Need antivirus :'[

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  1. Sailor
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    Bah..my Norton Antivirus subscription ran out...I'm planning on going to Best Buy and picking up a real copy for like $40, but I'm not doing that until a couple weeks.

    Until then, I need a good antivirus that's free, and can protect me well. Just to keep me safe until I buy Norton 2008 :|
    Any suggestions?

    EDIT: Actually, when going to Best Buy maybe I'll buy McAfee instead. I have no idea which one is better, so I think I'll do some research :\
     


  2. OSW

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    NOD32 free trial.

    then perhaps you an acquire the full version for free X_X
     
  3. Linkiboy

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    Avast! is definitely my favorite anti-virus. Its free, uses low resources, has active scanners, and doesn't bother you during games.
     
  4. fischju

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    Suggestion: Screw Norton. I haven't had a virus - ever - and have Comodo firewall (free) and NOD32 (somewhat free)
     
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    What's NOD32? And why did someone post that it's "somewhat free"?
    Is it better than Norton though?

    And I didn't get the full version of Norton before because I had a free trial....
    ......
    .........and I didn't feel like buying it xD
     
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    I have found that Kaspersky has given faster scans than any of the other ones i've tried, including the free ones.
     
  7. Sailor
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    ...Reeaaaallllyyy...interesting. *researches*
     
  8. fischju

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    NOD32 is an antivirus program that uses a very low amount of resources. It's also cheap if you want to pay for it.

    NOD32, AVG, and Avast! are the best 3 antivirus programs.
    Zone Alarm, Comodo, and Kerio are the best 3 firewalls.
     
  9. Sailor
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    Is Kaspersky free?
     
  10. fischju

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    AVG and Avast! are pretty well matched, but I usually go for AVG.
     
  11. Awdofgum

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    No kaspersky isn't free, but if you are looking to buy anti-virus software, i'd go with kaspersky.
     
  12. Sailor
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    Yea, it even has a higher rating than Norotn + McAfee on CNET. Thanks [​IMG]
     
  13. Urza

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    Norton is horrid. It has one of the lowest detection rates of all the major AV software, major memory hogging issues; its like an octopus that you pay to wash your windows, but it doesn't do a very good job and when you tell it to go away its firmly wrapped around your chimney.

    NOD32 (or ESET Smart Security if you want the firewall + antispyware also), is by far the superior choice.

    Also, don't ever look to CNET for software reviews. They factor in bullshit like how easy it would be for your grandmother to use it.
     
  14. Sailor
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    I see, thank you also. Most people do say Norton sucks...didn't know that for real.
    How come NOD32 only lets you own it for 1 year though if you pay $40?

    And CNET sucks too? Oh my gosh..the bad news just keeps on coming :'[
    Thanks for guiding me, Urza.
     
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    Avast hasn't let me down.
     
  16. Urza

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    I wouldn't say that CNET "sucks", but when it comes to software they don't give very useful scores, and for most other products you can find better reviews at sites that specialize in reviewing what you're looking for (for instance, going to phonescoop if you're looking for a new cell phone).
     
  17. Sailor
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    Ah, alrighty then. I looked at their reviews for Mp3 players, and they scored one well so I'm gonna order it next week. *phew*

    Hmm..so I downloaded the NOD32 30 day trial, and we'll see how that goes. By then if I haven't convinced my dad to buy it, I'll use Avast! until that happens. Thanks everyone for all help!
     
  18. fischju

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    You read a review to help you decide which product to buy?
     
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    Regarding the Mp3 player? I read buy.com reviews, CNET, youtube user reviews...lol I'm not a noob at purchasing, only computers xD
     
  20. fischju

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    Ok, then what did you choose?