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bowiee 
15/7/08 3:45:47 PM
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Quote by iamthemaxx
I don't think this is trolling, from what I can see there is some pretty logical arguments put forward here, and g0t.w00t? seems to be taking them a tad too personal when they are not being put forward as such.


Perhaps g0t.w00t? can take the words of Macca on board as well. If you don't like TheSecret's opinion on your opinion, just ignore it.

It is a two way street after all.
Now, let's all relax with a big bowel of strawberry ice cream.


Chocolate! Damm you !Give me chocolate then i will relax ;)

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lloyd_borrett 
1/8/08 5:21:34 PM
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A comparison of the various free edition products, including AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0, was done by PC Magazine in May 2008. It concluded:

"AVG Free offers very good (and very free) protection against viruses and spyware—just a tad better than free competitor avast!."

See http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2304349,00.asp for more details.

As for people arguing back and forth about which product is better at detecting stuff, and which gives the least false positives, please think about this: You're talking about a constantly moving target!

Security vendors detect new threats and release updates constantly, typically multiple times per day. At any given point in time it's possible that one product may not detect something the other one does, or generate a false positive that the other one has fixed.

Everyone in the security industry works very hard to keep everything as up-to-date and effective as possible, even sharing informationabout threats so that they can all provide protection that is as up-to-date as possible.

The big gap in protection is in the behaviour of end-users.

The figures vary slightly from survey to survey, but typically 90% of people think they're protected. But when you check further, it's typically found that only 50% of those people are receiving updates, and very few are getting updates as frequently as they should. So they're not properly protected.

In order to have the level of protection you need today, you can choose to download a myriad of free point solutions: one for anti-virus, one for anti-spyware, one for firewall, one for root-kits, one for anti-spam etc. But there is a high risk that you won't keep them all up-to-date and manage the scan schedules properly.

The latest AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0 helps in that it includes both anti-virus and anti-spyware protection. But you need more than just virus and spyware protection today.

A better solution is to pick a good security suite solution that provides the comprehensive protection you need, e.g. AVG Internet Security 8.0. Then make sure updates are being received at least daily, and that you're running on the latest version of the program available.

Best Regards, Lloyd Borrett
Marketing Manager, AVG (AU/NZ)



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madcap_magician 
8/8/08 12:00:16 PM
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Quote by lloyd_borrett
A comparison of the various free edition products, including AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0, was done by PC Magazine in May 2008. It concluded:

"AVG Free offers very good (and very free) protection against viruses and spyware—just a tad better than free competitor avast!."

See http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2304349,00.asp for more details.

As for people arguing back and forth about which product is better at detecting stuff, and which gives the least false positives, please think about this: You're talking about a constantly moving target!

Security vendors detect new threats and release updates constantly, typically multiple times per day. At any given point in time it's possible that one product may not detect something the other one does, or generate a false positive that the other one has fixed.

Everyone in the security industry works very hard to keep everything as up-to-date and effective as possible, even sharing informationabout threats so that they can all provide protection that is as up-to-date as possible.

The big gap in protection is in the behaviour of end-users.

The figures vary slightly from survey to survey, but typically 90% of people think they're protected. But when you check further, it's typically found that only 50% of those people are receiving updates, and very few are getting updates as frequently as they should. So they're not properly protected.

In order to have the level of protection you need today, you can choose to download a myriad of free point solutions: one for anti-virus, one for anti-spyware, one for firewall, one for root-kits, one for anti-spam etc. But there is a high risk that you won't keep them all up-to-date and manage the scan schedules properly.

The latest AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0 helps in that it includes both anti-virus and anti-spyware protection. But you need more than just virus and spyware protection today.

A better solution is to pick a good security suite solution that provides the comprehensive protection you need, e.g. AVG Internet Security 8.0. Then make sure updates are being received at least daily, and that you're running on the latest version of the program available.

Best Regards, Lloyd Borrett
Marketing Manager, AVG (AU/NZ)



Well put lloyd - It is a constantly moving target. At times (in the many server-client systems i look after) Sophos seems to pickup on thinks that AVG/Norton/McStaffy/SAV dont.

And other times its the reverse. I find AVG very easy to use, install, and keep up to date. And from the perspective of an end user - where they dont want to think about how infected there pc's are, they just want to point and click - AVG is my bet for uses not wishing to pay for AV/spyware.

Leave the daily scanning on - and most people dont really notice that these are underway - a small step in keeping all your systems you support, across multiple sites / clients as clean as can be.

But lloyd is also right in that you need alot more then just AVG or Avast! to keep a system clean these days. You need a whole lot of tools, and also actions by the user, to keep a system running clean.

my 2 cents

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bob the fisherman 
11/8/08 8:10:30 PM
Guru

hi guys. I know little about computers, so am after some help. I bought this puter 2nd hand with no virus protection, and it had viruses on it that shut me down within 20 seconds of getting on the net. i got ad-aware and spybot from a friend, which sort of took care of the problem, but for some reason I can't update ad-aware. i have recently installed Avast, I tried running AVG but the new edition doesn't work on my computer (I run XP).

So, a couple of questions; is ad-aware/spybot any good, should I keep it, or is there something better?

Is Avest enogh? If not, what other free products could I get, or, do I need to buy something? Would prefer free if possible...

thanks, bob.

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bu14-1 
14/8/08 1:13:40 PM
Master

bob,

I'm not certain, but I think Spyware Doctor is the best in terms of detecting and getting rid of spyware and adware, but it is not normally free. Last time I checked though, you could get a free stripped-down version with a Google pack or something, so that plus Spybot Search & Destroy should do I would imagine.

As for AV software, I suggest you do some reading.

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spielentwickler 
25/8/08 4:37:40 AM
Guru

I've always preferred Avast for myself, but have sometimes used AVG for other people for whatever reason.

The only gripe I have with avast is the stupid default "Your virus database has been updated." sound that plays whever it updates your antivirus...

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gazdude67 
2/9/08 11:07:19 PM
Initiate
I am Currently running BOTH of the above AVG and Avast on my systems at home. AVG runs on the workstations and Avast on my WHS box. In my Option AVG runs quicker ie is less resource hungry than Avast. The only reason I am running Avast is that AVG would not load up on the WHS box, it detects that it is a server based system and therefore it should be paid for. When the Avast runs out i may well just pay for the AVG, might just add that the Avast seems to lock up sometimes and slow the WHS down??

Any way they both are far better than Norton security, it just seems to lock and slow your whole system down.

Just my 2c worth.

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