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Anti-Virus software is available for Microsoft Windows Vista


Microsoft's Windows Vista has enough changes in the way it operates compared to Windows XP to make some pre-Vista release applications cease to work properly. Perhaps the most dramatic differences come in the realm of the basic anti-virus software. This PR release came across my desk today and I thought I'd pass it on:

Milburn, NJ – February 12th 2007 – GRISOFT, developer of AVG security software, announces that AVG Anti-Virus has received Virus Bulletin's VB100 award for tests completed on Microsoft Windows Vista. This award states that AVG had found and removed all presented viruses considered to be "in the wild" and is therefore ready to protect users of the new operating system by Microsoft. Quality of AVG Anti-Virus for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista is also approved by ICSA Labs, which certified AVG Anti-Virus on the Vista platform recently.

"The close cooperation with Microsoft in developing security tools for beta versions of Windows Vista and the preparation for the Vista launch was a great experience for us,” said Larry Bridwell of GRISOFT, vice president of Global Security Strategies. "We can now with full confidence say that users of our security products are prepared to face a broad range of Internet threats even when upgrading to Windows Vista.”

I use the free version of AVG, GRISOFT's anti-virus software, and have been quite pleased with its performance under the Vista operating system. You could go for the other anti-virus products out there, including Microsoft's own One Care, but the price for personal use is just hard to beat.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

38 comments
BALTHOR
BALTHOR

After a one hour study of computer virus the scanner was written and when used removed all virus from every computer it was tried in.They saw that virus were fax files and that every memory address had to be scanned.The computers were then dream machines in a paradise.

AndyW360
AndyW360

I personally have to say that NOD32 is one of the best, it doesn't hog all your system resources, has an exceptionally fast scan rate and works on Vista.

ZebedeeBoss
ZebedeeBoss

AVG is ok but doesnt support 64 bit products in the free catagory yet..... Avast does and it works on VISTA shame cos AVG is good, they are just falling behind the times

lvs1
lvs1

I can use the free version of avg but not the free version of avg spyware or malaware it just shuts down before it starts. Any ideas, would appreciate the help.

BHunsinger
BHunsinger

I've been using and reselling AVG for about a year now. Very reasnably priced, and no big box competition.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

Surely the sum and total of the intellects at Microsoft could end virus forever.

Stuart.G
Stuart.G

AVG is at best, OK... It leaves you to do alot of the cleaning yourself and from a support perspective this can be a nightmare (that often involves callouts) I think the best desktop antivirus out there is probably mcafee, and with the spyware plugin, and desktop firewall offers very good protection,Kaspersky comes in a close second... Trend is also good but the spyware module seems a little weak.

ediesev
ediesev

I have found that as long as I am using Windows Defender no other Spyware program is compatible with Defender.

mcfaddens3
mcfaddens3

I just got Vista on a "new" computer and a"FREE" copy of AVG loaded and works well.

AMD Guy
AMD Guy

Asking Microsoft to get rid all the viruses floating around on the internet is like throwing water into a monkey knife fight. Its not going to do a thing. Even if it were possible at ALL, more viruses would just get created like they do everyday anway so it would be defeating the purpose.

majoritywhip
majoritywhip

Surely MS could build an OS that would impenetrable to attacks. However, it would be like building house with no doors or windows. How fun would that be to live life? I run commando on XP, so there.

tek5555
tek5555

Anything that is classed as a maliscious attack on the operating system and therefore can do damage - will be "classed" as a virus. Hackers use code to break into the security of the OS and that code is then classed as a virus. No OS is fully secure - especially when the internet is used. Microsoft has done a good job in security fixes for XP of late. I wonder if the same will apply to the VISTA OS code.

unhappyuser
unhappyuser

When they come out with a flawless OS, design their own software instead of consuming little upstarts or stealing it and get rid of Ballmer. That's when MS will end it. Oh, also when people stop opening the v!agr@, P3n!s and CONFIDENTAIL PLEASE emails. Until then we are stuck with what we have.

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

A virus can infect all brands and types of computer system running different Operating Systems. MS could only eliminate MS ones (if at all possibe) Thats like saying doctors should eliminate all viruses in humans - impossible. Again you show yourself to be a complete fool!

