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 Ā· 48 replies
May 6, 2003
  1. videobruce

    videobruce TS Enthusiast Posts: 93

    Yea, don't go on the internet!

    That's almost as bad as saying I don't wear seatbelts!:confused:
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I don't use any virus scanners either - because BeOS doesn't have virii. For others, I recommend F-Secure's F-Prot for DOS, although it doesn't work with NTFS very well. No automated background scanning for lazy people though :p
  3. SharkFiNbowL

    SharkFiNbowL TS Rookie Posts: 41

    What is the difference between Norton Personal Firewall and Norton Internet Security? Besides.. those programs are useless. NAV and NSW are useful :)
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    I think F-Prot is a product by Frisk Software.
    F-Secure offers a product called F-Secure Anti-Virus.

    Both are great and recommended by me :p
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    install linux and then you will never have a virus, because the people creating virii make them in linux.
  6. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    LOL Phant. Is that true?

    Also, I don't see anything wrong with Norton products, even though a Trojan got passed me once before. I mean, their constant updates must accomplish something!?! Is McAfee any better? Or should I just stick to my intentions to change to F-Secure next format as advised by Nodsu in the IRC channel?
  7. SharkFiNbowL

    SharkFiNbowL TS Rookie Posts: 41

    I got a virus yesterday, took me 2 hours to fix it. The virus lagged my computer soooooo much! Thanks to Norton (50%), and my brain (50%) for getting rid of the virus :)
  8. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,271   +455

    I prefer not to use an antivirus program due to performance overhead that will be there - reguardless of which AV software you choose. I do, however, use McAfee on two of my machines - and any files that come in from the internet are passed through one of these machines before they are executed on any of my other machines. One of these machines also scans all the files on my other machines (can't scan registry of course, but I'm just really careful with my other machines) when I'm not using them. I've never had the best luck with anything from Symantec except Ghost - but I think it's just bad luck on my part because I know several techies who love symantec.

  9. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 592

    AVG is free

    and has an automatic updater.............never any issues like with mcafee or norton
  10. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 173

    If you never scan for viruses how do you know you haven't been infected?
  11. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 173

    I use Grisoft AVG 6.0, the price is right.:)
  12. cromrell

    cromrell TS Rookie Posts: 41

    In our office I have deployed the following AV protection:

    29 win98 PCs w/ internet access, but not email:
    McAffee VirusScan

    1 winXP laptop w/ internat and pop3 email
    Norton Internet Security w/ NAV and personal firewall

    9 win2000 PCs w/ internet access & pop3 email (Outlook Express & Outlook)
    Norton Systemworks 2003 w/ NAV 2003

    2 win2000/NT servers internet access, no email
    Symantec Small Business 8.0 Corporate Edition (for Servers & PCs).

    I've had some problems with email viruses not detected using Mcafee, so I switched all email users to NAV (Systemworks). Most of our internet users are browsers, so our infections were mostly Melissa style emails, and the ocassional virus hoax alert. Since switching to NAV (past year) we haven't had any problems, and Systemworks has other perks (Ghost, Disk utils, Reg clean, etc).

    We probablly encounter 1-2 virus infected emails each week. NAV catches the emails before the user is able to open the infected attachements, etc...

    I recently deployed Symantec AV on our servers (this week), and plan to eventually migrate all of my win98 PCs to Symantec as well (to take advantage of virus definition deployment and alert methods.

    We haven't yet been hacked, but are using Linksys Router with IP forwarding (only pcAnywhere and Terminal Server currently fwd), but I will start to worry more with up-coming deployment of Exchange Server and remote access of email.
    I'd also like to find a cheap copy of Symantec Antivirus with Exchange filtering if possible.
  13. JackieChanIsGOD

    JackieChanIsGOD TS Rookie Posts: 61

    I have Norton Professional and it works fine...
    I've never had a virus that i've had to hunt down.
    I do however have a reoccuring explorer.exe in my C: drive that's pissing me off....
  14. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    The great taste that won't fill you up but never let you down. :) Make it a Norton.

    (I stole that from a beer comercial).
  15. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    There are other ways to tell if your computer is infected by virus.
    I) Your pc has been acting mysteriously slower than usual
    II) You have trouble running some programs or receive some weird messages while attempting to run one

    Honestly speaking, both my pcs don't have any AV software installed. I have been using P2P software for ages and never had problems with virus infections.
  16. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I feel the same way, as long as you are smart you shouldn't have any problems.
  17. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Yes, its true.
  18. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    Why would you want to make a virus to do harm to Windows while designing it on Windows? Where's the test phase?
  19. cromrell

    cromrell TS Rookie Posts: 41

    While we're on the topic of viruses...
    My favorite hoax is the "if you find jdbmgr.exe (which icon looks like a teddy bear) this file on your computer, delete it and email everyone you know that you were infected, and might have passed it on".

    Any time you are nervous enough to send an email to everyone in your address book, take a deep breath and make sure it is for real. -this goes for un-believeable urban legends as well.

    Its one thing to look stupid because you executed a virus and broadcast a melissa style virus to everyone in your address book. It is quite another when someone like me sends a email back to you with links to the virus hoax on

  20. Crybabytek

    Crybabytek TS Rookie Posts: 28

    After purchasing McAfee in 1997 for my laptop, and doing it again several years later when they went and got all hotsy totsy on me and became subscription based, I went to Trend Micro because it came OEM. I liked it very much. So much for the other one. Tried Symantec. Stat. Then discovered AVG and have been using it ever since. But still go to Housecall just often enough to keep my system honest.
  21. wI-OSMAN-

    wI-OSMAN- TS Rookie Posts: 33

    AVG free
  22. Hodsocks

    Hodsocks TS Guru Posts: 382

    I have been using Norton myself and never had problems with a virus, whereas I know others who have used other products have, Maybe I have been lucky but I try to be careful too.
    It's true that no one program will detect all virus's but using one does give some protection against most.
  23. slowEJ6

    slowEJ6 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Norton SystemWorks 2003 w/ Personal problems as of yet. i like it.......isnt slowing my computer down any that i can notice either....... :)
  24. Hywel

    Hywel TS Rookie

    videobruce - "That's almost as bad as saying I don't wear seatbelts!"

    If you had razor wire around you instead of a seat belt, I bet you'd take more care to avoid accidents.

    Common sense has to be the most important AV tool. The AV companies only develop cures when the viruses (correct plural according to The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition) are on the loose (unless you're a conspiracy theorist who believes that the AV companies are writing them!). People who download executables and run them, thinking that their AV package knew what to look for, are the AV companies' guinea pigs.
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