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Recommendation for antivirus?

"antivirus" didn't return a thread, so here goes: Which would you recommend? I'm currently using the free edition of AVG (which doesn't run if the computer was not up at the set hour for update/test), and wondered which option to upgrade to?

Besides scheduled update and hard-diskscanning, it should be easy to use, and display easy-to-understand instructions when it detects a virus and quarantines a file.

- AVG http://www.grisoft.com
- Norton http://www.norton.com
- McAfee http://www.mcafee.com
- Panda http://www.pandasoftware.com
- Trend Micro http://www.trendmicro.com
- Other?

Thank you

FredF
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Try this instead:

http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftware/default.asp?cmd=search&q=anti-virus

Which yielded:

http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftware/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=84791

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Oops, should have tried both :-) Thx

FredF
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

We've been using Sophos for a few years now, and we're really impressed with it. Cross platform, automated unattended virus identity updates, and very good at knowing about new viruses before I hear about them via the 'net.

Andrew Lighten
Thursday, January 22, 2004

http://www.virusbtn.com/

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, January 22, 2004

I recommend McAfee.

It detected MSBlaster as a "generic DCOM exploit" in the first day it appeared - and this, in spite of the fact that the McAfee antivirus wasn't updated for more than 2 weeks.


There is an UK magazine which has recently done an extensive antivirus test:

http://pc-utilities.co.uk/

I don't have the magazine yet.

MX
Thursday, January 22, 2004

Sorry!

The link should have been:

http://www.livepublishing.co.uk/content/pcu43.shtml

This is the link for the exact issue.

MX
Thursday, January 22, 2004

I would recommend:

http://www.f-prot.com/

T-90
Thursday, January 22, 2004

Can't recommend one in particular, aside from to _not_ recommend Norton / Symantec based on the crap you have to go through to get your subscriptions renewed correctly after a re-install combined with poor customer service...

Gordon Hartley
Thursday, January 22, 2004

The free version of fprot is pretty nice, but it's ridiculous how you have to reboot to dos, config.sys a readonly NTFS driver to dos, then scan it. And because it's read only, it can only warn, not much more.

I don't see how fprot is any use to anyone (at least the dos version).

Li-fan Chen
Thursday, January 22, 2004

I've had good luck with Kaspersky so far. It found all the java viruses from my wife's online game habits. It's also very non-intrusive, and has yet to trash my machine. I can't say the same for McAfee, and Norton isn't my best friend either.

Clay Dowling
Thursday, January 22, 2004

Free Browser-based virus scanner

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/start_corp.asp

Bella
Thursday, January 22, 2004

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