I just got a new laptop, and I want to protect it as best as I can from viruses, spyware, hackers and the like. What are the best programs for this? Im talking antiviruses, firewalls etc. I have vista 64 bit, already tried zonelabs, and it wont work on my OS... But what do you guys suggest?
I personally use Avast 4, im not sure if it's compatible with x64, but it works for x86 for me. I would give it a try, I really like it, has saved my ass in many situations, and is constantly updated. Also doesn't bog down your computer and uses very low memory.
I've always used Avast as well. And yeah, you'll want to check if it works with 64 bit. It's generally the most recommended free AV program. For a firewall, I use Comodo. It's also free, and it supports 64 bit.
I'd have to agree with avast it has saved me the past 2 years and now i have to renew my subscription.
Best retail AV = NOD32, best freeware AV = Avast. I currently use Sygate firewall's older version since it's not supported as freeware anymore but if you want a current firewall that's free and pretty good, Comodo is wel liked by many. I'll be switching to it soon when it's more refined.
Other great security tools include:
CCleaner Ad-Aware Spybot HijackThis Windows Defender (only if you use Internet Exploder) Sophos a-Squared
Actually no Omen ;) AV Comparatives Put Nod32 very low for this years best products, and next years Q1 products. Avira AntiVir was put in Rank 1 for both their Retail and Free versions... See the attached spreadsheet...
An Email I sent Around At WorkHey,
Paroosing the web today I discovered 2008’s Best Anti Virus (Malware, Spyware) protection programs, that I put into a spreadsheet. Sadly Trend Micros PC Cillin came in at Rank 27, with AntiVir Avira in first place with both their Free editions and retail products.
The test bed included each program being tested against 1,164,662 samples for malware, and 94,291 samples of Spyware/Adware In terms of active updates, Norton’s 2009 product topped the scale with 6,202 incremental updates issued several times and hour, with McAfee and Trend Micro having less then 100 per hour (McAfee 21) (Trend 30)
Here are the results for 2008 and What will be 2009’s products.
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[QUOTE=Notes]Notes (1) AVK 2008 uses the Avast and Kaspersky scan engines (2) AVK 2009 uses the Avast and BitDefender scan engines (3) WebWasher uses the Avira engine and a self-developed heuristic engine (4) the free (personal) edition does not include ad- and spyware detection, so the results would be –
Hope that helps you to decide on the most appropriate Anti Virus solution.
My Opinion... Is Stick with avast! Its less bloated on the system then 90% of the other free alternatives used in AV Comparatives testing
17th June 2002
In regards to anti-virus software I tend to use two. I have Norton Internet Security, which I got for free for some reason a year or so ago, and Avast!'s free anti-virus as well, mainly because it reminds me of pirates. Neither of them ever find anything other than the odd tracking cookie, though it helps that I steer clear of nefarious websites (and indeed, rarely use the internet at home for anything other than e-mail and the occasional Xbox 360 game).
Ironically enough, despite its reputation, Norton seems to pick up on more things than Avast!, though for all I know it's deleting my genuine software. My biggest gripe with Norton is the drain it places on system resources, but my computer is capable of handling it without any issue unless I'm trying to edit photos in Photoshop, play three demanding games and write my CV all at the same time. Anybody doing that deserves to have their computer crash though.
In regards to firewalls, you really should invest in a hardware firewall. When combined with a software firewall of virtually any quality, your computer becomes about as safe as it could be. Though nothing beats simply steering clear of nefarious websites, as mentioned.
Sgt. D. Pilla;4581227Actually no Omen ;) AV Comparatives Put Nod32 very low for this years best products, and next years Q1 products.[/quote]I'm a bit shocked it fell off the Advanced+ rating, but it does rank in their Advanced rating, so I wouldn't really call it "very low".
Listed as "ESET" here. (August '08 AV Comparitives report)Sgt. D. Pilla;4581227 Avira AntiVir was put in Rank 1 for both their Retail and Free versions...
It looks like only their Premium version to me. They had this to say about the free version:
Footnote (4) "the free (personal) edition does not include ad- and spyware detection" [quote=Sgt. D. Pilla;4581227]My Opinion... Is Stick with avast! Its less bloated on the system then 90% of the other free alternatives used in AV Comparatives testing
Avast is still the best free one, but not merely due to lack of bloat, it has more protection than any free ones out there.
Actually, that footnote reads...
(4) the free (personal) edition does not include ad- and spyware detection, so the results would be –
Note the " - ", You would replace the ++ in Spyware/Adware with -. So rather then a 'Great' for Adware/Spyware, it would be 'Poor'. Aside from that, its still top of the list for comparisons.
I said very low about Nod32 in relation to the spreadsheet I attached... In position 22 of 34, I wouldn't call that to good.
However, Im surprised Gdata got so low, GData used to be fantastic...