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the big decision

By SystemCheck ·
With all antivirus out on the market today, who to choose. What is the best antivirus out on the market, by start up time, updates, reliability, ease, speed, and options?

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just my personal choice

by jck In reply to the big decision

I have ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2009/2010 installed.

I got 3 licenses for $50 or something like that.

It loads pretty fast at start up.

It has automatic updates if you want them.

It has automatic scans too.

It's not hard to configure in basic mode at all, and you can set it to automatically handle stuff, or only do blocks with your approval.

Lots of options.

I've heard that it's not as good as other ones from bigger companies, but I haven't had a virus or anything in the 10 years since I started using the original ZoneAlarm Firewall on Windows 98 SE.

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never experienced it

by SystemCheck In reply to just my personal choice

never had a chance to use it, so far i've used AVG (aint bad), and norton, with all the new nortons out there, i feel they are system hogs and slow. so basically im looking for something good and fast, might look at zone alarm heard a lot about it.

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A few home systems, or corporate environment?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to never experienced it

At home on a Windows system I happy with Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free, with a small footprint, and updates via MS Update. Unlike some other free AV apps, it doesn't nag and isn't supported by advertising. I pair that with ThreatFire, a free heuristics-based utility, and one of the few malware tools that can be installed with other AV apps without causing problems. I use Windows Vista's built-in firewall, but I was happy with ZoneAlarm on my XP system.

At work we're running McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, but we're just beginning to move to MS Forefront since we're already paying for the license anyway.

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by jck In reply to never experienced it

if you're doing it in the home...AVG and Avast are pretty good...ZoneAlarm does cost...but...$15 a PC? for like 2 year license? $8 a year isn't bad per PC.

I've got BitDefender on my new PC as well. It is a bit of a resource hog too. It's a bit unwieldy as it tries to watch over everything. But, thoroughness is good in some cases.

I wouldn't go near McAfee or especially Norton. Both are decent, but bloatware deluxe IMHO

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I test different AVs and security tools when I get bored.

by Ron K. In reply to the big decision

I go 'round and 'round and still come back to AVG-Free. <br>
They screwed up a major update a year or so ago and it was s-l-o-w until you turned off the Link Scanner but that issue has been fixed. <br>
The best? I'm not one to ask. Not really. There are any number of criteria that you could pick that makes one the best in your eyes. For us here, for now, AVG is going to remain. It's the only, highly-rated AV tool I've found that doesn't slow us down.

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That's a lot of questions

by NickNielsen In reply to the big decision

Unfortunately, the answer to each is probably different.

My personal favorite is AVG. I sprang for a license ($60/2 years, if I remember correctly).

Check this site for various comparisons of AV software.

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$60/2 years

by santeewelding In reply to That's a lot of questions

And, consigned your soul to a devil you know not.

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How is that more consigning than using the free version?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to $60/2 years

In plain English, please. How does paying for a product indicating dealing with the devil any more than using the free nagware version of the same product?

I assume you don't have a cell phone, which would certainly qualify as giving the devil even more money.

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Only a stray thought

by santeewelding In reply to How is that more consigni ...

Not paid versus free, but going from the devil you do know -- attacks and infection (which are free, I suppose), to paid-for, crossing-of-the-fingers protection in the form of a package the efficacy and operation of which you don't know.

There. I think that's it.

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I think...

by mafergus In reply to Only a stray thought

For a lot of people, both are devils you sdon't know.

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