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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
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thankaraj
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Hi...
First of all, I want you to know that no Anti Virus can give your computer 100% protection.
I'm saying this 'cause I've worked as a Norton Support Associate. From the training class I got the info that "No Anti Virus can give your computer 100% protection".
However, Kaspersky is the best one, 'cause it works well with good config. Bit Defender is also good, however it slows down the PCs performance.

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awarren2002
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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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xeno.zentag
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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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niwhsa
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It's probably Microsoft (since it's the same manufacturer of the OS). It's also free.

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uphadmin
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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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jwsimeus
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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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DeeTheProtoType
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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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cavehomme1
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"Avira would be excellent had they not mucked up with the recent controversy". I missed that, what happened?

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SmartAceW0LF
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@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
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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.