Antivirus Support

India
September 15, 2009 7:29am CST
Hi friends, I am using Avast Antivirus.. At first it was fine but now it really makes me think about changing the antivirus.. It slows my pc, moreover it was not able to find some viruses.. I feel like this because my system acts like a alien system for the past few days..Everythin looks completely different right from the moment i logon and till i shut it down... What do you all think, Should i go for anything else other than a antivirus or just changing the antivirus is fine.. Pls dont tell me to change the pc though ;)
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13 responses
@cbeee3 (2063)
• India
15 Sep 09
I have been using Avast for a while now and it is really good. a friend of mine who is a master mind when it comes to Comp related stuff recommended Avast to me. I have Avast AV and Commodo Firewall. Apart from this I use, Malwarebytes' Anti malware. I run Malwarebytes' twice every week or when I suspect that something is not right. But honestly, since I installed Avast and Commodo, I have never had any malware issues. May be you have some malware issues. Try running what "stormragetz" or I recommend, before changing the AV.
• India
15 Sep 09
I tried Malwarebytes before, but it was not able to find anything harmful(atleast from my point of view) from my system, it just gave me warnings about the broken links, so and so... well i think i can try on Stormragetz later on... but can u tell wts that about..
@cbeee3 (2063)
• India
15 Sep 09
LOL. I have written, " Try running what "stormragetz" or I recommend". stormragetz is the myLotter who has posted before my comment.
• India
14 Nov 09
oops... I really didnt see his id.. I thought u were tellin abt another software lol... @Stormragetz: really sorry buddy..
@calai618 (1779)
• Philippines
16 Sep 09
It is possible that your system is acting that way because malwares that Avast can't detect have been lurking on it. It is a fact that there's not single antivirus which can detect every type of malware present today so it is always safe to have one or two others for backup. As for me, I use Windows Defender (of course)and AVG and run them almost everyday. I also have Malwarebytes just to make sure I am not missing out any malware. I also have Adaware and SPyware Blaster installed for added portection. These are what keeps me off from known malware infested sites and lastly I have Spybot to detect rootkits that are usually not detected by ordinary antivirus, especially the free ones. Even with all of these, I still don't feel safe so I have to regularly scan my system for any thing that may still be hiding somewhere. There are also some minor stuff I have installed on my computer like the AdBlockPlus (a Mozilla Plugin) to keep my system free from unwanted and harmful stuff. But the most important thing to do of all is to regularly update all of them because it is pointless to have them all installed and running but none can actually function well because there's practically new malwares appearing everyday that they can't detect if they aren't upgraded.
• India
14 Nov 09
hi calai, sorry to ask, but isnt using these many softwares slowing down your pc.. I guess, with 1GB ram am using, I wouldnt be able to run these many processes at a time without slowing my pc.. and ofcourse I understand the risk of keeping these softwares out of date and I do update them for every week, if not everyday..
@lovedude (4451)
• India
16 Sep 09
Hmm.. well as per my knowledge avast is good free antivirus software.. but when some danger viruses come which hit your system files at that time avast/avg/other free antiviruses fails.. I think to install norton or mcafee is the best solution for any system. as norton and mcafee both giving best security solution..
• India
14 Nov 09
Well you maybe right. nevertheless, you cant get Norton/ mcafee for free right.. How best the anti-virus could be, you still gonna get attacked by some virus and so i feel there is no point in puttin our money for a good antivirus.. sorry
• India
16 Sep 09
hi.friendtam earlier me also use avast..but it slow down pc..so i will try with kaspersky. u can try it.. its use very low system memory..
• India
14 Nov 09
Great. its really nice to hear abt a antivirus which uses low memory ... at the same time, how abt its performance.. Is it reliable..
@sssb21 (70)
• India
16 Sep 09
I think you should check whether the antivirus is of good quality or whether there is another antvirus in your computer. Remove unwanted files from your computer. It will be good to change antivirus. Thank you.
• India
14 Nov 09
Yea i thinking abt changin my antivirus.. atleast for a few days and get back with this avast... To be honest, now i am so used to Avast that i was not ready to go for any other software... but my system needs some change of anti-virus as i feel that the virus now i am facing has targeting the anti-virus installed in my machine and needs a good anti-virus which is really immune to attacks on to itself first...
@23uday (2998)
• India
16 Sep 09
Hi friend, I am using Quick heal 2009 antivirus software latest version and protecting virus from my computer. Its a latest version antivirus software removes the virus affected files,trojan, new folder virus. Quick heal is daily updates the version. have a great day.
