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Offline DJ

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« on: October 16, 2005, 12:31 »
Hi All,

I'm looking to buy some antivirus software. I used to use Sophos (during university), but since I've finished I need a replacment.

I would like software that automatically updates and isn't too intrusive.

I've used AVG before, but not Symantec or McAfee.

Anyone have any preferences?

DJ

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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2005, 14:16 »
Don't forget that with Symantic you have to pay an annual free for each computer you have it installed on.  I have heard only good reports about AVG although I confess to using Symantic myself.
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Offline chorleydave

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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2005, 19:10 »
I use AVG.  However, I have heard that Avast (free) is easily the best out there, finding, virus', rogue files etc. that all the others miss.

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2005, 19:16 »
I have always used Symantec, which is unobtrusive, and auto updates, but can be a pig to install.  I haven't used any of the free alternatives, but as has been said, AVG and Avast have good reputations, although I'm not sure if they auto update.
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2005, 19:53 »
AVG definitely auto updates, but (I understand) you have to set it up that it doesn't re-install the whole thing each time.
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2005, 21:04 »
I use AVG - its free and does a damn good job!

I've never had the issue Clive mentioned. The autoupdates work fine - only occasionally when it is a big version change do you have to reinstall it. I do find that at times the autoupdate doesnt do its thing, though it does tell you that the virus definition are old - message in the toolbar. Its pretty good and deals with most stuff.

I also used to use Symantec but I found it obtrusive in the amount of processing power and general system resources. Its good and does an excellent job. You pay for what you get really.
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