Whitch Anti-Virus should i use ?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Ultimate System, May 21, 2008.

  1. My security center shows me that i dont have an installed anti-virus...
    it shows shows windows defender as an anti-spyware..

    My info:

    Windows Vista Ultimate - Desktop PC
    Intel Core2Duo
    1GB Memory
    256 Graphics Card
    100GB C Drive (Windows Drive)

    What anti-virus you recommend me to use ?
    (not AVG or Norton coz i hate them !!!!)
    Ultimate System, May 21, 2008
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  2. I have three different computers running Windows OneCare.
    In over 2 years, no system has been infected with malware,
    spyware or viruses. I highly recommend using it.

    You can try it FREE for 90 days.

    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience -
    Windows Vista Enthusiast



    My security center shows me that i dont have an installed anti-virus...
    it shows shows windows defender as an anti-spyware..

    My info:

    Windows Vista Ultimate - Desktop PC
    Intel Core2Duo
    1GB Memory
    256 Graphics Card
    100GB C Drive (Windows Drive)

    What anti-virus you recommend me to use ?
    (not AVG or Norton coz i hate them !!!!)
    Carey Frisch [MVP], May 21, 2008
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  3. Ultimate System

    Charlie42 Guest

    My two pennies worth:

    If you detest Norton like me, you should take a look at a low-footprint
    program like Eset's NOD32. It is a combined malware solution with very good
    test results, it is not intrusive, but some feel it is a wee bit complicated
    to customize. Eset also makes a suite called Smart Security. It includes
    anti-spam and a firewall, but imo. most home users need no third party FW
    and filters.

    Another popular free program is Avast! It will protect you well, but you may
    want to consider adding a second spyware scanner like Spybot or

    Some test results:

    Charlie42, May 21, 2008
  4. Ultimate System

    Kayman Guest

    Avira AntiVir® Personal - FREE Antivirus
    You may wish to consider removing the 'AntiVir Nagscreen'
    Free antivirus - avast! 4 Home Edition
    It includes ANTI-SPYWARE protection, certified by the West Coast Labs
    Checkmark process, and ANTI-ROOTKIT DETECTION based on the best-in class
    GMER technology.
    (Choose Custom Installation and under Resident
    Protection, uncheck: Internet Mail and Outlook/Exchange.)
    AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
    (Choose custom install and untick the email scanner plugin.)
    Kaspersky® Anti-Virus 7.0 - Not Free
    ESET NOD32 Antivirus - Not Free

    and (optional)

    On-demand AV application.
    (add it to your arsenal and use it as a "second opinion" av scanner).
    David H. Lipman's MULTI_AV Tool
    Additional Instructions:

    Why You Don't Need Your Anti-Virus Program to Scan Your E-Mail
    Kayman, May 21, 2008
  5. Ultimate System

    Kayman Guest

    Same here but I use Avira AntiVir® Personal. Is it really WOC which keeps
    malware out of your system or just plain safe surfing habits coupled with
    practicing Safe-Hex, I wonder?
    Kayman, May 21, 2008
  6. Sorry but I recommend nothing but AVG. Works great for me.
    Richard G. Harper, May 22, 2008

  7. You'll get nearly as many differing opinions as you will responses.

    I'll start by saying that I don't think any security "suite" is a
    good choice. It'd be better to use smaller, less-resource-draining
    stand-alone products.

    I had used, and recommended, Norton Antivirus and then Norton
    Internet Security, for many years, on Win98, WinNT, Win2K, and WinXP,
    all without any significant problems. I had used McAfee prior to that.
    But it's been several years since I've been tempted to try McAfee
    products. Their quality seemed to take a steep nose-dive after they were
    acquired by Network Associates.

    However, when my subscription to Symantec's updates for Norton
    Internet Security came up for renewal (at a cost substantially higher
    than the preceding year's subscription), I decided to try less expensive
    solutions. I downloaded and installed the free version of GriSoft's AVG
    (http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php ). It proved to be easily
    installed, easy to use, and quite effective. Additionally, I was
    pleasantly surprised to see a small but very noticeable improvement in
    my PC's performance, once I'd replaced the Symantec product. Another
    free (for personal use) anti-virus product is AVAST! 4 Home Edition
    (http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html), which is what I'd been
    using without problems on Vista Business, until recently. I'm currently
    testing ESET's NOD32, which isn't free, but has a small footprint that
    doesn't bog the system down.

