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anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 5:12 pm
by mathman
The June 2011 issue of Consumer Reports compares various anti-virus programs. Among free programs, Avira and AVG are recommended. Bitdefender has the highest rating among pay programs. The main differences (as far as I can tell - but I am no expert) between free and pay programs are added features, such as firewalls. The anti-virus performance was no better among the pay sites.

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 9:24 pm
by AXEMAN
FREE AVAST is very good i had a puter built from scratch and the guy put avast on it .Told me from his use and all custum puters he has built he put avast on all of them and everyone seems to like it and said it worked great .I guess i will find out. On this puter i bought what now is called EMSISOFT it works great . :)

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 9:09 pm
by mathman
AXEMAN wrote:FREE AVAST is very good i had a puter built from scratch and the guy put avast on it .Told me from his use and all custum puters he has built he put avast on all of them and everyone seems to like it and said it worked great .I guess i will find out. On this puter i bought what now is called EMSISOFT it works great . :)
Consumer Reports rated Avast 3rd. The performances of the first 2 were somewhat better, but Avast is quite satisfactory.

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Fri May 20, 2011 4:58 am
by MysteryFCM
Best of the AVs at present, are Eset's NOD32, and Kaspersky.

Of the "free" AVs, the best at present, is Avira. Sadly Avast used to be the best, but seems to have a little too much F/P tendancy at present.

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Fri May 20, 2011 4:59 am
by MysteryFCM
I'd also highly recommend Microsoft's Security Essentials (also free) for those not currently using it. It's performing better than most of the paid programs.

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 1:14 am
by mathman
MysteryFCM wrote:I'd also highly recommend Microsoft's Security Essentials (also free) for those not currently using it. It's performing better than most of the paid programs.
The Consumer Reports review included this program as well as the three I mentioned (four free programs total reviewd). It was rated slightly lower than the other three.

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 1:28 am
by MysteryFCM
Interesting. My experience in the "real world" on all the machines I look after (my own, and machines for friends and family) have shown quite the opposite.

One thing to keep in mind with these tests - they're not "real world", they're "lab world" (i.e. controlled tests). Not to take away from them, just something to bear in mind when considering their results.

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 11:27 am
by mathman
MysteryFCM wrote:Interesting. My experience in the "real world" on all the machines I look after (my own, and machines for friends and family) have shown quite the opposite.

One thing to keep in mind with these tests - they're not "real world", they're "lab world" (i.e. controlled tests). Not to take away from them, just something to bear in mind when considering their results.
I'm curious - did you run comparison tests among these four anti-virus programs or are you speaking from general experience?

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 2:24 pm
by MysteryFCM
I'm speaking solely from experience (both my own, and others)

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 9:09 pm
by AXEMAN
Do you have a link for this I'd also highly recommend Microsoft's Security Essentials (also free) MysteryFCM :wave:

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 9:27 pm
by MysteryFCM
A link for what?

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 8:34 pm
by AXEMAN
For this also highly recommend Microsoft's Security Essentials (also free) can i get to this without useing mircrosoft update a direct link to Microsoft's Security Essentials and is it free :wave: :)

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 8:37 pm
by MysteryFCM
It is free, yes, and you can find it here;

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security ... fault.aspx

:)

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:30 pm
by eddie1978
I've always been happy with the free version of AVG



Eddie

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:01 am
by Tinman57
mathman wrote:
AXEMAN wrote:FREE AVAST is very good i had a puter built from scratch and the guy put avast on it .Told me from his use and all custum puters he has built he put avast on all of them and everyone seems to like it and said it worked great .I guess i will find out. On this puter i bought what now is called EMSISOFT it works great . :)
Consumer Reports rated Avast 3rd. The performances of the first 2 were somewhat better, but Avast is quite satisfactory.
These results change from month to month. Last time I checked Avast was the highest rated, which is why I started using it a long time ago.

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:11 am
by MysteryFCM
Eset, Kaspersky and Microsoft Security Essentials are actually the 3 best AV's

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:12 am
by AXEMAN
Ya but is there free versions of Eset, Kaspersky .???? :)

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:58 pm
by MysteryFCM
There isn't, no.

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:49 pm
by bigC
MysteryFCM wrote:There isn't, no.
So MSE is the best then. :D

Re: anti-virus programs compared

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:44 pm
by MysteryFCM
Of the free ones, yes.