What is the best (read: "Most effective") Antivirus for Windows?
Aspects to consider:
Effectiveness at virus detection and removal
Answer by desktophero · May 31, 2010 at 07:39 PM
I've been using the Windows Security Essentials since Beta and have found: - Light resource footprint - Better than decent job in quarantining suspicious files/activity - Fast scanning - Automated updates that actually keep it up to date
Answer by tsilb · May 31, 2010 at 07:37 PM
I use Microsoft Security Essentials.
Microsoft gets all the reports first and has a response center to respond to virus reports, which runs 24/7.
Updates come down through an internal system; platform updates through Windows Update
Only works on "Genuine" installations
Answer by JellyWoo · Jun 10, 2010 at 02:10 AM
I use Microsoft Security Essentials. It is made by Microsoft specifically for their OS and it is very effective. Best of all, its free so you don't need to buy the full version to get all the features.
Answer by walterj89 · Jun 10, 2010 at 02:21 AM
Funny no one has mentioned COMODO antivirus.. or security suite really. Best firewall and security I've come across, beats every other answer I've seen here. Sure the Microsoft antivirus is light and ok, but there are a lot of things that other security companies do better.. (windows firewall is useless)
For one you can set the security level with Comodo. so you can be paranoid and get every process and file change to ask you first, or you can relax and let it do its thing with out asking you anything
Answer by keyoke · Jun 10, 2010 at 02:38 AM
I have been using Kaspersky and Eset NOD32 by far the best paid for solutions, As far as free solutions go AVG Free Edition is ok as well as Microsoft Security Essentials. There is Also an open source alternative called clamwin.
For independant tests of all the different AV software go to http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/main-tests
Answer by Aaron · May 31, 2010 at 07:40 PM
I suggest reading this: http://www.katarmstrong.com/blog/2007/09/how-to-windows-protection-software/ Find that AV software you want, with your needs. :)
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