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#1 Sep 12 2010 at 4:49 AM Rating: Decent
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Hiya.
I've been using Mcafee the last few years and get on ok with it. I get it free with my internet service (BT UK)
I'm Getting a new PC in the next few days and a friend has recommended AVG.
Anyone had experience of both that can give me a comparison?
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#2 Sep 12 2010 at 4:51 AM Rating: Decent
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Yah just D/l the free version of AVG, works good.
#3 Sep 12 2010 at 8:30 AM Rating: Decent
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I prefer Avast but that's just my personal preference. I find it to be a little more light weight on system resources while running in the background. Also many people recommend Avira.

Also I would recommend a firewall, I use Comodo. I would highly advise against ZoneAlarm as it's a huge resource hog.

http://download.cnet.com/windows/security-software/?tag=rb_content;contentNav
#4 Sep 12 2010 at 8:36 AM Rating: Decent
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I prefer Avast but that's just my personal preference. I find it to be a little more light weight on system resources while running in the background.
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#5 Sep 12 2010 at 8:37 AM Rating: Good
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I am using AVG for personal use and like it. I am not a fan of McAfee, I had to many problems, work related. If I would buy an Anti Virus program I would go for NOD32. But still it is personal preferences.

In my opinion you can't go wrong with AVG
#6 Sep 12 2010 at 9:44 AM Rating: Decent
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In my opinion you can't go wrong with AVG

In my opinion, you can.

Edit: Fine, fine. Unbiased testing: http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews

IMO, it's not worth keeping anti-virus software running on your PC. If you must install one, only use the on-demand scanner.

Use Firefox with Adblock Plus (easylist and adblockrules.org subscriptions) and Noscript. Trust where you get files. Those 20MB and under, send to www.virustotal.com. For those bigger than 20MB, well, that goes back to the trust thing, or your non active installed AV software.

I've yet to get a virus in the 6 years I've not used an anti-virus software. The result of good security practices. In the end I enjoy much better computer performance.

Edited, Sep 12th 2010 12:15pm by DAOWAce
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#7 Sep 12 2010 at 9:48 AM Rating: Excellent
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DAOWAce wrote:
Shoomy wrote:
In my opinion you can't go wrong with AVG

In my opinion, you can.

An unfair comparison. An anti-virus website saying it's better than the competition? That would be like me saying I'm the best fisherman on Besaid right now.

Find an independent site that says the same thing, and people would be more likely to believe it.

Personally, I use Microsoft Security Essentials. Might not be the best one out there, but it's free, and I've never had a problem with it.
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#8 Sep 12 2010 at 9:59 AM Rating: Good
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DAOWAce wrote:
Shoomy wrote:
In my opinion you can't go wrong with AVG

In my opinion, you can.

An unfair comparison. An anti-virus website saying it's better than the competition? That would be like me saying I'm the best fisherman on Besaid right now.

Find an independent site that says the same thing, and people would be more likely to believe it.

Personally, I use Microsoft Security Essentials. Might not be the best one out there, but it's free, and I've never had a problem with it.
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#9 Sep 12 2010 at 10:17 AM Rating: Good
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I have tried both, but I prefer Avast. It auto updates and is easy to load or unload onto a system. I have noticed that it blocks things much better. Instead of getting a quarenteen notice, I get a notice and it never gets into my system. I've been using it for about a year now.

Plus there is a silent gaming mode so you aren't spammed with any notice while in fullscreen gaming.
#10 Sep 12 2010 at 11:38 AM Rating: Decent
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I've used Norton / AVG / McAffee / Avast / MSE (what I'm using now). It doesn't really matter much what you use as much as practicing safe browsing / computer habits to begin with.
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#11 Sep 12 2010 at 12:39 PM Rating: Default
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If you don't go where you aren't supposed to you won't need an antivirus to begin with.

Most of those antivirus software tend to do more harm than good anyway!
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#12 Sep 12 2010 at 12:53 PM Rating: Good
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Avast!
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#13 Sep 12 2010 at 12:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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If you don't go where you aren't supposed to you won't need an antivirus to begin with.

Most of those antivirus software tend to do more harm than good anyway!

Proof?
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#14 Sep 12 2010 at 3:10 PM Rating: Good
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Dear lord, man! McAfee and Norton are the atrocious pin-up girls of the Anti-Virus world. They're usually bloated with money and fame and things you don't care about, but don't do anything useful. They tend to not catch anything that is 'in the wild' or 'brand new' status- why do you think so many businesses still get hit with email attacks and such? Because most of them use mcafee or norton. lol

These two programs are also resource-heavy as in mostly RAM memory usage but also, in comparison to other anti-virus programs, CPU resource heavy as well.

AVG has become really popular because it was the first free, good AV program out there. Now because it's popular it's been missing things more and more, and the company has tried vigorously to make more profit out of the outfit by adding internet security and many other bulky options Norton and McAfee offer. TL:DR AVG is slowly but surely turning into norton/mcafee.

Avast!, Nod32, Kapersky are good ones to pick up. Like someone else said, don't use active scanners as long as you are comfortable with the sites you browse on. Just use it for the daily/weekly system scan. Instead, download malwarebytes or spybot:search and destroy and just run daily scans at 3-5am if you leave the pc on 24/7, or mental note yourself to scan every now and then.(1-3 times/week)
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#15 Sep 12 2010 at 3:16 PM Rating: Good
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I can't believe no one mentioned this - Kaspersky (oops, poster above did ^^). Like all the others they offer a free trial and unlike the rest they don't destroy your system resources during a scan. (actually they scan continuously).

I've tried all of them and used to swear by AVG until I tried Kaspersky hehe - http://www.kaspersky.com/ is the website.

Edited, Sep 12th 2010 5:17pm by Dreyhana
#16 Sep 12 2010 at 4:18 PM Rating: Decent
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DAOWAce wrote:
Shoomy wrote:
In my opinion you can't go wrong with AVG

In my opinion, you can.

Edit: Fine, fine. Unbiased testing: http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews

IMO, it's not worth keeping anti-virus software running on your PC. If you must install one, only use the on-demand scanner.

Use Firefox with Adblock Plus (easylist and adblockrules.org subscriptions) and Noscript. Trust where you get files. Those 20MB and under, send to www.virustotal.com. For those bigger than 20MB, well, that goes back to the trust thing, or your non active installed AV software.

I've yet to get a virus in the 6 years I've not used an anti-virus software. The result of good security practices. In the end I enjoy much better computer performance.

Edited, Sep 12th 2010 12:15pm by DAOWAce


I agree. Most virus infections are probably caused by stupidity or bad security habits. Still, I use AVG just because it makes me feel safer and it's handy when scanning downloaded files. I would never pay for McAffee or other crap programmes like it.
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#17 Sep 12 2010 at 4:23 PM Rating: Excellent
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Thanks for the replies. Will look into avast too.
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I have never had an issue with a virus on my computer. I built it about a year and a half ago. I don't use a firewall at all, don't use any AV software except Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware and Spybot. I'm mostly just really careful about e-mails and sites, oh and I don't look at **** at all that probably helps a lot.
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