What virus protection program do you use?

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@zeloguy (4915)
United States
February 11, 2008 10:45am CST
It is VERY important today to use an anti-virus program and I have found from the work that I do that many people THINK they are protected from viruses to find they are using a 'free' version of Norton or Macafee that doesn't even update for new viruses anymore. For those of you using these programs I have a couple solutions. One is AVG Antivirus (free). It is a good program and updates itself everyday. Another that I personally use is Avira. It doesn't have e-mail protection like AVG does but almost all mail clients today have their own so I don't worry about that. One of the GREAT things about Avira is it also has support for Linux which is not easy to find these days. AVG -- http://free.grisoft.com/ Avira -- http://www.avira.com/en/pages/index.php Both of these take up minimal system resources (as opposed to Norton and McAfee). Just remember the #1 rule. Never run two anti-virus at the same time. If you are going to run one of the above delete your existing one first. What anti-virus do you use and are you happy with it
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I have McAfee on my computers. We get it free with aol if we want to download it. It does updates very often. I don't know what others are like as this is the only one I have ever used.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
11 Feb 08
If you are happy with it and it doesn't bog down your system (McAfee is much better than Norton) then to with that. Remember to use an anti-spyware and Registry cleaner every so often as well. Thanks Zelo
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Oh yes, the spyware thing runs on here also. I think I have pretty much all the protection they offer. :)
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Nice... sounds like you are all set. Better to be protected then to have something happen in the future.
@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
11 Feb 08
At work we settled on Kaspersky. Mainly because it was the best cost-wise (and because I had heard of them on tech forums/news). This year we opted for a full network suite which includes Anti-Hacker, Anti-Spam and the Anti-Virus. So far am pleased with the Anti-Spam program. Never had problems with the Anti-virus part either. At home I used to use ZoneAlarm Firewall and I recommend it to anyone who asks. It is free for personal use. -- http://zonelabs.com But then my husband read an article about Avast antivirus, which is also free for home use. It includes a web monitoring component. http://avast.com Note: if you prefer to use the Zone Alarm Firewall instead of the Avast web monitoring, you can still use Avast anti-virus, just disable the Web Shield provider in Avast then run the Zone Alarm. -Tink
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Kaspersky as mentioned before is #1 in all virus programs and is not THAT expensive considering the cost of other programs. All programs do things better than others and that is why I can use a program like Avira that just does viruses and then use another program (ZoneAlarm is a great one) for a firewall and use yet another one for anti-spyware. And of course like you say make sure you have everything configured properly (and if you are using your own firewall for God sake turn off Windows firewall). Thanks for the great post Zelo
@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I forgot to mention that I run Lava-Soft's AdAware and Spybot now and then at home to catch any spyware missed by Zone Alarm or Avast.
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• India
11 Feb 08
Currently i m using Trend Micro Internet Security.....
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
11 Feb 08
You're going hard-core... that is a great suite. A little overkill for a home system but does a great job. Thanks for the post. Zelo
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
12 Feb 08
(rolling his eyes)... I used to be a manager of the computer department at Best Buy #509. OF COURSE they are going to tell you it is junk. It's FREE. There are some really good programs that are free and there are some other shoddy ones that I wouldn't use either. SAME with pay programs. The TOP virus protection programs you won't even find at Best Buy (Kaspery being #1 on that list), it is what they can make the most profit from. Just on that subject for one second... stores like Best Buy lose up to 50% on computers and hardware (printers, etc...) (and now even TVs). How do they stay in business. That $40 computer cable you bought costs them $15. The Monster Cables you spent $100 for to hook up your surround sound to your TV cost them around $12. And the coup de gras... having them 'look' at your computer. That is 100% profit (not exactly 100%, you have to take out for paying the worker, lights, air, etc, but not pay for any product). Some of their services are GREAT, but they are way over-priced. Getting back to free anti-virus programs. McAfee has a free internet scan service... are they going to say the free one is junk but the one that is $40 is the greatest thing since sliced bread? Aaaanyways. Thanks for sharing. Zelo
@Gizzmo86 (147)
• Netherlands
11 Feb 08
Hmm i always have the free mcafee but if I read this I can better change to AVG.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Make sure it updates... if you have a free version and it has virus definitions from a year ago (or more) then it is of little to no use. Thanks for the post Zelo
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Listen to Mooch
@youless (90956)
• Guangzhou, China
18 Feb 08
The anti-virus software you mention is nice. Currently I use two anti-virus programs. One is Kingsoft and the other is USB Killer. I hope I will have less possibility to be attacked by virus.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
18 Feb 08
I am not familiar with either one of them. If they are both ANTI-VIRUS programs you should only run one at a time. Thanks Zelo
• United States
15 Feb 08
I'm using Trend Micro Internet Security on my laptop and Mcafee on my desktop.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
18 Feb 08
Both fine programs. Thanks for your response. Zelo
@nempel (139)
• Indonesia
13 Feb 08
hello zeloguy, since I'm using two computers and two operating systems type, I'm only using antivirus on my windows xp system, while on my linux system I'm not using anykind of antivirus for protection, since linux is more safety due to lack of user using linux until today compare to windows system.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
13 Feb 08
If you think Linux is unhackable you are very very wrong. Remember Linux comes from the Unix core operating system which is what many hackers know the best. Run AVG on Linux to keep yourself safe! Thanks for the post. Zelo
@4chanftw (40)
• United States
13 Feb 08
I use AVG it updates everyday which can get bothersome but ya overall its a great system.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
13 Feb 08
If you don't like the constant updates (which is a good thing unless you are on a really slow connection) you can switch to Avira which is much more hands-off and works just as good as if not better. Thanks for your post. Zelo
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
12 Feb 08
Before, I was using both the free AVG and McAfee anti virus protections. Later my pc was affected by the Trojan and I sent my cpu to reformat. The technician told not advisable to use two anti virus protection programs. According to him, the two of them will “fight with each other” lol and neither one would do the work of protection so that was the cause of the problem. As I know very little about computer I hope the technician was not kidding me. After I had read your information I come to know it is true not to have two anti viruses at the same time as they will oppose each other.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
12 Feb 08
He is absolutely right. #1 rule. NEVER have two anti-virus going at the same time -- EVER. I am sure he reformatted that drive too when all he needed to do was use a boot-time scanner to get rid of the trojan.... Some of the things I don't like about 'computer techs' they take the easy way out a lot of times.
