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10-08-2008, 01:10 AM
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In my searches I found this site:

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

Which seems to have some good info on AV software. Their tests seem to favour AVIRA as a personal AV suite. I have never heard of it before. Anyone have any experience with it? Is it a resource hog?

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10-08-2008, 02:19 PM
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In my searches I found this site:

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

Which seems to have some good info on AV software. Their tests seem to favour AVIRA as a personal AV suite. I have never heard of it before. Anyone have any experience with it? Is it a resource hog?
I used the free version for a few months on an old machine and didn't like it at all. There's a high number of false positives that make it extremely annoying. It was also too resource intensive for the old machine. If you already have a virus, all this will do is confirm it. You're on your own as far as removal goes. Maybe the security suite does a better job, but I wasn't encouraged to spend the money on it.

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I used the free version for a few months on an old machine and didn't like it at all. There's a high number of false positives that make it extremely annoying. It was also too resource intensive for the old machine. If you already have a virus, all this will do is confirm it. You're on your own as far as removal goes. Maybe the security suite does a better job, but I wasn't encouraged to spend the money on it.
Thank you.

I think I'm leaning toward keeping NOD 32 after my 30 day trial runs out. It seems to be the best mix of what I'm looking for. Excellent protection, not a resource hog, few false positives, and seems to identify new threats effectively.

The next question is wether to use the protection suite or use different Firewall/Anti Spam/Anti spyware software.

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I need help remembering a specific free product. It's called something like Windows Defender, except if you type that into a google search you get a bunch of crap. It was more or less a simple program, that provided a number of usefull features such as cleaning the registry, cleaning out internet files, and what I'm really looking for, listing all your start up programs and allowing you to disable them. Anyone know this?

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I need help remembering a specific free product. It's called something like Windows Defender, except if you type that into a google search you get a bunch of crap. It was more or less a simple program, that provided a number of usefull features such as cleaning the registry, cleaning out internet files, and what I'm really looking for, listing all your start up programs and allowing you to disable them. Anyone know this?
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10-10-2008, 06:58 PM
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I need help remembering a specific free product. It's called something like Windows Defender, except if you type that into a google search you get a bunch of crap. It was more or less a simple program, that provided a number of usefull features such as cleaning the registry, cleaning out internet files, and what I'm really looking for, listing all your start up programs and allowing you to disable them. Anyone know this?
CCleaner?

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10-12-2008, 04:59 PM
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I need help remembering a specific free product. It's called something like Windows Defender, except if you type that into a google search you get a bunch of crap. It was more or less a simple program, that provided a number of usefull features such as cleaning the registry, cleaning out internet files, and what I'm really looking for, listing all your start up programs and allowing you to disable them. Anyone know this?
There's a program called Registry Defender, but it's malware.
Start Up Manager
is a good, clean, free, simple program that'll do what you want.

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I need help remembering a specific free product. It's called something like Windows Defender, except if you type that into a google search you get a bunch of crap. It was more or less a simple program, that provided a number of usefull features such as cleaning the registry, cleaning out internet files, and what I'm really looking for, listing all your start up programs and allowing you to disable them. Anyone know this?
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Consensus for best free antivirus?

I used Avira for a while but found it was too heavy-use for my system, I am running a middle-range laptop. I had Ad-aware recommended to me by a friend who works in IT, but I've heard that as good as it is for spyware it's not as thorough for trojans and stuff... Anyone?

I think I'm gonna five AVG a try and see how that goes.

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I think I'm gonna five AVG a try and see how that goes.
Beware not to install the email checker, linkscanner, or web shield.

They drop all three to a ridiculous crawl. It was like using AOL again...

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I'm happy with Avast. I tried AVG and found it to be too intrusive and too much of a resource hog.

These are some recent reviews of products:
PCWorld
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lol I'm sorry but any review that puts a norton above antivir fails miserably. Also that first link is kind of outdated, we're almost 2009 . I'd suggest anyone who's looking for an AV to check out http://www.av-comparatives.org/ and draw your own conclusion based on unbiased test results. Most other review sites are ones that also sell antivirus software, so I wouldn't trust them too much.

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12-28-2008, 11:06 PM
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Been using Avast! No complaints here.

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Been using Kaspersky! No complaints here.

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I myself wouldn't trust AVG or Avast or the like... Perfectly fine torrents get people with "ZOMG AVG SAY IT HAZ TROJANZ!!!" and such... I wouldn't like an antivirus that can't differentiate between virus and keygen. I "got" NOD32, and it hasn't let anything by (like AVG) but more importantly has not given me any false positives; something AVG did constantly.

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12-30-2008, 04:21 PM
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I've been using Avast for 6 or 7 years now. Only one or two false-positives. The only complaint is that in earlier versions, occasionally the web filter service would hang, take all your system resources, and prevent you from sending or receiving any web traffic. Because of how virus scanner processes are designed to run, you can't kill the hung process manually, and have to reboot.

It hasn't done it in several months, though, so they may have fixed it with an update.

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12-31-2008, 11:45 AM
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I've been using Avast for 6 or 7 years now. Only one or two false-positives. The only complaint is that in earlier versions, occasionally the web filter service would hang, take all your system resources, and prevent you from sending or receiving any web traffic. Because of how virus scanner processes are designed to run, you can't kill the hung process manually, and have to reboot.

It hasn't done it in several months, though, so they may have fixed it with an update.
That's more than enough to bug the crap out of me. I have computer OCD, methinks.

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AVG 8.0 Free & Super AntiSpyware Free Edition.

i don't download anymore so i don't worry about all that false positives stuff.

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I'm looking into anti-virus stuff right now, and came to this thread, but the Castle Cops URL no longer works, giving me this message:

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Castlecops has ceased operation.

For additonal information, please view this Slashdot article.
The Slashdot article...

http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/12/27/1624220

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"Volunteer-powered anti-malware site CastleCops appears to have closed shop. As of Tuesday, December 23 (2008), the CastleCops home page notes: 'You have arrived at the CastleCops website, which is currently offline. . . . Unfortunately, all things come to an end.' It was reported back in June that Paul Laudanski, founder of CastleCops and its parent Computer Cops LLC, was taking a full-time job with Microsoft and was 'looking for new management' for CastleCops. The site has also long had problems with funding and with hostile action from spammers. The actual shutdown seems to have taken the security community by surprise; as late as Tuesday evening Brian Krebs was still recommending CastleCops on his Security Fix blog."

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I hear ESET is pretty good. I used to use the free version of AVG. It wasn't bad.

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Is AVG 8.5 as bloated as 8.0 was? I stuck with 7.5 but pretty much have to change it now but I don't want to use 8.5 if it's like 8.0 was.

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Anyone Know A place I can get a good antivirus program for free

my antivirus program expired recently, anyone know where to download a good one for free?

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Try AVG

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What OS are you using?
AVG is a good one. go to grisoft.com and download AVGfree

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x3 for AVG, awesome little program.

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http://free.avg.com/

AVG

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Avira
http://www.free-av.com/

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