Best Anti-Virus Application

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by Carel, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. Carel

    Carel MDL Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    Hi all,
    I would like to know what Anti-Virus software are you guys using, because I can't seem to find one that I like... I visited a lot of "Anti-Virus Review" websites & they claim that Vipre Anti-Virus is the best, some others claim that BitDefender are the best, but I found that Vipre is a piece of....... It doesn't have very much options, but it sure scans fast & it uses very few resources. It has about 3 or 4 configurable options, which SUCKS. The other problem I have with BitDefender, it also doesn't have very much options & it deletes anytihing it finds, without promting me - This is something I really don't want near my PC... Kaspersky are using too much resources & causes the system to hang if I scan more than 300GB of data & it causes a laptop to drain the battery quickly. I want an Anti-Virus with as much as possible options, I don't want the damn thing to Auto-Update, I will update manually. And I dont want AVG, because it downloads the whole database, which is about 40mb @ each update. I like Kaspersky for the fact that the updates can be backed up & they are big one time, the rest are small updates. Does anyone know of a good, effective, low resource using Anti-Virus that has lots of configurable options?

    CRA2YHAVOK MDL Senior Member

    Oct 23, 2009
  3. smyttor

    smyttor MDL Novice

    Jul 5, 2009
    "Best" is a relative term. What is your concept of the best? One that is as secure as possible, but can interfere with normal daily use? One that is very efficient and light on resources for gaming or development? One that is free? One that has great multiple machine licensing? You seem to have tried a lot of the favored anti-virus products out there. I can only tell you what I use and prefer.

    For gaming and heavy media I prefer F-Prot for being secure yet light on resources. It has enough control that you can choose to just move and quarantine files rather than auto-remove as well as having files in quarantine rescanned on updates. Updating is just as configurable as is inclusion or exclusion of drives and files.

    For casual friends or family machines I am finding MSE works just fine. The Comodo anti-virus isn't shabby, either; I have been trying it out on clients the past few weeks and it is very solid. You did not like Kaspersky, so I don't think you would like NOD32.

    Honestly, with the amount of specific requirements you have, you may just want to take a top 20 list and try them all to try and find the one that does it for you.
  4. JBenal

    JBenal MDL Senior Member

    Nov 2, 2009
    I use Avast on older/slower machines because it's effective and uses little resources. On my main computer I use McAfee Enterprise because I have a copy from my last job and I find it works good and has a lot of configuration options. Why not try Avast. It's free and configurable.
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  5. 2centsworth

    2centsworth MDL Senior Member

    Feb 12, 2008
  6. Carel

    Carel MDL Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    hmm, I think I have already described my personal view on what I see as the best... But mainly I'm not worried about anything else than what I've mentioned. I mainly don't want something that drops my PC's performance {That's whay most people would want}, Then it shouldn't automatically delete files, I want to choose an action {I don't want it to delete certain things on my PC}. That's my main worries, I don't want a crashing PC, but I don't want to lose some important stuff...

    I wouldn't say I don't like it at all, it just seem to have a hack a lot of bugs, problems with updates, problems with Windows 7 and problems with handling resources. The older Kaspersky 7 worked excelent for me. Kaspersky have the option to submit sucpicious files to their labs {I do that quite often & it turns out to be an undiscovered virus}. It has the option to backup the Updates, lots, lots & lots of configurable options. I really don't care if it's not user friendly...

    Yea, I did download a crapload of them a long time ago, when I had Reliable & free Internet. With this stupid Vodacom I'm facing lots & lots of problems... & They are charging heavy for data. b.t.w. they are making more than 1000% profit on their data {that's why they are currently in court}.

    Well, mainly I just want to make sure that I don't use something that slows my PC down / make it freeze. I want something that I can use on a laptop, etc.

    Any ideas on a good firewall I can use for Windows 7 x64? I normally use Sunbelt's Personal Firewall {It's simply one of the best around, fast, lots of options, effective, everything you can ask for}, but - I'ts not x64 compatible. I used it when I used Vista x86 (32-bit).
  7. Pooh the Pirate

