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

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

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
  • Your client is asking about Advertising driving sales as apposed to what is technically better. Remember most people want Windows not because it's the best for their needs but because if they have a Computer they must have Windows. Or they would buy a Mac. ;) As for which is the best this is way too subjective for me particularly if you are dealing with Domestic Users, you really need something that is light easy to use and not confusing. Different users find different apps better for their needs but what suits them may not be the best available at the moment. Col
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    DeeTheProtoType

    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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    SmartAceW0LF

    @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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    haydenh

    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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    uphadmin

    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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    info

    I have tried so many but currently use Vipre for enterprise and Bullguard & eScan for SOHO/Home users.

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    TNT@support

    You're question reminds me of another: "How long is a piece of thread?" There are so many variables the question is impossible to answer.

    That said, for years Trend Micro and F-Secure have topped my list because they get results and have decent management consoles though, admittedly, Symantec Corporate and Microsoft ForeFront have better management consoles. If she has a large network a decent management console is a huge win for everyone.

    I shy away from the top sales leaders because those are the anti-virus solutions most targeted by viruses. Symantec lets more viruses by not because it isn't a good antivirus, but because the virus creators know how to get around or defeat Symantec's approach.

    Some good free anti-virus solutions have been mentioned, like Avira and even Security Essentials, but keep in mind there is no management tool for these and you are depending on clients to run scans and updates (never a good thing).

    The very best anti-virus of them all, however, is education. Educate users how to identify bad software, to stay away from suspect sites, to not accept toolbars with other software downloads, how to identify phishing emails and links, and what to do if they think a virus is trying to gain access to their PC.

    Another comment mentioned the need to start with good hardware configuration, which is paramount. Network security against malware really does need to be tackled from every angle. If Kaspersky fits your clients needs from a software perspective and is something you can support, then by all means don't give any push back. But if the network environment would be better served by another product, then help her understand why and she may just come around to your way of thinking.

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    gkclark

    I started using Eset Nod32 about 4 years ago after Norton/Symantec decided it was more important to bring my PC to its knees than allow me to do anything. Price is competitive with Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, and others. Overhead on the PC seems very small; I don't notice any slow downs since removing Norton and installing Eset. I am running version 4 now; it updates the virus signature daily and has caught several viruses/trojan horses during the download phase. I bought the 3-PC license and installed it on my wife's PC, my daughter's, and my own.

    About 4-5 years ago we needed to replace our corporate security package and went through an evaluation of the packages available at the time. We chose McAfee over Eset only because of a dashboard interface that McAfee offered that Eset didn't. We still wished we had chosen Eset for its performance and track record but it costs a boatload of money to convert from one package to another in terms of license purchase and internal deployment costs. McAfee has been okay for us performance-wise and also in terms of catching viruses and malware before they make their way onto our PCs.

    As for the customer chosing the security software... ask her this: GM used to outsell Toyota. Did that make GM the best car company in America? If you look at the quality of the products GM used to make it's clear to see why Toyota moved to the top of the list. I would think the same thing is probably truly with security software. Just because it sells doesn't necessarily make it the best.

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    dlmusun

    Eset Nod32 is better. I have used it many years. It do much better then Kaspersky & Norton in speed.

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    mbsmt

    Regarding to different test results, you can find your answer easily.
    Take a look at this, and decide yourself.
    http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart2.php
    I've installed F-Secure recently, because I fount it much more better.

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    whiskey1441

    No matter which AV program is used, there are two things that should be done on a regular basis, keep it up to date and run a virus scan once a week or more often depending on the computer usage.

    According to PCWorld: Top Free Antivirus Software

    Avira AntiVir Personal
    Alwil Avast Antivirus Home Edition
    AVG 8.5 Free
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    PC Tools Antivirus Free Edition
    Comodo Internet Security

    To learn more about the above, check out:

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/170587-2/can_you_trust_free_antivirus_software.html

    From PCWorld, Top 5 Paid Antivirus Programs for 2011:

    Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2011
    BitDefender Antivirus Pro 2011
    G-Data AntiVirus 2011
    Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus 2011
    Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus Plus 2011

    To learn more about the above, check out:

    http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/collection/6706/top_paid_antivirus_for_2011.html

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    prime177

    just remember crackers release malware in changing code so after relese of update only it can detect as virus waht i want to say only antivirus protects 75% remaing we should detect files they may use binders ,hiders lol , say example like a file photo.exe.jpeg its is a virus in windows by default you cant see extention we have to enable it from folder options .
    to judge antivirus open virustotal.com or some similar to that upload a virus file and check how many detected observe result ,now upload virus free file observe the result ,now compare result and google on each efficiency and use it , dont think kaspersky ,comodo ,avg ,avasta,nod etc ae only anivirus there exist more than 65 hope it helps

  • Your client is asking about Advertising driving sales as apposed to what is technically better. Remember most people want Windows not because it's the best for their needs but because if they have a Computer they must have Windows. Or they would buy a Mac. ;) As for which is the best this is way too subjective for me particularly if you are dealing with Domestic Users, you really need something that is light easy to use and not confusing. Different users find different apps better for their needs but what suits them may not be the best available at the moment. Col
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    DeeTheProtoType

    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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    SmartAceW0LF

    @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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    haydenh

    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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    uphadmin

    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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    info

    I have tried so many but currently use Vipre for enterprise and Bullguard & eScan for SOHO/Home users.