@chris1314 (787)
12 Feb 08
yeah, i used McFee but then everytime i got an update, or it was near the end of the trial, they flooded you with their new 'pay' products, and it drove me mad, instead of paying for their 'pro' one i just downloaded the standard AVG =]
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
13 Feb 08
Just remember to have McAfee uninstalled when you do that. Just because it 'expired' doesn't mean it still is not running on your system. It is very important to have one and only one virus protection program running at the same time. Thanks for the post. Zelo
• Italy
12 Feb 08
i'm use AVG 7.5 professional edition and according to me he really works well
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I believe AVG 8.0 is out... you may want to check it out and upgrade if necessary. Thanks for the response. Zelo
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
12 Feb 08
I am actually using McAfee anti virus. Its a little bit heavy but I am very much satisfied with its performance. I have tried some other free anti virus before and end up having my laptop reformatted since the virus was able to penetrate. McAfee is not free but at least I can sleep well knowing that I have a good protection. As you can see, I am an instructor on different courses on safety and most of my files are powerpoint presentation. I have a back up file and its really important that its protected, since I may end up restructuring my presentation.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
12 Feb 08
No matter what virus protection you are using two things are certain. 1. There is going to come a time when you ARE going to get a virus. A brand new virus will come out and hit before your software updates. At a good interval it only updates once daily... that is 23 hours of the day for a virus to hit. Likely, no. POSSIBLE, yes. 2. With that said, anything that is of any value, BACK IT UP. I have seen jump drives (1 GIG) for $6. That is CRAZY! You can use DVD/CD and if it is super large Dual-Layer DVD or Blu-Ray discs. A dual-layer Blu-Ray disc can hold 50GB of data. If you need even more than that (a web server maybe?) then back up to a hard drive. There are 1TB (1000GB / 100000MB appx.) drives that are out now and SATA can be daisy-chained. Just like when you were learning Word Processing way way back... the cardinal rule is to SAVE (backup) SAVE SAVE SAVE... I have important things (wedding photos etc... on three different computers, a DVD and on a jump drive). Great post. Zelo
@wjolene (265)
• Malaysia
12 Feb 08
i'm using K7 (trial 3 mths)
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Just remember once that trial is over you either have to buy or uninstall and find another... again AVG and Avira are the two free ones I advise trying. Thanks for your post. Zelo
@chris1314 (787)
12 Feb 08
I used mcfee, but then I went back to AVG because i find it easier to use, and just seem to like it more =]
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• Canada
12 Feb 08
My hubby has worked with computers for years and has our systems very well protected. We are using Zone Alarm and are happy with it. I appreciate your sharing these links and i will make him aware of them. Always good to be aware of things that are working for others. Yes, another great thing about Mylot...we do share and care alright. All the best, Raia
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Zone Alarm is great. It is good you have all your computer equipment protected. And like you say, a great thing about MyLot... share and inform. Thanks Zelo
@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I am using Macafee that is offered to comcast customers. It does update itself every couple of days. We have been very pleased with it so far.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
12 Feb 08
That's great... It is good to make sure you are protected at all times. Thanks for the response. Zelo
@herrygs (133)
• Indonesia
12 Feb 08
have you ever use the PCMAV, in my town its very usefull. no software installation needed, just run it. there is 2 type: a. PCMAV RC24- for virus scanning, quarantine, delete. b. PCMAV-RTP - for real time protector, place the application at Startup task, this will protection your PC. have a nice try.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
12 Feb 08
So it is like an online scan type of program? Zelo
@dstrent (112)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I use Norton. I have used many many others and I have caught viruses that crashed my computer. This time I paid the 50 dollars for 2 years of Norton and it has blocked some of the most killer viruses out there. I will never go with anything else.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Great that you found what works for you. Zelo
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
11 Feb 08
i use nod32...but before it was installed i encounter difficulties in accessing my files...i need to reformat my pc that time...if you use nod32...un-installed all anti-virus do you have before you install nod32...to avoid problem.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Thanks for sharing your experience... Zelo
@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
11 Feb 08
hi zelo, you are right everyone that using computer should have anti-virus because there is lot of kind and bad virus in the net now even me i encounter virus everytime like trojan i use kaspersky anti-virus and i set it to automatic updater and scan because before i always forgot to update it and its good to use it:-)
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
11 Feb 08
kaspersky is rated #1 out of all virus scanners so you have a good one on your machine. Thanks for the post. Zelo