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Old 01-06-2011, 02:36 PM   #1
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Sorry for all my threads recently, last one for the week.

So I'm getting closer to reinstalling windows on my computer, and I'm beginning to compile the installers for the programs I want to keep. Currently for my antivirus I use spybot search and destroy, only because thats what my dad put on when he got the pc, and I never got around to changing it. I have read online reviews and such on anti virus programs, but they often contradict, so..

What do you suggest I use for my antivirus?

I would like it to be fairly easy to use on xp, free or paid, and provide good coverage without doing what I know some have a tendancy to do (if possible): They stop you playing half the games and running half the programs you want to because it says its a trojan or virus even though its not.

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Old 01-06-2011, 02:52 PM   #2
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Lots of Folks here use ESET NOD32 Or Avira
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:04 PM   #3
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Eset looks good. If nothing else pops up ill probably get that, just looking for some reviews now.
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:47 PM   #4
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Many of us use Microsoft Security Essentials
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:58 PM   #5
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I personally use...

Real Time protection
Microsoft Security Essentials

Supplimental Protection (on access)
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Added IE Security
MVPS Hosts File

Firewall
Windows Firewall (built in)

Spyware
Windows Defender (built in)

I don't use Windows XP, but there are some flaws in the XP firewall... A good firewall is recommended. I don't have any suggestions though.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:24 PM   #6
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I use AVG antivirus. It's good and gets the job done
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ESET NOD32 is a great anti-virus program as already mentioned. ESET NOD32 has never missed an In-the-Wild virus.
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Old 01-08-2011, 07:55 AM   #8
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I used AVG for several years but switched to Microsoft Security Essentials as my system seems to run faster with it. Recently though I did run the ESET online scanner and it found an Adware program hiding in the Temp directory that MSE had missed, though to give MSE its due this program wasn't being run and was just a temp file from an uninstalled shareware application.
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Old 01-08-2011, 10:58 AM   #9
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I highly recommend ESET NOD32.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:39 PM   #10
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Once (/if) I get my pc restored I am going to look into getting ESET. Thanks for the help guys, topic solved.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:27 PM   #11
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Avast or Avira are both good.

I think Avast use less memory and scans files in less time though compared to Avira.
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