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User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1853 times:

I was wondering if someone had a suggestion for a good anti-virus program in windows vista x64? I've never been happy with the performance impact from Norton and McCaffee seems to be incompatible with itself, let alone other programs I use. Therefore, with a recent wipe done for unrelated reasons, I've decided I want to try something else.

I know there are a lot of other products out there, but not knowing much about them, was hoping some of our tech-savvy members might have a suggestion as to which would be appropriate for Vista x64.


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

I really don't know. I've been told Windows XP has a very good security program and as long as you don't go to web pages you really should not... you'll be fine.


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User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4915 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1842 times:



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 1):
I really don't know. I've been told Windows XP has a very good security program and as long as you don't go to web pages you really should not... you'll be fine.

1) That's wrong
2) The OP asked about Vista 64  Wink

AVG Free is the way to go. It's free, it auto updates and it has worked like a charm for me ever since I started using it at university. CA also have a great paid solution available but if memory serves right there is no x64 version of it.

YOWza



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User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1388 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1839 times:
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Nod32.
http://www.eset.com/products/nod32.php
Light, powerful, fast and secure. Worth the costs.
Its what I used until i switched to mac anyhow.

Kev.



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User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1830 times:



Quoting YOWza (Reply 2):
AVG Free is the way to go. It's free, it auto updates and it has worked like a charm for me ever since I started using it at university. CA also have a great paid solution available but if memory serves right there is no x64 version of it.

I agree with your comments on the AVG Free, it works great for me. In fact as I type it is doing a nifty scheduled system scan in the background. The download and install was quick and easy. I recommend it's use.

I am not a fan of CA anti virus. I had an expired Norton anti virus program on my PC (the trial version that came with the PC when new) even though I had the Norton turned off the new install of the CA anti virus pitched a major fit and would not let me do anything until I completely removed the Norton program. I had to repeatedly reset the CA program to try to convince it that the windows firewall was off. In the end the ditched the CA and went with the AVG.

IHAP



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User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1812 times:



Quoting YOWza (Reply 2):
AVG Free is the way to go. It's free, it auto updates and it has worked like a charm for me ever since I started using it at university.

If you do much gaming - you will not want AVG.

The company has a bad habit of false positives for files holding license activation schemes. And the company does not care about fixing false positive issues.

If you are one of those folks who panics when you see a virus warning and deletes the file immediately - you will be unhappy at having to reinstall and occasionally repurchase games.

EVERY anti-virus program now updates between once per day and six times per day. More frequent is not an indication of quality - probably the opposite.

The programs which update most frequently are pushing out virus definition files which have been tested in only a very basic manner.

The companies are relying upon their users to spot problems and use the reporting method built into quality AV programs to send their suspicious files in for analysis.

That check and recheck is how they fine tune the virus definition files.

Understand that AV programs do not check for viruses on your computer.

They check the files for small segments of code which are either identical or very similar to known or suspected viruses. When new viruses appear, the coders try to make the code close to known good programs. That makes it harder to find, and also makes it likely you will damage your own computer by deleting something important when the AV defs are too new.

Some virus have been distributed with the intent to make people delete important files due to false positive warnings - and they are often successful.

The AV companies, and smart computer users, know that the virus warning is a warning about a POTENTIAL problem.

It takes a bit of intelligent thought to respond properly and avoid creating more damage to your computer than some so called viruses.

I would never recommend anyone operate a computer on the internet without an AV program active.

I've used McAfee, I've used Norton, I've used CA, I've used AVG. Currently my AV program is NOD32.

I gives me the best level of control and since I do a lot of on-line gaming and heavy resource intensive work - the NOD32 footprint is best for my usage.

We use a Symantec Corporate Solution at work - but I do not use it at home. Were I not into such intensive games - Symantec would be fine, as would McAfee and CA and maybe AVG.


User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1768 times:



Quoting Ihadapheo (Reply 4):
had an expired Norton anti virus program on my PC (the trial version that came with the PC when new) even though I had the Norton turned off the new install of the CA anti virus pitched a major fit and would not let me do anything until I completely removed the Norton program

Thats why I'm looking now that I reformatted. Norton was previously on the machine, and my past experience in switchign A/V products has been sketchy.

