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Whats the Best Antivirus/ Security Suite??

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Hello again Vista forums.. once again I have a question,
Whats the Best Anti-virus or whats the best Security Suite for Vista.. i actually have 32bit.. not 64, but since I'm already a member here please help anyways.. so I got 32bit.. ok. Should i get an antivirus and leave it at that.. or should I get a Security Suite.???

I had norton when I got my PC new and I totally didn't like it.. not at all. it was slow, sluggish. I just wasn't a fan.. so I got a trial of Kaspersky.. honestly I liked Kaspersky.. it seemed to work well, very fast, very user freindly, let me customize any and all scans and updates.. everything. I liked it.. but after a few months my internet stopped working.. after over a week of nothing fixing it someone here in vistax64 told me Kaspersky has been causing problems with Vista.. so I uninstalled and There you have it. My Internet works..
so my problem now is I need a security suite or an antivirus and I want everyones opinion on whats best. what should I use, a suite or just a antivirus.. money and price doesn't matter

I'm concidering giving Kaspersky another shot because it was so nice, but don't want to have problems again. Other than that I've been told to totally go with NOD32.. if anyone could please give me there thoughts ASAP i would appreciate it.. Thanks

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Hello again Vista forums.. once again I have a question,
Whats the Best Anti-virus or whats the best Security Suite for Vista.. i actually have 32bit.. not 64, but since I'm already a member here please help anyways.. so I got 32bit.. ok. Should i get an antivirus and leave it at that.. or should I get a Security Suite.???

I had norton when I got my PC new and I totally didn't like it.. not at all. it was slow, sluggish. I just wasn't a fan.. so I got a trial of Kaspersky.. honestly I liked Kaspersky.. it seemed to work well, very fast, very user freindly, let me customize any and all scans and updates.. everything. I liked it.. but after a few months my internet stopped working.. after over a week of nothing fixing it someone here in vistax64 told me Kaspersky has been causing problems with Vista.. so I uninstalled and There you have it. My Internet works..
so my problem now is I need a security suite or an antivirus and I want everyones opinion on whats best. what should I use, a suite or just a antivirus.. money and price doesn't matter

I'm concidering giving Kaspersky another shot because it was so nice, but don't want to have problems again. Other than that I've been told to totally go with NOD32.. if anyone could please give me there thoughts ASAP i would appreciate it.. Thanks

/Cory
Cory:

Personally, I use a combination of software for protection.

My main program is Live OneCare by Microsoft. It combines virus and evilware protection into one package, plus maintenance utilities. Your annual subscription includes up to 3 PC's.

You can download an evaluation version here: Windows Live OneCare - Home

AVG anti-virus is also recommended. Download that one here: AVG Free Advisor - Free antivirus and anti-spyware downloads

For spyware and other evilware I use two types. Spyware Doctor and Spy Bot Search & Destory. You can get them here:

Spyware Doctor - Best Spyware Removal. Free Trial Download.

The home of Spybot-S&D!

I also use a few other maintenance utilities to keep things running smooth. Check them out as well:

Eusing Free Registry Cleaner: Safely scan and repair registry problems - Spyware FREE.

Auslogics - Download Auslogics Registry Defrag

Auslogics - Download Auslogics Disk Defrag


I hope this helps.
 
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Wow thats a pretty overall list of things Joe, thanks I appreciate it. Although I already have SpybotS&D, and Spyware Doctor. I do registry cleaners and defrags also.. and I don't want to use something like avast or AVG becuase I don't want to use a free anti virus program, I want to pay for a nice top of the line one that will give me the best protection.. or are you saying the mix ur using is better than Kaspersky or anything of that sort..??

Thanks for ur input, but I was hoping to get some idea's or input on people that have, use, or know of whats the best thing for a Anti-virus or for a Internet Security Suite. Because thats what I'm looking for at the moment.. Thanks again..

Anyone else have some thoughts feel frreeee to Share please!
 

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Antivirus : Kaspersky AV 7 if you have a decent enough machine , otherwise het NOD32.

Security Suite : Kaspersky Internet Security (comes with AV and Firewall) or you can use
KAV/NOD32 and use a decent firewall like Comodo/Outpost.

Hope this helps.
 

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I use Live OneCare 2.0, combined with Spyware Blaster 4.0 on my system. Live OneCare 2.0 doesn't use a boatload of resources like some Security Suites do.
 

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Thanks for the input peoples.. I actually looked and found that BitDefender ranked in top 3 in a few reviews, and 1st in 2 reviews so I got BitDefender AV 2008. and to be honest I didn't like it, seems cheaply made, is really simple, but not in a good way, more plain than simple. so I wouldn't say it's that easy to use, I just overall am not liking it, it's not for me. I'm going to just go with NOD32, I'm going to try the trial and probably buy it after the 3 months is up. I had kaspersky AV for a little while and i actually really liked it. BUT, it had some compatibility issues with Vista and was causing internet connection to fail, always.. someone in this forum site mentioned that kaspersky could be my problem, (thats when I didn't kno) and after I uninstalled booya, I had internet. so ya I would like to use Kasper, but I'm going to give nod32 a try, everyone seems to give it great great reviews.. so thank you all for your help, and whats a good firewall. should I buy one or get the free ones, or is that a bad idea just like it's a bad idea to use avast or a free AV. I need a firewall and don't kno much about that area... thanks again everyone..
 

