Updated November 2006
Looking for the Right Antivirus, Part V | Best Antivirus of 2006!
I have been using Norton AV on my PC since I bought it 2 years ago. As it came pre-installed with with NAV '04, I continued to follow up with the 05 & 06 products. Found it easy to use as well. So far, Norton has been effective in catching viruses that I encountered, namely Netsky, Mybot and 1 or 2 more types that I can't remember. Spyware like 180 Search Assistant and Zango were also caught by my 06 version. Anyway, my Norton '06 will be expiring in a couple of months and I'm considering trying out a different brand. My friends tell me to use Internet Security products but I prefer to stick to just Antivirus as I use Zone Alarm(free), Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware SE and I don't think I want to use the free AV apps. This 4 defence combination has been smooth on my system and I've not experienced any hiccups or conflicts. Features I look for are user friendliness, effectiveness and smooth sailing to my system. Heavy usage in terms of system resources is not an issue as I've got 1Gb of RAM. To my knowledge, I find McAfee AV scan not so user friendly. A family member of mine was using NOD 32 and got his system infested with 46 viruses(partly cos he neglected to update for quite a long time). I read in PC Mag about Bit Defender coming out tops in an AV competition held in Germany earlier this year. A friend was using McAfee IS Suite, had Sober Worm, had to do a System Recovery but virus still there. He switched to Bit Defender and immediately the virus was removed. Impressive! Ok, when it comes to AV products, I know everyone has their own prefered brand. Don't know which one to choose. Or maybe I continue with Norton '07. Any recommendations? Thanks.