Good antivirus program

By .Martin. ·
I asked this a little while ago, but I shall see if perspectives have changed.

looking for antvirus software (or really internet security to be more specific) for three computers (two desktops and an ULV 1.3GHz laptop)

currently I am running Mcafee Total Protection (wich I pay about US$80 a year), and haveing to fight two viruses in the past three days (poison-ivy and apocalyps) I no longer believe in mcafee and want to ditch it asap.

my requirements?
will not be too resource hungry on an ULV
preferably one program (I can deal with multiple, but one would be easier).

computers running vista (desktop), and windows 7 (laptop and 64-bit desktop).



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my pick

by PurpleSkys In reply to Good antivirus program

I'll be honest though, we've never used their security suite, but we've been using Avast Free 4 Home for at least five years now and are very please with it. We find the free version to be quite light weight and not resource intensive.

Currently, Avast is offering a two year subscription for their Security Suite for the price of one year good luck :)

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Avast Real-Time Monitoring

by Ekline In reply to my pick

I do agree that avast free is a good product, it does have the Real-Time Monitoring that others lack.

However, there's an important note that Free Editions are for residential and non-commercial use.

The only reason I haven't select Avast is because my I need the filtering for my children and the virtualized browser(ZoneAlarm Forcefield) is a very exceptional protection layer against potential drive-by downloads when my kids do get to surf. Instead of filtering "ALL" traffic through my Untangle box.(linux based utm;

I use the ZoneAlarm to explicitly deny a machine access to particular web content.

Nice suggestion!

Best Regards,
Steve K.

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In addition to what PurpleSkys said...

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to Good antivirus program

We have it on 3 computers....2 Windows 7 Pro(64 bit) & 1 XP Pro.

It updates the virus database almost daily.

I've also used the server edition on Windows 2000 & 2003 servers with Exchange on was also lighweight & quite good. They were just 60 trial versions & I never purchased it but it seemed almost identical to the free home version. I think the "Pro" version might be more suitable if you have kids/adults that may be surfing some questionable sites.

But like PurpleSkys's treated us very well & we very seldom have any virus/malware problems & any we have had I can usually take care of in an hour or so at worst.

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AVG Free edition

by oldbaritone In reply to Good antivirus program

I found out about this one in a TR Blog. It has the same functionality as the pay-for edition, except that it must be updated manually. The pay-for edition contains auto-update; the freeware does not.

But I can remember to update it myself.

Not too resource-hungry - read the blog.

I got rid of McAffee because it bogged me down so much every time I booted the machine, which was only once a week or less. I haven't had that problem with AVG.

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AVG Free Edition

by Ekline In reply to AVG Free edition

Another issue with AVG Free edition is that it does not actively monitor resident applications. This can be a problem if you already have a virus running.

The AVG Free edition scanning abilities must be run manually as well.

There's no active monitoring and scanning is manually run or scheduled.

That's great for a file server, because a file server will not run any applications... However an actively used computer without active monitoring is just as dangerous as not having AV or Malware protection.

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AVG has a Security suite as well

by PurpleSkys In reply to AVG Free edition

you can also choose how many computer licenses you require

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Zone Alarm Extreme

by Ekline In reply to Good antivirus program

First: I have to let you know that 1, single Anti-Virus definition set(from a single vendor) is not a "One Stop Shop," because they each are individual companies, some more proactive than others but eventually all viruses will be covered. Unfortunately due to legal and ethical issues, they can't check everyones computers to see whats floating around as the latest and greatest virus.

The difficulty is that they all have different techniques and approaches to scanning for viruses.

Second: Patches must be current, policies must prevent downloads of particular files. If your organization uses internally sourced email, I recommend purchasing a deal with a company like MXlogic/McAfee for scanning emails, as well as the desktop AV source. With bulk amounts of mailboxes, you could get a price like $3 per user. They also offer business continuity, so if your email server goes down, they will store your email on their servers until it's back up. With that, end-users can also check, as well as send/receive emails on their web portal, until the email server is back up. Once the email server is back up, it forwards all of the email to the server.

Personally, I have always liked ZoneAlarm, it has administrative password protection to prevent changes. Changes can't be made without the password. It's very customizable, you can configure it to reduce CPU usage for scanning Viruses and Spyware.

It also uses a virtualized web browser, so if the browser does catch something, it can be dumped and never reach the kernel of your operating systems. The browser feature is called "ZoneAlarm Forcefield."

