I was helping a neighbor friend recently clean up his sysem. Even though he had a Trend Micro AV/Firewall package paid for and updated, along with a paid for an updated so called Registry Pro utility, we ended up uninstalling his stuff and installing all those on the list I mentioned and found over 200 items the others had not caught. That was his old system, on the new one I built for him he's running the same list I posted and hasn't had any problems since. Having CP he's not the fastest with a keyboard and I sometimes worry about the sites he visits. Like anything it's in how you use your PC, how you set up your security, and being diligent about manual scans, esp when you know they should be done. On his Spybot for instance I set it to auto scan daily, and check for updates/immunize at program start, as he often forgets to. This is only advised if you are permanenetly net connected though. You can also just set it to remind you to update when it launches. I'm surprised so many people don't mention Avast when it comes to AV programs. I feel it's still one of the best free or not and has great forum support.
aaron_d12;3882860i already have NOD 32 :D
Then don't worry about the anti-virus anymore
I was using ZoneAlarm Security Suite for Windows XP.. I fell in love with it.. But it doesn't seem to work with Vista so I am actually looking for a 3 in 1 (Firewall, Anti Virus and Anti SpyWare)
Nod32 is the best indeed. AVG is a great free one and behind that comes avast.
Adaware se Spybot search and destroy Spyware blaster Regscrubxp
These are what i have used for a while now and have yet to have any problems they could not cure.
//Zone alarm is a great firewall. Some people had problems with it " losing it's settings and permissions" but when i used it, i never saw this happen in the few years using it.
Ok well I downloaded the trial (NOD32) But I'm not sure.. is this a Firewall, Anti Virus and Anti Spyware or only an anti Virus?
NOD32 is anti-virus only.
To be honest, I don't think that there are any good all-in-one suites.
If you try to do everything (anti-spyware, anti-virus, firewall), you end up doing everything in a mediocre way.
Well I was really happy with ZoneAlarm Security Suite which is an all-in-one..
~Merrick;3884988AVG is a great free one and behind that comes avast.
Have to disagree with you there. Have you actually tried Avast for an extended period? What exactly are you saying is worse about it vs AVG?
I have found a slowness in it's updates. I run avast on one pc versus another of my pcs which has Avd on it. There is always a delay ( more so than avg) when it is updating and it drags. Sometimes making the computer " Skip" a beat..lol
~Merrick;3885253I have found a slowness in it's updates. I run avast on one pc versus another of my pcs which has Avd on it. There is always a delay ( more so than avg) when it is updating and it drags. Sometimes making the computer " Skip" a beat..lol
I think what you're describing there is definitely an anomaly Merrick. I've used Avast for some time and I have a few friends that use it too and we all agree it updates often and very fast, usually on bootup. It's also one of the most compatible with other software and rarely conflicts with anything. AVG by comparison loads an update screen in the middle of the desktop and shows a graph, very annoying if you ask me. Avast merely has a small popup window in the lower right corner, which only shows right after it updates itself and very briefly. Overall I'd say Avast takes about 3-5 seconds on my system to update itself. AVG can take that long just to launch and remove the update screen, let alone fill the graph. The only thing that USED to be faster about AVG were it's scans, but lately AVG is no faster at that as it's now apporoaching the thoroughness of Avast. Avast will not make scheduled scans, except for one at a time scheduled boot scans, but it catches things so well running real time in the background it's really a non issue.