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Hi All, Can i get any suggestions on what you consider being the BEST Anti virus software with not much hassles! The 2 i`m most interested in is Norton and Mcafee? Any 3rd party app will also be greatly appreciated! I had Norton 2005 Internet Security on my PC,1.7GHZ AMD,Win XP SP2, 384MG RAM and it slowed down my PC Unbelievably,thats when i turned to Mcafee but i`m still not 100% certain on what to use!Any idea on why it slowed down my PC that much? Thank You All Regards Riaan Rourke Tech Support

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The Internet Security package checks allegedly everything. So think of the TSA involved in all PC operations specifically I/O. I think Symantec (Norton) is a good package. I would recommend using the basic anti-virus package and Microsoft Anti-spyware and operate as a user. You will speed up tremendously and not allow “da bad guys” access to the kernal level.

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  • Mousejn
    If your main concern is preventing a virus Norton is a good product, but if you also want performance from your PC it is a resource hog. Of the top 3 AV vendors Norton increases the time it take to open a file by 591%, McAfee by 198%, Trend Micro by 133%. The other problem I have with Norton is it is the slowest at releasing definitions when new attacks happen. I like Trend Micro much better than ether Norton or McAfee. Norton is slow and McAfee tries to keep selling you new product. Another problem I?ve had with both Norton & McAfee is they require you to give them a valid Email address and a password to register their products. After the consumer has had the product a year or what to upgrade it they don?t remember what was entered.
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  • Steves54
    Try Computer Associates, or Kaspersky two great programs you won't be sorry.
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  • VenPhil
    I've been using VCom Fix-It Utilities Version 6 for half a year now, after using Norton for many years, and find it useful and unobtrusive. It has automatic daily updates. Aside from being a CPU hog, Norton works fine...until the OS begins to go south. Then it seems to mess things up even more. The main problem is that when this happens, you can't uninstall it, and this often means you can't make repairs to the system. So, I recommend Fix-It, which also has a registry cleaner and a few other nice things. Good luck, Phil
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  • Vijaysarathi
    HI, may i Suggest AVG...It is a free anti-virus at www.grisoft.com for individual users....at it is excellent.....hope this helps
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  • HumbleNetAdmin
    Is this for a single pc? I assume that it is. Norton and Mcafee are perfectly fine. Of course there are a few free virus scanners out there as well, such as AVG. As far as what was slowing you PC down with Norton, cant say for sure, but one thing that will hurt the performance of your PC with Norton is the scan options for the Auto Protect, specificaly having it set to scan files when accessed. This means that any file accessed will be scanned. This is a performance killer. You should try and set your auto protect options to scan files when they are newly created or modified. This protection level is just as good and will not kill your performance. Also make sure that you schedule daily scans of HDD and keep your Virus Defs upto date. I have been using Norton Antivirus Corp Edition for about 7 years while empoloyed with two different organizaitions and have been satified with its performance. Now granted I have never used anything other than Norton in a corporate environment, well I have not found the need to try anything else. Good Luck The HumbleNetAdmin
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  • Robcord
    After 7 years of admin on Exchange I have found Trendmicro to be the best soulution. It is fastest to respond to new virus releases and had the features necessary to keep Exchange up-to-date. Even for home use it does a great job. The price is generally the lowest. Use the total solution for desktops and servers too.
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  • Poppaman2
    I have used Symantec/Norton for years, and while still a fan, have started to become a bit wary of their products for a variety of reasons, including the "resource hog" issue. Currently using McAfee in a corporate environment, I am not much of a fan their either.... Having done some research and testing in this field, I would reccomend: use an antivirus. Any antivirus... But this much you already kniow. I would, as an alternative to Symantec or McAfee, suggest: 1. Panda A/V. A fully functuional but non updateable trial version is available. Can be a MAJOR resource hog on older or slower systems, but the quality is first rate. Argueable one of the top two or three A/V products in the world. Panda is Europe's best seller (the company is located in Spain). 2. NOD32. Some associates of mine use it and have had nothing but praise for how it functions, plus it's low profile. Oh, and did I mention that it's free... 3. Sophos. A major player in non-US markets, and a good choice. Suffers from some of the same types of issues that Norton/Symantec and McAfee do, especially when attempting to utilize older versions on current platforms (can we say WinXP SP2???)... 4. Kapersky. A good choice as well. I am a bit put off by some of Kapersky's statements and approaches to security in general, but the product is solid... Best of luck...
