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Which Antivirus & Antispyware software do you think is the most effective?

Milnivri
I am using AVG Antivirus and AVG Antispyware now, but I don't think they are the most effective. I am looking for the most effective free one.

By the way, this is not a question and everyone can just express their opinions here.

Please also state why the software that you have chosen is in your opinion, the best.

Happy Discussing! :)
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    dawmail333

    Hi,

    I use Avast Antivirus and ThreatFire system protection. It's pretty much a mini-antivirus with big anti-spyware/malware/whatever-the-****-you-don't-wantware protection capabilities. It's kept my computer very clean. Both are free, (for non-commercial use). Give them a shot!

    Avast!:
    http://www.avast.com/
    ThreatFire:
    http://www.threatfire.com/

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    mcpo_west

    I have tried them all; high dollar big names from Symantec (USELESS) to whatever. I have gone through the vast offerings of freeware programs also. I have found that the combo of AVASt & Spyware Guard to be most effective. I also run Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

    The majority of the; "Hey Master Chief, can you come over and fix this before..." calls I receive result from; poor choices in web browsing, defunct security software and negligence. Also; and this I will never understand - PEOPLE! YOU MUST HAVE A CLEANING REGIME! I asked one of many Combat Wounded Veterans that I assist; "When was the last time you ran the cleaners and malware scanner since I set this up for you?" His reply? "Well Master Chief, I assumed you ran those when you were here then, no?" It had been 10 months since I had built, delivered and set up his PC!

    Another extremely important and often overlooked procedure is updating. Not just OS updates, but software and firmware updates as well. Also a decision that most never give much thought to is - auto update or manual?

    Personally, I never opt for Auto-Updating for ANYTHING! However; I understand that we all have our own distinct set of limitations and unique thoughts regarding of what is too "labor intensive." But; you shouldn't yell fire having been the "arsonist" that began the blaze.

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    rahulbatra

    Well I've tinkered with a lot of AV's and by far, NOD32 is the best out there today. Agreed its not free, but then again you might as well shell out a few bucks for a very useful piece of software.

    If you are really looking for a free solution, Avira Antivir and Ad-Aware seem to do just fine.

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    btljooz

    I?ve had EXTREMELY good luck with this ?cocktail? of progs that I?ve put together by trial and error over the years. I have run this combo for over two years now with GREAT results!!! All are free, some have paid versions.

    Avast AV will make you throw rocks at AVG("arbage"). I dropped AVG looong ago when I got tired of it going down hill FAST and allowing my computer to get all kinds of viruses!

    http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

    Spybot Search & Destroy looks for SEVERAL types of Spyware and some mal-ware, too. In it?s Advanced Mode it has even MORE ways to protect your computer in a myriad of ways!

    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

    Ad-Aware is THE companion to SS&D. It compliments it perfectly by looking for things that SS&D isn?t designed to look for and on the rare occasion even catches what SS&D misses.

    http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/

    No matter what AV and other anti-malware progs you choose just make DOUBLE SURE that you KEEP them UPDATED at LEAST weekly and run FULL scans with them at Least weekly, too. I update mine every day when I boot up and run full scans with SS&D and then A-A just before I turn my computer OFF after each day?s use. I scan with Avast every week and/or if it cries.

    To back those three up I use this online scan on a regular basis or if one of my other progs cries:

    http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml

    You should also be using a good third party software firewall instead of M$?s built in junk. The best free one is Comodo:

    http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/

    In addition to a SOFTWARE Firewall, for MAXIMUM protection, a hardware firewall such as one found in a Router equipped with one is the BEST way to go! Just be sure to change the password on the router. All routers, no matter where they come from begin their lives with the exact same password as all other routers. Personally, I prefer a WIRED router instead of the wireless type?at least for NOW. I just can?t bring myself to fully trust wireless, YET! Its technology is way too young and hasn?t had the chance to mature. It?s still way too easy for someone to ?piggy-back? off of, not only stealing YOUR bandwith, but putting you at risk for legal hassles due to them using YOUR ISP for their own nefarious activities, making YOU responsible for such!!! It is also possible for someone to gain access to your computer to either control it or steal your sensitive info.

    When you download a piece of software from one of the sites I provided, or any other site, ALWAYS Save it on your desktop to be installed later. This allows you to: 1. Scan it with your on-board anti-malware arsenal, 2. install it in Safe Mode and 3. burn it as a back-up to some removable media such as Floppy, CD, etc. after installation and for future installation if you find it necessary to reformat your computer or if the prog becomes corrupt and needs to be uninstalled and then reinstalled.

    Just REMEMBER that ALL the anti-malware progs in the world are NOT going to do you very much good if you do not KEEP them UPDATED and USED!!!

