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View Poll Results: Anti-virus
BitDefender AntiVirus 0 0%
Kaspersky AntiVirus 1 3.13%
Webroot AntiVirus 1 3.13%
Norton AntiVirus 6 18.75%
ESET Nod32 AntiVirus 3 9.38%
AVG AntiVirus 17 53.13%
G DATA AntiVirus 0 0%
Avira AntiVirus 3 9.38%
Vipre AntiVirus 0 0%
Trend Micro Titanium AntiVirus 1 3.13%
Voters: 32. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-30-2010, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Symantec = Norton

Oh, and I use MS Security Essentials
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:45 PM
 
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Yes and no. Symantec sell Symantec AV to businesses and Norton AV to consumers. Same company but different products.
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Microsoft Security Essentials. It's a fully functional application (unlike many free versions), not a resource hog like McAfee, not subscription-based ransomware like Norton, and since the Microsoft software on my computers are legit, it's free to use.
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:31 PM
 
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I second EscapeCa about needing None of the Above...

I use Avast! AV and SuperAntiSpyware for the rest of my windowz machines
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:27 AM
 
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Symantec = Norton

Oh, and I use MS Security Essentials
Wow. Symantec != Norton.

Norton is Symantec's consumer unmanaged line of products. Originally Peter Norton's Antivirus/Utilities.

Semantec has a managed line of products they sell under the Symantec brand. I like it better because it's so lean compared to Norton. I don't use it though because I get Norton'sh free.
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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So tell me, what do you use and why?
My work laptop and desktop machines use what my employer installed on them, and it seems to work well.

My home machines generally don't have anti-virus software running on them, but most of them are running non-Windows operating systems or older versions of Windows with fairly static sets of games and applications, and I don't tend to use the Windows boxes to interface with anything outside of my local LAN.

I find the need for anti-virus software to be real for most people, sadly, but I really wish Microsoft would take security and filesystems a bit more seriously in their products. Of course, they don't have to with a captive audience...

Edit: I should add that I *do* use Malwarebytes and Super Anti-Spyware to scan my machines (even the older ones) on a semi regular basis, and I've also been known to scan the older machines when I install anything new that hasn't been used on another machine before, so I'm not totally trusting. Avast is the latest one I've been putzing with.
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Old 10-01-2010, 07:17 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I'm choosing not to vote in this poll. I don't see MSE or McAfee on the list to of options. Without them, the list is so incomplete as to be nearly worthless. That being said, I still have AVG on some of my machines, but have MSE on several now. I got a netbook recently and quickly removed McAfee and installed MSE. As added spyware protection, I like to install Spybot so I can immunize the system and then use Malwarebytes to clean stuff off if it shows up.
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Old 10-01-2010, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Yes and no. Symantec sell Symantec AV to businesses and Norton AV to consumers. Same company but different products.
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Wow. Symantec != Norton.

Norton is Symantec's consumer unmanaged line of products. Originally Peter Norton's Antivirus/Utilities.

Semantec has a managed line of products they sell under the Symantec brand. I like it better because it's so lean compared to Norton. I don't use it though because I get Norton'sh free.
Well, ya learn something every day... Thanks guys.
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:19 AM
 
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Norton Internet Security 2010 on three laptops and four desktops.

I never know when it's running, it takes very few resources, and I haven't had a single problem on any of the computers. A whole different beast than the piece of sh1t they used to sell.
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I have Microsoft Security Essentials on at least five computers now.

I recently uninstalled a new copy of McAfee Security Center on my son's new Dell. He was experiencing unrecoverable lockups almost daily. With MSE - his quad core Win7 Dell is smoother, and no more lockups.
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