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Old 10-08-2007, 09:06 AM
 
Location: New England
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I currently have a subscription to Trend Micro PC Cillin Internet Security 2006, which expires on 10/31/07. Once it does, I'm switching to the free stuff! I have another computer here that has the free AVG anti-virus program and it works great so far.
The latest Consumer Reports lists Trend Micro's PC-cillin as its #1 antivirus software. In addition, Trend Micro's software was ranked #1 in other categories for anit-spam, andi-spyware, and for suites.

Check Point's ZoneAlarm was ranked #2, and it was these two that were picked as CR "quick picks".

AVG's free anti-virus was ranked last in the anti-virus category, and did not appear to have an entry in the other categories.

CR's comment about free anti-virus programs was as follows:
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"But no-cost programs are worth considering as supplementary protection, or even as primary protection providing you practice safe computing and fully use the security tools built into your operating system. A few caveats, though: Compared with for-pay suites with a single interface, you'll need to manage a myriad of programs even in the best free anti malware applications. And some freeware may become for-pay eventually."
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Old 10-12-2007, 10:11 PM
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Location: Austin
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This is probably drifting a bit off-topic, but something else to keep in mind is that hackers are now finding ways to hide viruses and other spyware inside online videos. Anytime you see someone posting a link to a video - especially if the person is new to the boards, or has very few posts - you may want to think twice before clicking on the link.

Check out this news story at Yahoo (broken link) .
Interesting. I wasn't aware of this.
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Interesting. I wasn't aware of this.
It seems there are more and more reasons these days for people to not use (or to limit use of) the majority platform.

I left the Microsoft fold as a home user in 1992, but it's a lot harder to do in a work context when I don't control the software that gets put on my machine...
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Old 10-16-2007, 03:31 AM
 
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I've been using AVG's free anti-virus for years now and will never go back to Norton or McAfee.
Norton/McAfee almost crashed my computer and my computer friend said AVG all the way. Hands down the best and free too.
Stopzilla is also good for pop ups.
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:53 PM
 
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Norton/McAfee almost crashed my computer and my computer friend said AVG all the way. Hands down the best and free too.
Stopzilla is also good for pop ups.
I ditched Norton some time back when it so saturated my system that it looked more like a virus itself than the means to stop one.

Keep in mind that no matter what anti-virus you have, there is lag between the time a bug is released on the net and the time it is first seen, analyzed, and then a definition created. Depending upon the structure and function of the bug this could be quick or it may be some time.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I've had it with Norton; it causes all kinds of issues for me. Can anyone recommend a good antivirus software or freeware?
If you use comcast you get McAfee for free.

AVG is free:

AVG Free Advisor - Free antivirus and anti-spyware downloads

For spyware:

The home of Spybot-S&D!

For a firewall:

ZoneAlarm by Check Point - Award winning PC Protection, Antivirus, Firewall, Anti-Spyware, Identity Protection, and much more.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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AVAST professional, but they now have a free home version that only requires that you register it.

avast! antivirus software - computer virus, worm and Trojan protection by ALWIL Software

Run multiple spyware proggies and of course hijack this.

Firewalls are a dime a dozen but Zone Alarm and Sygate are good basic choices and for more advanced home users, check out Comodo
That's what I use and it's free!
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Old 10-18-2007, 07:50 PM
 
Location: GoJoe
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i use combo of symantec corp av and spysweeper. thus far they have been a great combo to run.
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