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I am not a techi guy. My 1 month free trial expires soon of MCaffee Antivirus.

To best your knowledge is better to buy antivirus software or download a free one like AVG.

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Old 01.10.2011, 22:10
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Re: Antivirus

G-Data is very good and costs about Fr 45,-- per year,

http://www.gdata-software.com/home-security/antivirus/
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Old 01.10.2011, 22:14
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Re: Antivirus

My pick would be Sophos ( have not used it lately since moving a 100% to Linux ).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophos

www.sophos.ch

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Old 01.10.2011, 22:16
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Re: Antivirus

I run 3 antivirus programs - Mcafee paid and on 2 other computers AVG and Avasti which are free.
I have never had any problems with the Mcafee but the odd clinch with the other 2.
When I want to do a credit card transaction I always use the laptop with the Mccafee though..
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Old 01.10.2011, 22:27
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Re: Antivirus

I always use the free one - not yet had a problem.

I used to use the ones that cost but they never reported finding a virus so I never knew if I was getting value for money.

The free ones also never reported finding a virus

So there seems to be no difference
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Old 01.10.2011, 22:46
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Re: Antivirus

While I used one, it was ESET NOD32, and it was quite dependable and definitely light on system resource (memory) usage. Its for 50 CHF/Year

However, what I do now is go without an anti-virus. Instead i have just done two things:
1. Use COMODO Firewall, which restricts any suspicious access from USB sticks or the internet. Thus protecting me from malware or spyware.
2. Avoid using USB Sticks at all costs!

COMODO firewall is a freeware, and will not annoy you unless its really important.

PS-For a normal home user, Microsoft Security Essentials is also a neat one, and its free.
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Old 01.10.2011, 23:03
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Re: Antivirus

ESET is totally recommended.

Alongside I would suggest having an anti-spyware software installed (such as spybot). Turn off all the "live" functions of the anti-spyware and just run it every now and then to clean things up, that way it wont chew up resources.

I hate protective-ware chewing up so many resources, so the above combination would be my pick.
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Old 01.10.2011, 23:39
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Hi,

I am not a techi guy. My 1 month free trial expires soon of MCaffee Antivirus.

To best your knowledge is better to buy antivirus software or download a free one like AVG.

Thanks.
I am using AVG from past 2 years.. never had any issues, I personally felt that McAfee slows down your system, with AVG I never felt that, maybe its doing a lot lesser than a paid software
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Old 02.10.2011, 00:07
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Re: Antivirus

I also use AVG Free on my 2 PCs, and I'm very happy with it. I have tried a dozen others, and I found AVG is the least of a resources hog, no frills but highly effective and thorough.
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Old 02.10.2011, 00:14
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Re: Antivirus

I have used AVG on multiple PC's over the last 10 years, only ever had 1 virus.
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Old 02.10.2011, 00:16
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Re: Antivirus

I've don't use any anti-virus software and never had a virus. At least, not to my knowledge

About once every year or so I get a works copy of McAfee and scan everything just out of curiosity but it's never found anything.

Just be careful what sotware you use to open emails, don't click on obviously dodgy links, never click on "you need a codec to display this video" buttons and disable auto-run on any USB ports.
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Old 02.10.2011, 08:58
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Re: Antivirus

I don't really see a benefit to running paid for AV. I used to use AVG or Comodo. Now, I stick with the one that comes from Microsoft. You should also consider firewall software. Comodo is good there - I use the paid one but there is a free offering.

For backup - you do take backups? - I use Comodo Backup (there's a theme here), and Paragon. Both free. I wouldn't follow Adrian's advice if anyone other than you uses your computer.
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I don't really see a benefit to running paid for AV. I used to use AVG or Comodo. Now, I stick with the one that comes from Microsoft. You should also consider firewall software. Comodo is good there - I use the paid one but there is a free offering.

For backup - you do take backups? - I use Comodo Backup (there's a theme here), and Paragon. Both free. I wouldn't follow Adrian's advice if anyone other than you uses your computer.
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I do have backup in an external storage unit (2 hard disks) connected to the home network. I can t remember how it is called in IT language. Is it safe?

I am running WIndows 7. So, if I understand correctly I can use firewall and AV from microsoft.

It is only my partner and I who use the Pc.
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Old 02.10.2011, 13:03
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Re: Antivirus

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Hi,

I am not a techi guy. My 1 month free trial expires soon of MCaffee Antivirus.

To best your knowledge is better to buy antivirus software or download a free one like AVG.

Thanks.
I've been using the free one from Microsoft for the last few months and can't fault it, in fact if anything it is a little less resource intensive than others I've used in the past.

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Old 02.10.2011, 13:19
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I do have backup in an external storage unit (2 hard disks) connected to the home network. I can t remember how it is called in IT language. Is it safe?
A NAS perhaps??? These are normally unix based so there should be little risk involved.

A NAS is now so cheap and easy to set up that I'd strongly recommend everyone should have one! I've got mine hooked to the Swisscom router and have it set up to provide basic services:
  • Private folders for each family member (with quotas )
  • Common folders shared by all the family
  • Backups from each of 4 PCs and a Mac (me )

I've got backup software running on each of the machines doing daily and monthly backups - daily are incremental and monthly are full backups.

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A NAS perhaps??? These are normally unix based so there should be little risk involved.

A NAS is now so cheap and easy to set up that I'd strongly recommend everyone should have one! I've got mine hooked to the Swisscom router and have it set up to provide basic services:
  • Private folders for each family member (with quotas )
  • Common folders shared by all the family
  • Backups from each of 4 PCs and a Mac (me )

I've got backup software running on each of the machines doing daily and monthly backups - daily are incremental and monthly are full backups.


Jim2007

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Re: Antivirus

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Avira AntiVir yet (http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus). Maybe because it's German and not well-known among English speakers? It has fared excellently in various reviews/tests (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avira#Reviews) and I'm personally very happy with it. There is a free version which is just as good as the paid one, but every now and again you have to click away a window asking you to buy the paid version (which I did - it's still cheap compared to the mainstream stuff).
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Re: Antivirus

most germans I know seem to use Kasperski for whatever reason. Found it to be unreliable and resource hungry....
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Re: Antivirus

I always use Kaspersky. You can start off with downloading a free trial of the anti virus which is good for 30 days and is the full version. It updates it's databases regularly and it's very trustworthy imo.


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Re: Antivirus

I have McAfee (subscription) on my old 2007 Dell Inspiron, running XP. It seems resource heavy, weekly schedule full scans started taking an inordinate amount of time and ended up corrupting some of the sound software, that I no longer run them (use other software); and it didn't stop a rather nasty trojan infection a couple of years back.

On my newer Samsung, running W7, I use Avast (free), which seems to do the job, (no problems so far and one virus attack identified and prevented) and doesn't seem to tie up laptop resources.

One site I trust for freeware recommendations, is Gizmo's - when I was looking for AV for my laptop, Avast was in the top 3, but not first (about 6mths. ago). I see now that it is the editors top choice.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...s-software.htm
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