My search for a good AV product...

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Once upon a time I used Norton because it was what we used at work and I
was familiar with it but I kept hearing what a resource hog it was so I
decided to try something different. People were right, NAV was a huge
hog.

Next up was PC-Cillin and I used it for a couple of years but the 2007
version is buggy, bloated and consumes much memory.

Tried the trial version of NOD32 for 30 days. Worked well enough but
used about the same resources as PC-Cillin and is too expensive for a
strictly AV product.

Tried the free AOL AVS for a month. Fantastic for a free product. Used
less memory than any of the previous products; however, it used 10-20%
CPU all the time which really slowed down my computer. I disabled the
realtime file checking thing and that helped but it would still randomly
grab up to 20% of my CPU and was still slowing things down.

Currently I'm using the free version of Avast. It's been installed for a
couple of weeks. Avast uses very little memory, slightly less than the
AOL product. In the beginning it was stealing CPU power just like AVS
but seems to have settled down. The biggest downside to Avast is that it
doesn't have the most intuitive interface, thankfully I don't need to
fuss with it much. It appears I do have to update the database manually
and I can't find a setting to do it automatically. Besides the tray
icon, there is no indication it's running, hopefully it's working.

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I went about the same route as you, except my demise was Panda.  Lots of
bucks for not anymore than I now have.  I have been using the free personal
AVG for a couple of years and really like it.  Updates are automatic and it
is always current.  They may be fooling me, but up to now I think AVG is a
very good home AV program.



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Bob:

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I might check it out. thanks.

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On 31 May 2007 20:09:26 GMT Mac Cool wrote:

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Right click the systray icon, select Program Settings > Update (Basic).  Click
the "Automatic" radio button for both Virus Database and Program.  OK your way
out.

Right click the systray icon, select "On Access Protection Control".  Click
the "Details" button and activate the on-access shields of your choice.  I
have Standard Shield, Web Shield and Internet Mail (custom) active.  Internet
Mail is set to scan incoming email and NNTP traffic, ignores outgoing.

The systray icon will appear to rotate when Avast is doing something,
otherwise it just sits there.  You could go to eicar.org and try to download
their test file to check things out.

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Re: My search for a good AV product...

Ernie B.:

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Yep, it's running. Thanks.

I went into settings to sets update to automatic and it was already set to
automatic but the definitions were two weeks old when I manually updated
them today.

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On 1 Jun 2007 03:00:20 GMT Mac Cool wrote:

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Good, YW.

You might want to go into Update(Connections) and check the appropriate boxes.  
Also, click on the "Proxy" button and select what you need.  I'm on cable so
"... permanently connected to the Internet" and "Direct connection (no
proxy)" are checked.
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I'm a big fan of AVG free or AVG with firewall paid version

Clark



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Mac Cool, 5/31/2007,4:09:26 PM, wrote:

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What is more important to you, an AV product that appears to be working
nicely or one that has been proven to be effective against malware?

Check out the retrospective and comparative results on this site and
then decide which products can protect your computer well.  That is the
purpose of an AV program, right?
http://www.av-comparatives.org /

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badgolferman:

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Not sure where you are going with this. Are you suggesting sticking with
Avast because you believe it's more effective than previous products I've
tried?

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Mac Cool, 6/5/2007,2:48:08 PM, wrote:

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I'm suggesting you check out the tests on that website and see how
badly AVG and AVAST compare to AntiVir and other AV products such as
AOL AVS (Kaspersky).

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badgolferman:

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Unfortunately no one tests these things for actual resource management
which is biggest concern.

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Mac Cool, 6/9/2007,12:51:16 PM, wrote:

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Resource management will become a major issue when you are running
various viruses and other malware that got past the mediocre AV product.

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Mac Cool wrote:
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No arguments here!

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Haven't tried the latest and greatest version.

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But has one of the best detection rates!

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That's what I thought.

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I used Avast for a while and thought it seemed a little bloated.

You should check out AntiVir (they have a free version as well). It is
very resource friendly and has a good detection rate. If you use a more
secure browser and email client, the free version should work well for
you. I am still looking for a "resource friendly" anti-spyware program
with real-time scanning.

max
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On Fri, 01 Jun 2007 10:17:26 -0400 What's in a Name?
from the village of maxwachtel@nomail.afraid.org
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...and isn't strictly an AV product either!

"ESET NOD32 was designed from the core as a single, highly-optimized
engine that works as a unified Anti-Threat system to protect against a
broad spectrum of malware. Viruses, worms, spyware, and other malicious
attacks, which are constantly evolving."

http://www.eset.com/products/index.php


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On Fri, 1 Jun 2007 16:24:38 +0100, Tx2

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I wondered about the comment on pricing as well. Nod32 costs less or
about the same as almost of of its competitors.

Cheers,
Pekka de G.

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http://www.av-comparatives.org /

The above website appears to be a quality review, unbiased, and should
give you the ability to pick the best solution for the best price you
are willing to pay.

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Re: My search for a good AV product...

Tx2 wrote:
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by that token, no av product is strictly an av product anymore...
they've basically all turned into anti-malware products...

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Re: My search for a good AV product...

On Sat, 02 Jun 2007 11:12:43 -0400 kurt wismer
from the village of kurtw@sympatico.ca
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By what token is that? The statement of one vendor about its own
product? I doubt ESET speak for all AV vendors.

I was simply highlighting to the OP that NOD32 is not a "strictly AV
product".


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Tx2 wrote:
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and i was simply stating that the logic used to call nod32 'not strictly
an av product' can be applied to virtually all other mainstream av
products... they all protect against a "broad spectrum of malware"...

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Tx2:

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It is expensive compared to internet protection suites that include extras
like spam control and firewalls while it uses essentially the same amount
of resourses as the product I stopped using because it was using too many
resources. Also, on the comparison page, the products compared change from
category to category which tells me they have to cherry pick to compare
well. I'm sure it's a good product but my needs are minimal resource
utilization and nod32 does not provide what I'm looking for.

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