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Cyprusactive


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26/04/2009 11:35

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Has anyone good experience with anti virus software? Online, free, or bought? Any help appreciated.



Nick



rigsby


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26/04/2009 11:45

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Avg 8.5 free has never let me down



JohnW


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26/04/2009 11:41

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Try Here:



http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/



Coachie



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26/04/2009 12:34

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try PC Tools internet Security,one of if not the best on the market.about 30 for 12months.They also do Spyware Doctor which is excellent as well,similar price..Norton 360 by Symantic is good as well...



cooper


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26/04/2009 12:42

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Hi, we now use Avast and find it better than AVG in that there is not as many problems with it - http://www.avast.com/eng/free_software.html



Cooper



zcacmxi


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26/04/2009 12:49

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I use AVAST which is free for home use. I've not had any problems. It scores well in the reviews.



ESET recently came top in a review comparing Norton, McAfee and the rest. It has a Free online scan here: http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/index.php



lobylud


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26/04/2009 12:53

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I use the AVG free version and it seems to work O.K.

The only problem I've had is when it asks you to upgrade to the next version it can be problematic for a while.



I've not tried them but my banks HSBC and NatWest give free branded antivirus software if you online bank.



DutchCrusader



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26/04/2009 14:02

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Hi CyprusActive: the best anti-malware is a Macintosh...



Goonerboy


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26/04/2009 16:17

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You wont go far wrong with Bitdefender



Littlenige



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26/04/2009 16:52

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Beware if you use Macintosh you need to wear clogs and have a sense of humour bypass



rod28


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26/04/2009 16:59

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A lot depends on your operating system. I use comodo but if you use Vista i would suggest AVG (free on internet) and make sure your windows firwall is switched on(default is off for some reason?)



petez


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26/04/2009 17:21

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Getting anti virus software for a Pc turns you into paranoid worry wart!



They want you to think you're under constant attack so you buy the software.

Get a mac and you'll feel instantly superior!



greengate8


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26/04/2009 17:26

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I agre with Rod28 - a lot depends on the operating system.

I have used both AVG & Avast and both do the job and are free. They work with both XP , Vista & Ubuntu.



I would not recommend Norton, it slows down most systems.



cooper


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Plus you wont get wet when it rains !



Cyprusactive


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26/04/2009 18:48

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I agree about Norton, it never really worked for us. I have now downloaded Avast and hope for the best. Thanks for your reactions.

Nick



DutchCrusader



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26/04/2009 18:56

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RE msg 10, Littlenige > Beware if you use Macintosh you need to wear clogs and have a sense of humour bypass <



=> Haha. You're a specimen of typical British humour, I suppose?



flightholiday


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26/04/2009 19:08

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We have used Sophos, AVG and most recently Eset. The ESET product seems good and not too intrusive. Sophos is excellent but pricy.



AVG was good but seems a little slower than ESET and does not update so frequently.



Norton not only slowed the systems badly but often blocks things you might want to see.



We had it on one machine and had to delete Norton/Symantec within a month of purchase as a lot of affiliate links and proprietary programs were interfered with, hidden or stopped by it.



proger1



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Rod, ref message 7. All the office PC's and laptops have just been screwed over by a network virus last week. Installed AV's didn't work and nor did AVG.

Avast is the one you need but they may stop it before it gets through the network to your offices, who knows



banjo


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26/04/2009 20:52

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Kaspersky is the best you can buy. But Microsoft has some very good ones, free. Norton is going to give problems sooner or later, and is taking to much 'space'. Spy boot is an other, also free.



Dusterbruce


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27/04/2009 11:30

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I have used Norton in the past but it slows PC down terribly.

Had AVG free until they upgraded, the upgrade slowed my PC (Vista) down so much it stopped. Wasnt just me being a techno thikkie, it happened to a couple of friends as well.

I tried Panda which crashed my PC.

Finished up with Microsoft Onecare, seems OK, fairly expensive at 37.99 but it seems to work.



Dusterbruce


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27/04/2009 11:36

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I'm forgetting that AVGfree allowed a hacker into my PC who got into my internet banking and robbed me of 3556. Fortunately my bank refunded me!



deecyprus4


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27/04/2009 11:37

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McAfee...does it for me



Stewart


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27/04/2009 13:09

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Hi...have tried many...have been using Norton's 360 for last 2 years...it will cover 3 computers...so you could split between friends ( cost about 30 per year on-line )..10 each!



bachelibelly


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27/04/2009 18:16

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Unplug mine and put it in my safe,worked so far never had any computer security problems !and its free !!!!



bachelibelly


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27/04/2009 18:25

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Unplug mine and put it in my safe,worked so far never had any computer security problems !and its free !!!!



mmmmmm



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27/04/2009 18:29

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Re msg 1



do you mean Anti-virus or "internet security"?



antivirus progs such as AVG free http://free.avg.com do NOT offer internet security - Winows XP / Vista come with a built in firewall and *I* find running AVG free and that firewall behind a good ISP's router - is enough security.





Another prog that finds favour is NoD32





Frankly, I, personally, DETEST full internet security progs as they turn a PC into a SLOWWWWWWWWWWWWww machine... :(



Also, if you try to run VPNs to connect to the UK - to watch UK TV - do not install "internet security progs"



Biker



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Message Posted:
27/04/2009 19:19

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This depends how much downloading you do with programs like Limewire.

If you are a heavy downloader than you need the best antivirus, which i find it to be ESET.

If you are a regular user do not do downloading then AVG or AVIRA is geed enough. They will give you a decent protection.



Biker



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