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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 10-01-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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None.

I use an Apple mac.
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:04 PM
 
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None. I use virtual machines with their own NIC and everything behind a hard firewall. All Internet activity occurs through the VM.
VM has no access to the local host unless I allow it. If I have any kind of issues, not just virus related, reverting to a previous snapshot takes only minutes.

Never a worry.
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:20 PM
 
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None. I use virtual machines with their own NIC and everything behind a hard firewall. All Internet activity occurs through the VM.
VM has no access to the local host unless I allow it. If I have any kind of issues, not just virus related, reverting to a previous snapshot takes only minutes.

Never a worry.
I've been trying to do this but never took the time to set one up. Plus my pc isn't that great.
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:32 PM
 
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Symantec Corporate 10.

Because it was free.
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:10 PM
 
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I also use a couple different ones on different machines (AVG and Avast free versions) . The poll allow multiple answers.

Oh. and I use them because I like the price and they seem to work well enough. I am also pretty careful where I go and what I do.
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Old 10-03-2010, 02:45 AM
 
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None. I use virtual machines with their own NIC and everything behind a hard firewall. All Internet activity occurs through the VM.
VM has no access to the local host unless I allow it. If I have any kind of issues, not just virus related, reverting to a previous snapshot takes only minutes.

Never a worry.
Another way to do this is PXE + iSCSI. I do this with out desktops and HTPCs. One image for multiple computers. This is also faster since there is no emulation and all memory is used. VM is good if you run multiple simultaniously.
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:54 AM
 
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I've used Avira or years but lately it isn't finding a doggone thing, (and it used to). Either I'm not really picking anything up or it's hozed.


I tried using Malware as well but that didn't work.

Would like to hear feedback about spybot.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:56 AM
 
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There really is no way to trust one spyware or av scanner any more, the number and variations of malicious software is out of control, so no one utility can ever guarantee 100% security. I don't care what anyone say but using one of the utilities mentioned plus prudent and safe web surfing would definitely minimized the risks.

I agree, Avira seemed much more competent some years back but not so much the last few years. I suggest you give the newest version of Avast a try. It is actually the only freeware AV scanner that has actually gotten much better compared to its previous versions. Use Spybot as it is solid but again far from complete. Most of the spyware scanners seemed to be catch as many false positives as the real stuff. Ad-Aware has been a cookie cleaner the last few years. It used to be pretty good or perhaps the threats were mild enough for it to handle but nowadays, you are better of searching the web forums for help and using the specialized tools that the tech savvy volunteers create either out of goodwill or after getting hit by the same pest themselves. Most of these free, specialized tools meant for specific threats and to be used in a certain way. Typically they are not very user friendly since they were created by a hacker or techno freak who wanted to fix their own infection. Hackers use a lot of tools that are generally "not clean".

You need to search the popular online malware forums to find out what they are and how to properly use them.
Since in my opinion, there is no real protection and too much protection commonly inhibits the overall functionality and performance of the systems, I choose to do my deep net surfing behind a virtual machine aka sandbox.
VMware has a free Server edition (the last I checked) and so does Microsoft which is called Virtual PC 2007 if interested.
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:12 PM
 
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You need a "none of the above" option.
Virus? What's a virus?

I've been using Linux for 8 years now. I think I'll pass on the antivirus.
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:37 PM
 
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Virus? What's a virus?

I've been using Linux for 8 years now. I think I'll pass on the antivirus.
I've never had a virus either and with Windows I can actually run a billion apps.
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