What Antivirus and Firewall solution do you trust?



  • I’ve tried different antivirus programs (Avast, nod32, DrWEB, pccillin, McAfee, Norton, Kaspersky etc.). 😃

    I like Norton Internet Security and Kaspersky Internet security… But i can’t choose between them… :rolleyes:

    What do you think?..


  • conexware

    I liked KAV 6 a lot, I think it is pretty nice. I run FPROT 6 Beta right now because it is fast.



  • @spwolf:

    I liked KAV 6 a lot, I think it is pretty nice. I run FPROT 6 Beta right now because it is fast.

    Yes, KAV / KIS 6 is great, I like their “Interactive mode”…
    But it is slow… when working with archives…


  • conexware

    you really have to get dual core system, just so one core can run AV at all times :-).



  • 🙂



  • I use e-Trust anti-virus (from CA). I get it free with my DSL. Firewall, I use BID (BlackIce Defender) and ZoneAlarm (depends on which computer your are talking about), plus hardware router with built-in firewall.



  • Read this…

    http://www.uninformed.org/?v=4&a=4

    It’s about some AV company patching the kernel in a none safe way.

    Guido



  • @guido:

    Read this…

    http://www.uninformed.org/?v=4&a=4

    It’s about some AV company patching the kernel in a none safe way.

    Guido

    Nice…
    But what do you suggest?
    Should we uninstall antivirus software and never use it?
    And… What antivirus program do you use? 😕



  • I’m not saying you should never use a AV. It was just a informal document. It’s not posible in x64 and Vista to patch the kernel.

    At the moment i’m using NOD32.



  • why didn’t you just call them about it?



  • why didn’t you just call them about it?

    What do you mean?



  • I figured it was just me that couldn’t figure out what he meant. 😕


  • conexware

    @amh209:

    I figured it was just me that couldn’t figure out what he meant. 😕

    he was advertising something, so he pretended like he was answering in the thread. Hence, the ban :-).



  • Ok, must not be good at advertisement, because I missed it, either that or I’m just really slow (which is verytrue also). 😃



  • why not try avast antivirsu they have a commercial and free versions avaliable



  • Nod 32


    My wallpapers are more cooler, doubts?



  • now the free MS security essentials


  • Alpha Testers

    @guido
    I was tempted to try the MS security essentials but thought better of it because of my stable system with Comodo Firewall and Nod32 Anti-Virus but I am interested in hearing your thoughts on the new security essentials.



  • I’m using MS security essentials on two of my machines. Easy install. No problems with it this far.



  • no problems so far.



  • I don’t trust any of them. I try to use common sense, but also Microsoft Security Essentials. 🙂


  • Alpha Testers

    I did give microsoft security essentials a try but thought it a tad hungry on resources compared to my existing setup.


  • conexware

    i dont use any either… once in a while when some coworker scares me enough, i install our licensed version of fprot… but as usual, even the fastest AVs slow down everything so it does not make sense to have very fast computer only to give half of it to AV 🙂



  • Currently I use McAfee Secuirty Centre as provided Free of charge by My ISP SKY.

    But it McAfee like Norton take so much resource from our Systems that in the long run it becomes a problem rather than a cure.

    However, I have been working with the Avast Team on the new version of Avast Internet Secuirty and Antivirus. It has just been released too so give it a trial…

    It is a much simpler interface and less bitty like the old version and on of the main advantages is the reduced impact on system resources… It is deffinetely something I will be implementing and recomending to friends and clients.


  • Alpha Testers

    @spwolf:

    i dont use any either… once in a while when some coworker scares me enough, i install our licensed version of fprot… but as usual, even the fastest AVs slow down everything so it does not make sense to have very fast computer only to give half of it to AV 🙂

    Risky wouldn’t you say Boss?
    not using any of them on a regular basis surely leaves you open to attacks?
    I’d love to be in a position where I didn’t need either but in this day and age that’s definitely not an option.



  • @moles42:

    Risky wouldn’t you say Boss?
    not using any of them on a regular basis surely leaves you open to attacks?
    I’d love to be in a position where I didn’t need either but in this day and age that’s definitely not an option.

