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sluthy 
6/4/08 3:26:25 PM
Charge
I've heard great stuff about AVG, and I've heard horrible stuff about AVG. I've heard great stuff about the new Norton 360 being a fresh start from the old stuff, but I've also heard reports of it being the same old thing. APC said ZoneAlarm was the best security package, then said the Vista release was woeful. It's hard to know what the truth is these days.

I'm putting together a new Vista/Linux PC this week, and I need to know what to get. Options:

1. AVG free + ZA firewall free
2. Kapersky Internet Security 7 $25
3. McAfee Internet Security $19 (have McAfee now, not too fussed)
4. etc from Umart or MSY

I think the first would be fine but AVG's virus checking has never really filled me with confidence, whereas Kapersky has had nothing but praise for its AV. Although all I need is antivirus and firewall - no need for anti-spam (all my email is webmail) or anti-phishing (I have a brain).

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Alien Intercourse 
12/4/08 9:38:41 AM
Champion

If you are willing to spend money then go with Kaspersky - it's a good package and especially so if you don'tknow much or can't be bothered with viruses nad the like - it does most of it for you.

also i'm going ot add a +1 for avira antivir personall ed - if you add this to the ashampoo firewall i think you would be doing very well for a free option if you cannot part with your walets savings.

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AIMBOT 
13/4/08 11:14:02 AM
Guru

I wouldn't use anything other than McAfee. I personally use the Enterprise Edition, because we've been using it for years at work, and it's just the sex (Access Protection make me hot in the pants, and On-access Scanner finishes me off :p).

I also recommend McAfee Virus Scan Plus to my clients as well. Most of them use fucking Symantec crap, which I think is more woeful than actually having a virus molest your pc, and they all love it. $60 for 12 month license, which I would more than happily pay for.

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sluthy 
15/4/08 7:33:51 AM
Disciple
McAfee worked well enough on this PC, but it really was a bit of a hog, I don't think I'd get it again. Maybe.

I had chosen ZoneAlarm Suite when I started thinking about the new PC, but then reviews said what was brilliant in XP turned to shit in Vista, the translation didn't work very well (performance, memory etc). I don't know if updates have fixed this or not, but it's between:

Kapersky Suite (best AV around apparently, unsure on the rest but should be good enough) or
ZoneAlarm Suite (same AV as last-gen Kapersky which is still tops, plus apparently the best firewall going)

My friend is going back to Brisbane on Anzac Day weekend so I'll have another chance at discount software (Umart/MSY/QCCO). So in the meantime, I have to weigh up the assurance and convenience of a commercial suite, against the value and/or "go open source" ethics of a free suite (I'll probably use ZoneAlarm free firewall anyway).

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bu14-1 
13/6/08 12:03:21 PM
Learner

Recently I had an infection with a backdoor trojan thing and AVG Free was the only free one that picked it up. Avast stopped it but didn't get rid of it. ESET also picked it up (when updated).

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TheSecret 
16/6/08 12:50:26 AM
Learner
Avast would have quarantined it, and you could have manually deleted it, or told it to delete upon reboot if it couldn't delete while it was in use.

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bu14-1 
16/6/08 2:46:06 PM
Learner

If you are talking to me then you are mistaken as Avast didn't detect it at all and it was still there.

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TheSecret 
16/6/08 3:26:11 PM
Learner
What was the name of this virus? I find what your saying hard to believe.

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bu14-1 
19/6/08 1:34:50 PM
Learner

AVG called it "Trojan horse BackDoor.VB.BHG".

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TheSecret 
19/6/08 1:42:36 PM
Apprentice
The two results on google indicate it is not a virus or a trojan, just spyware, which would have been caught if you had been running spybot s&d. It is not really the job of an anti-virus scanner to detect things other than viruses and trojans.

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bu14-1 
20/6/08 1:02:11 PM
Apprentice

Well I think AV packages should detect spyware as well.

Does Spybot S & D offer real-time protection?

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TheSecret 
20/6/08 1:56:44 PM
Apprentice
AV Scanners should not offer spyware detection, perhaps a security package might, but they are a waste of money.

Spybot does have not have realtime protection as such, but you won't need it with immunize and teatimer.

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bu14-1 
21/6/08 9:35:12 AM
Apprentice

I don't know why you say that. Spyware can be as bad as other malware can't it? Especially if you are giving away usernames and passwords. Or does spyware not look for that?

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TheSecret 
21/6/08 12:53:44 PM
Apprentice
It's more of a privacy violation and resource hogging problem, rather than an infecting files and loss of data problem. Spyware is a relatively new threat, and not what AV scanners were originally designed to protect against.

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ShiroKage 
21/6/08 11:22:19 PM
Charge

avast in combination with the usual anti-spyware tools and firefox is my preferred way.

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