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SKiP11

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#1 12 years ago

hello, what is the best anti-virus program out there besides norton and mcafee?




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#2 12 years ago

Well, you'll find a lot of opinions about what exactly is the best anti-virus.

I don't recomend that you use Norton or Mcafee, as they tend to be resource intesive programs.

I personally use AVG Free Edition. It's robust, and it hasn't failed me yet.




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#3 12 years ago

free edition? what's in the paid edition?




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#4 12 years ago

Hmmmmmm.....

Well, that's a hell of a good question. I don't really know. I do know, that you can get a free trial of the paid edition here.




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#5 12 years ago

hmm does the free edition update frequently? if it does i think ill just the free edition




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#6 12 years ago

avast! antivirus. Best one i've used yet. It even found some nasty stuff that AVG missed.




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#7 12 years ago
SKiP11hmm does the free edition update frequently? if it does i think ill just the free edition

Updates are released daily.




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#8 12 years ago
avast! antivirus. Best one i've used yet. It even found some nasty stuff that AVG missed.

hmm like what?




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#9 12 years ago

avast! is what i use on the computer at my mom's, but my dad buys me norton every year, so i'm covered.




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#10 12 years ago

If you're willing to pay, I've heard good things about NOD32. It has never, ever failed to detect a virus, apparently.

I use avast! and have never had problems, and it updates itself on its own and program updates don't require you to download a file and install (it does it itself). I used to use AVG Free, but avast! checks all code before it's run where AVG didn't (at the time when I used it anyway), meaning viruses it didn't know how to fix were still ran before being detected. avast!, however, detects malicious code in files before they're allowed to execute.

There is no real difference in free editions from premium editions for the home user - anti-virus companies make all of their money from businesses, so the tools they offer in their pro editions are usually suited for networks and especially stupid end-users (office folk, basically). One thing I saw in McAfee though which isn't in free editions is a little screen that logs all access attempts, which is interesting, but not needed for protection.




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