Best anti-virus?

United States
August 2, 2009 12:28pm CST
I was just wondering, which anti-virus program is considered to be the "best"? I have McAfee for a while, and I've encountered lots of adware. My anti-virus didn't work, and I ended up having to reformat my computer. Now, I stil don't trust Mcafee, so I was wondering about other options...
11 responses
@cbeee3 (2063)
• India
2 Aug 09
I would have to agree with bluesinjid.I think Avast is an awesome anti-virus. I bought a new HP netbook last week. It came with the Norton AV, by default. I uninstalled it and installed AVAST. AVAST is just brilliant. In fact just today it caught a malware, when I was accessing a site I visit often. I think, if you choose the following softwares, your system will be very secure.All these are free and you can download them from CNET download. 1-AVAST Anti Virus ( free home edition) 2-Comodo ( Firewall- the AV is not needed as AVAST is really good) 3- Malwarebytes' ( Anti-Malware program.) You can scan your computer frequently to reconfirm that there are no spywares/malwares. Good luck :)
• United States
20 Dec 09
Okay, I know I am responding very late but at least I am still responding. Avast sounds like a really great anti-virus, and a lot of people seem to use it and like it. Compared to my current anti-virus, it seems like it does a much better job. McAfee only catches viruses when I know I have one; it never found any spyware/malware/adware until it was too late. It says it protects me but it doesn't, it lets the bad things in and still fails to get rid of them later. I have to try Avast when my McAfee subscription runs out, and maybe I can see it stop a virus or something
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@cbeee3 (2063)
• India
21 Dec 09
You know something funny? I was not active on myLot for about 3 months myself. So you made it in time. I came back just last week. Thanks for your comment on my comment.LOL. Yes, you should try Avast. I so love it. I tell you, if you try it, you will never try any other sites. And if you know enough about computers, please try Comodo with it. Avast and comodo together are a deadly combination :)
• United States
21 Dec 09
Well, I just decided one day to post comments on all my old discussions where I didn't. So I guess that I just picked the right date. . . So many people have recommended Avast to me so that is definitely one that I will try first, and I have already searched up Comodo and Malwarebytes and I might install them after I get Avast
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@sblossom (2169)
9 Aug 09
Before I used Norton but I did not like it. I felt it did not do a good job. My company used Kaspersky so I’m getting used to it. When I bought my new laptop I also order this anti-virus. So far I’m very satisfied with the performance of my anti-virus program. I don’t worry when I log on my bank account with its protection. I think the money has a good value. So my answer is Kaspersky is one of the leader in anti-virus field.
• United States
21 Dec 09
Okay, I heard of Kaspersky before and I heard it was good so I might try it later. Thanks for the suggestion, and sorry for responding so late. I will definitely try this one once my Mcafee expires.
• Philippines
3 Aug 09
Right now I'm using Avast and it's great, I don't find any problems with it and I think Kaspersky is also good.
• United States
21 Dec 09
Yeah, I have heard a lot about Avast in this discussion, I plan on installing it as soon as my current anti-virus is done. I heard of Kaspersky from some friends, and I might try that too after I use Avast.
@ivan2000bd (1009)
• Sweden
3 Aug 09
i dont believ in any anti virus. reformating the computer is the best cure.
• United States
21 Dec 09
But that is a drastic action, and all your data gets deleted. A good anti virus can remove only the virus and bad parts, if you reformat the computer then everything you ever downloaded or any data you have will all be gone. There are some things that cannot be replaced, and reformatting does not let you keep any of your old files. . .
@jarkor (8)
• Poland
3 Aug 09
Free antivirus probably the best Avast. Commercial i think Nod32. Antivirus is not enough. From time to time I scan my pc Spybot.
• United States
21 Dec 09
I think that I will only use the free one, Avast. I don't think that I will ever need to buy one, it is not one of those things that are needed so badly. I agree, an anti-virus is not enough and a computer might need other things to help.
• United States
2 Aug 09
I find Norton products are better because they don't go out whoring themselves to ISPs for free name brand protection. Malwarebytes antimaleware works great for me, give it a try.
• United States
21 Dec 09
I have heard about Norton and some of my friends say it's great while others say it is not. I will try it, though, and I will also try Malwarebytes too. Hope it works better than the one I'm currently using.
• India
2 Aug 09
There are so many anti-viruses which claim to be the best when it comes to removing the viruses. But sadly, they don't remove the ones which cause the most damage. Even if you update them they are hardly of any use and besides they take up so much of important time scanning the whole hard disk when there is any virus attack. Viruses usually come from the internet, CDs, pen drives and other such portable media. While the viruses which are on the cds or pen drives can be detected by an updated anti-virus as they are comparatively old, it is not possible to detect the virus which have been released recently. These viruses also have random important system files names so that even if you check the processes in the task bar you see that they are some critical processes of the system. An example is svchost.exe, soundman.exe etc. These are system components as well as viruses. I personally feel that we have to depend more on firewalls than on anti-viruses. As you know firewalls block the viruses and intruders right at the gateway and do not let them in whereas anti-viruses have no such provision. Moreover, almost all viruses have the capability of multiplying and spreading throughout the system. I use Zone Alarm firewall. Its a free version and helps a lot to keep the pc free from intrusion. As for anti-virus I am not particular. I try various softwares. My pc has been relatively immune to virus attacks when compared pcs of my friends who just have an anti-virus.
• United States
20 Dec 09
I agree with you, having a firewall actually does give more "protection" while I think that an anti-virus only gets rid of the viruses after they invade the computer. My computer has a firewall, and it keeps some of the viruses away but sometimes some can get through. . .
@aurerm (371)
• Switzerland
2 Aug 09
On the Windows machines (at home and at work) we use NOD32.
• United States
20 Dec 09
I never heard of that before, but now when I looked it up online I see that it is very impressive. I might try using that for my computer later on.
@OceanLady (136)
• Canada
2 Aug 09
I use the free version of AVG... I've been using it for years without any problems, and it doesn't cost much to upgrade to the full version if you need more protection. The only thing I don't like about the free version is that it constantly asks if you want to upgrade to the paid version... other than that, it does its job perfectly.
• United States
20 Dec 09
Thank you for the suggestion, I might try that anti-virus after I can uninstall Mcafee. I don't think I will ever need to buy the full version. I don't want to spend money and I don't need so much protection now, anyway.
• Indonesia
2 Aug 09
i think Avast is best anti-virus,,
• United States
20 Dec 09
Sorry for responding to you so late, but anyway. . . A lot of people here have said that, so it is probably true that Avast is the best, so I will try that anti-virus later. My anti-virus did not help when my computer was in trouble so I might need to get Avast just in case.
• Canada
2 Aug 09
Yes, Mcafee has had some very bad reviews, and their software is really hard on system resources. The best one I use and lots of people would agree is Avast, one of the best and lightest anti-virus program on the market. How much does cost? $0, absolutely free! I highly recommend it as it has an online scanner, malware and anti-virus scanner, and a great low usage on system resources.
• United States
20 Dec 09
Hi, sorry that I have taken so long to respond to you. . . I realized that Mcafee did not really help when I had a bad virus attack, so I know that I will try the Avast anti-virus later as soon as McAfee expires. Avast must be really good, looking at all the responses below, and it is free too, while I think that I had to pay for my current anti-virus