What antivirus should I use?

Trinidad And Tobago
February 7, 2009 10:25pm CST
I tired of my friends coming over and telling me to stop using the antivirus that i have. What antivirus do you think is the best out there?
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@gcabando (314)
• Philippines
8 Feb 09
You should try Avira Antivir. It is a nice antivirus with a free update. Just try it. It would eat much of your memory compare to using Norton or McAfee. This software is for free. or if you don't like to use some antivirus, try using a DeepFreeze. Your system won't be attach by a virus.
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@user_786 (1340)
8 Feb 09
No matter how good a freeware antivirus program is, it can never be as good as the one that you buy for your PC. In my expereince, the free antivirus programs dont offer full protection and their virus definition files are not updated with every new virus created so far, resulting in missed virus detection from the system scan. There are many freeware antivirus programs claiming to be very good, such as Comodo, AVG, Avira and also some online virus scan services like Trend Micro, etc but they can not cmplete with programs you buy including Symentac, McAfee and other antivirus programs. I like Symantec antivirus more, though it is a bit expensive but provides full protection to your PC. To save money, you can buy antivirus programs online e.g ebay or amazon.
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@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
8 Feb 09
One anti-virus that I had a real experience with was trend micro. But the newest version requires windows XP and I have 2000. I had heard a lot of good things about AVG. It's free. I just bought this used laptop at a computer repair shop and it has AVG and so far I have had no complaints. If you have Norton or Macafee, I don't blame your friends. I had Norton and didn't like it. And when I walked into that shop, they were helping a customer and I heard them tell that customer "just don't get Norton or macafee.
• Trinidad And Tobago
8 Feb 09
Thanks, I think that I will give the AVG a try and see how that works out and hopefully they would stop laughing at me.lol.
• India
27 Feb 09
hi loverboyflex... I think its better if you start using Avast Antivirus. It is completely free and you can download it from avast website. Norton also works better but you have to buy it from Norton. If you consider to use a free version you better go for avast. Happy myLotting...
• Canada
20 Feb 09
I think the reason why your friends are telling to change anti-virus programs is because you are using the software that came bundled with your computer, namely Norton or McAfee. A lot of people don't like these programs because it causes your computer to slow down and they're really difficult to remove. There are a lot of other programs out there that can do the same job (sometimes even better) without taking up too much of your computer's resources. All the suggestions you've been receiving in the above posts are totally subjective. People use different programs that perform the same function because everyone has different likes and dislikes and different priorities. The most popular one may not be the one that you like. Here's what I look for in an anti-virus program: 1) it can quickly and efficiently catch most of the viruses out there without telling you that you have a virus when you don't (a false positive) 2) it doesn't use too much of my computer's system resources and 3) it's easy to use and thorough I happen to use Avira's free version of Antivir (used to use the free version of Alwil's avast!) at home and Eset's NOD32 at work. You can check out this report which includes the most popular pay anti-virus software available here: http://av-comparatives.org/seiten/ergebnisse/report20.pdf A lot of these companies make free versions of their software as well. Keep in mind that these tests only take into account performance and not how it affects your computer's overall performance. I think you should have enough information to make your own decision. Hope this helps!
@devabby (74)
• United States
13 Feb 09
If u want many virus database and info then choose eset or kaspersky, if want fast scanning then choose avast or eset but remember that never choose norton. bit defender also got good review but i really dont know how to use it coz they interface not friendly maybe u can try it
@megaalgos (193)
• United States
12 Feb 09
I use avast! antivirus. It has been a very good antivirus.
@reon862 (134)
• United States
11 Feb 09
i don't think there is a "best" antivirus out there because in a good security system there is never 1 security measure. there are multiple. AVG, Avira, and Avast are all good programs on their own but i think you should get at least 2 of the 3. Nothing sucks more than having your computer come to a screeching halt because a virus manifested in your computer with all of your valuble data in there.
@VorTy01 (36)
• Romania
9 Feb 09
My personal favourite is NOD32 Business Edition. I have it licensed and it's a great thing for my computer and my own safety. It has integrated spyware and the detection of viruses is great. Also sometimes he interprets keygens as trojans and you have to remove the .exe files from the quaratine manually. Else, it's the right soft for the job :)
@gunagohan (3415)
• India
8 Feb 09
i suggest u to use avast anti virus program..this software is really good...it will scan all types of trojans and it will delete...it will never affect ur system files...it wont screw u any time...it will be very silent protecting ur system...it will scn auomatically whenever u insert ur pen drive to the system...it will scan quickly...it will update its data base daily automatically ...try this avast anti virus...its very help full... thanx...happy mylotting...
@irhille (275)
• Philippines
8 Feb 09
there are lot of option there buddy... i suggest the one that you spend a dime on anti virus... why? if you are using the free anti virus you are receiving a free virus also... LOL... no of course... i mean it is powerful the one that you purchase than the free anti virus... free anti virus has less capacity than the bought one...
@fwidman (11519)
• United States
8 Feb 09
If you are happy with the one you are currently using and it is working for you, tell your friends to (a) bug off, or (b) buy you a brand new computer and you will then use whatever antivirus program they like
@eternalp (36)
• United States
8 Feb 09
I believe that Panda Internet Security Suite is the best one out there. It doesn't take up too much space to run nor does it have a large install footprint(230mb). It is only $80 for a three PC license and 12 months of updates. It has worked wonders for me. I have been using it for about four months and haven't gotten a virus to this day. One not to consider: Norton 360(because it takes up too much memory to use efficiently) AVG is also a good free one if you can't afford a paid software.
@shk1989 (38)
• India
8 Feb 09
Buddy if you use your system personally at home then you must use "Avira" which is a open source and a free software and easily downloadable from internet and if you use Avira you have to download key time to time you may also use a "Kaspersky" a cheaper and lighter antivirus but if you use your system in Lan or with networking to other systems then you must use "Trend Micro" which blocks people try to access your pc unauthorised
@denise002 (444)
• Australia
8 Feb 09
i use AVG and it works good for me. try using that one