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The Anit-Virus Thread

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Toyman, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. Toyman


    May 6, 2003
    West Michigan
    Keep this to good info, maybe it would make a good sticky.

    Ok, let's hear what you use for Anti-Virus software. I currently use Norton, but I am thinking of switching because Norton's updates really don't happen when they should.

    Here's some items you should list about the software you're using:

    1. Does it work good?
    2. How are the automatic updates?
    3. Is it by subscription? (new $$$ every year)
  2. I have Norton right now but it just expired.I might change.Norton seems to have the most frequent updates and stays the most up to date.I tried AVG Free version before and updates were once a month or so.Anti-Vir seems to cause trouble in some PC's and the support is mostly in German.I like Avast.I don't know why it isn't more popular.It seems to work as least as well as AVG and the updates are when they are needed not the once or twice a month that AVG does for it's free version.My Norton is 2003 and I understand that Norton 2004 and 2005 are more difficult to uninstall.I would only pay for the updates I don't think I'll go for a newer version.I am looking really hard at switching to Avast though.

  3. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

    Oct 7, 2002
    I use Fedora Core and Suse for my A/V
  4. Skyhook


    Nov 4, 2002
    I am using Norton- have for just about four years, now- AND I recently subscribed to my provider's "X-Factor" anti-virus program for $2/mo.
    As the Norton was good at stopping the big nasties (each time it would it'd tell me w/pop-up notifier), the ISP's system stops everything- annoyance spam, viruses, trojan horses, etc.... I have, together with Mozilla, almost total freedom from all that.
    So far.
  5. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

    May 22, 2003
    North Carolina
    AVG Anti-virus from Grisoft for over 2 years now and I haven't had 1 slip past...and I have downloaded a LOT of crap ;)

    I get 2 or 3 updates a week from them.
  6. bobby_w

    bobby_w Alienigena Platinum Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    South of Houston
    Trend Micro's PCCillin. Very little overhead, fair price AND unlike Norton, you can remove it from your computer when you want. Norton plants pieces of itself all over your PC making it nearly impossible to remove without screwing up your machine.

    I like Trend Micro's stuff so much that over the last 10 years I have purchased corporate licenses in the 10's of thousands. I have no idea of how many versions of their server version I have purchased. Must be at least 1000.
  7. Romadoc


    Aug 26, 2000
    Sarasota, FL
    Another vote for Avast! Not only is it free but updates are automatic and very frequent. A message announcing updates appears briefly on the screen. Also has a setting to enable return to current file settings in the event of problems.
  8. Zoolander

    Zoolander Castrated

    Nov 8, 2004
    Norton 2003. Works good. Automatic updates are fair. I need to update my subscription in 3 weeks. I'm thinking about un-installing 2003 and installing 2005. Hmmm.
  9. SamBuca


    Aug 9, 2002
    Carlisle, PA
    I've been using McAfee since 1993. VirusScan, then VShield, and now VSO (VirusScan Online 9.0).

    1. Does it work good?

    It works excellent. It has never let a bug through.

    2. How are the automatic updates?

    Totally automated. I have VSO set to do its thing...every day or so I'll wake up to a small window in the corner saying it was updated.

    3. Is it by subscription? (new $$$ every year)

    VSO is subscription based online...I think it's $39.99 every year, but my invoices say $29.99, $19.99, $29.99 and $29.99.

    Installation is very's all done online. Simply let IE install an ActiveX control (similar to Windows Update), and you're good.

    Also with McAfee, you can uninstall it VERY easily. It comes with the "Security Center" which handles the updates and integration of the entire McAfee suite of programs, and each individual program (VirusScan, Firewall, Privacy, etc). Uninstalling takes about 15 seconds.

    Norton is a resource hog, the "internet security" portion of Norton has ALWAYS (read: 100% of the time) messed up my clients computers.

    AVG was unable to detect a few worms and doesn't have good advanced heuristic scanning.

    Trend Micro completely missed a bunch of viruses.

    I try the others and I keep going back to McAfee.
  10. Sulaco

    Sulaco Guest

    I use AVG and haven't had any problems. It's free and updates regularly. I used to use Norton but it got too expensive and large.
  11. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    AVAST! and AVG; I will stick with Avast until Grisoft gets the coding fixed for AVG 7.0 Free; it has caused issued with XP startups taking far longer, and I also have seen the IDE drives take upwards of two minutes to bring up an options menu when right-clicked...uninstalling AVG fixed both issues.

    Although I only surf the Web with Fluxbox, KDE or Gnome running on a hardened Debian 2.6.8_i686 kernel, you can't be too careful. Both gaming machines use Avast now.

    Avast works very well, even deleting some virii that AVG (my previous favorite) could find but not remove.

    It self-updates every day, gives a voice/popup confirmation when it brings in another new database, the scanning parameters are very customizable for a free app.

    And best of all, it is free.
  12. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

    Oct 23, 2001
    HotLanta, GA
    Etrust antivirus 20 servers mixed environment NT 4.0/2000/2003
    All employees run it on the company machines and thier personal machines.

    Three years ago I downloaded and installed AVG on a windows 2000 server. For some strange reason it became infected with a virus and I had to rebuild the darn thing.

    I was running E-Trust antivirus on my other servers and they were updated that morning with the lastest virus pattern.

    It took 1 whole day before AVG updated thier virus patterns.

    Fool me once shame on me, fool me twice I can't afford that to happen again.

    I am sure that AVG has cleaned upo thier act since then but with antivirus you can't afford to take chances.
  13. Skyhook


    Nov 4, 2002
    When I purchased this '05 subscription to Norton and downloaded it, it would not install until I uninstalled my 2003 version. Not 'easy'.
  14. pointman12


    Apr 30, 2002
  15. I have Norton 2003 it expires in Jan 05.

    I installed Avast (even though it said it may conflict with Norton).
    Avast caught 2 virus that Norton missed. My auto update is on and I manually update it occasionally also.

    This tells me Norton has flaws.
    Not sure I'm going to renew Norton.
    Comments please.
  16. I just noticed my Norton is 2002 not 2003.I had renewed it once before but it has recently expired.I ran Trend Micro's online scan and it found an infected file that has been in my PC for a while.Long before Norton expired.Norton never did find it.It wasn't a serious threat,it was only a joke fake virus.I have Windows XP and SP1 had slowed my PC and my CPU was always running at 100%.I installed SP2 and now PC is fast again and the Windows disk defragmenter now works much better.Some people say that they have problems with Zone Alarm 5 and there seems to be a new version almost every week.Zone Alarm 4.5 is suppose to cause fewer problems on certain PC's.I have one PC with Windows 98SE and I must use Zone Alarm 2.6 on it.
  17. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

    Jan 9, 2002
    Outside the perimeter
    AVG and Avast are very good, but I'm looking at a new GNU GPL antivirus called ClamWin which looks very promising. Right now it must be run manually, but they're planning a resident version after the first of the year. Open source AV sounds good.
  18. Zoolander

    Zoolander Castrated

    Nov 8, 2004

    What is the correct way to un-install Norton 2003?

  19. Zoolander

    Zoolander Castrated

    Nov 8, 2004
    Uhh, I have Norton 2003 which expires in 3 weeks.

    Gimme a link for AVAST.