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I hate to break the up the love-in for AVG, but it's detection rates are abysmal! To the point that for certain kinds of virals I would have to recommend (In my opinion) a chocolate frying pan for more secure protection. It's free for a reason I guess.
Thi s is a good source for AV comparative tests
Top of the tree would appear to be Kaspersky AV or F-Secure AV in this test. I use KAV myself and it's very low on processor overhead and very nice to use.
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Paid version of AVG and NOD32, but will drop AVG when it expires and just run NOD32.
Have used AVG for the last 3 or 4 years and I haven't had any problems, even when receiving infected files from other people.
The tool you need to remove Norton (and any norton related product) is called SymNRT. Works like a charm. AVG is the way to go.
are you using version 6 of Kaspersky yet? Was planning on switching to Kaspersky at the end of July as long as they suddenly haven't done a Symmantec with the new version and become resource hungry.
What's your views on the Suite - is the firewall as good as the AV?
Norton scores fairly well, and I think I will stick, but then I do get it for free.
Used AVG free for a long time, have now used the paid for product(AVG 7.1 professional) for over two years, no problems.
Another vote for AVG -it updates almost every day which is reassuring.
Have any of the AVG users checked the test results linked to by Deviant? OK its free and light on resources but is it effective?
According to a test in a Dutch computer magazine it's highly effective. They were only worried about the number of updates, but mine updates every day, so I don't see the problem.
A happy AVG user.
Glad it wasn't only me who read his response!
In a professional test analysis conducted last year it came second. Only Sophos AV came ahead of it.
Trouble is I cannot remember who conducted the test.
my version also updates at least 3 times a week automatically.
I use AVG free version which updates automatically on boot-up every day.
Also run Zone Alarm firewall.
No problems as far as I am aware. I have run these on each of my machines as I've updated them.
Also on my wife and daughters' machines. Which is something like 8 machines over the years.
Super it updates every day but misses 90% of new virals in a test. Kinda like sucking your thumb in a bear attack. It makes you feel better but it's not going to help when it comes down to it.
To answer an earlier question KAV 6 is a little more resource hungry but nothing unfeasable and for personal computers I tend to always recommend Zone Alarm Pro as a good firewall. Just my opinion after leak testing a few. I also tend to advise people to stay away from the built in windows Firewall and Black Ice Defender due to them being (again in my humble opinion) a bit leaky...
Quote: Trouble is I cannot remember who conducted the test.
And there we have it in a nutshell.
It depends on who is funding the test.
Results can be manipulated.
I've spent so much money following 'best buy' recommendations that clog up my computer and slow it to snail's pace.
Okay you might not think much of AVG but together with common sense i.e. never open an email if I don't know the sender, it works well enough for me and hundreds of others.
I don't download stuff like music, use the computer for Ebay and photo sites.
Mind you I also do regular back -ups of my files.
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