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  • JonP
    I have just replaced Norton AV with Computer Associates eTrust. Norton is fine if you never need to upgrade it. But load a new version and it will screw up the registry eventually. It never (for me) uninstalls properly - it leaves rubbish all over the place. I started looking for an alternative when it roasted the third of my PCs. It obviosly happens so often that "how to" manually uninstall the product is on Norton's FAQs! When I asked around I found that McCafee has the same problems. CA was recommended so I tried it. Clean install, non-intrusive, _and_ the virus definitions are automatically updated _and_ the updates come in daily not once a week like Norton. I've been very happy with it so far.
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  • Astronomer
    Since our microsoft instructor told me about it two years ago, I have used avast on my personal workstation. It's free for workstations and seems to work at least as well as norton or mcafee. The main slowdown I experience is launching applications with everything waiting for the antivirus check. Unfortunately, I think this is part of the current price for running windows on a networked system today. rt
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  • Joshua2
    Assuming you're talking about 1 PC, my recommendation is Panda. Panda Titanium 2006 Antivirus + Antispyware is available for $15. http://www.pandasoftware.com/products/titanium2006_part.htm I like Symantec, but it may be true about the resources. I recommened avoiding any product from Computer Associates - they have horrible customer service. Freeware: I think you get what you pay for, so I recommend purchasing a product rather than using freeware. The freeware option is for those not willing to pay, and it's certainly tons better than no protection. However, if your PC is valuable, then the paying a couple of bucks / month for a higher grade AV is worth it. AVG free is nice, no doubt. But if you like it, I would shell out a few bucks for the higher version.
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  • Hedgehog
    For a very comprehensive and independent test of the most common anti-virus products out there, check: http://www.av-comparatives.org
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  • Hedgehog
    For a very comprehensive and independent test of the most common anti-virus products out there, check: http://www.av-comparatives.org
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  • Jaysea
    I stay away from all things Norton. CA's E-Trust won me over. If you do the research and compare the products it will win you over as well.
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  • Stevesz
    Most of my A/V experience is in the corporate environment with centrally controlled A/V products. However, I have done some testing and I am somewhat familar with some personal A/V packages. First, I'd advise anyone to stay away from Symantec's Norton Internet Security Suite. I do part time work for a small ISP and run into a problem with this package at least once a week, if not more. I believe that the McAfee package is OK, mainly because it uses the same engine and definition files as the corporate package. Beyond that, the two packages I recommend to users are the Panda Software package (www.pandasoftware.com). You can use either the Platinum or Titanium. The other package is TrendMicro (www.trendmicro.com). While I was writing this, I had a call, and it was a problem with NOrton--this time the firewall decided that the machine should not allow any Internet connection either in or out. Sometime restarting the machine resolves this, other times it doesn't and we need to shut the firewall down to restore the connection. In any case, i reccommend they get a copy of Zone Alarm to replace the Norton firewall. The other problem is that Norton messes with your e-mail settings, and I see this and often need to bypass Norton the restore the e-mail connectivity. I just don't understand why the reviewers like it so much. Steve//
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  • Andreibostan
    McAfee Virus Scan. My personal favorite. You should also try BitDefender.
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  • Andreibostan
    McAfee Virus Scan. My personal favorite. You should also try BitDefender.
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  • WiFiMnCFL
    I concur with Mousein (#2) on the issues with delays of release from Norton, I personally use one of two products, none of which is on your list. First off for workstations and windows Servers I use a product from Grisoft ( http://www.grisoft.com ) called AVG, it auto updates every night and performs daily scans which is very hassle free. For both Windows and Linux Servers I use and recommend Kapersky for high availability applications, a little more pricey but worth the money in special situations. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like to talk in detail.
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  • Amigus
    I like Trendmicro. I use the "OfficeScan" suite and have found it to be very reliable and thorough while being pretty non-invasive and non-resource intensive. It in fact found a number of threats other scanners I tested failed to find at all!
