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Old 01-28-2010, 01:38 AM   #16
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I use and recommend AVG Free to my customers (I do computer repair) and can't say enough good things about it. NOD32 is also pretty good (yearly license).
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:42 AM   #17
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So how is it that it can be free and be so good yet others charge yearly fees? Like Utoo said it makes you believe that the ones that charge are better.
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:55 AM   #18
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Because AVG is simply a virus scanner and only a virus scanner.

You have to upgrade to a higher version to get support and the other features. Virus heuristics files (definitions) are relatively simple to write, which is probably why they are distributed for free. With McAfee, Norton, etc., you pay for support in your licensing fee and access to more advanced features than just the virus scanner.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:00 AM   #19
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I've never paid for a virus scanner, and I've only ever had one virus, when I stupidly clicked on a link that was forwarded to me from someone on my msn list that also had the virus. That's when I was using Avast.
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Old 02-07-2010, 03:02 AM   #20
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Nod32 or Kaspersky. These are the only two options you should be interested in if you don't want to use AVG.
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Old 02-07-2010, 03:11 AM   #21
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I actually happened to find AVG Internet Security at Office Max for only $34 for a 2 year license. It was on sale. It was regularly like $70 so I figured why not. I just got a new computer with Windows 7 on it and it came with 60 days of Norton Internet Security (blah I know) so I will wait till it runs out and go ahead and switch to AVG. I realized after doing a lot of research and from some of you here that the free AVG software is ONLY anti virus protection. I decided I want complete protection after having some recent issues with security on my computer.
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:26 PM   #22
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When I used Windows I used AVG antivirus, Windows Defender for anti spyware and a firewall as well. I often found Norton to be quite resource hungry.
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I've been using the paid version of AVG now for quite a while and I've had no problems or issues.
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Old 06-27-2010, 08:44 PM   #24
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Hmm Avast sounds pretty good, and its free.
Microsoft has a free anti-virus out that is excellent. Microsoft Essentials.

It has pretty much eliminated the need to pay for it , by design.

If you use wndows, you cannot beat it.
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:49 PM   #25
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Norton is a disaster
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:31 PM   #26
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Norton is a disaster
yeah it is a resource Hog

Seriously if you havent tried Micro essentials, it is awesome. I have tried the others, and had and love ESSET, but Microsoft did this to encourage the millions who still dont use antiv to do so, and it is free.

Search CNET and such. It is better to me than ESST which I loved, but the update sometimes would glitch.

This has malware, antispyware, and uses little resources. It's free
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As someone who's job is removing viruses/malware/spyware from personal computers, pretty much none of these listed are a guarantee. Most of the viruses I've dealt with in the past few weeks have just been stupid mistakes, like people opening e-mail attachments they did not recognize or clicking on Facebook videos just because they say "watch me!" Seriously, common sense and smart computing go a long way. At present I have no loyalty to any antivirus program because none of them completely do the job, both for prevention and removal. It does not take me long to "clean" a computer but I do most of the work manually.
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I've never paid for a virus scanner, and I've only ever had one virus, when I stupidly clicked on a link that was forwarded to me from someone on my msn list that also had the virus. That's when I was using Avast.
Ugh, don't remind me of that mess.
I don't think I've ever cussed so loudly before in my life.
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Why don't you live closer Liesje
Just got my computer back today from the shop. Virus attacked on Friday. Had a few problems earlier in the year as well as a total crash last year. I have NOD32. Also have SpyBot and the computer store recommended (which I already have) Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. I just have to remember to run them more often
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:42 AM   #30
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I've not had a virus since 2003 because I use Linux, but I used to have to clean up viruses and spyware at work. You should always keep the definitions up to date though.
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