anti virus software

  joelafours 12:15 17 Sep 2003

can anyone reconnend a good anti virus software package, downloadable from the net?

And do they come with other tools, such as firewall etc?

Thanks for your help!

  Andsome 12:23 17 Sep 2003

You get what you pay for. Plenty will reccomend AVG plus Zone alarm firewall, both are available free. I prefer to pay for Norton AV, and Norton Personal Firewall. These can be downloaded, but if you download 'open', they will install OK, but if you re-format and re-install at a later date you may have to pay for the program again. It is better to downlaod to a folder, then burn the program to a CD, so that you will have that particular serial numbered program to reinstall at no extra cost. click here

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  Gaz 25 12:46 17 Sep 2003
  Belatucadrus 15:35 17 Sep 2003

Alwils avast4 ! click here This has the best results on the Virus Bulletin tests click here for any free anti virus. The scan scheduler is disabled, but you can set it to scan during screensaver, updates are incremental and fully automatic. Highly recommended.
Grisofts AVG 6.0 click here currently has Virus bulletin 100% click here but pass history not as good as avast. Used to be included on PCA cover disks, so is most common option used here, has equally vociferous supporters and detractors. Current commercial version is AVG 7.0. In my opinion 6.0 is beginning to creak a bit, but still a sound product.
H+BEDVs Antivir click here has never passed the Virus bulletin tests click here. No limitations to functionality and has support via Antivir forum. Not the easiest program to set up, with slow scan and large update downloads. Functional but not my first choice.
Softwins Bitdefender 7.0 click here the standard edition has passed the Virus Bulletin 100% click here but this brings me to the problem with Bitdefender free, avast and AVG have some of the advanced scheduling features pruned, inconvenient but not a real problem. Softwin has chosen to disable Bitdefenders On line access, real time scanning feature. This would appear to significantly reduce the level of protection provided and relegates Bitdefender to a low fourth.
Microworlds Free eScan Antivirus toolkit click here an on demand scanner only, but also picks up spyware, dialers keyloggers and other bits, so may be of interest as a backup.

Firewalls :- click here for Kerio personal firewall or click here for Outpost free. Both very good.

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