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#1 RipTorn

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 08:59 AM

I've been a NAV user for a number of years now and each version it keeps getting bigger and slower. I'm ready to switch to a new program. I'm looking at NOD32, AVG, BitDefender and Kaspersky. I'm looking for some opinions and experiences from others.


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Posted 17 August 2005 - 09:47 AM

I like AVG Its light on resouces, and I am too mean to pay for anything, if i can get if free
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Posted 17 August 2005 - 01:12 PM

if you dont want to pay, go with AVG, hands down

if you do want to pay, I reccomend NOD32 or Kaspersky. NOD32 is faster than Kaspersky, but Kaspersky has marginally better detection rates, it depends on your preference
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Posted 17 August 2005 - 04:07 PM

if you dont want to pay, go with AVG, hands down

if you do want to pay, I reccomend NOD32 or Kaspersky.  NOD32 is faster than Kaspersky, but Kaspersky has marginally better detection rates, it depends on your preference

 

Hi There is also Avast Antivirus which is also free, has a good record, and a very good forum for help if you do get stuck, works with all other programs.
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Posted 18 August 2005 - 10:57 PM

If you go the free route look at AntiVir and Avast for real time protection; both programs have better detection rates than AVG. Then for your on-demand scans you can use BitDefender 8 Free Edition (it doesn't offer realtime protection, BUT has better detection rates than the big 3 free AVs).

If you want to pay; I would purchase Kaspersky.

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 07:09 AM

Avast. Started using it two years ago and I will never go back. Hands down the best and its completely free.

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 08:41 AM

I agree with wiryd. Been thru NAV, CA (e-Trust) Vet and AVG but Avast! is simply the best.

The Home Edition is completely free (there's a catch, however: as with any antivirus program, you have to register. But it's worth it. Avast! Home Edition is the only free antivirus that comes with email support and assistance in the forum. For other brands such as AVG and Bitdefender, you can only ask for help in their forums). The AutoUpdate is excellent (Since installation, I have never thought of updating it - it's done immediately when new defs are available) and you can even change its interface (skin) - free skins available for download from their website http://www.avast.com.

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Posted 21 August 2005 - 10:37 AM

Another vote for Avast. I not only find it an effective program, but I'm amazed by their customer service, especially since it's a freebie. About two months ago, I was having a relatively minor problem that no one on the Avast forum could help me with (not for lack of trying, though). I figured, what the heck, I'll send an e-mail through Avast's contact link, never really expecting an answer, since I was using the free version. Well, I had an answer later that day -- and then another and another to each of my replies. The guy who responded was a big help, and I was shocked. I've rarely had such good customer service, even for apps I pay for.

PS: Good luck, Rip, untangling your system from NAV's tentacles, especially if you've updated the versions through the years. You'll probably have to download NAV's uninstaller, and then follow this absurd uninstallation maze that would have made Rube Goldberg proud. That's what I had to do. It took some time, and when I was finally done, I felt as if I'd conquered Everest. The way NAV gets its weed-like claws into everything is a disgrace.

Edited by baz, 21 August 2005 - 10:44 AM.


#9 RipTorn

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Posted 22 August 2005 - 03:03 PM

I downloaded and installed Avast this weekend. I thought I would give it a try. Even if it does not work as well as I expect, at least it felt good to uninstall Norton....

I think I uninstalled NAV, after reading baz's post now I'm not sure. The Icon disappeared from the system tray and I don't see any evidence of NAV in my HJT logs. Are there additional steps required to completely ininstall NAV? I have not even had it a year, well almost a year now.

My new laptop came with NIS installed so now I have to uninstall that beast as well.

Thanks for all of the input and comments. I was hoping there was AV programs out there better that McAfee and NAV. The company I work for uses Sophos, I'm not sure how that one rates up against the ones mentioned in this thread.

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Edited by RipTorn, 22 August 2005 - 03:11 PM.


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Posted 23 August 2005 - 12:31 AM

I downloaded and installed Avast this weekend. I thought I would give it a try. Even if it does not work as well as I expect, at least it felt good to uninstall Norton....

I think I uninstalled NAV, after reading baz's post now I'm not sure. The Icon disappeared from the system tray and I don't see any evidence of NAV in my HJT logs. Are there additional steps required to completely ininstall NAV? I have not even had it a year, well almost a year now.

My new laptop came with NIS installed so now I have to uninstall that beast as well.

Thanks for all of the input and comments. I was hoping there was AV programs out there better that McAfee and NAV. The company I work for uses Sophos, I'm not sure how that one rates up against the ones mentioned in this thread.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 01:59 AM

Sounds as if you got it all, Rip. If you uninstalled it through Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel (@#$! Symantec doesn't include its own way to uninstall NAV), you'd know if it wasn't working. (That's what happened with me.) If things went smoothly for you, great!

Hope you like Avast. And, if you don't, it's free. It's also easily uninstalled if you wish to switch to AVG or another freebie. As I said, though, I like it a lot.

#12 theazn25

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Posted 31 August 2005 - 05:11 PM

i say AVG, AVG is good

#13 murdoc24

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 10:45 PM

I'm using bitdefender , kaspersky is more faster, but for my case I rather have a slower, effective antivirus, than a fast but uneffective, not that I say kaspersky is not effective, but in this Link you will find why I prefer bitdefender, have a look at it.

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 02:30 AM

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