Antivir Personal Edition Classic is the current antivirus software on my notebook now.
My restless pursuit for the ultimate antivirus system may yet continue but for now- this ought to do the trick of keeping your ‘book and desktop free from pesky viruses and trojans/worms etc.
I’ll be brief and these are my previous AV (antivirus) systems on the many PC and laptops I’ve been lucky to be able to get hands on:-
Norton AV (www.symantec.com) – I know that many users relish using Norton’s annual edition AVs. They are easy to install, looks easy to manage and certainly user-friendly in tandem with most users. My answer though:- no way. Their virus definitions are outdated behind most leading competitors (see : http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1760324,00.asp) but the key deterrent is its healthy appetite on the system’s resources and its buggy LiveUpdate services of which the connection is somewhat unpredictable. Ok for people with huge amounts of physical RAM ( give and take 1 GB RAM) in residence but for a gamer like me, the unnecessary meddling of the RAM which in turn, will mess up the fluidity of the game I’m engaging with is pure frustration. On the topside (Leidartikel looks at both sides of the coin) Norton can be wonderful to use for its beautiful simplicity and facile interface. I’d have confidence in its updates and think that their slow response might be their cautious nature in examining any new strain thoroughly. I’d rate Norton 6/10.
Kaspersky Antivirus (www.kaspersky.com). Easily my favourite AV for its excellent detection rates and aggressive Internet monitoring system which is second to none. Kaspersky does offer a 30-day trial with their superior products and top-notch customer response. Their work ethic is great and professionalism is helpful in their assistance to remove the virus you might have been unlucky to inherit. The downside:- the 30 days will come soon enough and you may be forced to fork out USD 39.99 for it. And don’t bother trying CD keys and deleting so and so entries in the registry. I promise that it’ll more likely permanently mess up your beloved comp more than the likelihood of bypassing its security code. Kaspersky has thought of almost everything. I know 39 bucks isn’t too much but why pay when there are free versions around? For making me pay for using it, I’ll rate it 8/10. But you won’t regret using it. It’s something you can entirely trust.
Bitdefender (www.bitdefender.com). Try their free Bitdefender 8 Free at (http://www.bitdefender.com/PRODUCT-14-en–BitDefender-8-Free-Edition.html ). For me, another benchmark for a good antivirus product is their lesser chance of discovering a false positives (aka false alarms). False positives is not necessarily a bad thing. Some AVs may have the tendency to balance it out by suggesting that it may probably be a virus and it’s best not to take chances while some more inferior products yield these results at almost every opportunity due to the generic nature of coding of certain viruses. Bitdefender has good detection rates (detected a malicious strain on my laptop before) and a easy interface for the beginner user and the professional. Why I stopped my continued use of BD is the fact that it’s very intrusive and updates are absolutely too long to download. Intrusive because it stops whatever program you’re running to compel you to download its updates. There is no way to stop it. You may be running a racing game and then the screen minimizes to Windows and then when you get back to the game, the race is no longer the same because you’ve crashed out (Need For Speed). That’s not to say BD is totally useless. For non-gamers – this is the AV you’ll want. Sleek, customisable and intelligent. The download even repairs broken updates and certain installation files which may be corrupted. Its interface may be changed to another layout if desired. My ratings:- (*if gamer 7/10), 9/10.
TRENDMicro PC-cillin (www.trendmicro.com). Another paying service. You try and you buy. I used it on a trial run to detect my already infected system (log date 16 October 2005) and it did not detect the particular malicious file. (Win32.Netsky) and the virus has been logged on June 02 2004! How’s that for poor detection? Apart from that, its rsource-hungry scanner and guard put me off after a while. Poor product. 3/10. They have the Housecall utility which is a fine emergency scanner but use it at your risk.
