SysChat is a free online computer support community. Ask questions, share resources, contribute knowledge and discuss technology. Join our growing community to access all features. Register Now!

SysChat » Software Support » Computer Security » AVG,Norton or kaspersky

Computer Security

Discuss Computer Security- Viruses, Adware, Spyware, etc...

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-13-2008, 03:58 AM
techbrain55 techbrain55 is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 15
techbrain55 is on a distinguished road

Default AVG,Norton or kaspersky

hello there,
I was told by someone who works on computers that AVG the free edition
is just as good as Norton Anti Virus if not better. But now i saw kaspersky being good and have good comments and reports on it.Any details further would be appreciated.

Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-13-2008, 10:43 AM
lurkswithin's Avatar
lurkswithin lurkswithin is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,233
lurkswithin has a spectacular aura aboutlurkswithin has a spectacular aura aboutlurkswithin has a spectacular aura about


Kaspersky is better than any of the free anti-virus programs.

from : The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities

Best Free Anti-Virus Software Updated February 2, 2008

Antivirus tools are essential in protecting the host client from a multitude of viral, Trojan, and rootkit Internet threats. They also can also stop virus infestation from cross media file sharing. Antivirus is also essential as a secondary preventative Internet security solution beyond a firewall.

If you are looking for the best possible protection my top recommendation is Avira AntiVir Personal Edition Classic [1]. Although its detection rate is outstanding there are some reservations. Firstly, it lacks email scanning that is only available in the paid version. This means that AntiVir won't warn you about any infected emails before you open them. However, should you open an infected email, then AntiVir will still spring into action. The absence of its email scanner doesn't mean you are not protected from email based infections. My second reservation is that AntiVir is quite an intrusive product you will certainly be well aware of its presence. Finally, AntiVir Personal Edition Classic has a time limited license. It is renewable, but be aware you will have to periodically go through the hoops.
Recommended products:

If your not prepared to accept the drawbacks to AntiVir I would suggest either AVG Antivirus 7 Free Edition [2] or the Avast! scanner [3]. Neither is quite as effective in detection as AntiVir, however they are both more complete products and less intrusive in use.

AVG Free has been continuously refined since it was first released in 1991 and the latest version V7.5 makes further improvements to an already solid product. Additionally, it's relatively small, light on resources, has regular automatic updates, and handles email scanning. There is a free and a pro version; the only difference being that the free version has a few non critical features disabled and has no technical support other than a free user forum .

Equally effective is the free Avast scanner [3] although its funky media player style interface is not to everyone's taste. Avast also required periodic re registration while AVG does not. However, Avast does not seem to suffer the signature file update problems that plague some AVG users.

AVG and Avast are excellent free products that will meet the needs of most users, however, none
of these offer the best malware detection available. That title belongs to commercial products like NOD32, F Secure, the full versions of AntiVir, Kaspersky AV and others. They are however capable packages that offer the financially challenged a real alternative to the major anti virus suites.

However, if you use AVG or Avast in conjunction with a sandbox for surfing, (see section 4) and an anti spyware product, (see section 3) you can achieve a level of protection approaching that offered by the best commercial AV products.

Further improvement is possible running regular on demand scans with a different anti virus product.

On demand scans should be run regularly, at least weekly, to check for viruses and other malware that may have been missed by your main scanner.

A good option for on demand scanning is the free version of the commercial AV product BitDefender [4]. It's a first class product with excellent detection rates, but as the free version lacks an email scanner, and a resident virus guard, it's only really suited for use as an on demand scanner rather than your main AV product. There are some other limitations as well. Firstly, it has an annoying habit of detecting malware products that have been quarantined by other security products and you can't exclude these areas from subsequent scans. Secondly, it is only available on a one year non renewable license.
Product Specifications:

[1] AntiVir
Website: Free antivirus - Avira AntiVir

[2] AVG Anti Virus
Website: AVG Free Advisor - Free antivirus and anti-spyware downloads

[3] Avast
Website: Free antivirus - avast! 4 Home Edition

[4] BitDefender
Website: Antivirus software - BitDefender - The future of security now!

Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-13-2008, 05:14 PM
Wombat's Avatar
Wombat Wombat is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 569
Wombat is on a distinguished road


Free is not necessarily good, I prefer to use a paid AV solution that will not let me down.

I use Nod32 which is 64 bit compatible for my AV protection, and it's well worth the money...

Antivirus Software - Eliminate Spyware and Adware with ESET NOD32 Antivirus


Wombat's: Bulldozers of the bush...
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FREE anitvirus software??? shaun Computer Security 24 04-18-2008 09:05 PM
help i have a trojan horse on my laptop tam1972 Computer Security 7 03-04-2008 09:45 AM
I have a trojan bddl Computer Security 1 01-24-2008 05:14 PM
Virus threat talk2ayokunle Computer Security 2 12-16-2007 01:28 AM
Kaspersky Is the Best shaun Computer Security 0 12-12-2007 04:29 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is on
Smilies are on
[IMG] code is on
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are on

» Ads

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54