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Fare Thee Well, Active Virus Shield

GimGim a tall glass of waterRegistered User regular
edited September 2007 in Games and Technology
So the last time I read up in an anti-virus thread, the latest greatest thing was AOL's Active Virus Shield, just a slightly stripped down version of Kaspersky. I installed it and have been happy since it doesn't eat up my resources. I boot up my PC this morning, and I get a warning from XP telling me that the definitions are out of date for AVS. Very well then, I'll update them manually. But no such luck.

And here's why.

Since I would rather have certain precious parts of my anatomy removed with rusty sporks before I run a McAfee product on my computer ever again, it looks like I'm in the market for another free antivirus app. Are AVG and Avast! still the same standard go-tos or has a new free king risen to take their place?

And to that guy, we're all very proud that you haven't gotten a virus in 30 years and you've never run an antivirus program. Pat yourself on the back and treat yourself to some pie. The time you spend telling us about your choice is precious time that could be spent eating the aforementioned delicious pie.

Gim on

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  • SniperGuySniperGuy SniperGuyGaming Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    AVG is still free and pretty damn awesome.

    Oh, and if anyone's using Norton, STOP IT RIGHT NOW. STOP IT.

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  • Gorilla SaladGorilla Salad Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    SniperGuy wrote: »
    AVG is still free and pretty damn awesome.

    Oh, and if anyone's using Norton, STOP IT RIGHT NOW. STOP IT.
    My parents never will.

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  • InsiderInsider Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    AVG has never failed me.

    Avast is good as well, but I've just gone wtih AVG.

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  • NightslyrNightslyr Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    SniperGuy wrote: »
    AVG is still free and pretty damn awesome.

    I must be the only person who doesn't like AVG. In my (admittedly limited) experience, its active shield doesn't really seem to do anything, and it's not all that user friendly compared to other options. Avast! at least gives a big, annoying warning (pulsating radioactive symbol and all) when the page you're trying to view is dangerous, and it doesn't give cryptic warnings about a random kernal change.

    So, my $0.02 is to go with Avast!

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  • GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Have there been any recent studies to see which ones are the most effective? I'd imagine that the pay ones would come out on top, but it would still be interesting to see.

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  • RookRook Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I've never really understood the need for antivirus program. With even a modicum of common sense, you don't need one.

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  • GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Gim wrote: »
    And to that guy, we're all very proud that you haven't gotten a virus in 30 years and you've never run an antivirus program. Pat yourself on the back and treat yourself to some pie. The time you spend telling us about your choice is precious time that could be spent eating the aforementioned delicious pie.

    Gim on
  • DiarmuidDiarmuid Amazing Meatball Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Avira is another good one.

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  • Descendant XDescendant X Skyrim is my god now. Outpost 31Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I was pretty annoyed by this turn of events as well. I will admit that I went and installed the McAfee version because AVG was driving me up the wall and I wanted to try something other than Antivir. It seems okay so far. It is not a system hog, and the interface is just as clean as the Kaspersky version. I think it will work just fine.

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  • SniperGuySniperGuy SniperGuyGaming Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Gim wrote: »
    Have there been any recent studies to see which ones are the most effective? I'd imagine that the pay ones would come out on top, but it would still be interesting to see.

    Actually, the pay ones (LIKE THE HORRIBLE SPAWN OF EVIL THAT IS NORTON) are often quite terrible.

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  • SnorkSnork word Jamaica Plain, MARegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I just paid for a full subscription to Norton and my I had to uninstall it the day I moved into college because I needed to have their specific combination of protective software and only theirs.

    I had to uninstall a freshly paid-for Norton

    and install MCAFFEE



    WHAT THE FUCK

    PS: I used to hate Norton but the newest version that comes with Vista is actually reliable and unintrusive.

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  • RookRook Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Gim wrote: »
    Gim wrote: »
    And to that guy, we're all very proud that you haven't gotten a virus in 30 years and you've never run an antivirus program. Pat yourself on the back and treat yourself to some pie. The time you spend telling us about your choice is precious time that could be spent eating the aforementioned delicious pie.

    Hey, that's cool. You keep on opening exes that friends e-mail you and downloading shit off Kazaa.

    Rook on
  • SniperGuySniperGuy SniperGuyGaming Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Snork wrote: »
    I just paid for a full subscription to Norton and my I had to uninstall it the day I moved into college because I needed to have their specific combination of protective software and only theirs.

    I had to uninstall a freshly paid-for Norton

    and install MCAFFEE



    WHAT THE FUCK

    PS: I used to hate Norton but the newest version that comes with Vista is actually reliable and unintrusive
    .

    This. I do not believe this.

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  • powersurgepowersurge Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    AVG is what I use it seems to do the trick for me. There have been people in the past that have run into false positives however but I haven't run into them.

    Ad Aware however is starting to piss me off. In the latest update they have added a service icon to the task bar. I can't seem to remove it without removing Ad Aware and it doesn't seem to do anything at least with the free version.