AVG Antivirus (www.avguk.com/doc/1). Who hasn’t used AVG and came away satisfied? It’s easily one of the most recognisable of AV systems and has a free download for yours truly (http://free.grisoft.com) . Its site even proclaimed (http://www.grisoft.com/doc/6101/lng/us/tpl/tpl01) 40 million users worldwide and is one of the largest AV companies to boot. Many people have recommended this product and this time I’ll jump the bandwagon and do the same. Have a look at this article:- (http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-vs-paid-av.htm) and you’ll see why. It’s imperative to drum into the consumer at large that no antivirus system can deal with all threats and that a combination of both an antivirus and a anti-spyware system like AVG did with Ewido now- you’ll have a power player. My reason for not having it now is this:- AVG Free’s updates are ultra slow compared to the paying version (this is understood) and that its mode of update is kind of unsettling. You see, the system runs the update once a day to check for any new virus signatures but once a day is not good for a virus crisis. You’ll need serious business tools when dealing with critical strains. The update server also can be pretty hard to access and connections can fail for no reason. That’s to say nothing about its rather poor detection rates. Still, for the prudent user, this can be a fun and interesting AV to use. By prudent, I mean not taking unneccesary risks in downloading dubious files and going online with P2P servers ready to unleash a new virus into your fortress of a computer. I’ve used the AVG Free for about 1 month until I found Bitdefender and have stuck to the latter since. It has a inbuilt guard and its scanning rate is fast. Fast need not translate as good. Ratings:- 7/10. Use it wisely and together with the Ewido Free Antispyware.
McAfee VirusScan (www.mcafee.com) . A friend once swore by this product and claimed that ‘this product has saved my life!’. To this day, I doubt this assertion not because he’s a less than credible individual but rather I fear that his faith is misplaced. It’s popular and I can’t deny that but sometimes, popularity can be garnered by fierce advertising and astute choice of downloads available to the curious user. To that end, McAfee has shown us what it can do. Unfortunately, that’s the best part. McAfee is firstly, not free for use. Its updates are also erratic and poorly executed. And worst of all, its virus signatures are horribly outdated by about a month in comparison with Kaspersky. I think that the system scan is average in speed but I’ve got many false positives in the process and wonder about how McAfee can get the reputation it has today. The mind whirls. Ratings:- 3/10. No lower since I’m still trying to get a review which says something more compelling about it.
Panda Software (www.pandasoftware.com) offers one of the more convincing detection rates around IMO and can be fun to use. Its features do not really stand out from the crowd since it covers the basic operations you might come to expect. The not so good part is that you have to pay for it after 1 month. For a mediocre system which has a detection rate slightly better than the free versions you can scrape from the net, Panda needs more than just some nursing for the black eye. Ratings:- 6/10. could be better, I’ve had worse.
That has about cover what I’ve set out to say this time. I’d say for those willing to pay, go for Kaspersky. Those wanting to pay for stupid products, go for PC-Cillin and McAfee. Those who won’t mind an inferior product at the cost of nothing, go for AVG. The one closest to my heart is Bitdefender although I’m ambivalent towards it as I’m a gamer and Bitdefender pays no heed to gamers’ need for privacy and total game commitment. There’s one more system worth checking out.
Avira PE Classic is the one you might like. Here’s why.
1. Frequent updates. Whenever updates are available, your Avira PE Classic manager goes to the server and download updates the same moment. By extension , frequent updates mean a likely chance of a higher detection rate.
2. Lightweight scanning and guard. Not resource-hungry and draggy.
3. Admirable scanning speed. My Documents folder of roughly 550 MB scanned in half a minute.
4. free to use.
5. Heuristics used in the scan may be customisable. This offers slightly better detection rates than AVG or AVAST!
6. easy installation and nice option interface with ‘hover’ instructions for the newbie.
You might not like Avira PEC :-
1. a notifier (in reality, just an advertisement) which pops up everytime you download updates asking you to purchase the full version. It’s not annoying once you get used to it but apparently, some users can’t get it out of their minds.
2. it’s still a free product. While technical support is ok since I’ve visited the forums and am satisfied with their commitment, I doubt that most of their technicians are focussed on improving indefatigably on a free and thankless product.
3. updates can be annoying. While updates are welcome, the moment they are available, the system has to make more RAM room for them. Like I said, for a gamer, this can be disconcerting. Best part is:- the game does not minimise as per Bitdefender but you can feel the system running a little more slower for the time being.
So, currently, it’s Avira for me. Should have been Bitdefender but BD scan is also a tad slower than this but with fewer false alarms. If this piqued your interest, head over to (http://www.free-av.com/) and download straight from the website and not the mirrors.