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  • Wazzup
    Thanx to all that responded, you gave me a lot of different options and i`m doing research as i write this! Does anyone know or ever heard about the A/V called F-Secure? Any Recommendations on it or previous experiences? Can take a look at it on there site! Link: http://www.f-secure.com
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  • PRINCESS8
    Hi, Talking of A/V software, what would be the best solution for prevention of antispam for an exchange 2000 mail server which is loaded with symantec corporate edition? Thanks and regards, princess
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  • Hedgehog
    Hi Wazzup, Glad we're helping. Although I have no 1st-hand experience as user of F-Secure, I can tell you it's a Finnish company who license one of their AV engines from Kaspersky. They also have their own AV engine (afaik) working in succession with Kaspersky's. So every file/email gets scanned by two AV engines. I have heard this makes it slower, but would like to hear from F-Secure users. In any case, no matter what AV you choose, you must look for: - Near-perfect detection rates (although that should be a given, in many cases it's not!) - How often they release **tested** AV updates - How fast their response time is (i.e. how soon do they have a tested cure for a new virus). - Availability of good tech support, in case all goes wrong. - If the AV is for a SME/corporate site (as opposed as for a home user), availability of comprehensive centralized management/deployment tools is also something you need to consider. I have used McAffee, Symantec and Kaspersky directly in different companies I've worked for and for my own customers, and so far, Kaspersky is the only one that managed to tick all the boxes above. It may be Russian and may have had a quirky GUI in the past (much better now), but in terms of solid AV, that's where my money goes. Good Luck! Hedgehog.
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  • Lily933
    I like Trend Micro. I've used both their OfficeScan for networked systems and their standalone PC product for quite a while now. They're pretty quick on pattern updates too.
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  • Margaret Rouse
    Posted on behalf of Edward: According to a test by a private web site, it was reported that by running AVG + Microsoft Anti-spyware + firewall applications like ZoneAlarm, can block 99% of viruses. I personally installed AVG free + Microsoft Anti-spyware + Look 'n' Stop (Firewall) into my PC, and I also installed a free version of Ewidio for periodic scanning of spyware. However, for paid AV I'll recommend NOD32. I've used it for about a year before switching to AVG. It is fast, easy to update and reliable.
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  • Dfdumont
    Two things: A/V is likely the least of your worries. anti-Malware (trojans, worms, trackers, etc) are by far the more insidious problems experienced by IT professionals and home users alike. To date there are NO - not one! good anti-malware prodcut. Best practice is strill to run a multiplicity of proiducts, and home the union of the things they detect covers what might be on your machine. That being said, I need also to remind you that in any infestation situation, running a program on a suspect machine is inane. You must always start with a known-clean environement. Windows being as it is, I suggest downloading any one of several CD-based Linux distributions that include NTFS file system support, and ClamAV. You boot the Linux CD, which has services on the CD that can detect and fix viruses on NTFS file systems (NT4, 2k, XP). Knoppix was the first one of these, but several derivatives have been produced. Keep in mind that a bootable CD cannot be compromised, as the media is read-only.
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  • Maclanachu
    We use McAfee Enterprise 8.0i in corp env. Didn't like Norton bc of the resource hog thing. We haven't had any outbreaks in the 14 months it's been installed. I am feling a bit burned with tho after the evenid 3019 and 6004 errors. Anyone that has Mac 8 will know what I mean. More here. http://forums.mcafeehelp.com/viewtopic.php?p=225187 Wondering about switching AV next time around. Had a trial of Kaspersky. Was crap for catching Virus' after we installed Mac8 it found a lot more stuff on the old PCs. Does anyone know if u can set Mac8 to only scan new or modified files like was mentioned earlier in Norton? rgds Mac
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  • Spywarebiz
    Right Now Im using Avast AV I back it up with Ad-Aware Se and Sygate Firewall and WinPatrol. This Combo works good for me Take Care
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  • Plewisssww
    My choice- Avast 4. Coupled with Spybot Search & Destroy, with the Tea Timer option enabled, and all behind a home router with a firmware firewall built in. I have seen ZERO problems with this combination in over a year of solid operation. My home LAN has 4 pcs routed to my cable connection, and the only problem I've seen is my wife's pc being hit by a browser hijacker (when she was using Norton). With Avast 4 and Spybot S&D, I've had no problems.
