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tartan pixie
Brutor Tribe
Posted - 2010.12.28 13:18:00 - [1]

Can anyone recommend me some AV software please. I'm currently using AVG but it's become horribly intrusive, adding a desktop icon whenever it does a major update and adding all sorts of unwanted stuff to firefox.

I'm looking for something that will auto update and run at its scheduled time without the fuss of having to remove toolbars and reset my auto search functions.

Thanks in advance, Tartan.

Midnight Elites
Echelon Rising
Posted - 2010.12.28 13:27:00 - [2]


Caldari Provisions
Posted - 2010.12.28 13:30:00 - [3]

use Mcafee (you can get it free from Broadband provider or your online banking)

Larg Kellein
Agony Unleashed
Agony Empire
Posted - 2010.12.28 14:21:00 - [4]

I'm as surprised as anyone to find myself saying this, as a long time AVG and Avast user, but: Microsoft Security Essentials. Fast, good detection rate, non-intrusive and updated often.

Percy Soars
Posted - 2010.12.28 14:26:00 - [5]

Originally by: Bodrul
use Mcafee (you can get it free from Broadband provider or your online banking)

Ha! Ignore this.

Avast, MSE (even better with version 2)
Nod32, Sophos

forget Mcafee and Norton.

The Initiative.
Posted - 2010.12.28 14:30:00 - [6]

Been using Zonealarm Extreme Security for years now, never had any problems and it uses kaspersky AV.

I did try NOD32 (ESET Smart Security), but I hated it's firewall.

Akiba Penrose
The Praxis Initiative
Posted - 2010.12.28 14:40:00 - [7]

I switched to MS security essentials after using Norton for a few years. Im very happy with and it seems to work fine and no intrusions at all.
According to a few tests its a bit heavy on the resources and slow scanning, but i can live with that.

I think these are considered the top 3 when it comes to free AV :

Avast Free Antivirus 5

Avira AntiVir Personal Free AntiVirus 10

Microsoft Security Essentials

Louis deGuerre
Posted - 2010.12.28 14:47:00 - [8]

Originally by: Grimpak


Otherwise, use macAfee or Kapersky if you want your machine to slow to a crawl.

The Tuskers
Posted - 2010.12.28 14:55:00 - [9]


Akita T
Caldari Navy Volunteer Task Force
Posted - 2010.12.28 15:26:00 - [10]

AVG Free + Lavasoft AdAware Free = any of my machines for the past few years.

The AVG desktop icon thing... well, this whole year, it happened twice. Once when I updated from the 2010 to the 2011 version and another time on the big update today that asked for a reboot first. Ever so mildly annoying, at worst.
No browser plugins nor weird bars over here, that was one of the first things I disable when select install parameters. It hasn't decided to install anything extra without asking permission, like the OP is implying.

I can't say I even notice any of them is there, except for those extremely infrequent moments any of them detects something (and they usually detect the same "something" at the same time.
Nothing "hangs" in an annoying manner, and system remains fairly responsive even when opening a folder full of executables and other scan-on-sight-worthy files. That was the case even on my old, much slower machine.
Plus, I have yet to have any noticeable security breaches of any kind on my machine - no accounts I have anywhere ever compromised, no unexplainable CPU nor network usage, no financial irregularities on the debit cards, etc. And I'm not exactly doing everything by the paranoia book's letter either.

So as far as I am concerned, they're doing what they're supposed to be doing while not inconveniencing me.
Ain't broke, no need to fix it.

Sardon Darkstar
0ne Percent.
Posted - 2010.12.28 19:21:00 - [11]

I've tried AVG (free edition), NOD, Kaspersky. But the one I liked best so far is Bitdefender. Good protection, not intrusive, highly tweakable for power users and easy to use for the not-so-powerful users.

Caldari Provisions
Posted - 2010.12.28 19:28:00 - [12]

Originally by: Percy Soars
Originally by: Bodrul
use Mcafee (you can get it free from Broadband provider or your online banking)

Ha! Ignore this.

Avast, MSE (even better with version 2)
Nod32, Sophos

forget Mcafee and Norton.

hey whats wrong with mcafee :(
Norton i agree with as that just uses alot of resources

Nomen Luni
Posted - 2010.12.28 19:33:00 - [13]

I would also recommend Mcafee.

Posted - 2010.12.28 22:06:00 - [14]

Originally by: Grimpak


Obsidian Hawk
RONA Corporation
RONA Directorate
Posted - 2010.12.28 23:29:00 - [15]

Bad - Norton, Macaffee

Good - Avira, AVG, Trend

Best - Kapersky, Nod32

Helen Hunts
Red Dragon Mining inc
Red Dragon Industries
Posted - 2010.12.28 23:42:00 - [16]

I've used McAfee for years without issues (free through another service I use). The automatic updates and scans are kinda handy.

However, *no* single product out there will catch everything. (Anyone who says they have one is ... misinformed, at best.) For that little extra, I have MalWareBytes on standby.

Betty Boom
SPECTRE Syndicate
Posted - 2010.12.29 00:47:00 - [17]

I used Avira on my old PC and had no problem.

Now I got 'Kapersky' coz its one of the best. New PC new AV software.

Neo Spartans
Laconian Syndicate
Posted - 2010.12.29 01:06:00 - [18]

McAfee et al tend to suck system resources away (especially when it comes to trashing the HDD when scanning). Right now, Avast, MSE and Nod32 are the best you can get (not in any particular order). I use MSE, cos it's easy to run, I can leave it in the background, set it to ignore my gaming folders (so doesn't impact any game at all), and it updates through Windows Update.

tartan pixie
Brutor Tribe
Posted - 2010.12.29 01:15:00 - [19]

Thanks for the replies, think I'm going to give avast a shot.

Originally by: Akita T

AVG's not intrusive.

Ok so it's not that intrusive but it still has that annoyingly bossy thing of thinking that it knows best, if you want to temporally disable it then you get a whole 15 mins before it switches itself back on. Not good if you're trying to reinstall premiere.

That and I have my location bar set to search bookmarks and history, if I type 'eve search' in to the box it should take me directly to that site. All of a sudden it's taking me to a yahoo/AVG search page, perhaps I missed a check box when reinstalling AVG after it f'ed up my install of premiere. That was the straw that broke the camel's back. AVG is being exorcised from my computer.

State War Academy
Posted - 2010.12.29 08:00:00 - [20]



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