Does your computer have anti-virus installed? What anti-virus do you prefer?

@b3ginn3r (224)
Philippines
March 21, 2010 4:55am CST
There's a lot of viruses, malwares, and spywares all over the internet. Do you have protection for your computer? What do you use? Did you experience these viruses breaching in your computer even if you have anti-virus installed?
8 responses
• China
22 Mar 10
I am using Avast home edition. It is powerful but free. Another advantage is that the software does not need much system resources.
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
23 Mar 10
I see, I think avast will rank 3rd on my best anti-virus list.
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
24 Mar 10
hmm, based from the name of the software, it may just prevent you from getting spywares. It may not protect you from viruses and other threats. Check out AVAST, it's free. I think for freeware anti-viruses, AVAST is ranked first.
@Asylum (46767)
• Manchester, England
21 Mar 10
Naturally I use anti virus on my computer, it would be rather foolish not to install one. My laptop is using Norton anti virus, which I have been running for quite a few years now. However, I prefer Avast for my desktop. Avast is a free system, but it works well and offers very good protection.
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
Oh yes, AVAST is good. I would agree to that. Hmm, you are using Norton right? is it a resource hog? Does your computer slow down when using this anti-virus?
@Asylum (46767)
• Manchester, England
22 Mar 10
Norton Internet Suite is a real resource hog, but Norton anti virus alone was never a great problem. However, it did start to have some effect on the desktop, which is why I started using Avast instead.
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
23 Mar 10
I see. I think Avast is working great nowadays. I think I will install that in my aunt's notebook for more observation ;)
• Bulgaria
21 Mar 10
I don't use any anti-virus programs.I remove the viruses and fix the broken registers by hand.I had virus that didn't allow me to use most of my PC functions.Then I "turned on my mind" and I just turned back the PC`s time(about 3 days back)and the virus got lost.
@Asylum (46767)
• Manchester, England
21 Mar 10
Using a computer for internet access without anti virus is a very dangerous practice. You can manually remove a virus if it's behaviour makes it noticeable, so you could easily have problems that you are not aware of. As for using system restore to eradicate problems, this was always the easy solution but many viruses now disable the feature so you could end up having to format the drive and reinstall everything. Reinstalling is not the end of the world, but it is a lot of hassle that could easily be avoided.
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
I see, System Restore is really helpful, but as asylum said, viruses nowadays are really improving. Before I had a first encounter with this unusual virus, I get to remove this manually (AV did not detect this) and it took the hell out of me! aside from spreading its copies to the common folders like system32, it even had copies on the temp folder. And all admin functions were disabled! even task manager, command prompt and regedit! To save time and effort, I just reformat the PC. LOL
@Naxous (968)
• India
22 Mar 10
Yes I do have protection for my computer.The antivirus that I use provides me ample protection and I have also installed a firewall apart from the normal windows firewall.Inspite of having such precautions there are still malwares that enter my machine and that's why I scan my system at least once a week.The main culprit through which viruses attacks my system is cookies.Almost all the viruses and malwares found in scan are containes in the cookies portion so I think it is a better options to clear cookies every now and then,this will prevent our system from getting affected.
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
Nice move there sir. But it's true that there are still threats that can breach our system even though we have setup a protection against them. That's why we should always have our anti-viruses and firewalls updated daily. This will really help in protecting our system.
@icecubic (1851)
• Indonesia
21 Mar 10
I just have avast antivirus free edition in my laptop. Despite it's a free antivirus, it exactly works well. I can update its database offline from their site. It's not going to make your computer go to slow. I'm very satisfied with it. I want to upgrade for avast pro anyway. Check that out. Have a nice day
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
Oh yeah, It's ranked number 3 for me. First is NOD32, second is Kaspersky, and third will be AVAST ^_^ It's really good. I liked the script blocking feature of AVAST. I have a question though (since I haven't thoroughly explored its menu), can you change the settings of this script blocking feature? Because there are times when a good script is blocked by avast T_T I just don't have time to test right now.
@danider (25)
• Bulgaria
21 Mar 10
Now i didn't use antivirus program from 3-4 months. I think if you can protect yourself in internet , there is no need for antivirus sofware or something like it.I use only Ccleaner , because of its fast scan and repair. The progam deletes files that you don't need.You can change what the program deletes easy.The registry cleaner is very good and it haves an option to make a backup before prociding to repair the registry. The best way to protect from viruses is called Linux. Now this operating system is very user-friendly and you will never hear for viruses. But if you are a gamer or you use software that don't have alternatives Linux is not for you.
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
I certainly agree with this one. If you know how to protect yourself from these threats, you do not need an anti-virus. One might want to use deepfreeze software to protect themselves. It returns to a default PC configuration (including files) after every computer shutdown/reboot. Using LINUX is also a good alternative. But I'm not sure if this will last long, in the future there might be threats for LINUX too
• India
21 Mar 10
earlier i dint have any protection in the computer and it proved to be a big mistake as a whole bunch of viruses breached into my computer and hampered its functioning...now after searching a lot i have installed an antivirus...its kaspersky...I feel it is the best antivirus currently..MY computer is now safe and clean from these threats...
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
good for you. I guess you've learned your lesson the hard way ;) Kaspersky! I really lik that annoying quirking sound when it detects viruses. I used that one before. Now I personally perefer NOD32.
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
21 Mar 10
I have Norton Anti-Virus. My brother insists that all the computers in the house must have virus protection, and so he is in charge of buying, maintaining and installing them. We share data with each other, and my brother is a bit anal about protection (of the computers). So far, Norton has been good to us, but I think sometimes it has its own mind and turns off some of my computer functions. I just let my brother sort it out.