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are you kidding me, none at all.. why is that? do you have a security suite that does everything then. or do you not have anything??? explain why you don't have anything, surely you have something.. lol. if not then I pray for you cuz one day ur going to Say Goodbye to ur stuff, not to be mean. but that **** just happens sometimes. unless you never ever use email, myspace, anything... basically
 

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Nope None at all....

And I haven't run an antivirus for about 6 years now.

I am very careful about what I click on...it's really as simple as that.

Any new Viruses out there then you are just as vulnerable as I am and amongst the dozens of other things that can happen to data I don;t feel the costs of Antivrus and system slowdowns justifies it.

If I happen to get one...a trip down the PC shop and I can fix it up for cheap.
 

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I got a free version of norton for a few months, It slowed down the computer alot, so I got read of it..I had heard that Nod32 was great. So I am using it now. And I am very satisfied with it...
 

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Nod32 is a great product as is Kaspersky, which I am running right now. Norton is a hug slowdown on a computer and McAfee is just YUCK.

Also NEVER buy a security suite!!! 90% of the things they offer already exist in Vista, the only thing you need is the AV and possibly anti-spyware as well.

As someone else mentioned however the BEST AV program is the one between your ears. With some intelligence and care you can go virus free and not have any software to stop it.
 

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I use PC Cillian 2008. I have used it for years with no major slowdowns and cpu spikes.
 

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.. and I don't want to use something like avast or AVG becuase I don't want to use a free anti virus program, I want to pay for a nice top of the line one that will give me the best protection.. or are you saying the mix ur using is better than Kaspersky or anything of that sort..??

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Personally, I use aVast, and have been dong so for the last few years, and have never had a virus that it has not found. I find it has a very small foot-print on my system.
But that's my personal preference.
While I would not critizie .Joe, I personally think that is over kill (again please, that is just my opinion. Go for it man, but I have better use for my systems memory and cpu usage).

The best advise you have gotten so far though is from Computer-Ed....'the BEST AV program is the one between your ears'. :geek:
No matter how much money you shell out, or if you use a free program, absolutely nothing is going to prevent you from being attacked from the latest virus if you happen to be stupid enough to open the wrong attachment, or visit the wrong site. Not my free aVast, or your million dollar ultra protection.

Create a user that has no admin rights (cannot install programs), and use that account for all your regular computer usage.
Use your head while on the internet. That is the best security program.
 

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well im using ESET Smart secuirty Suite provided with Nod32 AV aswell and so far things are running just the way i wanted it to..however, if you got some top secret infos in your PC and good system then go for Norton...otherwise..stay away from websites you might suspect or most importantly never download or install attachments with a .exe extension specially when you recieve it over a messenger...usually a file with a .zip or .rar extension generally are much more safer...
 

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running nod32 64 bit, windows defender and firewall and a netgear router.

play a lot of eve online and fps went from 20-30 fps from old xp machine to over 150, installed outpost agnitum and it dropped back to 20-30 fps. outpost got wiped and seems ok so far :)

most downloads on the old xp box, it it dies, not massive deal and copying a 700 mb file over the lan takes 1 min approx :)
 

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Dear Xguntherc

I highly recommend ESET's Smart Security for my Antivirus protection and it includes a Personal Firewall, Antispyware and AntiSpam module also.

Firewall, Antivirus, Antispam: ESET Smart Security Has It All

I also use A-Squared Free, Spyware Terminator and Windows Defender for Spyware/Malware.

a-squared Free (formerly a² free) Freeware! A2 is a free of charge Anti-Trojan, Anti-Worm, Anti-Dialer and Anti-Spyware Software - optimal protection

Free spyware removal and spyware protection - Spyware Terminator

I'm pleased to say I have never had a Virus on my single home PC.

Best regards

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I have run a combination AVG free edition, Windows Defender and Windows Firewall, combined with the hardware firewall on my router, for about 5 years now. I have NEVER even had a virus warning, let alone been infected by one!

You don't need any security suite or similar products. Everything you need, bar anti-virus, comes with Vista and possibly your router if you use one. If you really want to, you can install Spybot or something similar, which is also free.

If you really want to pay for an anti-virus program, you can always buy the professional version of AVG. Either way, you really shouldn't buy a security suite.
 

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Hi Ray

With all respect, the fact that in your opinion Xguntherc doesn't need "any security suite or similar products" because "you've never encountered a virus warning or infection and Vista provides adequate safeguards (bar antivirus) I don't think is very good advice to give a fellow member.

Do you know what sites Xguntherc visits and what he uses his computer for? No I didn't think so.

As you are aware, there are several effective standalone and bundled security products on the market and I can't see why using some of these in addition to what Vista offers isn't a good or necessary step for xguntherc to make.

Then again, that's just my opinion.

Kind regards

Neil
 

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Do you know what websites I look at? No, I don't think so. For all you know I look at some very dodgy websites that are full of
spyware!

I never said that he shouldn't buy any security suite software because I've never had a virus. The bottom line is, for 99.9% of people, having AVG in conjuction with Vista's free tools and a hardware router is sufficient protection. Having too much security software running will just slow your computer down and create conflicts.
 

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