    Pooh the Pirate MDL Junior Member

    Sep 30, 2009
    Best two free ones are Avira Free which has one big drawback, false positives. And Microsoft Security Essentials which doesn't have the false positives issue but a smaller database.
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  8. alextheg

    alextheg Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 7, 2009
    Avast home edition..................hasnt let me down yet.:):):D:D
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  9. armada

    armada MDL Addicted

    Dec 8, 2007
    i own almost all of them and as much as im going to get bashed for this i have gone back to the norton 2010. it has become a fantastic program and is ridiculously light now. 60 day trial on softpedia for anyone willing i was a norton hater for years till one of my customers had this running and i actually got time to play with it and im using it now. i own nod ess, avira, dr web, panda etc among others and this is what i use. i have yet to have it not pick up anything i threw at it
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  10. ellen

    ellen MDL Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    I like norton 2010 as well, but not the TR.
  11. heffe2001

    heffe2001 MDL Novice

    May 8, 2007
    I would 3rd this, Norton 2010 works great in my experience, and is very light on resources. I really like how it goes into a less-noticible mode when you're in a full-screen program (game, movie, etc), and doesn't notify you until after you're done with that app (for things like virus updates, etc).

    That being said, I'm running MSE on my laptop (ran out of licenses for my NIS doing the review for Neowin, although I'm sure I could get them to free them up by calling in, as those installs on my old laptop aren't even there anymore).
  12. Isis

    Isis MDL Novice

    Oct 10, 2009
    For Win7 I use Symantec Corp 10x, fot Vista or XP, I use Mcafee Ultimate Protection
  13. atalvip

    atalvip MDL Novice

    Aug 24, 2009
    Kaspersky 2010 Uses lots of resourse.
    Bitdefender 2010 is nice but deletes the files without promting. Its headache when it deletes Keygen, etc. But Bitdefender has excellent detection rate.
    Currently i m using NOD32. It is very Light. U can restore deleted files in NOD32.
  14. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

    Oct 3, 2009
    Everyone has their own opinions regarding this topic. I for one use Avira and NOD32. Avira for the laptop and NOD32 for the workstation.
    Avira is very light and very effective. Does show some false positives, but it's a minor downside.
    NOD32 is to me complete. You can configure it to the bone, it's very light, and hasn't let me down once.

    But as for your question ? Your mind would start spinning with all the different answers here, so pick one YOU think is best and test it for a while.
  15. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

    Jul 23, 2008
    I really feel for you, I assume not many users would chose this "golden" combo...
    These are the lot that gets uninstalled straight away when I see them

  16. Carel

    Carel MDL Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    #16 Carel, Dec 21, 2009
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2009
    Ok, I've downloaded and Installed the Lates Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 version: (a.b) & it seems to be much less resource intensive as the previous version. It doesn't make my PC freeze anymore... I just can't seem to find one that has as many options as Kaspersky does, it's just simply the best one around {in terms of configurations, options & protection}. Although I'm not having problems with it yet, I'll just keep waiting until one day, I might Update again & it might say: Update failed... Or it might become a disaster, it might become heavy on resources again, who knows. I agree, I once had ESET NOD32 & it sure is ok. F-Secure Anti-Virus isn't too bad either. Vipre Anti-Virus I would recommend for a Laptop, definitly, it really uses almost no resources & it keeps a low profile, it will not interrrupt presentations, etc...
  17. war11ck

    war11ck MDL Novice

    Jul 30, 2009
    Ah, I prefer Norton 2010.
    I think you would like it because it is light at resource hog and extremely fast.
    I use it on an old core2duo with 3 GB of RAM laptop and it works great.
  18. Matrix Leader

    Matrix Leader MDL Addicted

    Dec 8, 2009
    I've used NOD32 for 5 years and have always enjoyed superior performance and never had a virus......

    but with all the talk about Norton 2010 and its performance.......i was tempted to try it........

    So i uninstalled NOD32 and installed Norton 2010 Demo :rolleyes:

    My boot time immediately went up from 70 seconds to 110 seconds! :eek:

    The system felt 25% slower in general responsiveness.

    Some people on notebook review forums told me that I need to wait and give it time till it scan my whole system then only it will be fast :rolleyes: thank you, ill take my NOD32 which works out of the box with a fries and coke please :rolleyes:

    Repeat after meh........NOD32 FTW
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  19. Engeltj

    Engeltj MDL Novice

    Dec 23, 2009
    I'd have to go with Kaspersky Anti-Virus
    Although during the scan it does lag your computer no matter how good it is.

    ESET Nod32 is next in line for me, I've had issues with its detections being fail but it does an alright job and you hardly notice it is there.

    I scan overnight so Kaspersky's downside doesn't affect me.
  20. InEvX

    InEvX MDL Junior Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    If you want a great protection, go with either Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 or Norton Internet Security 2010.
    Both earned top scores from AV-comparatives.
    Kaspersky does rank quite high on most other websites like matousec and, etc.
    If you want one of the best protection, Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 with application control settings set to "Untrusted". Good luck getting anything through that :)