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Old 1st August 2009, 22:31   #331
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I would like to put up my experience.
1) Although I am thinking of getting a paid copy for last 2 years now, I have been using AVG free since then. Its legal as its free, but IMHO, it eats more RAM.
2) Kespersky trial version I did try, but whenever I uninstalled it, there was some error or the other. When it went away, I had to format my OS.
3) Any AntiVirus software and any firewall can help you upto certain extent. After a limit they are not that useful. Even free AVG is not able to prevent virus from entering my machine.
4) OS does make a difference. Vista is less prone to attacks than XP.
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Old 1st August 2009, 22:40   #332
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I use avast with xp home edition but it slows my internet by 50%! Any setting(s) that need to be checked?
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Old 1st August 2009, 22:45   #333
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Was using eTrust earlier but they have stopped providing updates for the earlier version and wanted me to purchase their newer version without providing any discount for existing users for upgrading. Am using the free AVG now but system speed has slowed down now ever since the shift.
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Old 2nd August 2009, 11:39   #334
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I use avast with xp home edition but it slows my internet by 50%! Any setting(s) that need to be checked?
whats your bandwidth?
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Old 2nd August 2009, 11:47   #335
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Linux and Mac users are lucky to have almost no virus made for them. I use Nod32 Smart Security and I am using it since long and very much satisfied with it. A simple test to know how much you trust your anti-virus software is, ask yourself how much you fear when you plug a pendrive knowing its got tons of trojans and virus inside. Ever since I am using Nod32, I had no virus problems at all.
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Old 2nd August 2009, 22:30   #336
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I'm using KAV 2010 and I found it to be lighter & faster than the 2009 version.

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2. Reports that 2010 is buggy - esp some problem with streaming video and such. Lots of users have reverted back to 2009 pending updates/fixes from Kaspersky.
Also the bug is fixed : Kaspersky Releases a Critical Fix to Kaspersky 2010 | Earth Blog

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Old 2nd August 2009, 22:35   #337
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I am using AVG free edition along with all Windows XP SP4 updates...its working fine with me.
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Old 2nd August 2009, 22:38   #338
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kaspersky internet security
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Old 2nd August 2009, 22:46   #339
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I am using AVG free edition along with all Windows XP SP4 updates...its working fine with me.
Who gave you XP SP4 ? Micro$oft ???
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Old 2nd August 2009, 22:59   #340
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none! I'm on Leopard

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Old 3rd August 2009, 13:47   #341
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I use avast with xp home edition but it slows my internet by 50%! Any setting(s) that need to be checked?
Standard edition of Avast will not slow down your net connectivity. It downloads virus definition table periodically and at this time, it may hog the net connection. But this is normal and this happens about once in a day. When dormant (protection mode) it has a typical memory footprint of about 27 MB which is probably one of the lowest in Antivirus software.
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^^^ 27 MB is nowhere close to the lowest!
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signature based AV technology is never going to be 100%. Its always reactive, as there have to be enough reported instances of an exploit in the wild for an AV vendor to write a signature for the same.
Behavioral technology is mature enough now and hence i use the same for protecting my machines (laptop, home pc, etc). No updates needed and no OS patches needed with behavioral protection. Unfortunately such technology is only available to corporates and there is no consumer variant available yet. Ofcourse i also use a signature based AV (mcafee at work and avast+zonealarm at home), just to ensure i know if there is a known virus, however the behavioral agent takes care of stopping the attack. The behavioral agent also takes care of unknown and zero day exploits (the ones for which no signature exists cos the exploit is not that widespread yet)

With, Linux and Mac, there is generally a myth that they are super safe. Not true, its just that they are not a commercially profitable target for virus writers to work on. Macs has long enjoyed 'security by obscurity', however at recent conferences, they have been broken into in less than 10secs! So all i can say is linux/mac users do need to ensure adequate security on their machines

My advice to all - get an AV and a personal firewall on your machine and try to ensure they are from two different vendors.

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I have been using E Scan for the past three years.
Cost is Rs. 900 per year.
Daily automatic updates.
Seems to work fairly well. I have not had any virus issues since installing this.

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Not that its not vulnerable, but linux was the only OS left standing at the end of the pwn to own contest
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