    You want a laugh! I once had the same view… I would once every month install a virus checker update do a deep scan then uninstall it.

    This technique worked for 1 year! then one morning i decided to boot the computer up… and Nothing it would not recognise the MFT or the OS… I ran a Recovery disc and managed to get into Safe Mode, after installing Avast I did a boot scan and it found 102 Threats most 10 were back door root kits which then downloaded in other files…

    Thank GOD i wasnt into internet banking… Now I dare work or play on my system without a Hardware Firewall, Software Firewall and Spyware, Mallware and Virus Protection. 😃


  • conexware

    @moles42:

    Risky wouldn’t you say Boss?
    not using any of them on a regular basis surely leaves you open to attacks?
    I’d love to be in a position where I didn’t need either but in this day and age that’s definitely not an option.

    apperantly not… only virus i got in past 10 years was when i checked some PA crack 3-4 years ago ;-).

    if you have legal, up to date windows, are properly connected to router with firewall instead of directly to cable modem, and do not click on suspicious stuff (or at least check it with AV), you will be as cool as me 😉



  • @spwolf:

    apperantly not… only virus i got in past 10 years was when i checked some PA crack 3-4 years ago ;-).

    if you have legal, up to date windows, are properly connected to router with firewall instead of directly to cable modem, and do not click on suspicious stuff (or at least check it with AV), you will be as cool as me 😉

    I agree. I don’t have any anti-virus software installed for about 2 years and I didn’t have any problems so far.
    Just do not run unsigned .exes from unknown websites or from spam e-mails, do not disable UAC and other “preinstalled” security features and use genuine software… Use Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer… that’s it…

    btw, i am connected to cable modem directly. With enabled Windows Firewall of course.



  • btw, to test cracks I use Virtual PC…



  • @NTFS:

    btw, to test cracks I use Virtual PC…

    Agreed! very usefull Addition to Windows 7 Ultimate and Professional.



  • well, i don’t like the version included in Windows 7. It is too “integrated” to the host os.
    Virtual PC 2007 witch runs on Windows XP / Vista makes more “real” pcs and is easier to configure.


  • conexware

    @NTFS:

    btw, to test cracks I use Virtual PC…

    these days i just use virustotal shell extension 😉



  • fprot and nod32 both are good and light on resources….nod32 requires some getting used to…I sometimes have been asked by purchasing dept. in my company…about AV purchases…I normally side with nod32



  • Is this limited to Windows only AV? I have been happy to use a Linux desktop computer to combat anti-virus. But I use ClamAV – both for linux and windows computers. It is open source and a decent anti virus – not as sophisticated as the commercial ones but it’s enough for those who know how to basically stay clear of viruses. :):):)

    In my opinion, any av is good, it’s the user who are my concerns – Most computer users I know, both at work and at home just don’t care about such things – they just want the computer to take care of themselves.

    Educating them doesn’t seem to work – must needs to educate in a way they will get hooked, now that’s a challenge. :):)



  • @mbwallace4:

    Is this limited to Windows only AV?

    Not as such, but as PowerArchiver is Windows only; it is assumed that most members will be using Windows.
    @mbwallace4:

    In my opinion, any av is good, it’s the user who are my concerns

    In so far as “better than no AV”, I would agree. But with an AV the biggest problem is “false positives” vs missed “attacks”.
    I have abandoned two AV because of repeated “false positives” - however, so far, no missed “attacks” (touch wood).
    Thus another “measure” I use is resource loading.
    With an old PC, I need to be able to able to “disable” e.g. playing games, NOT on-line. So for example, MSE fails at this.



  • VIPRE Enterprise and Nod32 get my vote for fast/low resources…MSE for best free product.


  • conexware

    NOD32 had false positives with PA… how do they dare! :-)…



  • @TBGBe:

    Not as such, but as PowerArchiver is Windows only; it is assumed that most members will be using Windows.

    Yea, I tend to think of it as people or users not limited to Windows only – Helping users to get their computers up and running brought me to a lot of ‘places’ – need to learn them before I could give support –


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