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Alright, I've been using Norton for the past 6 months. Then, I've got some buddies saying that it's no good.. So now I don't have any Anti-Virus programs running on my computer. So, what Anti-Virus do Geeks recommend??

asked Nov 19 '10 at 09:54

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I recommend avast! Antivirus, Kaspersky or Trend depending on your flavour. Some people like antivirus software that is fast but doesn't detect near as much as the thorough ones (Kaspersky is thorough).

For the geeks who are interested, I recommend learning how to set up underprivileged user accounts within your OS and keeping your OS up-to-date. Ideally this would be the way everyones machine is set up. It is unfortunate that not everyone knows how to secure their PC without the help of antivirus software.

answered Nov 19 '10 at 10:01

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Kaspersky is one that I would use if I still used Windows

(Nov 23 '10 at 22:12) TomMaxwell14 TomMaxwell14's gravatar image

Norton is evil, I use MSE; and I fondly remember the days when I had none and would fend off virii by hand. *sigh* Those were the days.

answered Nov 19 '10 at 10:29

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They're even easier to fend off now, with the maturity and features of OSes and routers these days.

(Nov 19 '10 at 10:50) Seb Seb's gravatar image

IMHO it was a great way to learn how virii and malware work, on a system you don't mind comprimising :)

(Mar 14 '11 at 09:48) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

i don't use security software


my security is up here

answered Mar 13 '11 at 23:51

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Me too. I use my common sense and constantly look in the task manager for bad processes. Also do a scan with Malware Bytes every now and again.

(Mar 14 '11 at 06:21) Vancar6 Vancar6's gravatar image

task manager????

you really need process manager

(Mar 16 '11 at 03:53) bailey0799 bailey0799's gravatar image

answered Nov 19 '10 at 10:41

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edited Nov 22 '10 at 11:35

both of them even get viruses... i use clamav on linux

(Nov 19 '10 at 11:04) trueb trueb's gravatar image

I do realize that both of them can get viruses, but they are the most secure operating systems available to the public.

(Nov 19 '10 at 11:12) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

You fight virii with lazy penguins and blue file folders? How does that work?

(Nov 22 '10 at 14:30) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

For OS X I use Sophos Anti-Virus... lol Just in case :P

(Nov 22 '10 at 20:01) NickMiller NickMiller's gravatar image

It's more a market share issue than a "most secure OS" one.

(Nov 23 '10 at 05:21) matman913 matman913's gravatar image

i am perfectly happy with Norton 360, it works and does a nice job

answered Nov 19 '10 at 11:32

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nortons works OK but it is a resource hog compared to many other scanners.

(Nov 19 '10 at 11:55) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

the newer ones are not so bad anymore... i would agree with you for internet security a couple years ago but NAV is not to bad

(Nov 22 '10 at 16:54) trueb trueb's gravatar image

I've been using AVG Free Edition for like 5 years now and it hasn't failed on me yet :D

answered Nov 22 '10 at 20:02

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Avast, Kaspersky, and ESET NOD32 right now I am using Avast, it seems to be doing a decent job, and Geeks do use Anti-Viruses, saying geeks dont use them, thats like saying a car thief leaves his doors unlocked and keys in the car...

answered Mar 14 '11 at 11:36

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I have Norton 360 but a friend keeps trying to get me to switch to TrendMicro.

answered Nov 19 '10 at 10:13

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Steven Hibbs

For me, I use avast but I have it's startup items disabled, it still works just fine, I just have to manually run the updater and scan files by either launching the or right clicking a file or drive and scanning it.

I use it as a on demand scanner so I get the benefits of the virus scanner, with out the performance loss.

PS when scanning multiple hard drives, it is better to do it from the right click menu because the scan goes faster. with most scanners, if you run a scan from the scanners GUI, it will scan each drive 1 by 1, but if you right click on your drives, and scan that way, you can scan multiple hard drives at the same time. (I generally do all 3 of my hard drives at the same time, and it doesn't slow the scan for the other drives because the CPU is more than fast enough to handle the scan engine)

answered Nov 19 '10 at 12:01

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Kaspersky. But often, geeks do not need it because they recognize viruses.

answered Nov 22 '10 at 15:45

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