What anti-virus software would you recommend?

By DjKraid · 22 replies
Aug 12, 2010
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  1. Hi!

    I Have a "tiny" problem, I don't know what anti-virus software I should use. I have tried meny but ever program that I have used there have been some issue with.

    I need a program that works, is really lightweight, dsn't uppdate 24/7 or dsn't say "updates are read for download" and then "download later" and then 10mins later again "updates are read for download" and sh*t like that.

    AVG - Blocks files and stuff without asking
    Panda Cloud - Laggs and makes the cpu go @ 100%
    VIPRE - (current) Good but it reminds to update every 60min so when I play games everything just freezes and CTD. There is no way to stop VIPRES winding.
    Microsoft Essentials - Updates 24/7 and when it dsnt update it says "Your computer is unprotected" and then it's Microsofts software...
    Norton - ...no way, it's not "lightweight", it's the opposit
    F-Secure - same as Norton
    Avast - same as Panda
    Avira - lets **** trough
    Nod32 - Good but not free :/
  2. berryrock

    berryrock TS Rookie

    Avira is the best anti virus software from the given list. It is user-friendly and advanced options help. It is very fast but sometime I have to face some problems at update time. Overall, its the perfect anti virus software.
  3. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Avira, Avast, Nod32, or Kaspersky
    You have to have a time budget for some of the free scans, though.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,971   +2,527

    You know, when somebody makes a post like this, it gives the impression that they think they already know it all with respect to security software, and all they're actually doing is trolling. That said, I do have a couple of suggestions, either write your own, or since you know it all, you tell us.
  6. techsuitor

    techsuitor TS Rookie Posts: 131

    I agree with raybay. You should have a time for that. Every anti virus has its own way of updating for their clients' benefit. But you can try other also McAfee or Red Hat.
  7. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 551   +26

    I haven't tried Kaspersky / McAfee So I'll try them :) Isn't Red Hat a linux distribution?
  8. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    There’s a good and a bad side to trying all the AV’s.

    The good side is that they each find malware missed by the others.
    The bad side is that they are hard to uninstall and they always leave traces, which can sometimes cause trouble.

    There’s also a pointless side. They’ve all being tested by authoritative labs, who can do the job properly and detailed results are available.
  9. techsuitor

    techsuitor TS Rookie Posts: 131

    ok. Try that, then update us about this issue. :) Yeah it's for linux.
  10. techsuitor

    techsuitor TS Rookie Posts: 131

    Yeah! bobcat is right. :) The final judgment would be from the user himself. Trust the AV and be patient
  11. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    I use malwarebytes and super antispyware. Run once a week they're both awesome when used together. Wouldnt need a popup blocker and trojan blocker if you avoid porn sites, advertising links, things of that nature.
  12. techsuitor

    techsuitor TS Rookie Posts: 131

    Supermashbrada has a point. But for the security, we need to anticipate things that may happen. So it's better to have a blocker. That's only my opinion, :) .
  13. Jane55

    Jane55 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Well, I used to use Avast, works great for me.
  14. techsuitor

    techsuitor TS Rookie Posts: 131

    haha! Well, as my experience and my recommendation, Avast fits me well.
  15. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

    No antivirus is perfect.

    Eventually, something always gets through the defenses.

    Safe browsing is easier said than done.

    Even an email from a friend can cause a breach.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,971   +2,527

    Have any of you actually read the original post?
  17. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    Dont think so, lol
  18. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12


    Haven't you seen a thread meander a little ? ;)
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,971   +2,527

    Meander? The original post was nothing but trolling, I'm just curious, why bother humoring the OP?
  20. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Without necessarily disagreeing with you captain, I’d point out that almost any thread asking for opinions on antivirus tools is effectively either troll or spam, for the reasons below. And there are innumerable such threads, in fact it’s the most popular topic here.

    1 There is an official list of antimalware tools recommended by TS. Asking for individual opinions is tantamount to saying that you don’t trust it. This is more so when my reference to the list is fully ignored.

    2 There are innumerable existing threads on the subject that the OP could consult without starting yet another one.

    3 Such discussions are always inconclusive, because people use and like different tools, hence the multiplicity of them surviving on the market.

    I clarify that the above is not directed against this particular OP in isolation to all the others.

    On second thoughts, the very fact that we are still responding to such threads signifies that they have their place, albeit that place might be more aptly situated in “The Meeting Spot”.
  21. EBelcourt

    EBelcourt TS Rookie

    Zonealarm Extreme Security suite in my opinion, has lots of nice features and is currently going for a nice price
  22. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

    I second that.
  23. HeWentToJareds

    HeWentToJareds TS Rookie Posts: 23

    AVG does not block files without asking. It just notifies u a file was being blocked, then checks to see if it is from trusted source then allows it. And once u say it is ok for the program/file to do it once, it doesnt ask u again. Don't really see how they can make it more convenient then that.

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