

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September 7, 2009 at 02:03:46
Specs: Windows XP
Can anyone recommend an anti-virus
that is guaranteed to be the most powerful
anti-virus to protect my computer?
Thank you so much.

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#1
September 7, 2009 at 02:12:25
try nod32...
works great for me

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#2
September 7, 2009 at 02:12:46
Well there is NO GOOD answer to your question.

All virusscanners have their pros and cons.
They all have false positives.
A good scanner is a scanner that updates fast after new malware is detected but that says more about the company behind it than the scanner itself.

Stick to the bigger brands.


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#3
September 7, 2009 at 02:12:51
Nothing is going to protect you %100. All well known anti-virus software is effect as long as your updating it.

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#4
September 7, 2009 at 02:17:53
I think Kaspersky Internet security 10 is the best. for buying purpose and if u wish in free version it is AVG 8.5
just try it.
u wonn't complain

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#5
September 7, 2009 at 02:52:03
i didn`t say that nod32 is the best...
just...it protects good...no 100%

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#6
September 7, 2009 at 03:14:40
I would never bash a brand but in this case I have to do this
Get away from AVG

As Security Pro I follow all ins and outs about these products but AVG made a blunder last year that makes me walk around this brand.

http://securityandthe.net/2008/11/1...

One can only wonder IF THEY TEST THEIR RELEASES BEFORE THEY UPDATE.
They still suffer a bad rep from this massive error in the security communion.


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#7
September 7, 2009 at 03:17:08
yeah,yeah
i had avg months ago
provides low virus protection...
i agree with Syzyqy

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#8
September 7, 2009 at 04:41:29
As far as the FREE versions go I don't think you can beat Avast 4.8 Home edition. It's available ath this link.


http://www.filehippo.com.

It updates daily and has been doing fine for my uses for a couple of years. Most of the PAY for PLAY versions ,IMHO, are resource hogs and will leave you unprotected if you fail to renew your yearly Subscription (Tribute) $$$$$.

An AV program is never enough by itself. Lots of malware out there in many different forms.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.


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#9
September 7, 2009 at 05:24:48
Asking such a question is like asking someone which car is best in a given weather condition (I wouldn't want to drive a Camaro in a snowstorm). Depends on the situation. Nothing out there is gonna protect you from everything (and thus nothing will be "guaranteed" to protect you---not knowing where you go and what you do on the internet). There's several that are very good but place a heavy demand on resources. There are also many that are so-so, but are light on resources. And finally there are those that are pretty much even keel, and work well enough to stick with. You just have to find the one that works in your situation...

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#10
September 7, 2009 at 05:55:26
I agree with T-R-A. Looking at it from a different perspective, I don't recall debugging a machine that has had Avast or NOD32. It is also worth considering using Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware in conjunction with an AV.

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#11
September 7, 2009 at 06:48:03
T-R-A is right...

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#12
September 7, 2009 at 07:31:49
I also agree with T-R-A.

No AV or firewall software is guaranteed to be 100% effective. But it is very important to have these security elements installed to prevent your machine from being compromised or at least reduce your exposure to such risks. Overall, when these security tool are combined with good security habits, you are guaranteed the minimum exposure.

Another thing to realize is: Installing a reputable security software isn't where it all ends, you need to ensure you are up-to-date with definition releases, as well as software patches applicable to your machine's OS & other apps you have installed to help fix vulnerabilities. Most software come with the option to obtain or install these types of updates automatically. Some prefer automatic updates & many others would rather go with manual install.

There are many top-notch AV vendors out there, some free, but most are not. Among the pay versions, NOD32 & Kaspersky have consistently been in the lead. As far as the free alternatives, you can't go wrong with Avast, AVG has been consistent too. You might also consider Avira or even M$' Security Essentials Beta, which is better than I anticipated being from Redmond.

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#13
September 7, 2009 at 07:39:41
In addition to all the useful comments above I would state that being behind a hardware firewall goes a long way in protecting your PC.

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#14
September 7, 2009 at 08:37:01
Another thing to realize is: Installing a reputable security software isn't where it all ends, you need to ensure you are up-to-date with definition releases ...

Then again you need to be careful with those updates. Sometimes they can do more harm such as wrecking your computers. Few examples are listed below.

June 2007 - Symantec offers free software as amends for antivirus snafu

September 2009 - McAfee false alert snares innocent JavaScript files

September 2008 - Flawed Trend Micro anti-virus update cripples PCs

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#15
September 7, 2009 at 12:20:16
I tend to agree with Dumbob, Avast has an excellent real-time protection that others make you pay for. I've used it for many yrs without a hitch.

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#16
September 7, 2009 at 14:18:39
Agree also with Avast.....(for free Anti virus)...I DID have AVG for a couple of years but ditched it at the last program update (at the time) as it seemed to slow the comp down!..ie opening some folders took an age while they were scanned. It also let in some malware which another prog "Malwarebytes" then picked up....not had this prob with Avast so far.

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