Right now they have a killer deal, $39.95 for 1 Year License that can be used on 3 Computers.

ZoneAlarm used to be a freeware firewall software until it was adopted and backed by Checkpoint Software Technologies Incorporated. It was one of the first few original software firewalls... The same individuals whom make enterprise level appliance devices for secured networking. They have also been in business for over 25 years now.

Check it out, I have 3x3 licenses for my systems at home. They also have an "End-Point" security solution directly with Which is a centrally managed Zone Alarm like product. Zone Alarm by itself has to be manually configured. Checkpoint Endpoint Security is centrally configured for all hosts with the security software. Kind of like ForeFront Security, Trend Micro Office Security, or other endpoint security vendors. It's a little on the pricier side of course, but it's intended for companies with many systems that require an endpoint security solution. 3 computers, is good enough for home edition security like ZoneAlarm.

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i lost my like of ZA

by PurpleSkys In reply to Zone Alarm Extreme

a number of years ago. I found it became too resourse intensive. For personal home use, I don't see needing anything other than the firewall that come with windows these days, it truly isn't that bad. At the end of every week, I run Ccleaner (including wiping free space), run malwarebytes, superantispyware runs in the background constantly, and avast does a scheduled full scan every night @ 3AM, once a month I do a full spybot scan for the heck of it. We have kids here all the time ranging from 6-17 yr old and everything that we run security wise has taken care of anything that may have "invaded" our systems.

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by Ekline In reply to i lost my like of ZA

I noticed your list of of software that was requires individual maintenance to handle built-in operations native to Windows.

I'm sorry but to each his/her own. I respect your answer, but I ask that you check out this analysis.

The resource management has changed quite a bit but I wouldn't even want to perform that many installations. I've run through too many OS installations for that kind of headache. Most of my installations now are deployment based via a laptop to deploy images to client site computers, home computers, or work computers. I don't even bother with installations anymore.

Products like Ccleaner, it's got a great interface but, it's not native to Windows and can cause more damage than good. The only Piriform product I like is the Recuva because it gives you the option to remove the "Delete" bit for files on your physical hard disk.

The rest of their tools are just different interfaces for tools already built into Windows, all of the Windows and Windows Server Operating Systems for the over a decade now. It's just not in the higher folder level of the start menu hierarchy, so it's overlooked by many.

Here's some more free tools fully supported by Microsoft as they adopted the hosting for SysInternals.

My other source of running these simple objects is Microsoft's Script Center.

Example: Defragging Windows Anything...

Since Windows Vista and 7 use virtually based registries, you can just power cycle a system that just received a possible infection and not worry about it being there when you boot it back up. Just run Disk Cleaner located at Start Menu\Programs\Accesories\System Tools

Windows Vista and 7 are eligible for "Windows Live Security Essentials" which has native OS monitoring, and spyware protection. It will tell you if a registry setting needs to be modified and not allow the changes that aren't manually approved unless you specify a rule not to ask again.(risky business but it's there)

That being said, ZoneAlarm fulfills many needs that I have, and it is configurable for reduced resource usage. I've run ZoneAlarm scans at less than 5% CPU usage.

I am the IT guy in my family, I've been actively studying many areas of Information Technology for about 14 years now. There may be some unorthodox to my decisions but simply for personal preference, compliance for need, or just methods to my own madness as there are some things about IT. There's probably not many that do it but I do not allow PDF documents to be downloaded to my network at home.

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useful info

by PurpleSkys In reply to Why?

but as you say, to each their own. I dropped ZA because it was resourse intensive and in all reality, what does an average home user need with anything stronger than windows firewall, if someone wants in bad enough, it's not really going to make much difference what they have, even if it's a hardware firewall. I use what works for me and a number of programs that have been recommended to me by folks that have worked in the IT field for 30+ yrs.

I'm not a huge fan of M$'s security either, but that once again comes down to my personal preference. I have had decent results with the stand alone products that I have been using (current products and others in the past) for over 15 yrs, grant you, I have run into a few duds over the years, but have currently found a few good products that have done me good and aided me in fixing/removing some nasties on other folks' computers.

I do admit though, I do try to keep an open mind as new software emerges and folks suggest different things for me to try, had I not, I would never have the nice little collection of goodies that I have now. I will definitely take a minute or two in the future to check out your suggestions as well.

Oh, and I married my families IT guy :) , he's been actively working in IT for over 30 yrs.

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