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PR-0927
05-19-2008, 10:02 PM
So, I was just wondering about anti-virus program stuff. I have McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i (provided for free by my college). But, I was wondering if I should replace this with AVG Free 8 or leave it alone. I haven't had issues with it at all, but I'm mostly ignorant about anti-virus programs, and would assume a free anti-virus program would pale in comparison to a pay program (normally), am I correct?

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Det. Bart Lasiter
05-19-2008, 10:41 PM
So, I was just wondering about anti-virus program stuff. I have McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i (provided for free by my college). But, I was wondering is I should replace this with AVG Free 8 or leave it alone. I haven't had issues with it at all, but I'm mostly ignorant about anti-virus programs, and would assume a free anti-virus program would pale in comparison to a pay program (normally), am I correct?No.

PR-0927
05-19-2008, 10:46 PM
No as in don't replace, correct?

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Jeff
05-19-2008, 11:05 PM
No as in free programs can be better. I personally use avast antivirus and have had no complaints with it, it auto-updates and isn't bloated and its free. I'm sure there are other free software that are better than paid besides this.

Det. Bart Lasiter
05-19-2008, 11:06 PM
No, no as in you're wrong about the pale in comparison thing.






























No as in free programs can be better. I personally use avast antivirus and have had no complaints with it, it auto-updates and isn't bloated and its free. I'm sure there are other free software that are better than paid besides this.fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff ffffffffffffffffff

Lorden Darkblade
05-19-2008, 11:57 PM
Well I don't know about Avast but here I used to have Norton then I moved to NOD32 which was worse then Norton by the way.
It let a stupid virus get in, I had to remove it manually. It only infected .exe and dumb ones.
Now I use Kaspersky Internet Security and I have no complains about it so far!

PR-0927
05-20-2008, 12:55 AM
Hmm. But does anyone know about a direct comparison between McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i or AVG Free 8? Those are really only what I'm looking at, and I'm not willing to pay for anything (since I can get either for free). I've heard AVG is better than Avast as well.

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Samuel Dravis
05-20-2008, 01:44 AM
I use AVG. It works ok, free for personal use. I guess the greatest difference is that 1) McAfee is very big, meaning both popular and bloated, 2) McAfee will be targeted by anything smart enough to look for antivirus software to kill.

AOL's AVS antivirus they offered for free was great, because it was basically Kaspersky renamed as AOL, but I found out too late to get it. :( Anyways, if you were actually going to buy an antivirus, I would buy Kaspersky. You might also want to check out NOD32, it's very fast.

edit: for some software info, this site (http://www.virusbtn.com)has a good listing of pass/fail rates for many different packages (bugmenot username is october23, pass is the same).

IG-64
05-20-2008, 03:07 AM
Hmm. But does anyone know about a direct comparison between McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i or AVG Free 8? Those are really only what I'm looking at, and I'm not willing to pay for anything (since I can get either for free). I've heard AVG is better than Avast as well.

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I used mcafee for a little while and it never really did anything. I tried Norton and that pretty much sucked. Then I installed AVG and it detected a bunch of stuff that was hiding everywhere. This was awhile back, but I've used AVG ever since.

BongoBob
05-20-2008, 03:42 AM
AVG kicks ass and I'd take it over Norton or McAfee any day.

Sivy
05-20-2008, 04:48 AM
to put it simply...

if you want a free one use AVG free

if you want extra protection and don't mind paying for it get Norton

i am, and have been for awhile, an avg fan and i personally don't see the need for anything else.
however if you are more at risk of getting infected, e.g if you like downloading porn, mp3s and/or other warez from sites that claim they are 100% virus free! and you don't realise they're probably lying and you don't scan them anyway... then norton is for you.

Mercenary
05-20-2008, 06:10 AM
The best thing about AVG is that it's not a resource hog.

Lightsaberboy
05-20-2008, 06:16 AM
if you want you can use both!! :D

Sivy
05-20-2008, 07:03 AM
if you want you can use both!! :D

and watch your computer develop a bad case of schizophrenia :D

even duo cores can get upset when you've got two anti-virus programs installed.