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  • TedRizzi
    CA's Etrust is a great product for enterprise antivirus solution.. It has a very small footprint so it doesnt take up much memory or cpu power to run.. it has a great managment console that is policy based oriented, so you can manage all your desktops from one location. They update their signatures almost daily. We have been using their product since 1994 and have been very satisfied with it.ITs actually two av products in one,, one is called inoculanIT and on VET. YOU get two AV scanners for the price of one.. I use one scanner for realtime scanning and the other for system scanning.
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  • Aziris
    Having good experience with the free AVG program, no viruses,worms, trojans, over 3 years on my personal PC, I suggested and obtained it for the non-profit org that I work for. It was 1/2 the price and has trapped ugly horrible things for us. We do sit behind another organization's firewall, but users are persistent in dragging in anything via e-mail, diskettes, etc. The biggest complaint we have is support. They do not speak english very well, and often refer you to the very part of the manual that you are writing about (because you can't call Romania...) But, they are trying to become a player and have a great attitude because of it. Look for them to make headway into the big players( machine hogs and can never remove MCaFee) in the coming years.
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  • Glfunk
    Norton (Symantec) is by far the best for business environment. The others just try to keep up.
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  • Jaysea
    Being a Finnish based company I'm pretty much required to use F-Secure and if you go back a few postings you'll see I plugged for E-Trust. If you want to know more send a private msg
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  • Ladrick
    Enterprise Setup - I would recommend Sophos Anti-Virus which can be centrally managed from one WS/Server aswell as running Web Content Security Application such as Finjan to block nasty code in websites aswell as manage allowed URL's and Mail Marshall for filtering incoming outgoing mail. Home Setup - AVG Free Edition + Microsoft Anti-spyware + Zonealarm all 100% free - and then if you choose to route it all through a linux gateway for extra security.
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  • Spywarebiz
    Geez, I hope no one is using Kaspersky this morning. Just heard they have a flaw in their Anti Virus Library that can be exploited. I still think they have the potential to be a top seller though. Take Care
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  • Darkwingduck
    As far as anti-virus programs go, I have always been a McAfee fan. I have had nothing but trouble whenever Norton has been installed on any of my computers. Another good anti-virus program is AVG anti-virus. They have a free version, but if you are looking to use it on a server O/S, you will need to purchase the Professional Version. They have always been right on top of new viruses, and virus definitions are always free for download.
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  • Contamines
    Hi there, For my private use I am very satisfied about Avast. It's fast, free of charge for home-users and in my opinion very good. Free registration for a serial and all updates automatic . www.avast.com
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  • Mschoenb2005
    I have to aggree that Norton causes alot of problems and is very invasive and difficult to remove from your system. McAfee is O.K. My favorite would also be TrendMicro. Their Personal PC product is called PC-cillian. It is worth the @30$ cost. It uses the same engines and definition files as the corporate editions and they are very good at getting new definitions out.
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  • Shjn96
    We are currently using the McAfee Enterprise VirusScan 8.0i. It's able to do more than the normal anti-virus scan, for e.g. it has the capability to block some of the ports, etc. Plus, McAfee has the ePolicy Orchestrator which enable the central control of all clients via a single server. Which means that you could push a specific or a general policy for the clients. It's great especially when you need to push a signature file urgently/immediately.
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  • SILYRICS
    Recent Favourites are: PC Cillin (Quick for Updates as reported by "PC Answers Mag" MacAfee (Currently being used with AOL on my machine.) This option I think is for the lazy but careful. Nige
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  • Wazzup
    [...] Prefferred Anti Virus Program?Hi All, Can i get any suggestions on what you consider being the BEST Anti virus software with not much hassles! The 2 i`m most interested in is Norton and Mcafee? Any 3rd party [...]
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    [...] Prefferred Anti Virus Program?Hi All, Can i get any suggestions on what you consider being the BEST Anti virus software with not much hassles! The 2 i`m most interested in is Norton and Mcafee? Any 3rd party [...]
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    [...] Prefferred Anti Virus Program?Hi All, Can i get any suggestions on what you consider being the BEST Anti virus software with not much hassles! The 2 i`m most interested in is Norton and Mcafee? Any 3rd party [...]
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