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#1 Elizabeth Darko

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 12:08 AM

Given that my subscription with Norton's antivirus protection expires soon and that I have heard much criticism about Norton's service, I would very much like to know what antivirus software you would recommend to someone most, based upon your knowledge and experience.

Thank you.

#2 tsitraveler



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Posted 29 March 2006 - 01:28 AM

Nod32 by Eset. http://www.eset.com/home/home.htm

34 consecutive Virus Bulletin 100% Awards.

Some other awards:

Protection against rootkit exploits:

“Rootkit detection is based on the new generation of intelligent signatures, which is a part of the ThreatSense technology” says Richard Marko, chief software engineer for ESET. “Currently, ESET is the only integrated threat protection system known to proactively detect even unknown rootkits.”

Protected users from the recent WMF exploit without even updating for it.

Protects against trojans, worms, spyware.

Employs heuristic scanning. Protection doesn't bog down your system. Scans are fast. Protection is continuous.

This product is mature, and just keeps getting better as the threat environment evolves. Incredible product.


#3 hplust



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Posted 30 March 2006 - 06:51 PM

NOD32 or AVG?

Edited by hplust, 30 March 2006 - 06:53 PM.

#4 Kirstin



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Posted 31 March 2006 - 06:28 AM

Hello Elizabeth,

I had Norton SystemWorks 2004 Professional and Norton Internet Security and found that my computer was sooo slow!

Also, despite keeping them both up to date, I still ended up with a virus :blink: which is how I came to know about this site last year.

I am now using AVG, but have heard really great things about Nod32 recently. Either would be a great choice I am sure.

Don't just get an Anti-Virus though, make sure you get a good firewall too.

Kirstin ^_^

#5 tsitraveler



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Posted 31 March 2006 - 08:52 AM

AVG is good, not great. I have it on my Mother's computer.

We've had to clean/recover her system a couple of times, when it didn't catch things. Lately, her ISP has beefed up their virus/worm/spam screening, so we're hoping AVG will be good enough now.

My mother doesn't keep any financial info on her system, never buys anything online, doesn't use the system for anything other than email, basically.

She's also on dial-up, so if something gets to her, we usually know something's up when it bogs down.

If you check AVG's (and others) record at Virus Bulletin (registration required) http://www.virusbtn.com/index you'll be armed with a good piece of info to help you decide.


#6 dave38


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Posted 31 March 2006 - 02:24 PM

AVg, or Avast, are both good programs, provided that you keep them up to date. A more pressing problem, that i can see, is removing Norton from your system. There are many varieties if tools posted on symatec's website for different versions, so make sure you have teh right one for your system.
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