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    hi just looking for some recommendations for some anti-virus,haveing had trouble with norton and mcafee recently,not to happy to go near them again, i'am running avg at the minute, so can anyone recommend something different?

    thank's in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr & Mrs Billy Boy View Post
    hi just looking for some recommendations for some anti-virus,haveing had trouble with norton and mcafee recently,not to happy to go near them again, i'am running avg at the minute, so can anyone recommend something different?

    thank's in advance
    Now you've opened a can of worms! There are a thousand different virus scanners and you'll get a thousand different answers. It all really comes down to personal taste and cost.

    Anybody who works in IT will tell you about the problems people can have with Norton and McAfee (my own experience is more with Norton). If you search the web for something like 'problems with Norton' you'll find thousands of pages (usually forums) with information on the problems people have had. I'd recommend staying away from them.

    I'd also recommend staying away from these 'all-in-one' suites too. A number of companies do them. What I try and do is pick the best software from each category and use it (firewall, anti-spyware and anti-virus). It's better p[icking software from different companies that are best in their individual fields that using an all in one that tries to be everything to all people and usually fails.

    AVG is a good anti-virus software but you get what you pay for I would say and it's certainly not the best in terms of detection, speed or resources.

    Without 'pimping my website' I have a plethora of information on NOD32 on my website. I install it for home, small business and large business clients and have continued to sell it for over two years now as I have never had a problem with it. There are comparisons on the site with the bigger anti-virus software (ie. McAfee and Norton) so you can see the speed, detection, resource differences etc..

    I know a number of the posters in this forum use it (as there was a similar thread to this about 2-3 months ago). The website is in the signature. If you're interested have a look at the information on the site.

    I operate a business so my site is commercial and has other software and services on there so if that is the kind of site you want to avoid, then please don't visit it.

    At the end of the day I'd take the recommendations from here and try them all until you find one that works for you. I haven't (yet) come across anti-virus software that doesn't give you a trial period so you can try before you buy. I'd check out the software works well with your other protection software (firewall and anti-virus) as that is very important.
    Kind regards,

    Paul Broadwith
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    www.avast.com

    Free for home users, and a very effective program.

    As BlueIvy says though, there isnt a "best" anti-virus out there, but there is a "best suited" one for everyone. And stay away from Norton and Mcafee. The cause of a lot of home users problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr & Mrs Billy Boy View Post
    hi just looking for some recommendations for some anti-virus,haveing had trouble with norton and mcafee recently,not to happy to go near them again, i'am running avg at the minute, so can anyone recommend something different?

    thank's in advance
    I agree with everything DocStone has said.

    If you're interested in stats on what's doing a better job that others, try AV Comparatives. They are an independent tester, have free reports and do different tests each month on 15 different anti-virus software (including Avast, AVG and NOD32 along with Norton and McAfee).

    As the site says:
    If you plan to buy an Anti-Virus, please visit the vendor's site and evaluate their software by downloading a trial version, as there are also many other features (e.g. firewall, scriptblocker, etc.) and important things (e.g. compatibility, graphical user interface, speed, language, price, update frequence, etc.) for an Anti-Virus that you should evaluate by yourself. Even if quite important, the detection rate is just one aspect that you should consider when buying Anti-Virus software.
    Which is what myself and DocStone said already. It's a good site but the reports can be a little long - the summary tables are very useful however.
    Kind regards,

    Paul Broadwith
    Blue Ivy Ltd, Wick - Certified Microsoft Small Business Specialist

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    i like Trend Micro's pc-cillin on my laptop.
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    I used Norton once many years ago and decided never again - did awful things to my computer. Used McAfee for a while as we had Dr Solomon at work so I knew it but after a while found it very user unfriendly. Then my son recommended NOD32 and I've stayed with it ever since. Very reassuring.
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    I use Macafee supported online by AOL. Of course you need AOL but it is up to date and loads automatically. No probs, but my total experience with AOL seems to differ totally with others.
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    Yea i agree stay well clear of Norton and McAfee, there rubbish..!! I have seen loads of systems that run these and the pc is running like a bag of bolts... It runs so slowwwww....

    Having un-installed them i have been putting AVG Free 7.5, its great software, works perfect, easy to update and scan. I recommed AVG Free..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaviewFlowers View Post
    Yea i agree stay well clear of Norton and McAfee, there rubbish..!! I have seen loads of systems that run these and the pc is running like a bag of bolts... It runs so slowwwww....

    Having un-installed them i have been putting AVG Free 7.5, its great software, works perfect, easy to update and scan. I recommed AVG Free..
    But only for personal use
    Kind regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueivy View Post
    But only for personal use
    Yea thats right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaviewFlowers View Post
    Yea thats right...
    I would imagine blueivy is worried that users may fall foul of the licensing terms. I certainly have problems at work where students want to install the likes of AVG free (crazy when we have a site license for F-Secure) or Adaware. I can't help but be aware that many small businesses may be tempted by similar cost savings.

    The licensing terms for Grisoft's AVG Free, paragraph 1, are reproduced below, where I have made a few sections bold:

    1. Providing the License.The GRISOFT Company through this License Agreement grants to you non-exclusive and non-transferable rights thereunder in respect of using a copy of the computer program for a service life thereof, i.e. for a time period throughout which GRISOFT shall maintain and make available an updated version thereof. You may install (download) and use only one copy of the program designated for protection of exclusively one personal computer, notwithstanding as to how many times you download the program and how many times you accept the License Agreement. You must not use the program in a network or on more than one computer. This particular software version is distributed free of charge, therefore, the applicable license is only granted for home use thereof. In case of this free version, the program is not subject to any guarantees, and the user has no right to any technical support whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbews View Post
    I would imagine blueivy is worried that users may fall foul of the licensing terms. I certainly have problems at work where students want to install the likes of AVG free (crazy when we have a site license for F-Secure) or Adaware. I can't help but be aware that many small businesses may be tempted by similar cost savings.
    ...

    This particular software version is distributed free of charge, therefore, the applicable license is only granted for home use thereof. In case of this free version, the program is not subject to any guarantees, and the user has no right to any technical support whatsoever.

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    Hi jimbews,

    That's exactly right. I see so many small businesses using 'free' software that they are not legally licensed to use. I know there is a pretty lax view when it comes to software licensing and pirated software, but when you're a business it's just not worth the risk.

    In my experience it's not down to saving a few pennies as to why they use it, as when I speak to them about it they are more than happy to pay. The main reason small businesses use it is because they have nobody they can call up for support who will give them advice and guidance on what is best for them to use and what is best for them to avoid. It's usually a friend, neighbour or family member than points them in the (wrong) direction initially.

    Ninety per cent of free software, particularly those that have a paid 'big brother' is for use within the home and isn't free for businesses.
    Kind regards,

    Paul Broadwith
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    For the last six months i have used NOD32, and installed it on some of our machines at the surgery, and have been very pleased with it.
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    I've used Sophos for years - always found it to be very reliable. Run Spybot and Defender anti-spyware. Occasionally I go on to Microsoft and get them to do a full system scan - first time it found 3 wee nasties hiding in the depths of the registry but nothing since then. There was one web site that would check how secure your settings and your firewall were, and they couldn't even see my ports or router. Very nice!
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