Sounds like NOD32 and AVG are the popular options right now... I do game a fair bit, but I'm also tech savy enough that I can usually recognize when a file does or doesn't belong. Still, accidents probably will happen so I need to take that point into consideration. Free is nice though.

I guess the two questions I have are:

1) Any trouble associated with removing a trial version of NOD32 or AVG? Some A/V trial software seems to stick...

2) Any known conflicts, particuarly with the security components of Vista? Norton never seemed to get along with the window's firewall, etc...



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User currently offlineBlackProjects From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 756 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1745 times:

AVAST is my Anti Virus Software its Free and works great.  old 

User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1741 times:



Quoting Dw747400 (Thread starter):
a suggestion for a good anti-virus program

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I have www.avast.com on my computer, and it is perfect. I sometimes check up the stuff with that "Ad-Aware" program from Sweden which you can find under
www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php which is a program to trace for virus-infections which already found their way into your computer
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User currently offlineBR076 From Netherlands, joined May 2005, 1086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1704 times:



Quoting BlackProjects (Reply 7):
AVAST is my Anti Virus Software its Free and works great.

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use it for ages and never a problem with it



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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3086 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

Any suggestions for a new Mac user? I know we are less prone to crap, but I'd still like to have some sort of defense mechanism in place.


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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1669 times:

I've used all the major commercial brands and many of the freeware ones. AVG was good until they turned it into bloatware, it's a complete resource hog.

Then I discovered Avira Antivirus. It has a tiny footprint (task manager is showing just 1200kb) and best of all it actually works and its FREE. The only minor catch is that it has some minor self-advertising but they are only displayed once a week when it updates, its not annoying at all. I would highly recommend it, I'm sure there's a Vista version.


User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1653 times:



Quoting JetsGo (Reply 10):
Any suggestions for a new Mac user? I know we are less prone to crap, but I'd still like to have some sort of defense mechanism in place.

Here is a pretty good article in a recent Mac World

http://www.macworld.com/article/135900/2008/10/antivirus.html

Hopefully you have been keeping up with Mac security updates - there have been 31 for the Mac OS in the past year.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21520 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1613 times:



Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 12):
Hopefully you have been keeping up with Mac security updates

That is always recommended, even though there are still no self-propagating exploits in the wild.

Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 12):
there have been 31 for the Mac OS in the past year.

31 what?

There have been a few proof of concept pieces designed to scare Mac users into blindly buying the software packages from those same creators and there have been a small handful of trojans which you'd have to install yourself through social engineering, against which automated software is relatively powerless.

On a Mac:

- Remain calm.

- Remain vigilant.

- Disable the option in Safari preferences Open "safe" files after downloading. Even with OS X security measures in place, you should only open any files explicitly yourself, and be careful about it.

- If when double-clicking a presumable data file the system should prompt you whether you want to run the application name of the presumable data file for the first time, it is probably not kosher and should be declined and the file deleted.

- Don't fall for phishing, trojans or other social-engineering crap. If a site tries to push special "drivers" or "codecs" on you, leave the site and don't go back there.

- Don't blindly install "protection" software — every such software comes with its own problems and often creates additional vulnerabilities; The problems it actually prevents would need to be greater than the ones it introduces itself. At this point, the balance seems dubious at best, although that might change some day.


User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1596 times:



Quoting Klaus (Reply 13):
Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 12):
there have been 31 for the Mac OS in the past year.

31 what?

Security updates for the Mac

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Too many people think the Mac never needs updating -- and cite that as a reason against using Windows. Both need to be kept up to date.

The Mac OS has an update process similar to Windows Update.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1338

And like Microsoft - issues updates frequently.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21520 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1575 times:



Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 14):
Security updates for the Mac

Ah, okay. Quite possibly. I just install them immediately when they come online and go on.

I personally have Software Update set to checking daily for updates, but asking me before loading them.

I agree, one should not ignore security updates, even if there haven't been practical threats yet. Keeping as many Macs as current as possible at all times can help to keep it that way.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21520 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

Looks as if Windows users should immediately look for Windows updates through the official channels — there is currently a "critical" vulnerability to be patched which is already under attack.

Microsoft rushes out emergency Windows security fix • The Register


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