Nerds & Geeks: Best anti-virus software?

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  1. Miss Critter

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    It's time to renew the anti-virus software, and I was wondering whether to continue with NOD32 by Eset or try something else. I haven't had any problems on my desktop with it, but got a nasty Trojan on the laptop. Are those possible to defend against with standard anti-virus?

    Your input is appreciated.
     
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    Thanks guys! Free sure beats $60.
     
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    Doesn't matter what you get but remember...they are only as good as their last update. Keep 'em current!
     
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    I use open source software - it is an alternative to Microsoft Windows/office. Ubuntu Linux is FREE and virtually virus free. I never have to install virus protection.

    Just wanted to let you know that there are others options out there.

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    Miss Critter,

    Both Avast Antivirus :,
    FREE antivirus software with spyware protection: avast! Home Edition

    And Microsoft's Security Essentials :,
    http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

    Are both Great solutions that are free. I have been using Avast for years over even AVG and recommended it to all of my clients. Now I actually prefer Microsoft Security Essentials.

    If you are using Windows Xp, Vista, or Windows 7. Then the security essentials will have a little more synergy then Avast. And create a little less painful security environment.

    It does a great job of running quietly, and as long as you have a steady internet connection it does a good job of updating itself as well.
     
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  8. Smiling JOe

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    I use and like AVG (free) and I couple that with running Malwarebytes and Ad-Aware (two other free malware programs) on occasion.

    Works like a charm.
     
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    Avast here, too. And do regular maintenence.
     
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    I got a nasty bug and the company that I work for used CCleaner and Malwarebytes to remove and maintain.
     
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    I also use AVG and Malawarebytes, both are free and provide very good protection. I have been IT director in a school district with over 1500 pc's and have fought viruses, spyware and Malware for many years, important thing is to keep it updated and scan frequently.
     
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    NOD32 consistently comes out as one of the best products out there.

    Since so many people are pointing you to free products, I am assuming it is being used in a non-commercial environment. AVG is not free for a business or school system according to its license. MS Security Essentials scores really high and, if I am remembering correctly, is allowable in a home office set up (commercial use).
     
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    Question: How would I know about Avast updates? Are they sent automatically to your inbox, or would I need to do manual search? NOD32 would automatically update daily, sometimes several times a day, depending on threat.

    Yes, this is for a home computer.
     
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    A little box will appear in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop that displays "Your virus database has been updated" If you have the sound on..It even says it out loud.

    The only fault with Avast is that it doesn't do a great job with mal-ware and ad-ware. But it does manage to grab almost all Trojans and Viruses.
    It updates sometimes several times a day as well.

    MS Security Essentials runs a little bit tighter ship.
     
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    It is my understanding that virus protection and mal-ware protection typically require different programs to keep your system clean. I've also been told that you don't want to run multiple malware programs because one will often find the bad files quarantined within the other program and think that it needs to quarantine the other program. I typically run Ad-aware for the malware detection/removal. When I got some nasty malware from a FaceBook download, the only thing that was able to handle it was Malwarebytes, but I had to change the name of the software so that the malware wouldn't recognize the file name, and I had to run it in safe mode. Other than that time, I just stick with Ad-Aware for the malware.
     
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    Okay, I was following along quite nicely until this post. . . . . .:blink::D
     
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    He said just use one Malware program, I think.:D
    MC, I used Avira on my former laptop and Malwarebytes without incident.
    I have a new laptop with Windows 7 and the geek squad installed Kaspersky because they said it was the best. I don't even see when that updates, but for a free one Avira was sufficient and I didn't get any trojans or viruses that i was aware of.
     
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    Mango is correct, I said it is typically recommended to use only one mal-ware program, in addition to your virus protection program. Running more than one mal-ware program can cause conflicts.
     
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    Here is another vote for Avast. Great reviews and great price (free)! And it talks to you if you have the volume on :)
     
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    If you want to avoid the nasty bugs of the internet a Mac is the best form of Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware that is out there :)

    Now, for those of us that can't get a Mac right now, or refuse to switch, this is what I recommend for all of my customers right now.

    I have been an AVG / Malware Bytes / SpyBot guy for a very very long time. I have found that these in combination far out perform Norton, McAfee, and others. Recently though, I started using Microsoft Security Essentials. It is working fantastic on my systems, and on all of my client's computers. It is free and can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

    It uses very few system resources and that is a major problem with most security suites. That has been my biggest complaint with AVG 9.0 is the amount of resources that it requires.

    So try MSE. It is working great for me and all of my clients.
     

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