Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

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Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby tomneal » Tue Oct 05, 2010 4:18 pm

My current subscription is up.
I need to upgrade two pc's.
Any recommendations?
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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby i8godzilla » Tue Oct 05, 2010 4:40 pm

I like CA Technologies (formally Computer Associates). They cater to the corporate client, however, they have a Home Office offering. Most of their virus protection products include license keys for three computers. It has served us well and we have not had issue in the five plus years we have used it. Install it, configure the options (updates, complete scans, etc....) and forget it.

It also plays very well with Mozilla Firefox and Open Office. This is important as I am not much of a Microsoft Application fan.
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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby TxLobo » Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:50 pm

it's kinda like the ford/chevy debate, you will have people from both sides of the aisle shouting that their (brand x ) is better than (brand y) ...


We use Norton Corporate .. it's not as bulky as the home version, the 360 is a nightmare.
McAfee is another one.. it's very bulky, seems to slow down a system.
Kaspersky is a good one as well.. but it will slow down a system.
F-Secure is good.. as well as NOD32.

basically it depends on what you want it to do.

if you are a home user and you don't experiment on the dark side of the internet, then you may be happy with AVG, Avast or even Microsoft Security Essentials.. (all free)

if you need something for spam control, then Norton or McAfee may be more what you need.

Firewalls are from Free to paid.. Windows firewall is a joke.. ZoneAlarm used to be a good free one.. Sygate used to be good.. Comodo Internet Security, PC Tools Firewall are all free as well. ;-)

but, I'll throw this out there. If what you had worked, I'd just update it.. you may have more of a problem removing it from your computer and your registry than it's worth changing vendors.. :banghead:
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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby anygunanywhere » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:15 pm

TxLobo wrote: the 360 is a nightmare.


Yes. It is.

I am not renewing it.

I too am looking for something else. I have a registry repair that does a good job.

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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby tomneal » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:19 pm

I have AVG now. (Or I did until it expired 2 days ago.)
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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby dicion » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:27 pm

General Knowledge and Safe Surfing habits are the Best Defense against viruses & malware. :thumbs2:


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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby rbftfire » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:30 pm

McAfee

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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby OldSchool » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:51 pm

For Windows, we use Avast! for virus, ZoneAlarm Basic for firewall, on all of our home machines for several years now. Both are reliable and free. We have had to pull Norton/McAfee off of computers at home (and most folks would like to at my work), because there is a significant slowdown of the machines.
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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby 10Shooter » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:08 pm

I am an IT Manager for a Law Firm and I just switched us to Kaspersky Internet Suite, which is what I recommend now to my friends and side-job clients and am running myself.
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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby wstj » Wed Oct 06, 2010 12:11 pm

I have been using AVG Free Version for the past 6 or 8 years. It have caught everything that has come along and I have 6 computers at the house, all running it. Another free download is a piece of software from IOBIT called Advanced System Care. Run that a couple of times a week and it will keep the spyware at bay and clean up the registery. Good basic protection and its free.

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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby RPB » Wed Oct 06, 2010 12:40 pm

I used to use AVG, then ran AVG and AVAST together for several years, Avast seemed to protect better, so I removed AVG.

Zonealarm free has always been a good firewall, but due to using a remote program, such as LogMeIn, I switched a lot of computers to Comodo firewall and used Avast.

I only switched from Avast due to having to re-register each year, which some people I built computers for couldn't seem to do, even though it was free.

Then I used Comodo Antivirus and Comodo security suite.

Nowadays I use Comodo in conjunction with Microsoft's, (but CA and Kaspersky have always been good too)

A friend I grew up with works as a programmer at McAfee, it used to give a lot of false alerts, can't comment on current program.
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Typically now I go with:
Spywareblaster, by javacool software
Comodo firewall and antivirus
Spybot search and destroy
and on computers I make or set up for other people, Microsoft Security Essentials, in addition to the above.

Of course also there's the "click Start, Run, MRT" Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool; updated monthly through Windows Update.

All free. (But the free spywareblaster you have to manually update, they charge for autoupdate)

Also at the end of each web browsing session and before any restart/shutdown, I use CCLEANER ... (you'd be surprised about that which is not a virus, but which can do things upon your next startup can do)
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Of course "In the beginning," I used to just remove viruses trojans etc manually and post how to do it to others needing help on Microsoft's NNTP groups "forums" (Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) before forums were on the Web) because until IBM finally released an antivirus program, many of us didn't trust antivirus programs to do a good job, or even not to install some other thing ...
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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby MrBalll » Wed Oct 06, 2010 12:52 pm

Like others I will recommend Avast and Zone Alarm.


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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby dlcrouch » Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:48 pm

Comcast furnishes Norton Security Suite as part of their ISP service - not my 1st choice, but the latest version runs well under Win 7 on an I5 powered laptop.
MSE is not bad for a free product.

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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby OldSchool » Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:16 pm

I will still hold to my earlier recommendation, except there is one virus that those cannot possibly defend against: Windows Update.

Had another hard drive trashed by the WU virus Tuesday night, and spent last evening converting that dual-boot machine completely to Ubuntu. That was indeed the last straw.
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Re: Best Virus Protection / Firewall software

Postby tomc » Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:48 pm

I've been using ESET NOD32 Anivirus/Antispyware on recommendations from some of my ISP provider business friends. It is much much faster than my old Norton program was and ts much less intrusive into your system operation times. I've been very pleased.
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