Best antivirus?

India
February 2, 2010 10:43am CST
Today there are so many antivirus companies are there. I want to know which is the best antivirus so far. It may be opensource, freeware or paid version. I had an old pc which has 512 MB RAM. Can anyone suggest me which is the best antivirus to choose for my system?
10 responses
@owlwings (39101)
• Cambridge, England
2 Feb 10
At the moment I would recommend Avast, Avira and AVG (approximately in that order). I see little advantage in a private person (single user) purchasing any AV solution but I would advise AGAINST having anything to do with Norton AV. They simply use far too much resources (memory and processing time) to be tenable. Probably the least memory-hungry solution will be AVG but Avast and Avira come a close second and currently prove slightly better at detecting viruses. You would certainly be well advised to consider spending money on upgrading your RAM, regardless of what AV solution you have.
• India
2 Feb 10
I am thinking to upgrade by memory. But the PC is getting slower while using AVG. I used norton antivirus too. But my system is attacked with spam. So I consider your response and choose the best one.
@owlwings (39101)
• Cambridge, England
2 Feb 10
Never, ever, use two AV programs at once. This will seriously slow your PC because each program will periodically 'hang' the other. I suggest that you remove Norton completely and then see how your PC is performing.
• India
3 Feb 10
Sorry i don't know about it exactly. Then what is the use of antivirus which provides anti spam? I didn't used two antiviruses at a time till now. But i know how the system gets effect if we use two antiviruses.
@bacchu30 (586)
• India
2 Feb 10
You may use Avast Antivirus like me. Home edition is free. You may download it from http://www.avast.com. Register there to get 1 year free license. They shall sent the license key to your mail instantly. You will be able to update your virus database everyday. After 1 year you may register again.
• India
3 Feb 10
Have you faced any problem while using the avast antivirus?
• India
20 Feb 10
I am not a software expert. But I can vouch for McAfee. It has been the best one for me. I have not had any Virus attack since I have installed the McAfee. They are quite cheap too compared to other products in the market. have you tried this one???
• India
6 Jun 10
I didn't tried McAfee. I tried avast, AVG, Avira and Symantec. Among all those antivirus in my view Avira is the best antivirus. It is good one.
• Philippines
3 Feb 10
I would recommend what works for me and that is AVAST HOME FREE EDITION. So far I've tried many free antivirus out there but AVAST HOME works pretty well for me. Not to mention it is light on your memory resources and it does not hog your computer memory. The online virus updates really impressed me very well. Besides, the user interface is simple and easy to understand.
• India
3 Feb 10
Ok thank you. I will try it. Will the AVAST antivirus provides internet security too?
@tonyllenium (6266)
• Italy
2 Feb 10
i think avg and bitdefender are good anti-virus where you can find the free edition as well...i proffed many of free security programs but as regards these 2 it seemed to me really ok to stay away for many threats on the net!!
• India
3 Feb 10
Ok thanks. I will try to use it. Does it require more memory?
• India
2 Feb 10
avira anytivirus
• India
3 Feb 10
Thank your. I already tried it. But i am not satisfied with it
@ajai88 (53)
• Malaysia
2 Feb 10
ive tried various antivirus in my laptop.so i suggest for u 2 use bitdefender IS.compared 2 KIS, it needs less RAM capacity.the interface is quite simple n easy to use.try it..
• India
2 Feb 10
Thanks for your reply. I will try it. I am looking for all the replies. I check all the antivirus step by step
• United States
2 Feb 10
You need to try Avira its the best !!FREE!!! Virus services. Ya its really good and its free.
• India
2 Feb 10
Yes. Avira is good one. It is better than Norton. But my internet connection is disconnecting due to virus.
@___SKY___ (542)
• Hong Kong
2 Feb 10
Kaspersky Internet Security i been used about 2 years and i really impressed with it. My advice is use NOD32 i am sure this is suite with your system with 512MB of ram and kinda your pc old one so better use this one or if you want freeware just only AVG free version.
• India
2 Feb 10
Yes. Kaspersky antivirus is the best one. But we should buy it. I don't know anything about NOD32. First i wan't to look for free version. If i am satisfied with it then i continue with that. If i am not satisfied with that then i will buy the anti virus
• United States
22 Feb 10
While I currently am using Mcafee on my laptop at home due to the fact that it came with a year free, the best antivirus I have found is AVG. They offer both free and paid versions, but the free is the best bang for your buck. The only disadvatnage is it can be quite hard to find the free downlaod on their site since obviously they are still in this to make money.