View Full Version : Virus Scanner recommendations?
04-17-2003, 11:11 PM
I have been using Network Associates Virus Scan for a while cause I get it free from my school, but it sucks. It eats up so much memory and always hogs the cpu.
I was wondering if anyone knew of any good virus scanners that don't suffer from those same problems, and are preferably free, but if not that is not a problem.
04-18-2003, 11:12 AM
I don't know about free, but I've been using norton religiously for years and don't have a complaint.
The newest version is Symantec Antivirus (they dropped the Norton name for some reason).
I got PC-Cillian 2002 when i bought my motherboard, and it's pretty nice, real time scanning, firewall, updates, etc. it's nice.
04-18-2003, 11:54 AM
Originally posted by sbp
Second that - I have Norton but every PC I set up for friends and family gets AVG. I'll switch when my current Norton subscription expires.
BTW, I understand that Norton AV 2003 now times out after a year - meaning no more just purchasing the .dat subscriptions...
Originally posted by sbp
AVG: http://www.grisoft.com/ :stupid:
or you could use your friendly neighborhood linux distro. while there are viruses for linux, they's not as popular as the windows ones ;)
What's so good about this AVG Anti Virus as oopposed to Norton 2003?
04-22-2003, 01:12 PM
I am a big fan of Norton's, at least I used to be before yearly subscriptions came out. That's just ridiculous and greedy.
AVG runs quietly in the background, requires no maintenence from me and apparently works. I've been using it for over 2 years now with no virus problems.
As long as AVG distributes their product for free, I won't be going back to Norton. (or McAfee for that matter.)
On another note, Trend puts out a good product but it's not free either.
04-24-2003, 08:01 PM
I guess the main motivation behind norton subscriptions is:
1) Reduces the impact of pirated or "borrowed" software since it all times out after a year.
2) reduces the impact of the people that will run Norton on Windows 95 for 15 years and not even think of upgrading, therefore no new profits for Norton.
If you really wanna get into conspiracies, how about maybe Norton writes the viruses and releases them into the "wild" to encourage people to buy AV software!
Actually the subscription is renewed everytime you install the software. If you format and re-install the software you have another year from the date of install. Works fine for people who format often like me :)
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