What is a good antivirus software?


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Gabriel Knight

Hi all I have Norton Internet Security 2005 but I want to update my
antivirus to prehaps Norton 2009 from ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Norton-Antiv...=39:1|66:2|65:1|240:1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

What dose everyone think in terms of is it good to use and if there is
better out there, I dont mind much if it uses a bit of pc resources.

Strange thing is my Norton 2005 version seems to be on a never pay loop, it
keeps moving the renew date to the next year and I havnt paid a cent since
2005 to today I have asked the tech team at Norton about this but I asked
for a phone number to speak to someone but all 4 times the number was wrong,
I dont want to get stung with 4 years of paying subscription so I want to
get rid of it. Dose this happen alot or am I just lucky?

Thanks
GK
 
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Michael Setter

Gabriel said:
What dose everyone think in terms of is it good to use and if there is
better out there, I dont mind much if it uses a bit of pc resources.

Strange thing is my Norton 2005 version seems to be on a never pay loop, it
keeps moving the renew date to the next year and I havnt paid a cent since
2005 to today I have asked the tech team at Norton about this but I asked
for a phone number to speak to someone but all 4 times the number was wrong,
I dont want to get stung with 4 years of paying subscription so I want to
get rid of it. Dose this happen alot or am I just lucky?



Norton AntiVirus 2009 is said to be much improved over past versions. It
installs and scans very quickly and uses fewer resources.

Here's a link to the trial version:
http://nct.digitalriver.com/fulfill/0184.078


NOD32 is also very good.
http://www.eset.com/download/trial_software.php?product=EAV
 
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John Doe

Gabriel Knight said:
Hi all I have Norton Internet Security 2005

This isn't a direct answer, it's more like a workaround.
I've never used a real-time antivirus program. Occasionally I check for
viruses and stuff. If necessary, I just restore a known good backup
copy of the Windows partition after making a fresh copy of important
(data) files to removable media. It's a radical but simple procedure
that takes about 15 minutes. Reverting back to a known good copy of
Windows is refreshing too, because it allows you to redo things that
you found useful since the last time you restored a copy.
 
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TomT

Gabriel Knight said:
Hi all I have Norton Internet Security 2005 but I want to update my
antivirus to prehaps Norton 2009 from ebay.

Assuming you're using Windows, then what ToolPackinMoma said.

TomT
 
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TVeblen

Gabriel Knight said:
Hi all I have Norton Internet Security 2005 but I want to update my
antivirus to prehaps Norton 2009 from ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Norton-Antiv...=39:1|66:2|65:1|240:1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

What dose everyone think in terms of is it good to use and if there is
better out there, I dont mind much if it uses a bit of pc resources.

Strange thing is my Norton 2005 version seems to be on a never pay loop,
it keeps moving the renew date to the next year and I havnt paid a cent
since 2005 to today I have asked the tech team at Norton about this but I
asked for a phone number to speak to someone but all 4 times the number
was wrong, I dont want to get stung with 4 years of paying subscription so
I want to get rid of it. Dose this happen alot or am I just lucky?

Thanks
GK

I still like AVG. Free.
 
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Dave

Gabriel Knight said:
Hi all I have Norton Internet Security 2005 but I want to update my
antivirus to prehaps Norton 2009 from ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Norton-Antivirus-2009-with-AntiSpyware-Full-Retail-Pa
ck_W0QQitemZ110304188456QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item110304188456&_trkparms=39%3A
1%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

What dose everyone think in terms of is it good to use and if there is
better out there, I dont mind much if it uses a bit of pc resources.

avast! antivirus. Free, fast and powerful. No ads, no nag screens. Only
"catch" is that you have to register it every 14 months.

Norton is Junk. After you uninstall Norton, you will want to scan your
system with avast and I would NOT be surprised if avast finds many problems
that Norton ignored/missed. -Dave

http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html
 
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spodosaurus

Gabriel said:
Hi all I have Norton Internet Security 2005 but I want to update my
antivirus to prehaps Norton 2009 from ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Norton-Antiv...=39:1|66:2|65:1|240:1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

What dose everyone think in terms of is it good to use and if there is
better out there, I dont mind much if it uses a bit of pc resources.

