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SystemCheck
With all antivirus out on the market today, who to choose. What is the best antivirus out on the market, by start up time, updates, reliability, ease, speed, and options?
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    jck

    I have ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2009/2010 installed.

    I got 3 licenses for $50 or something like that.

    It loads pretty fast at start up.

    It has automatic updates if you want them.

    It has automatic scans too.

    It's not hard to configure in basic mode at all, and you can set it to automatically handle stuff, or only do blocks with your approval.

    Lots of options.

    I've heard that it's not as good as other ones from bigger companies, but I haven't had a virus or anything in the 10 years since I started using the original ZoneAlarm Firewall on Windows 98 SE.

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    SystemCheck

    never had a chance to use it, so far i've used AVG (aint bad), and norton, with all the new nortons out there, i feel they are system hogs and slow. so basically im looking for something good and fast, might look at zone alarm heard a lot about it.

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    CharlieSpencer

    At home on a Windows system I happy with Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free, with a small footprint, and updates via MS Update. Unlike some other free AV apps, it doesn't nag and isn't supported by advertising. I pair that with ThreatFire, a free heuristics-based utility, and one of the few malware tools that can be installed with other AV apps without causing problems. I use Windows Vista's built-in firewall, but I was happy with ZoneAlarm on my XP system.

    At work we're running McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, but we're just beginning to move to MS Forefront since we're already paying for the license anyway.

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    jck

    if you're doing it in the home...AVG and Avast are pretty good...ZoneAlarm does cost...but...$15 a PC? for like 2 year license? $8 a year isn't bad per PC.

    I've got BitDefender on my new PC as well. It is a bit of a resource hog too. It's a bit unwieldy as it tries to watch over everything. But, thoroughness is good in some cases.

    I wouldn't go near McAfee or especially Norton. Both are decent, but bloatware deluxe IMHO

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    Ron K.

    I go 'round and 'round and still come back to AVG-Free. <br>
    They screwed up a major update a year or so ago and it was s-l-o-w until you turned off the Link Scanner but that issue has been fixed. <br>
    The best? I'm not one to ask. Not really. There are any number of criteria that you could pick that makes one the best in your eyes. For us here, for now, AVG is going to remain. It's the only, highly-rated AV tool I've found that doesn't slow us down.

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    NickNielsen Moderator

    Unfortunately, the answer to each is probably different.

    My personal favorite is AVG. I sprang for a license ($60/2 years, if I remember correctly).

    Check this site for various comparisons of AV software. http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

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    santeewelding

    And, consigned your soul to a devil you know not.

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    CharlieSpencer

    In plain English, please. How does paying for a product indicating dealing with the devil any more than using the free nagware version of the same product?

    I assume you don't have a cell phone, which would certainly qualify as giving the devil even more money.

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    santeewelding

    Not paid versus free, but going from the devil you do know -- attacks and infection (which are free, I suppose), to paid-for, crossing-of-the-fingers protection in the form of a package the efficacy and operation of which you don't know.

    There. I think that's it.

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    mafergus

    For a lot of people, both are devils you sdon't know.

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    Tink!

    Well anyway, my 2 cents:

    I use Avast! at home for 4 PCs

    At work we've been using Kaspersky since it's a cheaper and less laggy option over Norton or Mcafee

    Only had 1 problem and that's because one of my users accidentally installed "Ultimate Anti Virus". He thought the popup was from the Kaspersky program. What a pain! (Popups have since been taken care of)

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    jfuller05

    is AVG. The free version works great for me and the paid version is great too. The version you pay for gives you a feature called ID Protection which is kind of like advanced Internet protection.

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    DHCDBD

    Avast. Of the free AV programs, however, Avira is rated the best.

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    mafergus

    Regardless of what suggestions are on here, you need to test the crap out of any anti-virus product you deploy (assuming it is for a business/enterprise). I have seen many compatibility issues which have crippled many attemted installations.
    I have worked with most major products and they all have issues. The key is getting the product(s) with the issues you can live with and having a contigency for those users and groups who can't live with the issues.

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    Router boy

    Is a combination of the free version of Zone Alarm and Avast. I have been using both for years and had zero problems on my Windoes PC. I have used this combination on countless PC's that I work on and all my clients seem to be problem free.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I use MalwareBytes, too.

