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Which Antivirus is better

by bigd6281 / June 21, 2009 2:55 PM PDT

OK i am using avg but i dont htink its detection rate is realiable

since i am comcast customer i get mcafee free but i have it on another computer and it seems to bog it down

so i need help picking a new anivirus please keep in mind that im looking for free programs and also please specify why they are better

such as detection rate etc..

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try this
by philbernie / June 21, 2009 4:37 PM PDT

avira. loads relatively fast and it's free. also you may want to find out about steadystate.

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I heard avira gives u a Trojan
by bigd6281 / June 21, 2009 5:52 PM PDT
In reply to: try this

I looked at avira and in reviews more than 1 person says avira has some Trojan file in it's system!!

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Avast is really good
by pavanzcool / June 21, 2009 6:13 PM PDT

Avast AntiVirus is a real good Free software. This is the only antivirus which gives u a BOOT SCAN, where the computer starts scanning the PC even before the OS is loaded completely.
Also the network security is pretty decent than any other Software.

I am using it since more than 3 years and never had any problem with it.

McAfee made my PC slow and hence I had to shift to this one and never had any issues with this.
I rate it 4.5/5.


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Free AV . . .
by Coryphaeus / June 21, 2009 9:45 PM PDT

I've used AVG for several years on my five PCs. Light on resources, never had a problem. Why do you think it is not reliable? It consistently gets high marks in testing.

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Completely agree about AVG
by rje49 / June 22, 2009 4:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Free AV . . .

I've used AVG for about 6 years without a problem, too. I've lost count of how many computers I've had to help sort out that had a paid, but expired, AV program!

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by bigd6281 / June 22, 2009 8:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Free AV . . .

Umm becausei dont care what testings say i dont like it i dont think its detection rate is all that thats Y IM LOOKING FOR NEWER ANTIVIRUS

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Basically three options
by Jimmy Greystone / June 21, 2009 11:36 PM PDT

You have basically thee options if you want a free AV: AVG Free, Avast, and Avira.

Avira will NOT contain any trojans if you download it from a trusted source. People who claim that almost always either a pre-existing security issue and confuse the AV program alerting them to it after they install it, with the program having caused it, or they tried to get a "cracked" full copy that someone slipped a nasty surprise into.

What Avira DOES do, is pop up these annoying nag screens trying to get you to buy the paid version.

Avast is pretty good, but about once a year you have to go through a registration process. Minor hassle really, but a hassle none the less.

AVG Free is also pretty good, but it's gotten a bit bloated in recent versions. It IS the most comprehensive of the free virus scanners out there, doing some basic malware protection as well as virus/trojan/worm. I just haven't been a big fan of it since version 8 came out and they included this link scanner program. It's a good idea in theory... A small program is embedded into your browser that checks links on web pages to make sure that they don't contain some kind of malicious payload. Problem is it's been a HUGE headache for website managers, causing their bandwidth use to spike, and of course AVG has tried to make this look as much like normal browser traffic as possible. They have a legitimate reason for doing that... If it were easy to filter out, then ne'er do wells would simply do that. But I've noticed that my HTPC which uses AVG Free, is much slower loading web pages than my main desktop. The two systems are almost identical in specification, and the only major difference is my main desktop runs Kaspersky, and the HTPC uses AVG Free.

McAfee isn't even worth the price of free IMO. While it's detection rates seem pretty good overall, it will lop a good 25-33% off the top of your computer's performance, just as part of its normal operation. Norton is probably even worse, being the epitome of product bloat, combined with pretty regular false-positive issues.

I do like Kaspersky, and you can often find free after rebate, or nearly free, deals if you watch places like Fry's. If you don't live in SF Bay Area California, where you can barely throw a rock without hitting a Fry's, you can still usually get the deal on their website. Same goes for a number of other AV programs. Watch a site like Slickdeals long enough, and you're bound to see various deals involving AV programs.

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Ty Jim
by bigd6281 / June 22, 2009 8:11 AM PDT

Thank you Jim for actually giving me some information on the subjects

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AVG Link scanner
by rje49 / June 22, 2009 8:23 AM PDT

You can run AVG without the link scanner. Uninstall your current AVG, download the current version. At the "Install" option, choose "Custom". Proceeding, un-check Link Scanner". It's that simple.

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by jeff_windows_team / June 22, 2009 6:03 AM PDT
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