Advice on anti virus?

September 13, 2011 3:57am CST
I have got a new laptop which has norton 360 on, but with this on the computer takes a while to start up. Is there a better anti virus that is lighter to run than this? Is there a good free anti virus to use I used to use AG but the new version is realy bad now, i used to use avivra do the rest of you think this is a good anti virus , i know there are others like avast but which one do you guys use and recommend?
12 responses
• India
13 Sep 11
well norton is a good antivirus but it is a bit slower than others,so to overcome this problem you can use McAfee total security which is really good in all aspects also it is much faster as compared to Norton,but both the antiviruses are equal in capabilities and both are good..!
13 Sep 11
everyone i know hates mcafee because it has so many upgrades all the time, and if you miss one it screws up the whole thing sometimes.
• India
14 Sep 11
well nothing is perfect in this world everything has some positive and negative consequenses so you can try other antiviruses there are many antivirus are available in the market but always try to use their pro or active versions not free antiviruses.some good antiviruses are quick heal,avira,avg,bitdefender,eset,microsoft security,f secure,avast etc. But i recommend you quick heal as i have used it in past and it works well.
• Canada
14 Sep 11
Hmm that is strange, I heard norton 360 was preferable because some stated that it was created to be a lot more faster, and not slow down your computer. I highly suggest AVG, if that it was you meant by AG. AVG has a free downloadable anti virus on their website, it may trick you to obtain the trial version, but if you search well enough you will encounter their free anti virus software. free.avg.com So you might ask, well why is it free? AVG makes money by allowing you to purchase upgrades to this software. Thought it has been a while since I used their program, their upgrades usually include things like "keep email spam free", things you may not always require. But feel free to use their free program, it does what you need,"protects from computer virus". Cheers!
@toto145 (16)
14 Sep 11
Try the free version of Avast Anti-Virus. It works well for me.
@qtfrog99 (279)
• United States
13 Sep 11
I use Avast and have never had a problem with it.
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
13 Sep 11
Since yours I think you should give Comodo Internet Security a look. Its premium version is free. it has many features including a sandbox. I have been using CIS for the past two years and am satisfied with it. AVG and Avast may be light, but they do not give the same options or level of protection as CIS.
@tech2d (338)
• United States
13 Sep 11
Well....I use McAfee,(free for one year thanks to my bank) and Threatfire. I typically try to always run one than one antivirus.
• India
13 Sep 11
You can also try calwin antivirus which one is open source. and i am using it from more than 6 months. and its really work good compare to other free antivirus softwares. in addition you use some addon tools for this software to give real time protection which is not built in software
@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
13 Sep 11
Chillpill if you have money buy an internet security suite like Webroot internet security or Kaspersky Internet security .These are the top products right now . If you don`t have money install the free AVG.And you can install Malwarebytes too and scan your computer with that one from time to time.
@smacksman (6074)
13 Sep 11
Norton is too resource hungry and 'in your face' all the time for my liking but it does its job quite well. I use AVG 2011 free version and I've had no problems. It just gets on with the job. The default setting for all of these programs is to start scanning at noon or when the computer starts. Depending on how you use your pc you can end up scanning every time you switch on. This will slow you down. Better to set the scan start for when you are normally in light use or when shutting down. Tune it to suit the way you use your computer.
@lovedude (4454)
• India
13 Sep 11
Norton is the best antivirus in security world.. but it makes little slower.. if you are having new laptop then I guess it won't take more than 3 minutes to boot up.. and it's normal :-)
13 Sep 11
my preferred anti-virus software is microsoft security essentials.. it's amazing! detects the virus' and kills them and you don't even know unless you look at the log at the end of the week.. it's fantastic. even my company uses it on their PC's under the instructions of their hired IT guys!
@atulmalla (229)
• United States
13 Sep 11
Hey chillpill! Since your PC is very new, maintaining it properly is very important. I used AVG 2011 in my PC and I think it worked pretty well. But later on I switched to sandboxing and light virtulization. These softwares are really light to the system and very easy to handle. They will do each and every task to keep your computer safe and secure. Try it out!