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Your preferred Anti-Virus Software?


Which is your preferred Anti-Virus Software?

  1. Norton's Anti-Virus

    24 vote(s)
  2. McAfee's Anti-Virus

    3 vote(s)
  3. Trend's PC-cillin

    1 vote(s)
  4. Others (State why in your post?)

    11 vote(s)
By eddy05 ยท 48 replies
May 6, 2003
  1. I couldn't make up my mind which anti-virus software is a better solution? I want to see your preferred choices... Currently using Norton, but Housecall seemed to detect a trojan on my computer which Norton can't detect?

  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Norton is great. It's uninvasive, works very well, and is update very frequently. I haven't had any real problems out of it.
  3. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    I use whichever has a free online scan when I feel like checking...
    Last time it was Trend's, before that McAfee's...

    I used to subscribe to McAfee, but stopped after I realized I mostly turned if off after starting my machine...

    So now I'm AV free, until I think I've gotten something contagious, and thus save system resources...

    Note: I'm not saying this is a very safe option though...
  4. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    I also run Norton, and I like it very much, but just like any anti-virus software probably would do, it slows the computer down a little bit.....
  5. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    I used to use McAfee, which I feel is best for features and configuration options, but it also gave me much aggrevation and frequently caused severe problems with my OS, so I uninstalled it and switched to Norton. No more problems since.
  6. Elros

    Elros TS Rookie Posts: 31

    A lot of people I have worked with seem to think that AVG is one of the best.
    Good integration all round I think. Although like Mr Gaibaldi, I tend not to run one at home, since they usually hog the system resources. If you are careful, then you should be ok without AV software (although I don't recommend it). :/
  7. eddy05

    eddy05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 152


    I used to have McAfee, but used Norton because I wanted since I used Utilities, might as well switch to a product of the same family. I just wondered whether I missed out on any better Anti-Virus solutions that are out there.

    For my usage, I dare not surf the net without an Anti-Virus software guarding. KaZaA, a web server and an FTP server. An almost 24/7 online connection. Too risky.
  8. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    I use Norton AntiVirus 2003 Pro, SystemWorks 2003 and PersonalFirewall 2003. They manage to serve me well, except recently when a trojan horse got by me undetected (discussed in the #3DSpotlight IRC Channel); thankfully Nodsu checked it out for me and confirmed my worst fears :) . I guess that's what happens when you try to download Keygens from Kazaa :giddy: .

    BTW, is it just my software, or has Norton not released any updates for a week or so? (usually several virus definitions available for download every week).
  9. eddy05

    eddy05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 152

    Yeah! That's exactly the reason why I'm shaken with Norton's solution! The trojan TROJ_CODERED.C got into my com but Norton did not discover it, instead, Housecall did, which led me to post this question here.
  10. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    That's one of the problems with downloading illegal software, its one of the main ways to distribute trojans. :p

    A far as best Anti-virus goes, you only need to look at the virus list to see that the different anti-virus vendors each provide different definitions lists, so they will each have their own strengths/weakness. If you are really paranoid, then you could always try running two or more anti-virus software concurently, but that's just overkill for most users.

    If you want to avoid trojans and viruses then don't download warez and don't visit warez websites as some of these sites will try to infect your computer while you are accessing their wares. :dead:
  11. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    I've known several people that have gotten infected using Norton. It only detected the virus after the package had been triggered and their computers at that point were infected resulting in major work to clean up the mess. I've used McAfee since the mid 90's. I've only ever found 2 viruses in attachments but VirusScan caught them before they were executed so they didn't infect my machine.
  12. putasolutions

    putasolutions TS Rookie

    AVG doesn't use anywhere near the resources of the big 2, with Regular updates, and free

    Having installed it 2 years ago when InoculateIT started charging, I have still to catch something (touch wood)
  13. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    I use NAV, it works well and it doesn't get in my way. I used to use something called Thunderbyte, but they were bought by another company who ruined the program.

