BitDefender, the most under rated program out there.
I've used a number of antivirus programs through the years and was disappointed in one way or another by most all of them. I also believe that PC World must play favorites in a lot of their reviews. As often as they point out the problems with Norton (and there are a lot of them), they still rate it as one of the best, while at the same time, rating BitDefender near the bottom of the list, also state that it did the best job of keeping a system clean. With my experience I wouldn't consider using anything that didn't update hourly, which BitDefender does and most others don't. And this year they are selling their security suite for 2 computers for 2 years. And still PC World tells you that Norton and others, many that only update WEEKLY!, while others only every few days. Prompt updates are most important and most of the big companies don't have hourly updates. BD also has never conflicted with any of the 160 some programs on my computer. Once when I forgot to turn it on I picked up a non dangerous virus and the program had a problem disinfecting, but an email to tech support brought a reply in a day with a simple workable solution that removed the problem. It has no effect on the speed of my computer (unlike Spysweepers new updated 5.0) and lets me decide just how it deals with everything. I like to be asked for permissions, so BDs firewall asks me anytime any program wants to call out or in, but if you like it will decide for you and you'll never see a nag screen. I prefer to be nagged. And all the other parts of the suite have never given me reason to complain. It is rated at the top, or very near the top, depending on which publication you're reading, and that's what's important. Does your antivirus update hourly? If not then you don't have the best. I also don't understand people that just refuse to pay money for security. The best things in life (or at least computer security) are NOT free. Slightly off the subject of antivirus, people that rely on Spybot for antimalware protection are penny wise and pound foolish. Not having an active program running, and depending on scans only, is asking for trouble. And again, this year BitDefender is protecting two machines for two years for the price of one machine for one year. The best software bargain I've run into for a long time. I've used Norton and I wouldn't wish it on my enemies, I've used Panda and my only complaint with it is the update frequency. BD updates hourly, though you would never notice it unless you were watching your task bar. It's quick, quiet and doesn't interfer with any program that might be running. A deep scan can take quite a bit of time, but I don't see that as a problem, and I don't know how it compares to others. But how Norton stays in business confounds me. It took me a couple of days just to get the whole thing off of my drives. Very intrusive. It will take some kind of wonder program to get me to even think of trying anything else after three years now of BD.
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