    For a recent comparison of anti-virus products:

    Retrospective / ProActive Test


    Bruce Chambers

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    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin

    Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand Russell

    The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
    killed a great many philosophers.
    ~ Denis Diderot
    Bruce Chambers, May 22, 2008
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    Milo Guest

    I use Trend Micro Product since and windows defender working hand in hand
    with it
    Milo, May 22, 2008
  9. Ultimate System

    Mick Murphy Guest

    Here is what I use!!!

    Vista’s Firewall is very good!


    Above is a link to Avast Free 4 Home Anti-Virus
    It is low resource using, free and Vista 32bit and 64bit compatible.
    Only have one (1) anti-virus installed; more than 1 can cause conflicts.


    For Spyware removal, use the above link to “Spybot Search & Destroy 1.5.2â€
    Download it, install it, update it, immunize your system and scan your
    System with it.


    For a non-scanning, but running in the background, Program to STOP Spyware
    being downloaded to your Computer, use SpywareBlaster 4, available at the
    above link.

    Mick Murphy - Qld - Australia
    Mick Murphy, May 22, 2008
  10. On Wed, 21 May 2008 11:04:04 -0700, Ultimate System <Ultimate
    Brain 1.0
    Straight Talk, May 22, 2008
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    Robinb Guest

    I use AVG 8.0 free
    just when it installs do not check off the toolbar
    Robinb, May 22, 2008
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    roy69 Guest

    I use avast, it does not hog the system like some others and is total
    stable. It also comes in 32bit and 64bit flavours


    - Core 2 Quad Q660
    - Abit IP35 Pr
    - 4 x 1GB OcUK PC2-6400 C5 800 MHZ Dual Channe
    - Leadtek GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB GDDR
    - CiBox TFT 22" Widescreen LCD Panel. 1680 x 105
    - Creative X-Fi 7.1 PCI-
    - Antec 900 Ultimate Gaming Cas
    - Creative Inspire 7.1 T7900 Speaker
    - Corsair HX 620W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Complient PSU
    roy69, May 22, 2008
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    Nrth Guest


    I'll make that four pence. NOD32 has been on my system for over a year now
    and I'm very impressed with it. I find it easy to configure and very light
    on system resources. Running on Vista Business 32-bit with no problems.



    Nrth, May 22, 2008
  14. You could try Windows One-Care (I think that's the
    name) unless you hate it. You might not have any
    reason to hate Alwil's Anti-vir or the Avast! program
    from [I forget the name :eek:) ] yet - so maybe try them.
    I don't hate them particularly much!
    FromTheRafters, May 23, 2008
  15. I use ESET Security Suite. Their AV program NOD32 is very good........


    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    Hank Arnold (MVP), May 27, 2008
  16. I am a very technical user and spent weeks trying to determine the causes of
    BSOD(s) that would appear erratically on startup/shutdown. It apparently was
    related to a corrupted Kaspersky 7.0 install. Part of the corruption took
    place during a Vista Home Premium to Ultimate upgrade- however, the install
    may have been corrupted before the upgrade- since there were similar though
    more sporadic issues prior to the upgrade.

    I then uninstalled Kaspersky and began using BitDefender Antivirus 2008.
    However, there was an issue with the software, that while it did not
    compromise security was annoying and not insignificant. Their tech support
    was unresponsive- causing me to drop them. The uninstall process required
    using their separate uninstall utility in addition to the standard Windows
    uninstall feature.

    Yesterday evening I installed Eset NOD 32 antivirus. The system appears to
    be functioning normally. The software seems lean and effective.

    Reviewers in PC World, PC Magazine, CNET, etc. sometimes fail to
    sufficiently take the user experience into account. Kaspersky is an
    excellent protector- however- it may be prone to corruption and software
    conflicts. BitDefender antivirus is fast and offers good protection- but may
    have compatibility issues with Windows Vista and customer support

    I would recommend that users read the major publication reviews and then
    read the reports produced by independent organizations such as Checkvir,
    VB100, West Coast Labs, etc. They should pay attention to end user reviews,
    recognizing their limitations, but factoring in their significance in
    conjunction with the independent reviews.
    Lowell Greenberg, May 29, 2008
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