AVG Free and Avast are both great products
by scott.skinner - 11/26/07 6:00 AM
In Reply to: Well... by animalcrosser107
I've been using AVG Free Edition for over 7 years with no viruses.
I loaded Avast on another computer just to test it, and I am very satisfied with it's performance for the past 2 years.
I sincerely believe that a layered approach to protection is essential. Anti-virus is only the first layer of protection. The second is common sense... with so many system message emulators and active X controls, it doesn't matter what program you use if you allow a baddie to run. You have to stay informed and vigilant.
A good anti-spyware program is always needed in addition to whatever AV you use. I prefer Adaware, but Spysweeper and others are ok.
I also use Windows Defender and WinPatrol for real-time protection.
I am very concious of system performance, and this combination has always worked well. Of course, ANY antivirus will hog resources during a full system scan... so explore a bit, and just schedule the update and tests to run when you aren't around... say 3 a.m. ( I never turn my computers off or let them hibernate ).
I am always amazeed that anyone would use Norton or McAfee AV. I've worked on many computers over the years and found that these two products are the biggest targets of malicious software. Almost every computer that I worked on for poor performance were using one of these products (and they were up to date with definitions), yet they were loaded with viruses and trojans.
I usually just uninstall the Norton or McAfee, install AVG and run it in safe mode, and the system is ready to go. Of course, I have to clean the registry and run antispyware, but fixing the AV allows the system to respond as it should.
In extreme infections I use the Kaspersky online scanner to catch the items evading detection. In the worst cases... restore CD.
There are a lot of great products out there, but honestly, AVG and Avast have performed so well, that they are the only ones I would consider, and they're both FREE.
I did buy the AVG Network Edition to protect the 30 computers at work, and I am extremely pleased. The interface is clunky, but the cost to system performance is negligible. Symantec Corpoate Ed was too expensive, and was slow to provide definitions for some viruses.
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