Strange thing is my Norton 2005 version seems to be on a never pay loop, it
keeps moving the renew date to the next year and I havnt paid a cent since
2005 to today I have asked the tech team at Norton about this but I asked
for a phone number to speak to someone but all 4 times the number was wrong,
I dont want to get stung with 4 years of paying subscription so I want to
get rid of it. Dose this happen alot or am I just lucky?

Thanks
GK

ESET security suite is quite good (includes NOD antivirus).

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jch

spodosaurus said:
ESET security suite is quite good (includes NOD antivirus).

I second ESET and NOD32. I run that on two of my PCs and AVG free on two
more. All do a good job. I prefer NOD32 but both seem to use resources
wisely and I wouldn't give a plug nickle for Norton.

You should go to alt.comp.antivirus to further discuss AV software.
 
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Paul

Kelli said:
spodosaurus;840184 said:
Gabriel Knight wrote:-
Hi all I have Norton Internet Security 2005 but I want to update my
antivirus to prehaps Norton 2009 from ebay.

http://tinyurl.com/6mvvhz

What dose everyone think in terms of is it good to use and if there is

better out there, I dont mind much if it uses a bit of pc resources.

Strange thing is my Norton 2005 version seems to be on a never pay
loop, it
keeps moving the renew date to the next year and I havnt paid a cent
since
2005 to today I have asked the tech team at Norton about this but I
asked
for a phone number to speak to someone but all 4 times the number was
wrong,
I dont want to get stung with 4 years of paying subscription so I want
to
get rid of it. Dose this happen alot or am I just lucky?

Thanks
GK

-

ESET security suite is quite good (includes NOD antivirus).

--
spammage trappage: remove the underscores to reply
Many people around the world are waiting for a marrow transplant.
Please
volunteer to be a marrow donor and literally save someone's life:
http://www.abmdr.org.au/
http://www.marrow.org/

Hello,

I came across your post and I'm interested in helping; I work with
Symantec's PR Team. Have you tried going on Norton's Product Review
Page where you can get an indepth review of NIS 09' and decide whether
it is suitable for your computer needs.
http://www.symantec.com/norton/internet-security.
If you have any more questions I am happy to help.
kellij[at]carryonpr

The AV-comparatives site does comparisons. For some
reason, the TrendMicro product isn't on their list.

http://www.av-comparatives.org/seiten/comparatives.html

There is a web summary, and the PDF version gives some
details of the testing.

http://www.av-comparatives.org/seiten/ergebnisse_2008_08.php
http://www.av-comparatives.org/seiten/ergebnisse/report19.pdf

It is interesting, that the testing benchmarks on-demand
testing ("scan my entire disk now"), and provides a chart.
But the guy doing the testing, is still trying to figure out
a good test of the impact of these tools, on desktop
performance.

One thing that annoyed me, was a substantial increase in
the time it takes "Disk Cleanup" to run, when an AV is
enabled. That would be an example of a corner case,
where the AV normally doesn't burden a system too much,
but when it decides to scan each file "touched" by
something like Disk Cleanup, the effect on performance
is pronounced (I have to walk away from the computer...)

One other point I'd like to make about AV tools,
is their perceived behavior can change through the
period of your subscription. I have Kaspersky on
my other computer, and after a certain update of
theirs, which changed the scan engine, I started
getting an immense number of dialogs on the screen.
It turned me into a "click monkey", just like having
UAC in Vista. I went online, with the chat based
tech support, and the response I got was to
click the little box on the dialog that says to
do the same thing the next time. (So basically, at
least for that tech support person, such a behavior
was a "feature".) Unfortunately, there are some
executables, which change each time they're run,
such as Windows Update, so when I run Windows Update,
I'm doing that "click monkey" thing again.

As a consequence of the complex behavior of these products,
and the potential for them to virtually brick the computer
on a moments notice, I cannot see an objective way to
offer advice on them. Some of them, simply end up
"owning" your computer, for better or worse. And
different people can see different behaviors.
All you need to do, is go to the tech support forum
for the products, and see just how much damage
the tools can do in the worst case.

