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netreg
Grafter
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Registered: 24-08-2007

which antivirus?

Hi
I am interested in finding out others opinions on which antivirus is the best... 
Personally i recently moved to AVG from Zonealarm Security as i just kept finding ZA was slowing my pc down way too much..
I am currently using AVG and the inbuilt XP firewall.
I appreciate your views  Grin
thanks
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VileReynard
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Re: which antivirus?

Start by not using Internet Explorer.
Try to use a router, not a modem.
Change your preferences to show extensions of all files (so that you can see if you are opening an executable file).
Don't trust any software firewall.
When I used Windows, I found AntiVir to be reliable and didn't place too much load on an old PC. Try to avoid Windows Vista (it's not ready yet).

suesykes
Grafter
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Registered: 31-10-2007

Re: which antivirus?

Quote of the century....
"Try to avoid Windows Vista (it's not ready yet)."
Windows 95 isnt finished yet!!!
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Re: which antivirus?

I am sticking with Kaspersky
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Re: which antivirus?

I used stand-alone e-Trust AV for some time and was happy with it. Then it became part of the Computer Associates ISS which I wasn't keen on, although it was easy to use and configure.  Following a change to Vista, although I had a subscription I deleted the Vista-compatible CA ISS due to problems and used AVG/WF.  I tried ZA when it became Vista compatible and it slowed down the computer (as had CA) so now I use AVG/Windows firewall/router firewall/Windows Defender and the laptop is working fine.  From what I read, ISSs are notorious for slowing things down and I prefer stand-alone products.
Midnight_Caller
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Re: which antivirus?

I yews:
AVG - Anti-Virus.
Zone Alarm - Firewall.
Quote from: axisofevil
Change your preferences to show extensions of all files (so that you can see if you are opening an executable file).

I always do that.  Cheesy
Community Veteran
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Registered: 30-07-2007

Re: which antivirus?

AVG free A/V
ZoneAlarm pro firewall (the free one is also very good)
Don't use the windows firewall!
and many other malware/spyware scanners.
clockley
Grafter
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Registered: 07-04-2007

Re: which antivirus?

I use AVG.  Have done for years and never had a serious issue.  When I mistakenly used BT Broadband, I was given a free copy of Norton Anti Virus, which lasted a few days, and soundly replaced by AVG again.
holdtight
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Registered: 15-06-2007

Re: which antivirus?

AVG free for years here too and never had a virus yet but i am very cautious about what i open and where i visit
also have the plusnet AV and anti spam turned on
Jetico firewall and the obligatory adaware & spybot which are updated and run weekly
Same as you Carl i was given norton systemworks 03 in 03 funnily enough iirc it was on my pc for about three days and never again will i touch a norton product

puddy
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Registered: 10-06-2007

Re: which antivirus?

I use panda and have done for years, dell wanted remote access to my laptop but it refused to let them in.  Panda updates hourly too and not like most once a day and they let you have new versions when the come out if you are still under contract.  They have support on the end off a phone 24x7 not like some which use e-mail support.  They give a 3 computer license pack as standard.
The bad points dont buy direct they sting you on price get it from amazon
puddy
alanf
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Re: which antivirus?

This is reply to a thread that has been dormant for 10 years!

Community Veteran
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Re: which antivirus?

don't

buy it from Amazon and it is even cheaper

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Re: which antivirus?

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Re: which antivirus?

@Strat Bah humbug... I missed that... Cry

St3
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Re: which antivirus?

I use windows firewall and windows built in antivirus, never had any issues.

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