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    Adunkin

    I know it's not original, but I haven't had any problems with my Norton system.

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    jck

    I have ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2009/2010 installed.

    I got 3 licenses for $50 or something like that.

    It loads pretty fast at start up.

    It has automatic updates if you want them.

    It has automatic scans too.

    It's not hard to configure in basic mode at all, and you can set it to automatically handle stuff, or only do blocks with your approval.

    Lots of options.

    I've heard that it's not as good as other ones from bigger companies, but I haven't had a virus or anything in the 10 years since I started using the original ZoneAlarm Firewall on Windows 98 SE.

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    SystemCheck

    never had a chance to use it, so far i've used AVG (aint bad), and norton, with all the new nortons out there, i feel they are system hogs and slow. so basically im looking for something good and fast, might look at zone alarm heard a lot about it.

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    CharlieSpencer

    At home on a Windows system I happy with Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free, with a small footprint, and updates via MS Update. Unlike some other free AV apps, it doesn't nag and isn't supported by advertising. I pair that with ThreatFire, a free heuristics-based utility, and one of the few malware tools that can be installed with other AV apps without causing problems. I use Windows Vista's built-in firewall, but I was happy with ZoneAlarm on my XP system.

    At work we're running McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, but we're just beginning to move to MS Forefront since we're already paying for the license anyway.

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    jck

    if you're doing it in the home...AVG and Avast are pretty good...ZoneAlarm does cost...but...$15 a PC? for like 2 year license? $8 a year isn't bad per PC.

    I've got BitDefender on my new PC as well. It is a bit of a resource hog too. It's a bit unwieldy as it tries to watch over everything. But, thoroughness is good in some cases.

    I wouldn't go near McAfee or especially Norton. Both are decent, but bloatware deluxe IMHO

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    Ron K.

    I go 'round and 'round and still come back to AVG-Free. <br>
    They screwed up a major update a year or so ago and it was s-l-o-w until you turned off the Link Scanner but that issue has been fixed. <br>
    The best? I'm not one to ask. Not really. There are any number of criteria that you could pick that makes one the best in your eyes. For us here, for now, AVG is going to remain. It's the only, highly-rated AV tool I've found that doesn't slow us down.

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    NickNielsen Moderator

    Unfortunately, the answer to each is probably different.

    My personal favorite is AVG. I sprang for a license ($60/2 years, if I remember correctly).

    Check this site for various comparisons of AV software. http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

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    santeewelding

    And, consigned your soul to a devil you know not.

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    CharlieSpencer

    In plain English, please. How does paying for a product indicating dealing with the devil any more than using the free nagware version of the same product?

    I assume you don't have a cell phone, which would certainly qualify as giving the devil even more money.

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    santeewelding

    Not paid versus free, but going from the devil you do know -- attacks and infection (which are free, I suppose), to paid-for, crossing-of-the-fingers protection in the form of a package the efficacy and operation of which you don't know.

    There. I think that's it.

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    mafergus

    For a lot of people, both are devils you sdon't know.

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    Tink!

    Well anyway, my 2 cents:

    I use Avast! at home for 4 PCs

    At work we've been using Kaspersky since it's a cheaper and less laggy option over Norton or Mcafee

    Only had 1 problem and that's because one of my users accidentally installed "Ultimate Anti Virus". He thought the popup was from the Kaspersky program. What a pain! (Popups have since been taken care of)

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    jfuller05

    is AVG. The free version works great for me and the paid version is great too. The version you pay for gives you a feature called ID Protection which is kind of like advanced Internet protection.

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    DHCDBD

    Avast. Of the free AV programs, however, Avira is rated the best.

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    mafergus

    Regardless of what suggestions are on here, you need to test the crap out of any anti-virus product you deploy (assuming it is for a business/enterprise). I have seen many compatibility issues which have crippled many attemted installations.
    I have worked with most major products and they all have issues. The key is getting the product(s) with the issues you can live with and having a contigency for those users and groups who can't live with the issues.

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    Router boy

    Is a combination of the free version of Zone Alarm and Avast. I have been using both for years and had zero problems on my Windoes PC. I have used this combination on countless PC's that I work on and all my clients seem to be problem free.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I use MalwareBytes, too.

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    Adunkin

    I know it's not original, but I haven't had any problems with my Norton system.