• India
14 Nov 09
Hi, thanks for your info but I think all the Antivirus was able to do wt you hv mentioned.. I think trojan type of viruses are so popular now that all the anti-virus developers are concentrating at.. Could you please giv these infos.. Are you sure your pc is out of any infects after started using QuickHeal.. how long are u using this software.. Do you use/download lot of softwares from web.. Is ur antivirus slows down ur pc while scanning..
@kurtaxl (110)
• Philippines
16 Sep 09
Try Eset Smart Security, since I use this antivirus I did not encounter any problem with viruses.
• India
14 Nov 09
Are you sure, u didnt face any problem coz of this antivirus.. or your Anti-virus was not able to find any virus and let it act on ur pc...
16 Sep 09
I used the Grisoft AVG Free product until last year when a family member was hit with doozy of a virus called "Antivirus 2009". The family member actually loaded the software herself thinking it was genuine. The only free/trial antivirus/spyware software that identified the problem was the free version of Webroot's product "AntiVirus with SpySweeper". All the others would begin scanning the EXE file and just hang the PC. I had used SpySweeper in the past but dropped it for AVG Free. When I saw how well it cleaned this pain of a virus I uninstalled AVG and bought three copies of the Webroot software - two for me and one for my relative.
• India
14 Nov 09
Started the download, hope it works
@Hatley (164171)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Sep 09
friendtam why not try free AVG 8 its really great and it doesnt really slow my machine that much but it gets all the viruses and 'I have never had one slip by it. I really like AVG 8, I get the freee one every year and have never had virus trouble ever.I am sold on it for sure.
• India
14 Nov 09
hi hatley, I used AVG 8 at first but it was not able to detect some viruses my pc had especially the viruses that targets the removable devices connected to the pc.. Thats why I changed to Avast from AVG.. now no turning back, I feel Avast performance is fine but yes, it makes the pc very slow
• United States
15 Sep 09
Maybe you just have to reboot your PC! I have done it on mine and now my pc works like new!
• India
14 Nov 09
Sorry i am think i didnt get you correctly.. Do you mean to say reinstalling Windows...If so, I cant do that, as I have quite a number of applications running in my pc currently which i cant install it again and it also means a lot of changes in settings making it more tougher,.. sorry i cant take ur suggestion
@dakiss (181)
• India
15 Sep 09
It have become slow cause ur hit by a virus or lot of unwanted files in ur system Most importantly follow this steps Use latest orginal antivirus Keep it upto date Schedule for update & alos virus scan daily Most most importantly use the trusted sites only and dont download and install files in ur system from some spam/fishing sites. Use trusted site only & have browser control like macafee u can use which blocks untrusted sites
• India
15 Sep 09
Hi I have lot of files in my system but I just couldnt ignore any thing because I use all my softwares atleast once in a 3days time.. As for us keeping the Antivirus upto date, I do all the things you have mentioned quite regularly.. though i keep myself online most of time, i wont download anything except for the few software that i need, that too from a trusted site... So, I just dont think your precautions help me out on this issue...
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• Philippines
15 Sep 09
i have avira antivirus installed on my laptop. some it guy installed it. i don't know if it's doing a great job or not. sometimes a pop up window comes up telling me that this file seems harmful blah blah. then there are choices as to what i want to do with it --- ignore or quarantine or etc i don't think avira slows my laptop down. i am just not sure if it's one of the best or if it's highly recommended. i forgot to ask the it guy.
• India
15 Sep 09
Hi Sorry to say, but one of my friend said that Avira sucks and so I just gave up the idea of trying it.. Anyway thanks for taking your time for me..
• Singapore
15 Sep 09
I am also using Avast Antivirus. This is because I have read reviews for the best free antivirus software, and Avast came up top. I am also quite satisfied with its performance. Are you using the latest Avast Antivirus? If yes, you can try 'Adaware', a software that sniff out malware and virus too. I think it is pretty good, a must have for every computer. You might try Norton as it is still one of the better ones in the market, but it is still criticized by many for slowing the computer. You might try the gaming version of Norton Antivirus, which is more lightweight. Good luck on your computer!
• India
15 Sep 09
Thanks for your suggestion, let me try on Adaware.. but sorry i am not going to put my head back to Norton again.. I am not complaining about Norton,i just dont feel like using it...