And removing the products can be equally annoying.

It is a lot like asking a person to choose between
tuberculosis, Ebola, or flesh eating disease :)

Paul
 
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Man-wai Chang ToDie (33.6k)

Gabriel said:
Hi all I have Norton Internet Security 2005 but I want to update my
antivirus to prehaps Norton 2009 from ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Norton-Antiv...=39:1|66:2|65:1|240:1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

What dose everyone think in terms of is it good to use and if there is
better out there, I dont mind much if it uses a bit of pc resources.

there 3 free solutions for home users:

AntiVir Personal
Avast Home
AVG Free

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Sat, 01 Nov 2008 13:48:04 +0800: written by "Man-wai Chang ToDie
(33.6k) said:
there 3 free solutions for home users:

AntiVir Personal
Avast Home
AVG Free

and ClamWin which is based on ClamAV.

I'm using ClamAV now because I was tired of the daily advert when using
AVG Free and/or AVAST.

I don't mind paying $20/year, but anything over that has me looking at
free/open source options.

I started by using MoonAV, which is also based on ClamAV, but the
interface was too buggy and stopped d/l'ing updates if I touched any of
the configuration settings.


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TVeblen

Same Guy said:
Sat, 01 Nov 2008 13:48:04 +0800: written by "Man-wai Chang ToDie


and ClamWin which is based on ClamAV.

I'm using ClamAV now because I was tired of the daily advert when using
AVG Free and/or AVAST.

Are you talking about the "Notification" panel that drops down below the
prog window? Sheesh. I just drag the window down to bury that thing below
the screen. I had forgotten that it was even there. Had to drag the window
pull to check!
 
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Same Guy

Sun, 2 Nov 2008 10:37:16 -0500: written by "TVeblen"
Are you talking about the "Notification" panel that drops down below the
prog window? Sheesh. I just drag the window down to bury that thing below
the screen. I had forgotten that it was even there. Had to drag the window
pull to check!

So that's the trick! I kept closing it. ;-)


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Patty

avast! antivirus. Free, fast and powerful. No ads, no nag screens. Only
"catch" is that you have to register it every 14 months.

Norton is Junk. After you uninstall Norton, you will want to scan your
system with avast and I would NOT be surprised if avast finds many problems
that Norton ignored/missed. -Dave

http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

I also like Avast and use it on all my systems.

Patty
 
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Patty

Sat, 01 Nov 2008 13:48:04 +0800: written by "Man-wai Chang ToDie


and ClamWin which is based on ClamAV.

I'm using ClamAV now because I was tired of the daily advert when using
AVG Free and/or AVAST.

I don't get any advert with Avast. Just a notification when it updates
which disappears in a few seconds.

Patty
 
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Peter

I don't get any advert with Avast. Just a notification when it updates
which disappears in a few seconds.

Think it's the advert that is shown when the software is opened by the
user.
 
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Same Guy

Mon, 3 Nov 2008 12:23:06 -0000: written by Peter
Think it's the advert that is shown when the software is opened by the
user.

My error! I meant to say AVIRA (http://www.free-av.com).

Sorry for the confusion and thanks for the follow up everyone.

I'll have to give AVAST a look-see then if there isn't a daily pop-up.

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PeterC

Mon, 3 Nov 2008 12:23:06 -0000: written by Peter


My error! I meant to say AVIRA (http://www.free-av.com).

Sorry for the confusion and thanks for the follow up everyone.

I'll have to give AVAST a look-see then if there isn't a daily pop-up.

No ads. with Avast! Even the notification of updating can be turned off.
It does need re-registering every 14 months, but that's easy and Alwil do
it to keep track of the number of users - fair enough in exchange for
'free' software.
 
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Dave

I'm using ClamAV now because I was tired of the daily advert when using
ODD. I've been using avast! for a couple of years now and have yet to see a
single advertisement. I use the free edition. Only odd thing about avast!
is that it will anounce in a loud voice once a day that virus definitions
have been updated. You can probably turn that off somehow, but it doesn't
bother me enough to try to turn it off. -Dave
 

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