Security What's the best antivirus program?

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TS Rookie
I have been talking to friends a lot lately about anti virus programs and I was wondering what you all thought.

I use AVG on my own systems, both XP and Vista machines (not sure if it will work when I set up my Linux machine), but friends of mine actually subscribe to McAfee (but seem to have more virus problems than I do).

I would be interested to know your thoughts on McAfee, AVG, Nortons, PC Tools, and any other gems that you might know about.

I also use free firewalls (generally turn off my windows firewall), on my XP machines I use Zone Alarm and on my Vista machines I use PC Tools free firewall. Again not sure what will be compatible with Linux when I get around to setting that up.

Your views would be appreciated, thanks heaps



TS Enthusiast
You're talking about McAfee and norton which are paid anti viruses

I recommend

Kaspersky: IF you have a very fast computer as it is resource hungry but has a great reputation


ESET Nod32

Right now you can either have V3 (need to purchase)

Or The beta of V4 ( smart security or antivirus)
Which is FREE until 3/2/2009

I keep hearing norton 2009 is good but I can't confirm, I just don't want to try it and even with 2.6 mil in their database. they didn't catch the virus I had and had to format :(

For McAfee, the only new thing is the Artemis thingy. causing MANY false positives but increases detection rate.

I think AVG is slow ( the program)


TS Enthusiast
I use Avast Antivirus, does the job for me pretty well. Norton hasn't been good since 2000, don't waste your money.


TS Rookie
I have not heard anything good about Nortons, and it seems with the quality of the free software, it surprises me that anyone with home PC's would run anything different, but I have heard a lot of people say that they dont trust it if they dont pay for it... strange, I know.


TS Member
My experience with free software has been pretty good, although the pay software I've used is ALWAYS better and more feature oriented. Take AVG free for instance. It offers good basic protection, but if you spring for the pay version you get much better protection including a firewall, rootkit detection, and customer support.

NIS is known for it's problems in the past, like being a resource hog for one. I can vouch that NIS 2009 is a very good suite. It uses a system where it flags trusted system files so it doesn't have to scan those files every time you perform a system scan. This makes the whole scanning process much faster than in previous versions.

It also provides a graph showing you exactly how much it's using your CPU and system resources, which is never that much by the way. It only performs scans when your system is idle and it seems to be very good at preventing you from visiting known malicious sites.

The home network features are excellent and you can easily restrict computers on your network from being able to discover your computer. Overall it's a very good suite that I highly recommend.


TS Enthusiast
I couldn't tell you which is best, but my favorite is PC Tools Spyware Doctor and Anti-Virus. Spyware Doctor works particularly well at detecting and removing rootkits, which get into the kernel.


TechSpot Paladin
A constantly recurring question. You can spend the rest of your life investigating and comparing and never get anywhere. The short answer is this.

1 All AV do a good job.
2 Among premium tools, Kaspersky has a good reputation.
3 Among free tools, AntiVir PE is probably the best.

But this is a constantly developing field and things can change.


TS Rookie

McaFee gets a bad 'rap' but I have had no problems.

Been using McaFee for years and never have been compromised.

McaFee is a great product!


TS Rookie
Pc cillin

pc cillin is OK.
But you will find the "restore" feature handy on Windows.

I used the re-store feature and it solved some problems that i had .


TS Rookie
i use AVG free but have still had some slip through. i wouldn't recommend it for laptops, i know both of mine freaked when I had it on them. I've used Norton and had viruses get through as well. I just don't know what to trust anymore, I've lost with both freeware and purchased software.

Revelation 23

TS Rookie
I used AVG up unitl the point when it wouldn't do anything but tell me I had a virus. I don't remember how long ago that was, but it's been over at least two years.

I've been using Avast ever since then. Combined with Ad-Aware and Spybot, I've only been hit with something big once on this computer since I built it, and it was no effort to fix that. And I had Avast on the computers I had before this one.

Nothing is foolproof, paid or freeware. But I'm happy with what I've been using.


TS Rookie
In my opinion, Kaspersky, you could turn off internet scanning or hardware scanning to reduce the resource used.


Sith Lord
There's already a thread about this running in the security forum. You guys might want to post in that instead of making this thread as long as that one.


Note: One thing is well known here. AVG8 can never be called "light" (seeming it's very resource hungry)
I'd recommend not using it.


Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe
No kidding Kim! AVG will take over your machine. In my case it max's out both cores for the better part of its run, and you can watch your Ram tick away in system processes. It relents a little when you break in with another program, but it doesnt like sitting in the backround. I do like the results though, and try to run scans when im not on. you can (he said cringing cuz he's probably gonna get hollored at):D do like my wife does with her single core machine and lower the priority, seems to help alot. you can also set the affinity to run it on only one core too if you really want to use AVG8.
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