The best antivirus

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I have been thinking about this for a while. A lot of my friends, family, and colleague ask me what is best as an antivirus. I would like to get some feedback from the community on what everyone thinks is the best antivirus they have used for personal and or business use and the reasons why. A lot of people come to this site for answers to questions like this, so I think it's only fair we pool our resources to make the best answer possible. With that in mind. What is the best antivirus software you have ever implemented for personal or business use?

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If you have registered windows then I advise you to download Microsoft Security essentials, otherwise you download avira personal antivirus. its free & no time limit to use. auto update also available.

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  • Schmidtw
    On of the best Antivirus programs I have ever used is Kaspersky Antivirus 7. The customizability is great. It has a hostile environment feature unlike others I have tested (tho it can, at times, become annoying). The software is lightweight, does not each much memory, the scans complete efficietly, and I have found that it neutralizes pretty much everything. The look and feel is also nice and it includes several scanners and a system shield. Also, there is free online support, which is always a perk if necessary.
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  • Gilly400
    Hi, I use AVAST antivirus at home and have never had any problems with it - and it's free! I've used sophos, norton/symantec, mcafee and kaspersky for business use in the past and found that they're all reasonably good, but none of them seem to catch everything. I've often had to download virus removal tools to get rid of viruses that they only warn about bu don't let you remove. Regards, Martin Gilbert.
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  • Schmidtw
    I had McAfee...the suite and its functions were impressive but it was a CPU and memory HOG...so I got rid of it.
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  • Robert Stewart
    Among the top AV programs (Norton, Trend Micro, McAffee) look for an AV program that is not a process hog, this is the main difference on the top tier AV programs. Look for an AV that does not fill your client registry with uneeded entries, as this will slow processing down. As far as which one does the best job of removing the virus, that changes every day. Of course the one who solves the problem virus first will be considered the best and one day it might be Norton that comes out with a fix first, then the next day another virus is released and Trend Micro might be the first to fix the virus. There is no one Virus company that can say it quarantines and repairs damage from viruses faster than another virus company.
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  • Schmidtw
    I had Trend Micro. And then I got a virus...but trend micro didn't let me know. I was concerned with performance, so I got Kaspersky. I ran Kaspersky, and it told me I had over 40 threats on my system... 40 to 0 is a pretty huge margin, especailly when talking about malware and viruses.
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  • Spywarebiz
    Ive used Avast on my XP machines for years with no problems. Im using BitDender right now on my new lappie with Vista. So far so good.
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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    AVG Antivirus (free version) for my home PC working very well for last 4 years
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  • Schmidtw
    How do you all rate Ad-Aware or Spybot Search and Destroy?
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  • Pressler2904
    As far as an anti-virus program, I do indeed think you'll find as many people who swear BY <insert favorite A/V program here> as swear AT it... I know that that's the case with Symantec, Trend, McAfee and Sophos at least... I use Symantec Corporate (SAV) (at work and at home) and am satisfied with it's functionality. Schedule updates DAILY. Panda A/V is also good, but the update process has been a bit intrusive. As far as AdAware and SpyBot, I have them installed as well (in addition to SAV) and rely upon them to catch what SAV doesn't. personally I like them. My some disagrees. Violently. But what does he know anyway...
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  • Robert Stewart
    I use both Spy-bot and Adware, I consider both really good tools for spyware. Of course I always run AV and spyware scans in Safe Mode no networking. Recently read a review in PCWorld or some other trade magazine and neither of these got good ratings. With that being said 9 times out of 10 they do the trick.
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  • Schmidtw
    Unfortunately some programs don't want other running. I had AVG prior to getting Kaspersky...and on install kaspersky said uninstall it or else. That choice was OK with me considering i had a previous threat and AVG didn't catch it where as Spybot S&D did as well as Ad-Aware.
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  • Labnuke99
    This is one of the reasons we are considering Microsoft Forefront. It has multiple scan engines that run in serial & parallel to detect & neutralize threats. They have tuned the application so the engines all work together well. This is like the different layers of security at an airport, your photo ID, your boarding pass, XRay scanners, metal detectors, etc. They all serve a purpose but do it in different ways.