AndyW360
AndyW360

No, NOD32 is not free and I made no indication that it was but at least you get full tech support something you do not get with free antivirus. Secondly NOD32 is only ?27 for your first year and ?14 for every year after that, so the pricing is extremly reasonable compared to your Nortons and Mcafee. Thirdly updates to new program versions are free with NOD32 they do not produce a 2005, 2006, 2007 version like Norton and Mcafee, who in turn expect you pay for the upgrade. So yes I fly the flag for NOD32's corner but a quality product deserves praise, so keep up the good work Eset.

AMD Guy
AMD Guy

Both McAfee and Norton are terrible AV's. I would not recommend them to anyone. However, AVG isnt as bad for removing viruses as you make it out to be. It finds a virus, puts it in the virus vault, you go there and delete it. Simple as that. What I want to know after reading the article (and for anyone who is using it), is AVG FREE x64 compliant now? Or is it still just the pro version?

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

the VB 100% awards on their page, its pretty enlightening to see how many passes, failures, and no-tries each company has. Going by number of success out of number of tries, NOD32 is the clear winner, followed by Antivir (which provides a free version), and then (I hate to add) Symantec. =\ This doesn't mean that these products are "the best," just that these companies have a lower failure rate then their competitors. An interesting note, MS One Care failed to get a 100% ON Vista. Kind of funny really.

lvs1
lvs1

I thank you for telling me about defender, in your opinion should I lose defender for avg or just leave it alone? thanks

FXEF
FXEF

A computer virus is a computer program which distributes copies of itself, even without permission or knowledge of the user. A virus does not need to be harmful, it is the payload that is harmful. While it is true that no OS is totally secure, Linux and Mac OS X are virtually free from virus and spyware attacks. I have been running Linux as my main OS for four months now with no virus or spyware protection and have yet to be infected. Things may change as Linux becomes more popular, but so far Linux is a sweet deal!

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

Viruses infect more than just one brand of OS and applications that run on the OS! Most of what you state will not make a difference (bar the last line).

AMD Guy
AMD Guy

The bad that about Windows Defender in Vista is that when it scans your computer, it looks for "malicious" software residing in your computer. Of course, our definition of malicious and Microsoft's definition are probably different. So with that being said, Microsoft can have it look for anything and everything it wants that could be "malicious" and remove it without the users consent. I myself just disable the feature along with a handful of others via services.msc and have no problems what-so-ever. IMHO, Windows Defender is a pile of crap. Ad-Aware SE and AVG Anti-spyware are much better programs to use.

AndyW360
AndyW360

If you have Vista leave Defender alone as its a built in component and trying to remove it may give you some serious headaches. On the other hand if you have XP then Defender is an optional add on and its your choice to have it or not. Hope that helps. Andy

AndyW360
AndyW360

Sorry my post posted more than once !

AndyW360
AndyW360

Sorry my post posted more than once.

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

if the first post was of a higher quality from J-boy then the whole mess would never have happened. Time't move on...

AndyW360
AndyW360

The poster said... MICROSFT SAYING WINDOWS VISTA IS MORE SECURE IS ASKING HACKERS TO ATTACK IT. Which means Microsoft said Vista is more secure and not that they asked people to attack it, if you want proof that Microsoft have said that its more secure then read the following link. Link : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6313981.stm

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

Question or not...none yet supplied of any validity.

AndyW360
AndyW360

I just read the post again, I believe the question, if read properly says "asking" not asked.

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

I stand by by question - show me evidence that MS invited hackers???

Fyrewerx
Fyrewerx

Symantec already crippled Vista security with threats of lawsuits when they couldn't get into the kernel with their AV's hooks. MS had to change their most secure plans to accomodate them to avoid yet another anti-trust threat. How could anyone not know that the lawyers redesign the OS these days. Heck, just ask the Euro Union folks.

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

MICROSFT SAYING WINDOWS VISTA IS MORE SECURE IS ASKING HACKERS TO ATTACK IT. Show me some evidence that MS actually said this!!!!!

pedrom
pedrom

Impossible, would be is not the right word. Can't is the right one. There's no such thing as Secure in our IT WORLD. It's only matter of time to a Hacker team break up Vista. And we will see Service Packs AGAIN ALLWAYS.

jonathan
jonathan

Let me start by saying a perfect OS would be too expensive and people would not buy it.By MICROSFT SAYING WINDOWS VISTA IS MORE SECURE IS ASKING HACKERS TO attack it.Good to hear grisoft winning awards thats cool I love using it and thatmakes me what to continue using it longer.

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