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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:52 AM

Today Jim takes a look at some popular Free Anti Virus solutions and rounds them up head to head.

 

Read his review here:

 

http://www.overclock.../av_comparison/


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:54 AM

I should not read this article..



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:55 AM

I am not a fan of most them...... to me its just so hard nowadays to say whats better then the other.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 02:21 PM

I was curious why Comodo did not make the list, especially if Clam did. Especially since it's free packages now include Internet Security with a firewall and both free packages give Sandbox browser usage.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 02:29 PM

I was curious why Comodo did not make the list, especially if Clam did. Especially since it's free packages now include Internet Security with a firewall and both free packages give Sandbox browser usage.

I used to use the Comodo AV on my laptop but then discovered it messed with some of its drivers. (Specifically drivers associated with its tablet functionality.) Still use the firewall though.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 03:13 PM

Although not free, I'd be interested in seeing how Norton compares :teehee:


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 06:30 PM

You picked Panda Cloud for ME!!! 

 

I still use MSE -- never had any problems...



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 06:50 PM

I've used AVG for years and recommend and/or install it myself on all my family/friends' computers.

 

I'm glad it was the fastest, but being speedy really shouldn't be the only factor when deciding on which AV software to use...not even the main factor.

 

You mention it catching many zero day threats, but I think a comparison chart for that (or virus database size) would have made more sense than simply how fast scans are.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 07:11 PM

I've used AVG for years and recommend and/or install it myself on all my family/friends' computers.
 
I'm glad it was the fastest, but being speedy really shouldn't be the only factor when deciding on which AV software to use...not even the main factor.
 
You mention it catching many zero day threats, but I think a comparison chart for that (or virus database size) would have made more sense than simply how fast scans are.

As I state in the article, I do not have the ability to verify the ability of the scanners to detect infections, so you got what I could give. I gave the AV-Test.org link so you can see that information, but, unfortunately, they do not test all of the scanners I looked at. Here are the links for those that they do:

Avast: Free AntiVirus

AVG: Anti-Virus Free Edition

Microsoft: Security Essentials

Panda Security: Cloud Antivirus FREE


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 07:33 PM

 

I've used AVG for years and recommend and/or install it myself on all my family/friends' computers.
 
I'm glad it was the fastest, but being speedy really shouldn't be the only factor when deciding on which AV software to use...not even the main factor.
 
You mention it catching many zero day threats, but I think a comparison chart for that (or virus database size) would have made more sense than simply how fast scans are.

As I state in the article, I do not have the ability to verify the ability of the scanners to detect infections, so you got what I could give. I gave the AV-Test.org link so you can see that information, but, unfortunately, they do not test all of the scanners I looked at. Here are the links for those that they do:

Avast: Free AntiVirus

AVG: Anti-Virus Free Edition

Microsoft: Security Essentials

Panda Security: Cloud Antivirus FREE

 

Thanks for the links


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:27 AM

I switched from AVG to MSE some years ago, but given MSE's recent low ratings I've decided a few days ago to switch back. Haven't made the move yet, so it's a good thing that this article came along to prod me. :)



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:14 AM

I am not a fan of most them...... to me its just so hard nowadays to say whats better then the other.


Yeah it is hard but then again its more a case of what suits who then whats the best.

 

Although not free, I'd be interested in seeing how Norton compares :teehee:

 

lol

 

 

 

I've used AVG for years and recommend and/or install it myself on all my family/friends' computers.
 
I'm glad it was the fastest, but being speedy really shouldn't be the only factor when deciding on which AV software to use...not even the main factor.
 
You mention it catching many zero day threats, but I think a comparison chart for that (or virus database size) would have made more sense than simply how fast scans are.

As I state in the article, I do not have the ability to verify the ability of the scanners to detect infections, so you got what I could give. I gave the AV-Test.org link so you can see that information, but, unfortunately, they do not test all of the scanners I looked at. Here are the links for those that they do:

Avast: Free AntiVirus

AVG: Anti-Virus Free Edition

Microsoft: Security Essentials

Panda Security: Cloud Antivirus FREE

 

Thanks for the links

 


AV-test.org is decent but I always cross reference with Virus Bulletin and AV Comparatives as well.