RE: [evonline2002_webheads] Free and "Absolute" PC Security (Re: Skype - Cannot update)
Avast may well be good, I was referring to AVG, which is a different product
and has had some pretty bad reviews recently. The only two anti-virus suites
to get top marks in most internationally certified tests are BitDefender and
Kaspersky. I usually combine anti-virus with other options such as AdAware,
SpyBot and others. What seems clear to me is that relying on things like the
Windows Vista firewall and spyware software is useless.
I eventually opted for BitDefender due to reviews, awards, the small hit it
has on my system and the fact that it updates every hour. The Internet
edition features excellent anti-spyware and rootkit modules as well as a
Mixing two anti-virus suites, as you say, is definitely not a good idea!
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Sent: 01 January 2008 13:39
Subject: [evonline2002_webheads] Free and "Absolute" PC Security (Re: Skype
- Cannot update)
Gavin et al,
I have to defend the free Avast Anti-Virus software. It's truly robust -
in fact the same engine that runs Avast also runs the G-Data anti
virus suite, which is relatively expensive.
As we already know, it's a very bad idea to try to attempt to install
two anti-virus programs on a single computer. However, in order to get
a Second Opinion without uninstalling one's primary anti-virus program,
there are online security sites which scan your hard disk without
installing anything. So far, after using Avast for 4 years, these
online virus scanners have not found anything that Avast has not found.
The other free security software I use:
SpyWare Doctor and Norton Security Scan which are part of Google
Updater. This Norton Security Scan is the "no installation on hard
For third opinions in regard to spyware, I also use AdAware 2007 and
Spybot Search and Destroy - also free and efficient.
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<mailto:evonline2002_webheads%40yahoogroups.com> , "Gavin Dudeney"
> A side note on virus software. For a few years now I have been usingthe
> free AVG software and been pleased with it. However, I've recentlyread a
> handful of reports from reliable sources which suggest that it'sreally not
> that good and that a more robust solution is needed. I switched tosay I'm
> BitDefender (got a very good price just before Christmas) and I must
> very impressed with it.[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
Just read your remarks about my probable need to do a virus scan. I
use Kaspersky, not cheap, and a bit heavy-handed at times, but (And
thanks), I'll do what you suggest and see how I get on.