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    Question VirtualBox - Best anti-virus?

    My extra Norton 360 license keeps disabling and re-enabling in my Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit VM. Is there something that is less buggy on VB or is there a way to fix my Norton? I use this VM instead of a Windows partition so when I have to browse the company Exchange Server for example, I need it. Works great but I really want it as secure as I can make it. Since Norton isn't very cooperative, if I can't fix it, I would like to get a Firewall & anti-virus to replace it with. Note that this VM already has Spybot Search and Destroy, (resident) on it.

    I most humbly solicit your thoughts, ideas, hints and suggestions.

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    Re: VirtualBox - Best anti-virus?

    I usually just use Microsoft Security Essentials if I need AV on a VM.
    Cheesemill

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    Re: VirtualBox - Best anti-virus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    I usually just use Microsoft Security Essentials if I need AV on a VM.
    Same.
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    Re: VirtualBox - Best anti-virus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    I usually just use Microsoft Security Essentials if I need AV on a VM.
    What "he" said.
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    Re: VirtualBox - Best anti-virus?

    Thanks. This is what I've done and it seems fine. Definitely less problematic than Norton.

    Jim C.

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    Re: VirtualBox - Best anti-virus?

    Quote Originally Posted by jcllings View Post
    My extra Norton 360 license keeps disabling and re-enabling in my Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit VM. Is there something that is less buggy on VB or is there a way to fix my Norton? I use this VM instead of a Windows partition so when I have to browse the company Exchange Server for example, I need it. Works great but I really want it as secure as I can make it. Since Norton isn't very cooperative, if I can't fix it, I would like to get a Firewall & anti-virus to replace it with. Note that this VM already has Spybot Search and Destroy, (resident) on it.

    I most humbly solicit your thoughts, ideas, hints and suggestions.
    I'm wondering if Avast (free) might be more compatible?

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    Re: VirtualBox - Best anti-virus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bouvet View Post
    I'm wondering if Avast (free) might be more compatible?
    Antivirus is antivirus.
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    Re: VirtualBox - Best anti-virus?

    I use MSE in win7 too (at least as long as that partition's there).

    One of the tech support people at the local university (where every student is required to have a laptop) recommendded mse to me because

    a) no antivirus programs actually really work anyway
    b) it's the only one that has never caused problems on their network.

    That seemed like a strong argument to me ... plus they don't flash those stupid bubbles trying to upsell you.

    In windows you also want a couple of on demand malware scanners.

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    Re: VirtualBox - Best anti-virus?

    Avast Free or AVG 2012 Free. Norton, MacAfee, Kasperly ... are all to long and slow.
    Then Malwarebytes and Spybot for the malware.
    Ok, one of these days I will get it right the first time!
    Good thing there's a backup!

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