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    TNT@support

    You're question reminds me of another: "How long is a piece of thread?" There are so many variables the question is impossible to answer.

    That said, for years Trend Micro and F-Secure have topped my list because they get results and have decent management consoles though, admittedly, Symantec Corporate and Microsoft ForeFront have better management consoles. If she has a large network a decent management console is a huge win for everyone.

    I shy away from the top sales leaders because those are the anti-virus solutions most targeted by viruses. Symantec lets more viruses by not because it isn't a good antivirus, but because the virus creators know how to get around or defeat Symantec's approach.

    Some good free anti-virus solutions have been mentioned, like Avira and even Security Essentials, but keep in mind there is no management tool for these and you are depending on clients to run scans and updates (never a good thing).

    The very best anti-virus of them all, however, is education. Educate users how to identify bad software, to stay away from suspect sites, to not accept toolbars with other software downloads, how to identify phishing emails and links, and what to do if they think a virus is trying to gain access to their PC.

    Another comment mentioned the need to start with good hardware configuration, which is paramount. Network security against malware really does need to be tackled from every angle. If Kaspersky fits your clients needs from a software perspective and is something you can support, then by all means don't give any push back. But if the network environment would be better served by another product, then help her understand why and she may just come around to your way of thinking.

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    gkclark

    I started using Eset Nod32 about 4 years ago after Norton/Symantec decided it was more important to bring my PC to its knees than allow me to do anything. Price is competitive with Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, and others. Overhead on the PC seems very small; I don't notice any slow downs since removing Norton and installing Eset. I am running version 4 now; it updates the virus signature daily and has caught several viruses/trojan horses during the download phase. I bought the 3-PC license and installed it on my wife's PC, my daughter's, and my own.

    About 4-5 years ago we needed to replace our corporate security package and went through an evaluation of the packages available at the time. We chose McAfee over Eset only because of a dashboard interface that McAfee offered that Eset didn't. We still wished we had chosen Eset for its performance and track record but it costs a boatload of money to convert from one package to another in terms of license purchase and internal deployment costs. McAfee has been okay for us performance-wise and also in terms of catching viruses and malware before they make their way onto our PCs.

    As for the customer chosing the security software... ask her this: GM used to outsell Toyota. Did that make GM the best car company in America? If you look at the quality of the products GM used to make it's clear to see why Toyota moved to the top of the list. I would think the same thing is probably truly with security software. Just because it sells doesn't necessarily make it the best.

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    dlmusun

    Eset Nod32 is better. I have used it many years. It do much better then Kaspersky & Norton in speed.

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    mbsmt

    Regarding to different test results, you can find your answer easily.
    Take a look at this, and decide yourself.
    http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart2.php
    I've installed F-Secure recently, because I fount it much more better.

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    whiskey1441

    No matter which AV program is used, there are two things that should be done on a regular basis, keep it up to date and run a virus scan once a week or more often depending on the computer usage.

    According to PCWorld: Top Free Antivirus Software

    Avira AntiVir Personal
    Alwil Avast Antivirus Home Edition
    AVG 8.5 Free
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    PC Tools Antivirus Free Edition
    Comodo Internet Security

    To learn more about the above, check out:

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/170587-2/can_you_trust_free_antivirus_software.html

    From PCWorld, Top 5 Paid Antivirus Programs for 2011:

    Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2011
    BitDefender Antivirus Pro 2011
    G-Data AntiVirus 2011
    Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus 2011
    Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus Plus 2011

    To learn more about the above, check out:

    http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/collection/6706/top_paid_antivirus_for_2011.html

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    prime177

    just remember crackers release malware in changing code so after relese of update only it can detect as virus waht i want to say only antivirus protects 75% remaing we should detect files they may use binders ,hiders lol , say example like a file photo.exe.jpeg its is a virus in windows by default you cant see extention we have to enable it from folder options .
    to judge antivirus open virustotal.com or some similar to that upload a virus file and check how many detected observe result ,now upload virus free file observe the result ,now compare result and google on each efficiency and use it , dont think kaspersky ,comodo ,avg ,avasta,nod etc ae only anivirus there exist more than 65 hope it helps