    One thing you have to remember about AV software, they are not foolproof, they may not all always catch everything, and you have to keep them updated for them to properly protect. Also, heuristic scan is a good thing, it can give false alarms but it rarely lets anything slip through.
  14. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I think the best antivirus is yourself. Use your head when downloading things and be smart about it.
  15. eddy05

    eddy05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 152

    ^.- Hello that's pretty insulting.

    There are softwares and videos which you want to download from the web and you can't possibly gurantee that they are safe from virus. You can't read binary data!

    Through these inevitable things, having an anti-virus software is a better solution.
  16. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,345   +13

    ^, I don't find that insulting. If you download from known places, your chances of getting a virus are pretty slim, but I probably don't download as much stuff as most of you. I use NAV though, and have never gotten a virus. I do use HotMail though, which scans for virus's and it has stopped a few.
  17. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    I do not use an anti-virus scanner.

    Because I never get infected.


    Best anti-virus protection is common sense!
  18. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    I think what Poert is trying to say is not to just trust the AV software to be a filter for everything. There is a certain amount of common sense you have to use. Like, don't open attachments on emails with hta or vbs or pretty much any extention you are unfamiliar with. Scan downloads before opening them, download from trusted sources when possible.

    My email server scans for virii, and I usually get a few Interscan notifications about things that it has blocked, usually vb script attachments, but sometimes one gets through and Norton catches it, today however, one slipped through both that may or may not have been a virus but it looked suspicious and was an hta extention. I treated it as if it were a virus.
  19. eddy05

    eddy05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 152

    Yes I do take certain precautions like not opening funny attachments and downloading from trusted sites.

    However, I do download things from peer-to-peer programs and therefore I cannot gurantee that it's clean, since it passed through the hands of many other users as well.

    Thus I feel that without any AV solution, my com is a goner!
  20. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    I use many p2p programs and download from irc heavily. I have for years. I have yet to be infected by a single virus. It's more about knowing what can and cannot be done then anything, at least IMO.
  21. eddy05

    eddy05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 152

    My NAV detected some viruses from some of the downloads from kazaa. A recent one is the W32.Supernova (Something like that). Still I find it safer to have an AV active than without, though it takes up some of my RAM.
  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    How are you guys getting virii from kazaa? You downloading .zips and .exe and such? If so well then you should almost expect that.
    Are videos carring this crap now? I have never gotten a virus from kazaa, but all I'll dl from there is videos and mp3s.
  23. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Yes StormBringer I am just saying be careful what you download. Don't just go getting everything you want and run it right away. I know that most viruses are semi-small in size. If you are looking to download something that is 50meg and you see one that is only 2meg, obviously don't get that one. That is all I am saying, keep an eye out for things that don't look right.
  24. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    I once downloaded a copy of Frontier Elite from what seemed to be a popular and respectable website dedicated to the Elite games. After running the game's '.exe' nothing happened and the game didn't start. On the next reboot I was unable to load windows 98 and instead got a scrolling Star Wars style message, in Spanish - I had been infected by a virus that had overwritten a vital windows '.com' file and I ended up formatting my drive to get rid of the virus, which McAfee had not detected. Luckily the virus was not a destructive one (so I did manage to backup my personal files first), but things could have been far worse, so don't surf without that virus scanner and firewall.

    Something to bear in mind is that the best way to distribute trojans is through 'free' software, as the user will surely run the 'install' or executable, so infecting their PC, while they are blissfully unaware of what has happened.
  25. videobruce

    videobruce TS Enthusiast Posts: 93

    It's uninvasive?????????????

    You got to be kidding!

    It is the biggest, bloated POS on the planet. Only ***** Exploiter is worse!

    It comes up more than any problem in anybody's troubleshooting section that causes problems especially at time of installing other programs! It puts itself in the root of C and hogs your system to death!

    Just look at Task Manager at the I/O bytes readings!

    Give me System Suite from vCom and TrendMicro's AV anytime. Besides, the updates are free!
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