    TweakNow RegCleaner Std is a SUPER safe and EASY way of cleaning your Registry.

    http://www.tweaknow.com/RegCleaner.html

    I hope this helps. Good Luck!!!

    BTW: You may find this article quite interesting...

    http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/helpdesk/?p=134&tag=nl.e550

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    "No matter what AV and other anti-malware progs you choose just make DOUBLE SURE that you KEEP them UPDATED at LEAST weekly ..."

    This is far more important than what product you use. The best protection is useless if not updated regularly.

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    n77skyrocket

    Its excellent, doesn't come across your applications. Does everything automatically and the best part it care of your network also.

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    arjaym

    For me, the best Antivirus is AVIRA Antivir.

    I used it since 2006 until now. I suggested here to used Avira because it is free and updatable. They filtered out trojan and virus that AVG cannot do.

    Based on statistics, AVG is the least among the antivirus.

    If ever you have time, you can try Avira if you want. Here's the link http://www.avira.com/en/pages/index.php

    By the way, they have launched version 9, you can try that one.

    Thanks.

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    rahulbatra

    Well I've tinkered with a lot of AV's and by far, NOD32 is the best out there today. Agreed its not free, but then again you might as well shell out a few bucks for a very useful piece of software.

    If you are really looking for a free solution, Avira Antivir and Ad-Aware seem to do just fine.

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    btljooz

    I?ve had EXTREMELY good luck with this ?cocktail? of progs that I?ve put together by trial and error over the years. I have run this combo for over two years now with GREAT results!!! All are free, some have paid versions.

    Avast AV will make you throw rocks at AVG("arbage"). I dropped AVG looong ago when I got tired of it going down hill FAST and allowing my computer to get all kinds of viruses!

    http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

    Spybot Search & Destroy looks for SEVERAL types of Spyware and some mal-ware, too. In it?s Advanced Mode it has even MORE ways to protect your computer in a myriad of ways!

    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

    Ad-Aware is THE companion to SS&D. It compliments it perfectly by looking for things that SS&D isn?t designed to look for and on the rare occasion even catches what SS&D misses.

    http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/

    No matter what AV and other anti-malware progs you choose just make DOUBLE SURE that you KEEP them UPDATED at LEAST weekly and run FULL scans with them at Least weekly, too. I update mine every day when I boot up and run full scans with SS&D and then A-A just before I turn my computer OFF after each day?s use. I scan with Avast every week and/or if it cries.

    To back those three up I use this online scan on a regular basis or if one of my other progs cries:

    http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml

    You should also be using a good third party software firewall instead of M$?s built in junk. The best free one is Comodo:

    http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/

    In addition to a SOFTWARE Firewall, for MAXIMUM protection, a hardware firewall such as one found in a Router equipped with one is the BEST way to go! Just be sure to change the password on the router. All routers, no matter where they come from begin their lives with the exact same password as all other routers. Personally, I prefer a WIRED router instead of the wireless type?at least for NOW. I just can?t bring myself to fully trust wireless, YET! Its technology is way too young and hasn?t had the chance to mature. It?s still way too easy for someone to ?piggy-back? off of, not only stealing YOUR bandwith, but putting you at risk for legal hassles due to them using YOUR ISP for their own nefarious activities, making YOU responsible for such!!! It is also possible for someone to gain access to your computer to either control it or steal your sensitive info.

    When you download a piece of software from one of the sites I provided, or any other site, ALWAYS Save it on your desktop to be installed later. This allows you to: 1. Scan it with your on-board anti-malware arsenal, 2. install it in Safe Mode and 3. burn it as a back-up to some removable media such as Floppy, CD, etc. after installation and for future installation if you find it necessary to reformat your computer or if the prog becomes corrupt and needs to be uninstalled and then reinstalled.

    Just REMEMBER that ALL the anti-malware progs in the world are NOT going to do you very much good if you do not KEEP them UPDATED and USED!!!

    TweakNow RegCleaner Std is a SUPER safe and EASY way of cleaning your Registry.

    http://www.tweaknow.com/RegCleaner.html

    I hope this helps. Good Luck!!!

    BTW: You may find this article quite interesting...

    http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/helpdesk/?p=134&tag=nl.e550

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    n77skyrocket

    Its excellent, doesn't come across your applications. Does everything automatically and the best part it care of your network also.

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    arjaym

    For me, the best Antivirus is AVIRA Antivir.

    I used it since 2006 until now. I suggested here to used Avira because it is free and updatable. They filtered out trojan and virus that AVG cannot do.

    Based on statistics, AVG is the least among the antivirus.

