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Joe Harry
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Hi Guys,

I'm looking for an Antivirus software and I'm considering various options like Norton, McAfee and the free one AVG.

My first idea is to try AVG and see how it works for my laptop. I want your valuable suggestions on users who already tried AVG.


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I remember reading a review (don't remember where...), where the conclusion was that some free anti-virus software worked just as well as the well-known non-free packages.

I'm not using anti-virus software at all on my own computers. Most of the time I use Ubuntu Linux, with which it isn't necessary to run anti-virus software.

On the computers of some of my less technical minded friends I have installed Avast! Antivirus, which is also free and seems to work well.


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Joe Harry
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Jesper,

I use to surf the internet a lot and once I got some kind of virus that got into my USB from the internet and I had to format it completely. So to avoid such a damage to my new Laptop, I thought of installing an AntiVirus software before I connect it to the internet.

I've planned to buy Norton but not sure if it will be worth the buy. As you said I'm also looking for other free alternatives.

Have you got any idea on AVG?
Joe Harry
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And by the way, I'm not able to download the avast anti virus home edition.
Ravi Gupta
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Try this one, and you will not need to try anything else: Avira Antivir Personal, available from http://www.free-av.com


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Joe Harry
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Guys,

So what do you people say? Go for free ones or buy Norton?
Pratap koritala
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+ AVG antivirus detects trojan horses and keyloggers very easily
+ ligher on using resources , suites laptops
- Quarantine.
[ July 16, 2008: Message edited by: Pratap koritala ]
Pratap koritala
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Use browsers that are less popular like Opera.

keep eye on number of processes in system, and start up list ( though which are listed in startup those are just kid viruses just aimed to spread thorogh removable media)

So, its most likely that you'll be effected by those kind of subtle viruses, so keep eye on Pen drives . Open them by explore , not throgh double click , which causes the script to be installed.
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Use browsers that are less popular like Opera.

I think any browser that's not IE (like Firefox) will reduce security problems significantly.


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Joe Harry
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Originally posted by Pratap Chowdary:
+ AVG antivirus detects trojan horses and keyloggers very easily
+ ligher on using resources , suites laptops
- Quarantine.

[ July 16, 2008: Message edited by: Pratap koritala ]


So your suggest me to go for Norton? I have to decide this before this Friday and purchase one or download a free version. So keep providing me your valuable suggestions and I'm also perusing the internet for information.
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In the pass I have used CA, Mcaffe, Norton and now using AVG.

I like AVG the best. The others ran slow.
Joe Harry
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I visited the AVG website and can anyone plase let me know if I can purchase it as a CD and if yes where can I do that?
Rusty Shackleford
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AVG's free products are outstanding.

Another good option is the Comodo firewall especially since Windows firewall is pathetic. Not only is it a rock solid firewall but has AV and other malware protection as well.

Of course, if possible not using Windows is the best AV solution.

As for Norton, don't bother. Those commercial applications are dog slow, unreliable, therefore pointless.


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Joe Harry
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Is AVG freely available for download and use? Don't we need a license for it? Please let me know!
Ulf Dittmer
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Originally posted by Jothi Shankar Kumar Sankararaj:
Is AVG freely available for download and use? Don't we need a license for it? Please let me know!


Have you googled for "avg download"?
Joe Harry
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Yes, I just googled and I got it. But I was thinking that it is a licenced version and that I had to purchase it.

Anyways, I will contact AVG and get to have more details.

Thanks all for the help!
Ravi Gupta
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Just trust me and try out Avira Antivir Personal once, you will never need to replace it. And coupling it with PC Tools Threatfire will add cherry to the cake.
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Free AVG link.
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
 
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