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  • Schmidtw
    Do any of you think that the newest trend in AV software of reducing footprint and memory usage is a sacrifice for protection or security?
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  • Pressler2904
    Schmidtw - In a nutshell, definitely maybe, but than again maybe not... IF functionality can be preserved while reducing footprint, that's a good thing. What you have is a game similar to what you see in modern warfare: If you are protecting a city, you do indeed need massive well armored installation to effectively neutralize certain threats. On the other hand, you cannot effectively defend against a commando raid by using a main battle tank: you need something swift and mobile which can morph its' behavior to address current threat(s). Are the two mutually exclusive? Perhaps, but that's why it's called "defense in depth" and we use A/V, IDS and host based firewalls in the first place.... What I object to, and what has happened in the software and hardware industry, is the battle for performance we so many times see. If a hardware manufacturer comes out with something which performs 50% faster than previous versions, and a software or OS publisher say (effectively) "Great! Lets take advantage of this new speed and add X, Y and Z functionality to our product.", the net result so many times is a reduction in speed to the extent that there is little differenc in performance between pre- and post- revision hardware. Let's be realistic: Exactly how much faster is a 1.8GHz processor running Windows XP system than a 3.8GHz (equivalent) processor running Windows Vista? The same comparison holds for MacOS and Linux: the effective speed of a system remains fairly constant, or at least does not increase by the same factor as the hardware benchmark might imply... Multiple modular packages performing a single of limited amount of tasks, invoked on an as-needed basis are far superior in terms of performance as compared to a single monolithic package that "does it all". I mean, why run a firewall if you are not connected to a network? Why install an e-mail scanner on a system which has no active e-mail configuration? OK. I'm done.... I'll crawl back into my hole now.....
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Outside of posting on message boards such as this, the best thing for you is look for anti-malware reviews on the Web. I've always liked what PC Magazine does and I know there are others out there. Check out this link as well for some interesting info regarding performance: http://www.vipreenterprise.com/Why-VIPRE-Enterprise/VIPRE-Stats.htm Bottom line, there is no right answer. The best thing you can do is to try before you buy and then go with what seems to fit best.
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  • Schmidtw
    One of the most important factors to me is the frequency of database updates. Wether the threats are small or large, having knowledge is the first line of defense. I have found Kaspersky to have the most complete and frequently updating database. I have deployed this in a few environments (that I consider hostile) and the threats security breeches have virtually disappeared. -Schmidtw
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  • MUKUNDSAWANT
    quick heal and avast are good . all antivirus works on same principal but they are different in the detecting speed of virus. i found above both have quick speed..
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  • Bantot88
    i use NOD32 for nearly half a year, and now im facing some errors and difficulties in my laptop..i regret using NOD32, its true that its powerfull but now it is ruining my computer
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  • Mohab
    I am using norton and i think its the best for u bec i didnot have any proplems on my computer
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  • Mohab
    Shield Deluxe - Antivirus Protection Description: The best part of using Security Shield 2010 is the fact that is powered by BitDefender. This antivirus company protects tens of millions of home and corporate users across the globe. The Shield Deluxe 2010 will protect your PC and personal data from theft, making it worth considering. Trend Micro Antivirus Internet Security 2010 Description: Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2010 provides comprehensive and easy to use protection from viruses, intruders, and other Internet-based threats. Inexpensive product received excellent scores in our performance tests.
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  • Jawad12345678
    what about Norton360 and comodo internet security?
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  • mitrum
    Micosoft security essential with latest MS OS Patch with updated s/w patch
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  • Syengo
    what about kaspersky anti-virus
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  • Raphael7
    I will definitely recommend Kaspersky or Ms essential
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Different people various opinions, which he / she feels comfortable..... if u go for free, try Microsoft Security Essentials or MWAV. And if u go by cost, u may buy / use whichever suits ur computer !
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