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Rokurosv
March 13th, 2009, 05:32 PM
So um I've been out of the Windows game for a while, like 6 months or so, and a friend who uses XP asked me for a good antivirus, the one my PC has on it's Windows partition is the Norton 360 so I recommended that one. Any one knows other good antivirus software?

perlluver
March 13th, 2009, 05:36 PM
AVG Free Edition http://free.avg.com/, Clam AV for Windows http://w32.clamav.net/.

swoll1980
March 13th, 2009, 05:37 PM
I always used Avast Home Edition (http://avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html),is free, and works great. There is a Linux version as well.

bashveank
March 13th, 2009, 05:38 PM
So um I've been out of the Windows game for a while, like 6 months or so, and a friend who uses XP asked me for a good antivirus, the one my PC has on it's Windows partition is the Norton 360 so I recommended that one. Any one knows other good antivirus software?

Well, I certainly don't recommend Norton 360... It's extremely slow AND resource intensive. Here's a video I like to watch about that... :D (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvDzarJOJNQ)
Personally, I don't run an AV on my Windows systems; anti-virus programs can only fix a problem that's already occurred, and most modern viruses can't be fixed at all, anyway. All it really takes to be secure is a little common sense about what to do with your computer, download Windows updates, don't open executables from untrusted sources, do use a hardware firewall, etc...

If you must have one, than I recommend NOD32 (http://www.eset.com/) or Kaspersky (http://www.kaspersky.com/). They're both fast and light. If you want something free than keep in mind that i'll be neither fast nor light (still better than Norton or McAfee though...), but I like AVG Free (http://free.avg.com/) and Avast! (http://www.avast.com/)

swoll1980
March 13th, 2009, 05:43 PM
Personally, I don't run an AV on my Windows systems; anti-virus programs can only fix a problem that's already occurred, and most modern viruses can't be fixed at all, anyway. All it really takes to be secure is a little common sense about what to do with your computer, download Windows updates, don't open executables from untrusted sources, do use a hardware firewall, etc...



You probably have at least one virus on your computer that you don't know about.

bashveank
March 13th, 2009, 05:45 PM
You probably have at least one virus on your computer that you don't know about.

I don't actively run an AV, I do periodically scan with free AVs. According to them I have not, for the past 5 years, had an infection.

swoll1980
March 13th, 2009, 05:50 PM
I don't actively run an AV, I do periodically scan with free AVs. According to them I have not, for the past 5 years, had an infection.

Well I guess it's different when you don't have the kids, and girlfriend using it. I pull at least one a week of their computer. Also to the op often times your isp will offer a free security suite. Mine(time warner) offers the CA security suite.

scottuss
March 13th, 2009, 05:50 PM
I've worked with Windows for years, specialising in malware and general security.

Norton products are terrible. End of.
AVGs detection rates are poor. The free product is great if you don't want to shell out cash, but I'd recommend paying for Kaspersky any day. The detection rates are awesome, it removes pretty much everything it finds and the updates are frequent.

Also, Clam is great on linux but avoid on Windows.

DownTown22
March 13th, 2009, 05:52 PM
I've always run AVG(Free edition) on my windows computers.

spcwingo
March 13th, 2009, 05:55 PM
Avast all the way.

Firestem4
March 13th, 2009, 06:03 PM
I really like Malwarebyte, I use it explicitely on all of my windows-based computers.

www.malwarebytes.org.

Its a lightweight malware/trojan/rootkit/herustics etc etc etc. It has daily updates and 2 utilities that can be useful.
- FileAssassin: It will forcefully unmount a file and wipe it from the hard drive
-{i forgot the name lol} But it is much like HijackThis.

The only difference between the paid version and the free are automatic updates, Scan-scheduling, and Live-Guard. I don't have the money to pay for the full, But i have had no problem just running the scanner itself.

Rokurosv
March 13th, 2009, 06:06 PM
I guess Norton is quite slow, I used to use Avast Home but it missed a couple of virus I had on my computer so I didn't recommend it. I'm going to take a look at Clam and AVG, thanks.

bashveank
March 13th, 2009, 06:27 PM
Well I guess it's different when you don't have the kids, and girlfriend using it. I pull at least one a week of their computer.

To you, I would recommend Sandboxie (http://www.sandboxie.com/).

swoll1980
March 13th, 2009, 06:44 PM
To you, I would recommend Sandboxie (http://www.sandboxie.com/).

Thanks for the link. I will have to give this a try.

Firestem4
March 13th, 2009, 06:47 PM
To you, I would recommend Sandboxie (http://www.sandboxie.com/).

I saw this on a coworkers machine at work. (One of his personal computers not on the domain). It looked cool, But i forgot aobut it until now. Thanks for the link! I really wanted to give this a try.

Rokurosv
March 13th, 2009, 07:23 PM
To you, I would recommend Sandboxie (http://www.sandboxie.com/).

That's pretty cool, thanks for the link

luke0927
March 13th, 2009, 08:12 PM
I run nod32 on my windows PC's its been my favorite out of the ones i tried I haven't tried kaspersky but heard it was good also

aysiu
March 13th, 2009, 09:26 PM
I would recommend a limited user account and Firefox with NoScript. Best XP antivirus I've seen.

gimmejimmy
March 13th, 2009, 09:57 PM
I would recommend a limited user account and Firefox with NoScript. Best XP antivirus I've seen.
+1
I use Avira. I also recommend disabling Autoplay on all drives.

WatchingThePain
March 13th, 2009, 11:22 PM
Norton will leave your pc dragging it's heels.
Does it have to be free?
Avast is good so is avira.
Panda but it's not free, and the other called nod32.

getaboat
March 13th, 2009, 11:22 PM
I've never liked Norton and it is difficult to get rid of. I find AVG a bit slow and not wholly effective. Kapersky seems the way to go but I'll have a look at the others listed here (for a W2K box I have). What about an alternative to now bloated ZoneAlarm?

WatchingThePain
March 13th, 2009, 11:27 PM
If you want firewall and anti-virus try the free commodo.

khelben1979
March 14th, 2009, 12:31 AM
Sophos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophos) is one of the best, in my opinion. Unfortunately it's not enough for Windows so you need to combine with other anti-virus solutions too, but since they will conflict with each other, run them in the Internet Explorer as active x plugins.

Online anti-virus scanners: E-SET (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESET_software), Panda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panda_Security) ActiveScan and Kaspersky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaspersky) usually finds stuff if it's there (see the links).

speedwell68
March 14th, 2009, 12:54 AM
I have actually found that the best anti virus for a Windows PC is Linux.

Giant Speck
March 14th, 2009, 03:14 AM
Do they make a version of Threatfire for XP? If so, I would highly recommend it. It provides zero-day protection against numerous types of malware.