    If ever you have time, you can try Avira if you want. Here's the link http://www.avira.com/en/pages/index.php

    By the way, they have launched version 9, you can try that one.

    Thanks.

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    dawmail333

    Hi,

    I use Avast Antivirus and ThreatFire system protection. It's pretty much a mini-antivirus with big anti-spyware/malware/whatever-the-****-you-don't-wantware protection capabilities. It's kept my computer very clean. Both are free, (for non-commercial use). Give them a shot!

    Avast!:
    http://www.avast.com/
    ThreatFire:
    http://www.threatfire.com/

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    mcpo_west

    I have tried them all; high dollar big names from Symantec (USELESS) to whatever. I have gone through the vast offerings of freeware programs also. I have found that the combo of AVASt & Spyware Guard to be most effective. I also run Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

    The majority of the; "Hey Master Chief, can you come over and fix this before..." calls I receive result from; poor choices in web browsing, defunct security software and negligence. Also; and this I will never understand - PEOPLE! YOU MUST HAVE A CLEANING REGIME! I asked one of many Combat Wounded Veterans that I assist; "When was the last time you ran the cleaners and malware scanner since I set this up for you?" His reply? "Well Master Chief, I assumed you ran those when you were here then, no?" It had been 10 months since I had built, delivered and set up his PC!

    Another extremely important and often overlooked procedure is updating. Not just OS updates, but software and firmware updates as well. Also a decision that most never give much thought to is - auto update or manual?

    Personally, I never opt for Auto-Updating for ANYTHING! However; I understand that we all have our own distinct set of limitations and unique thoughts regarding of what is too "labor intensive." But; you shouldn't yell fire having been the "arsonist" that began the blaze.

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    rahulbatra

    Well I've tinkered with a lot of AV's and by far, NOD32 is the best out there today. Agreed its not free, but then again you might as well shell out a few bucks for a very useful piece of software.

    If you are really looking for a free solution, Avira Antivir and Ad-Aware seem to do just fine.

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    btljooz

    I?ve had EXTREMELY good luck with this ?cocktail? of progs that I?ve put together by trial and error over the years. I have run this combo for over two years now with GREAT results!!! All are free, some have paid versions.

    Avast AV will make you throw rocks at AVG("arbage"). I dropped AVG looong ago when I got tired of it going down hill FAST and allowing my computer to get all kinds of viruses!

    http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

    Spybot Search & Destroy looks for SEVERAL types of Spyware and some mal-ware, too. In it?s Advanced Mode it has even MORE ways to protect your computer in a myriad of ways!

    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

    Ad-Aware is THE companion to SS&D. It compliments it perfectly by looking for things that SS&D isn?t designed to look for and on the rare occasion even catches what SS&D misses.

    http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/

    No matter what AV and other anti-malware progs you choose just make DOUBLE SURE that you KEEP them UPDATED at LEAST weekly and run FULL scans with them at Least weekly, too. I update mine every day when I boot up and run full scans with SS&D and then A-A just before I turn my computer OFF after each day?s use. I scan with Avast every week and/or if it cries.

    To back those three up I use this online scan on a regular basis or if one of my other progs cries:

    http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml

    You should also be using a good third party software firewall instead of M$?s built in junk. The best free one is Comodo:

    http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/

    In addition to a SOFTWARE Firewall, for MAXIMUM protection, a hardware firewall such as one found in a Router equipped with one is the BEST way to go! Just be sure to change the password on the router. All routers, no matter where they come from begin their lives with the exact same password as all other routers. Personally, I prefer a WIRED router instead of the wireless type?at least for NOW. I just can?t bring myself to fully trust wireless, YET! Its technology is way too young and hasn?t had the chance to mature. It?s still way too easy for someone to ?piggy-back? off of, not only stealing YOUR bandwith, but putting you at risk for legal hassles due to them using YOUR ISP for their own nefarious activities, making YOU responsible for such!!! It is also possible for someone to gain access to your computer to either control it or steal your sensitive info.

    When you download a piece of software from one of the sites I provided, or any other site, ALWAYS Save it on your desktop to be installed later. This allows you to: 1. Scan it with your on-board anti-malware arsenal, 2. install it in Safe Mode and 3. burn it as a back-up to some removable media such as Floppy, CD, etc. after installation and for future installation if you find it necessary to reformat your computer or if the prog becomes corrupt and needs to be uninstalled and then reinstalled.

    Just REMEMBER that ALL the anti-malware progs in the world are NOT going to do you very much good if you do not KEEP them UPDATED and USED!!!

    TweakNow RegCleaner Std is a SUPER safe and EASY way of cleaning your Registry.

    http://www.tweaknow.com/RegCleaner.html

    I hope this helps. Good Luck!!!

