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Who can tell me which is the best Antivirus right now?

By elibarikikilewo ·
I had a heating argument with my client today about which is the leading antivirus today? She insisted that Kaspersky is the best Antivirus out there right now coz its selling which is a good point that's why i gave her what she wants.. But was she correct?.. cus frankly i got other products at top of my lists besides Kasper based on my little observation on various issues

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Norton allowed virus to come thru

by awarren2002 In reply to Who can tell me which is ...

I had trouble with Norton, Win 7 updates did not play nice with AVG, so now I use Microsoft Essentials and Malewarebytes. So far, so good, on my home PC.

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You Get What You Pay For

by xeno.zentag In reply to Who can tell me which is ...

This rule is seldom wrong. If you don't pay, you're on your own. For your perusal:

Free AV as of July 2011 (Ranked by detection rates @ AV-Comparatives.org)

#1 Avira
#2 AVG
#3 Avast

Paid AV as of July 2011 (Ranked by detection rates @ AV-Comparatives.org)

#1 F-Secure
#2 Panda
#3 Trend Micro
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#6 Kaspersky

If you pay for antivirus, power to you. If you're a high risk user that enjoys downloading off of sites with gambling ads, foreign languages and/or other questionable activities, you probably need the full support of an antivirus company.

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It's probably Microsoft (since it's the same manufacturer of the OS)

by niwhsa In reply to Who can tell me which is ...

It's probably Microsoft (since it's the same manufacturer of the OS). It's also free.

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by uphadmin In reply to It's probably Microsoft ( ...

Yes, it's free and is a terrible anti-virus. Think: Microsoft made it. If you run linux, you are fine. If there is a trojan developed that uses an exploit, in 2 hours, the linux community will have developed a stability patch for that OS.

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In my opinion the best anti-virus is Forefront

by jwsimeus In reply to Who can tell me which is ...

Forefront from Microsoft they have a free version which is called Microsoft Security Essentials .It's working fine on windows 7 , 32 and 64 bits

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The Customer Is Never Right

by DeeTheProtoType In reply to Who can tell me which is ...

The first rule in IT...however, I don't think I would get into a 'heated argument' with a client I care to keep. lol That being said, if you work in IT and you have a client that has hired you for your expertise, I would kindly remind them of that. "You hired me for expert advice, based on what I know about your needs and my knowledge on these products, this is what I recommend and why." I agree you shouldn't dismiss a #1 seller, but if you have a list of what you would recommend, be prepared to back that up with knowledge of the product. Which to be honest, if you had it, I don't think you would be asking what the best was on this thread. :) Many of the clients I work with have limited funding so I always test and recommend freeware. I also consider who owns the software and what their plan for development is for the future. I would recommend based on the OS they have and their internet behaviors because Antivirus behaves differently based on that and the version. AVAST is a top contender with MSE as a good backup. Avira would be excellent had they not mucked up with the recent controversy, not to mention the clunky interface, no email scanning ability and 'nag-vertisements'. It is also tough for clients that use dated computers with little RAM. AVG will probably top my list come October with an excellent new release. Yes, it is Czech owned, so no federal endorsements there, but most smaller organizations won't care of such things. Hope this was informative. Good Luck!

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by cavehomme1 In reply to The Customer Is Never Rig ...

"Avira would be excellent had they not mucked up with the recent controversy". I missed that, what happened?

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by SmartAceW0LF In reply to The Customer Is Never Rig ...

@Frank Poster: They mucked Avira up with the constant nagging to download and install safe search. Not having an option to turn it off or decline installing it, one is left with the idea that it is just a matter of time before it is forced. At any rate, after installing this I uninstalled Avira myself. Personally, I have used Avira for almost 10 years. This new version nixed that.

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Sophos

by haydenh In reply to Who can tell me which is ...

Used Sophos products in a corporate environment and have to say that it is the best by far. The only downfall is that there is a lot of work to do if there was a previous anti-virus suite installed, particularly McAfee.

I've found that Malwarebytes is really the best FREE anti-malware out there which is what most people get now-a-days.

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Anything the customer wants, even if it's wrong

by uphadmin In reply to Who can tell me which is ...

When you think about it, you can't answer that. You can make a recommendation toward higher products such as Norton AntiVirus, McAfee Internet Security, and AVG Free/Pro Antivirus/Internet Security. It is up to the customer to choose. As stupid as it is, I run my system without any internet security or anti-virus. If I have a software problem, I repair it. I find an antivirus a waste of valuable system resources. And the customer may not be right, but it is the customer's computer, and they can choose what to install. Even if it is spyware, you (in a way) can still make money.

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