Questions on AV software

By dawghunter ยท 8 replies
Oct 17, 2007
  1. OK, I have had tremendous success (Thanks, Howard Hopkinso) solving my whataboutadog problem. One thing identified was that Norton is junk.

    Based on recommendations here, I installed AVG AV, AVG Antispyware, and a Zonealarm firewall.

    The question is, I have spoken with an old IBMer who told me the same horror story about Norton, and he now uses Kaspersky. I have seen a lot of good info here at techspot on Kaspersky.

    So, I am wondering if I should replace any or all of the above installed software with Kaspersky products. If so, which one(s) to get? Or should I just saty where I am?

    If I stay where I am, should I upgrade to their paid services? Which one(s)?


    Thaks folks, this is so valauable I can't express my appreciation enough for your input and help.

    Dawg the Colonial, (said because Howard is in England and I bet he thinks I am a green "Yank") :0)
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    I have heard many good things about Kapersky. I haven't tried it as i use etrust antivirus from CA and love it (not free).

    I would recommend that you keep avg antispyware and zone alarm.

    Also, all in one programs are a waste of time i recon.

    Mcaffee site advisor is also fantastic and free, i rely on it.

    Hope that lot helps.:)
  3. dawghunter

    dawghunter TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 38

    OK, so are you recommending the following:

    Kaspersky for AV
    AVG Antispy
    ZoneAlrm firewall

    together as a fighting unit...

    Anybody else have thoughts on this too?
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I just use free software and have never had any problems.

    The main thing in order to keep your system safe is sensible surfing etc. Almost without exception, malware infections are caused by user error.

    See below for some recommended programmes.

    AVG free or Avast antivirus programmes.

    Zonealarm, Kerio or Comodo free firewall programmes.

    Spybot Search & Destroy.

    Ad-Aware se personal.

    Spyware Blaster.

    AVG Antispyware.


    Also, see this thread HERE for info on how to keep your system more secure.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. dawghunter

    dawghunter TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 38

    OK Howard. The AVG Antispyware has a 30-day trial limit before you have to buy according to my downloaded software (which was highly helpful and successful in your recent fix for me).

    It seems that I need to buy the package, thereby getting both AV and Antispy as well as others, but perhaps letting the firewall section sit and continue to let ZoneAlarm do it's thing.

    Does that sound feasible/reasonable to you?
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    The AVG Antivirus programme is free.

    The AVG Antispyware programme is a trial, but once the trial has ended it will continue to work and can still be updated. It`s just that you`ll lose one or two features, that I don`t consider important in any case.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. dawghunter

    dawghunter TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 38

    OK, understood. I appreciate the input. MG's forever!
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Avast is a better free AV than AVG. AVG's detection rate is not that great.
  9. dawghunter

    dawghunter TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 38

    OK thanks for the tip. Howard, have checked the spot you recommended for more system security. great stuff, and thanks again.
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