    BTW: You may find this article quite interesting...

    http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/helpdesk/?p=134&tag=nl.e550

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    "No matter what AV and other anti-malware progs you choose just make DOUBLE SURE that you KEEP them UPDATED at LEAST weekly ..."

    This is far more important than what product you use. The best protection is useless if not updated regularly.

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    n77skyrocket

    Its excellent, doesn't come across your applications. Does everything automatically and the best part it care of your network also.

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    arjaym

    For me, the best Antivirus is AVIRA Antivir.

    I used it since 2006 until now. I suggested here to used Avira because it is free and updatable. They filtered out trojan and virus that AVG cannot do.

    Based on statistics, AVG is the least among the antivirus.

    If ever you have time, you can try Avira if you want. Here's the link http://www.avira.com/en/pages/index.php

    By the way, they have launched version 9, you can try that one.

    Thanks.

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    rahulbatra

    Well I've tinkered with a lot of AV's and by far, NOD32 is the best out there today. Agreed its not free, but then again you might as well shell out a few bucks for a very useful piece of software.

    If you are really looking for a free solution, Avira Antivir and Ad-Aware seem to do just fine.

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    btljooz

    I?ve had EXTREMELY good luck with this ?cocktail? of progs that I?ve put together by trial and error over the years. I have run this combo for over two years now with GREAT results!!! All are free, some have paid versions.

    Avast AV will make you throw rocks at AVG("arbage"). I dropped AVG looong ago when I got tired of it going down hill FAST and allowing my computer to get all kinds of viruses!

    http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

    Spybot Search & Destroy looks for SEVERAL types of Spyware and some mal-ware, too. In it?s Advanced Mode it has even MORE ways to protect your computer in a myriad of ways!

    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

    Ad-Aware is THE companion to SS&D. It compliments it perfectly by looking for things that SS&D isn?t designed to look for and on the rare occasion even catches what SS&D misses.

    http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/

    No matter what AV and other anti-malware progs you choose just make DOUBLE SURE that you KEEP them UPDATED at LEAST weekly and run FULL scans with them at Least weekly, too. I update mine every day when I boot up and run full scans with SS&D and then A-A just before I turn my computer OFF after each day?s use. I scan with Avast every week and/or if it cries.

    To back those three up I use this online scan on a regular basis or if one of my other progs cries:

    http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml

    You should also be using a good third party software firewall instead of M$?s built in junk. The best free one is Comodo:

    http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/

    In addition to a SOFTWARE Firewall, for MAXIMUM protection, a hardware firewall such as one found in a Router equipped with one is the BEST way to go! Just be sure to change the password on the router. All routers, no matter where they come from begin their lives with the exact same password as all other routers. Personally, I prefer a WIRED router instead of the wireless type?at least for NOW. I just can?t bring myself to fully trust wireless, YET! Its technology is way too young and hasn?t had the chance to mature. It?s still way too easy for someone to ?piggy-back? off of, not only stealing YOUR bandwith, but putting you at risk for legal hassles due to them using YOUR ISP for their own nefarious activities, making YOU responsible for such!!! It is also possible for someone to gain access to your computer to either control it or steal your sensitive info.

    When you download a piece of software from one of the sites I provided, or any other site, ALWAYS Save it on your desktop to be installed later. This allows you to: 1. Scan it with your on-board anti-malware arsenal, 2. install it in Safe Mode and 3. burn it as a back-up to some removable media such as Floppy, CD, etc. after installation and for future installation if you find it necessary to reformat your computer or if the prog becomes corrupt and needs to be uninstalled and then reinstalled.

    Just REMEMBER that ALL the anti-malware progs in the world are NOT going to do you very much good if you do not KEEP them UPDATED and USED!!!

    TweakNow RegCleaner Std is a SUPER safe and EASY way of cleaning your Registry.

    http://www.tweaknow.com/RegCleaner.html

    I hope this helps. Good Luck!!!

    BTW: You may find this article quite interesting...

    http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/helpdesk/?p=134&tag=nl.e550

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    n77skyrocket

    Its excellent, doesn't come across your applications. Does everything automatically and the best part it care of your network also.

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    arjaym

    For me, the best Antivirus is AVIRA Antivir.

    I used it since 2006 until now. I suggested here to used Avira because it is free and updatable. They filtered out trojan and virus that AVG cannot do.

    Based on statistics, AVG is the least among the antivirus.

    If ever you have time, you can try Avira if you want. Here's the link http://www.avira.com/en/pages/index.php

    By the way, they have launched version 9, you can try that one.

    Thanks.