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Which is the best antivirus?

By ansh1993 ยท 31 replies
Jan 3, 2011
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  1. hi friends ,
    what according to you is the best antivirus which is the lightest and does not slow your pc and is effective . and please specify why do you like the particular product .
    thx in advance
  2. crunchie

    crunchie Malware Helper Posts: 728

    Moved to software as you will get no replies where you originally posted it.
    IMO NOD32 or Kaspersky if you like to pay, or Comodo, Avast or Avira if you like freebies :).
  3. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +50

    Some anti-virus softwares work different for some people. Alot of people like Zonealarm, but for me it's slow and cloggy. Avast Pro on the other hand works perfect for my system.
  4. Khanonate

    Khanonate TS Booster Posts: 127   +15

    I subscribed to comcast for my internet and I just used their "free" norton security suite. So far so good. I used to use comodo security suite but it started giving me problems, so I changed it. Now, I've been playing L4D2 ( I hate zombies!) on STEAM with no problems.
  5. pjamme

    pjamme TS Enthusiast Posts: 208

    Microsoft Security essentials is free and getting excellent reviews.
    I have it on XP Pro and Windows 7 at home. I did have Eset for years (updates are small) but too expensive for a little as I use home computer anymore.
  6. CAMusing

    CAMusing TS Enthusiast Posts: 179

  7. ansh1993

    ansh1993 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 93

    its becoming tough to decide ... any one please ... im ready to purchase
  8. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +50

    You don't have to purchase anything straight away. Get some free versions and try them out, see what feels right for you.

    Certain gloves fit certain hands.
  9. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,031   +53

    Which anti-virus?

    I use MS Essentials antivirus, and keep it updated. Seems to work for me since I changed to Windows 7 H.P. My PC is 2006 Dell 3.2 P4 single core, and it doesn't slow it down, in any way I have noticed. It's free to download and use. Have used Avira free before, also very good.
  10. ansh1993

    ansh1993 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 93

    ok thank you i will try .
  11. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 827   +32

    I've found AVG to be working quite well. I used it on my desktop and netbook, though I did notice a slight decrease in performance on my netbook...then again, it is a netbook, lol. The free version was great, but the paid version had more that I needed. For light web usage, free was great, but as a heavy internet user, the paid version was what I needed.
  12. ansh1993

    ansh1993 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 93

    i have downloaded norton i guess it will help ...if i like it i will purchase it.....
  13. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    I'm been using Microsoft Security Essentials since it came out ... have had no problems.
  14. ansh1993

    ansh1993 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 93

    it just gets more confusing and confusing lets see first when im done with trying norton ...
  15. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 827   +32

    I'm not sure what's so confusing here. Just pick an AV, try it, and if ya like it, buy it. Pretty simple process. Avs are just like anything else, they work different for different people. Some people had nothing but trouble with their new iPhones, where as others didn't. That's just the way things work. It doesn't make sense in the software world, but that's just how it is. Ya just gotta try till you find something you like.
  16. vale46

    vale46 TS Rookie Posts: 160

    Hi, if its any consolation ansh1993, i have been running Norton 360 for a year or two now, im on v4 at the moment.
    I do loads of 3D animation, animated and still rendering plus loads of post work in paint shop.
    I run 2 different video converting programs as well as Virtualdub. I play music, watch films. burn all sorts of stuff and view some pretty weird stuff on the net and Norton has never hindered my system nor have i ever got a virus it couldnt deal with, so for me Norton works but for others... well lol you get the point. Only thing i dont do is play games so i cant vouch for that side of things.

    matrix86 pretty much sums it up i reckon. ;)

    Good luck.
  17. ansh1993

    ansh1993 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 93

    ya i think i should give it a try because our school provides us with McAfee antivirus which i find that it slows my laptop ... so im just want a nice alternative
    thanks all .
  18. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    If this is the same crunchie (above) I know from another forum you will not go wrong following his advise. Just pick one of the freebies he recommends and give it a go :)
  19. Patosan

    Patosan TS Enthusiast Posts: 35

    Couldn't agree more ... pay if you like spending money for a little candy. To get the job done free versions have always ruled ... I'm a hige Avast fan since I hate resource hogs.
  20. oooe

    oooe TS Rookie


    Zonealarm is good
  21. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +50

    Ran like a lame donkey on my system. Avast on the other hand was much better.
  22. Lou3

    Lou3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 66

    I use AVG and occasionally double-check with TrendMicro Housecall. According to Housecall, AVG has done a good job. I'm starting to shop around though, because I want a better firewall than the Windows one and would rather have all of my security in a suite. I'm going to install the Kaspersky trial and see how that goes.
  23. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +242

    The main thing is to be sure that you keep the security software bang up to date and use a firewall. The free programs which I've tried are AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials. They do the job perfectly well. For the past few years I've been using Spyware Doctor with AV plus their free firewall. This software is marketed by PCTools. It scores well in reviews and I like it enough to pay them money.
  24. abe10tiger

    abe10tiger TechSpot Paladin Posts: 789   +16

    I'd go for Avira.. It works super fine for me! :D
  25. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    using avira since version 10 didnt live up to my expectations been using avast up to now

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