MrWally
05-20-2008, 07:06 AM
I've been an AVG guy for years and I've never had a problem. Its lightweight and very easy to use.

Just about the only time I even notice its running is when it has to update at start up, other than that it just runs quietly in the background.

Pho3nix
05-20-2008, 07:27 AM
I use Antivir which I've been happy with for the last 4 years.

Lightsaberboy
05-23-2008, 03:28 PM
I've been an AVG guy for years and I've never had a problem. Its lightweight and very easy to use.

Just about the only time I even notice its running is when it has to update at start up, other than that it just runs quietly in the background.

have you updated to 8.0 yet? they kept giving me the pop-up saying 7.5 would stop getting updates after May, so I updated to 8.0 and for the most part it's fine but it seemed to make pages load slower. seems it has a link scanner that automatically installs and it scans all links on a page to make sure they're safe even tho firefox already does that. but then i found this (http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?showtopic=156942) where a person showed how to install 8.0 without the link scanner and now it runs fine for me like before.

Kjølen
05-23-2008, 03:36 PM
The corporate edition of Symantec AntiVirus is actually very, very good. They don't overload you with bull**** like the consumer versions Symantec and Norton of old. It's just a small, functional piece of non-obtrusive software. My school offers it to students for free. :D

Alegis
05-30-2008, 07:24 PM
Norton is still bad. Still bloated, still inferior detection rates (both false positives and negatives).

NOD 32 > *

If it has to be free, Avira is your best choice.

swphreak
05-30-2008, 08:40 PM
have you updated to 8.0 yet? they kept giving me the pop-up saying 7.5 would stop getting updates after May, so I updated to 8.0 and for the most part it's fine but it seemed to make pages load slower. seems it has a link scanner that automatically installs and it scans all links on a page to make sure they're safe even tho firefox already does that. but then i found this (http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?showtopic=156942) where a person showed how to install 8.0 without the link scanner and now it runs fine for me like before.

You could have also just disabled whatever you didn't want.

http://www.lucasforums.com/picture.php?albumid=42&pictureid=196

I also uninstalled the Firefox extension it installed. Only other thing I disabled was the advanced email anti-spam checking. Took for freaking ever to get emails since it was checking each one against some online database.

I think AVG8 is great.

EnderWiggin
05-30-2008, 11:27 PM
Me gustan AVG y Avast.

Anything else is unnecessary.

_EW_

Lightsaberboy
06-01-2008, 02:35 PM
You could have also just disabled whatever you didn't want.

http://www.lucasforums.com/picture.php?albumid=42&pictureid=196

I also uninstalled the Firefox extension it installed. Only other thing I disabled was the advanced email anti-spam checking. Took for freaking ever to get emails since it was checking each one against some online database.

I think AVG8 is great.
is yours the free version? because i don't remember my main screen ever showing all those other features.

but it's still fine for me. the scans feel like they take longer, but i don't mind.

MrWally
06-01-2008, 07:00 PM
have you updated to 8.0 yet? they kept giving me the pop-up saying 7.5 would stop getting updates after May, so I updated to 8.0 and for the most part it's fine but it seemed to make pages load slower. seems it has a link scanner that automatically installs and it scans all links on a page to make sure they're safe even tho firefox already does that. but then i found this (http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?showtopic=156942) where a person showed how to install 8.0 without the link scanner and now it runs fine for me like before.

Hmm, no I am still running 7.5, I'll do just that and see what I think, thanks!

Sir Phobos
06-01-2008, 07:19 PM
I wouldn't recommend any antivirus software other than TrendMicro's free online scan. If your smart about what your doing there really isn't a need for a system hog like Norton or McAfee.

Try using FireFox too - a lot better than IE in terms of security.

Just my .02

PR-0927
06-02-2008, 09:03 AM
Haha, of course to using Firefox - been doing that for years.

So I ended up switching from McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i to AVG Free 8.0. I should have switched long ago. Even AVG Free 8.0 seems much better than normally licensed McAfee stuff.

Thanks you all. Also been using Spybot - Search & Destroy for many years.

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