Anti-Virus

You are running some sort of Anti-Virus program right? I hope you are.
Are you having to pay for updates every year? You don’t have to!

I briefly wrote about Anti-Malware / Anti-Spy where earlier, now I think I should give a little information about Anti-Virus. Everyone should be running some form of Anti-Virus & Anti-Malware program(s). If you are not, then please, for the love of your computer and files, get one (or two) installed! There are a bunch or options available, both as Freeware and Commercial. I am going to touch on the a couple of each here; McAfee, Panda, avast! & ClamAV.

Free Products:

avast!

I use avast! Home Edition on all of my personal computers. I have been running this for a few years now, and I have always been very impressed with this product. If you want Ant-Spyware you will need to use an additional program, or purchase one of the avast! Commercial Products.

ClamAV

I have only just recently started using ClamAV on my Home Server and so far, I am liking it. It looks to run without hogging up a ton of system resources, and seems to be rather unobtrusive. I have not run this long enough to get a complete feel for how well it is, but there does appear to be a rather large following for it. It was only recently released for Windows. I am not aware if it will scan & detect Malware or not.

Commercial Products:

McAfee

McAfee’s AntiVirus Plus product does a really good job of protecting your computer against viruses & malware. If you currently have McAfee and you are happy with it, then I would not go through a huge hassle to switch brands. Persoanlly, I think all the commercial products are way over-priced, but hey, it’s just my opinion.

Panda

Panda Antivirus Pro is an excellent product, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get a commercially available product. Panda’s Support is always top notch and they get updates out quickly. If you happen to come across a virus which their product cannot clean. You have the option to send the infected file(s) to their support team, and they will get a fix and update out PDQ.


Still not sure what you want to use? Then visit AV-Comparatives.org

On this site you will find independent comparatives of Anti-Virus software. All products listed in our comparatives are already a selection of some very good anti-virus products. In order to get included in our main tests, vendors must fulfill various conditions and minimum requirements.

The following products are tested in the current main comparatives:
avast! Free Antivirus 5.0
AVG Anti-Virus 9.0
AVIRA AntiVir Premium 9
BitDefender Antivirus 2010
eScan Anti-Virus 10
ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus 4.0
F-Secure Anti-Virus 2010
G DATA AntiVirus 2010
K7 TotalSecurity 10.0 (new)
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010
Kingsoft Antivirus 2010
McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2010
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0
Norman Antivirus & Anti-Spyware 7.30
Panda Antivirus Pro 2010 (new)
PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AV 7.0 (new)
Sophos Anti-Virus 9.0
Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 2010
Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2010 (new)
TrustPort Antivirus 2010

Look into the Comparatives section to find out additional tests and reviews. If you plan to buy an Anti-Virus, please visit the vendor’s site and evaluate their software by downloading a trial version, as there are also many other features (e.g. firewall, HIPS, behaviorblocker, etc.) and important things (e.g. price, graphical user interface, compatibility, etc.) for an Anti-Virus that you should evaluate by yourself. Even if quite important, the data provided in the test reports on this site are just some aspects that you should consider when buying Anti-Virus software

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  1. DrKicker
    April 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I just wanted to add a little note for your readers about Microsoft Security Essentials. Security Essentials is the free, consumer edition of Microsoft Forefront. Both programs, however, share the same definition files for their anti-virus and anti-spyware modules. This is a plus for the consumer since they are updated with anything found in the corporate environments as well as the other way around. I don’t often agree with Microsoft or it’s practices, but this was a really nice touch.

    • April 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks for that. I have only recently read about Security Essentials, and have not yet had the time to really look into it yet. Also, for anyone running Windows Vista or 7, make sure your Windows Defender is running and up-to date. This is a free Anti-Malware tool which comes, with these versions of Windows, already installed. You can also download it for free from Microsoft for other versions of Windows. I will probably touch on Anti-Malware more in a later post.

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