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Old 09-14-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
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Default Antivirus software: how to choose

Everybody seems to have an opinion about A/V software, but I wonder how one goes about rating the different apps available.

I've used several, disliked them all (resource piggies!), kept the ones that had smaller footprints, reasonable licensing, decent reputations and seemed to get in the way the least.

Mostly I rely on the opinions of folks who follow this stuff more closely than I do. Really, other than the obvious stuff above, it's hard to tell which is going to work best. The one that stops the virus that would have taken you out had you been using a different AV program that didn't stop the virus ... sure. But how're you going to predict *that*?

   
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:32 PM   #2
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steve: but I wonder how one goes about rating the different apps available.
Maximum PC does A/V software ratings once or twice a year and the article always explains their rating criteria. One thing they do is to test by infecting a testbed pc to see how well the A/V software detects what is effectively a known virus environment--not something we mere mortals can do...'-}}--and they also test how the A/V software interacts with systems (resource usage, scan speed, etc.) along with other stuff I can't remember.

I like Maximum PC because I find them willing to say bad things about stuff when its warranted. I don't know what their pub'd mag to website lag is but you might take a browse as their last A/V review was at least a few months ago so I suspect the info would be available on their website...

For me personally, I got tired of paying for A/V software year after year after year so I went lookng for either free or less expensive software. Some of the free versions tack on ads to your email which is not acceptable to me. Avira has a free version with no email ad tacking but it does display a single ad when it updates it a/v signature file and I find that an acceptable trade-off and Avira has a good rep so I'd certainly recommend it.

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Old 09-15-2011, 09:35 AM   #3
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There are a couple of independent German sites that publish at regular intervals comparative surveys of a range of security applications and these are often linked to eg in magazines.

I don't have the links to hand at the moment.

The greatest danger to your computer lies betweeen the left ear and the right ear of the user .....

   
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>> The greatest danger to your computer lies betweeen the left ear and the right ear of the user .....

Amen to that. I suspect I could work here in my office w/o any sort of AV software at all and remain unharmed if it weren't for the fact that I often get example Office and other files for diagnostic purposes, from people I've never met.

On the other hand, I have a friend or two who might as well go w/o AV software for all the good it does them. They'll click *anything* that pops up. Anything.

   
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The one that stops the virus that would have taken you out had you been using a different AV program that didn't stop the virus ...
You could try the free versions of a number of products (or the free trials of the paid-for versions) until you find one you like best. Just remember to properly uninstall the previous one before you try the next, and don't have two memory-resident AVs going simmul... simuel... at the same time

   
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You could try the free versions of a number of products (or the free trials of the paid-for versions) until you find one you like best. Just remember to properly uninstall the previous one before you try the next, and don't have two memory-resident AVs going simmul... simuel... at the same time
In effect, that's what I've done. I wouldn't consider trying them one after another on a single PC, since removing some of these things can be a half-day affair, but I've got ESET on this PC, Avira on another, the MS SE stuff on yet a third and so on.

The current crop is heavier than I'd like it to be but none of them annoy me (perhaps that means they're not doing much for me? <g>)

   
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Here's a very useful set of links to how to remove the security application by each of 34 different ones -- some have special tools.

http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?page=content&id=SOLN146

   
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That should come in very handy ... thanks!

   
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