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  • GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Rook wrote: »
    Gim wrote: »
    Gim wrote: »
    And to that guy, we're all very proud that you haven't gotten a virus in 30 years and you've never run an antivirus program. Pat yourself on the back and treat yourself to some pie. The time you spend telling us about your choice is precious time that could be spent eating the aforementioned delicious pie.

    Hey, that's cool. You keep on opening exes that friends e-mail you and downloading shit off Kazaa.

    Hurf durf.

    If it takes up a small amount of memory, requires almost none of my attention, and can prevent a couple of rogue files from lodging themselves into my system, I say it's worth it.

    Gim on
  • ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    SniperGuy wrote: »
    Snork wrote: »
    I just paid for a full subscription to Norton and my I had to uninstall it the day I moved into college because I needed to have their specific combination of protective software and only theirs.

    I had to uninstall a freshly paid-for Norton

    and install MCAFFEE



    WHAT THE FUCK

    PS: I used to hate Norton but the newest version that comes with Vista is actually reliable and unintrusive
    .

    This. I do not believe this.

    This isn't a version that comes with Vista for one thing.Maybe one that comes with a Vista machine.

    Personally, I have two antivirus measures: at home, and at work.

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  • TexiKenTexiKen Dammit! That fish really got me!Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Mooching off the thread a bit, what is there in the lines of spyware stuff now? Is Spyware Terminator still the best one? Or has some new free upstart won the hearts and minds of PA?

    My trifecta so far is this:
    Avast
    Spyware Terminator
    Spyware Blaster

    Anything that needs to be swapped out?

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  • XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    AVG and Spybot serve me well and faithfully.

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  • ToyDToyD Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I have actually used Mcafee's Enterprise product for a long time and I really do like it a LOT. The home products though, those can suck a big monkey cock. The enterprise products are nice and unobtrusive, easy to use and set-up and work well. Why the hell the home editions of the virusscan products don't do this in the preferences i have no idea and it's crap-tastic.

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  • MunacraMunacra Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I second Avira.

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  • NightslyrNightslyr Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    ToyD wrote: »
    I have actually used Mcafee's Enterprise product for a long time and I really do like it a LOT. The home products though, those can suck a big monkey cock. The enterprise products are nice and unobtrusive, easy to use and set-up and work well. Why the hell the home editions of the virusscan products don't do this in the preferences i have no idea and it's crap-tastic.

    Yeah, I had McAfee Enterprise myself for a while, and loved it. I got it for free when I was in college, and unfortunately lost it when my computer died. :(

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  • ToyDToyD Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Nightslyr wrote: »
    ToyD wrote: »
    I have actually used Mcafee's Enterprise product for a long time and I really do like it a LOT. The home products though, those can suck a big monkey cock. The enterprise products are nice and unobtrusive, easy to use and set-up and work well. Why the hell the home editions of the virusscan products don't do this in the preferences i have no idea and it's crap-tastic.

    Yeah, I had McAfee Enterprise myself for a while, and loved it. I got it for free when I was in college, and unfortunately lost it when my computer died. :(

    That's when I got it and luckily have managed to hang onto it.

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  • xboxxerxboxxer Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    What's wrong with Norton? Seriously, I hear a lot of hate, but don't know why.

    FWIW, I'm using Symantec Antivirus, which I think is somehow related to / the same as Norton.

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  • FremFrem Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I used Norton for a while (free to all university students!) until I realized that my computer was taking ages to load the desktop and everything was running at a snails pace. Upon uninstall, I acquired AVG free and have been happy ever since. Well, until I started using Ubuntu as my primary operating system.

    Actually, I was trying to troubleshoot a few hours ago for a guy who installed Norton 360 on his computer and started getting BSODed. Has anyone heard anything about this? I haven't been able to find much useful info, aside from a rumor that a Norton update on May 17th has been wreaking BSOD havoc.

    edit: Actually, I was using Symantec Antivirus 9 or 10 or some such nonsense before.

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  • FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2007
    Rook wrote: »
    Gim wrote: »
    Gim wrote: »
    And to that guy, we're all very proud that you haven't gotten a virus in 30 years and you've never run an antivirus program. Pat yourself on the back and treat yourself to some pie. The time you spend telling us about your choice is precious time that could be spent eating the aforementioned delicious pie.

    Hey, that's cool. You keep on opening exes that friends e-mail you and downloading shit off Kazaa.

    Except you don't need to do that to get a virus. It's the easiest way, but not the only way.

    Yeah, I used to be one of those "olol don't need a virus scanner". One day for shits and giggles I downloaded one, and found I had 4-5 viruses sitting on my computer. Not all viruses cause noticable effects. In fact, a vast majority of them just use your computer as part of a botnet these days.. much more profitable.

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  • RonenRonen Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Yeah, Symantec Corporate is pretty easy to use and fairly unobtrusive. It can take up too many resources at startup if you let it, but more recent versions take care of that.

    At home I'm all Macs. But for my family's computers I've always removed whatever they bought and put Avast! on it. They seem happy with it.

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