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Recommend me a Antivirus and Firewall.

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by GSDog, 26 Mar 2006.

  1. GSDog

    Soldato

    Joined: 12 Jun 2004

    Posts: 5,463

    Location: Surrey

    Hi all,

    I have been using AVG free edition for a while, but for some reason it messed up, and I don't really trust it anymore. I know NOD32 was a very highly recommended AV a while ago - has opinions changed? I remember trying it about 6 months ago and I was very impressed, light on resources, caught everything I threw at it. Do you like NOD32?

    I also need a software firewall, I would like a free one because I already have router firewall which is doing a good job. I did use Sygate a while ago, which was good - do you like and recommend Sygate, or should I get a different one?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. hyper_piper45

    Mobster

    Joined: 12 Oct 2003

    Posts: 2,706

    Location: Leicester

    At the moment i am using Kaspersky Anti Virus and Kerio Personal firewall. Both seem pretty good and i've had no problems so i suppose they are working :)
     
  3. AnastieByte

    Hitman

    Joined: 7 Mar 2005

    Posts: 937

    Location: Northumberland

    I have used Norton and at present Mcafee. However some recent research showed Nod32 to be the best if not complicated then as mentioned kaspersky. Bitdefender 9 is user friendly. Avast is also good.
     
  4. [email protected]

    Hitman

    Joined: 21 Jul 2005

    Posts: 781

    Location: Wakefield

    At the moment im using Zone Alarm Antivirus And Firewall


    Cant Fault it
     
  5. ray

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 329

    Same here. ZoneAlarm tends to get pretty good reviews as well.
     
  6. AnastieByte

    Hitman

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    Location: Northumberland

    As a firewall ZA is OK but I would not recommend their AV . If you want a free AV look at Avast site. My wife had AVG free edition on her laptop I tried Avast and it found virus that AVG missed!
     
  7. fozzybear

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 27 Mar 2004

    Posts: 7,671

    Location: Manchester

    Yeah, using Zone Alarm Security Suite here. I'm very impressed.
     
  8. mysticsniper

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 1 May 2003

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    I am using Kaspersky Anti Virus Personal Pro and Windows SP2 Firewall. I am very happy with the AV; its the best I have ever used, much better than Norton's who I used previously. Highly recommended :)
     
  9. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,143

    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    Zonealarm Firewall with avast antivirus gets my vote.
     
  10. Bradmax57

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    Avast for the av defo
     
  11. GSDog

    Soldato

    Joined: 12 Jun 2004

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    Location: Surrey

    Wow, 6 months ago a thread like this was smothered with NOD32. I actualy decided to go with NOD32 again, I was extremely pleased with it when I tried just the trial version 6 months ago. It's so quick and uses hardly any resources.
    It found 4 trojans last night.... AVG has dissapointed me, it just kept crashing when I started my PC and it missed 4 trojans!

    Think I will go for Zonealarm for a firewall then.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
  12. lumocolor

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 16 Mar 2006

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    Symantec Corp. Edition v9 (The BEST)
     
  13. G-MAN2004

    Caporegime

    Joined: 4 Jul 2004

    Posts: 30,240

    Norton AV 2006 and ZoneAlarm.
     
  14. 8BaLL

    Gangster

    Joined: 9 Mar 2006

    Posts: 215

    Location: London

    Avast no sweat more features than any i have come across most updated and least for giving false reports and simple to use also sygate is a nice firewall very good protection.
     
  15. Richdog

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

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    Location: Utopia

    Aghh @ anyone reccommending Norton as the best home AV... it's not even in the top 3 as far as overall quality and effectiveness goes.

    NOD32 is the best AV out there, detection rate is just behind Kaspersky (which is very buggy btw), and yet overall performance is FAR in excess of anything else on the market, it is simply superlative in its skimpy resource use, scanning speed, and outstanding detection rate.

    Norton is the complete and utter opposite. :(

    As far as firewall goes, ZA is probably the best free one, yet Outpost Pro is the undisputed king of all software firewall solutions, it is a comprehensive and near bullet-proof solution.
     
  16. AnastieByte

    Hitman

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    I was also surprised how reasonable NOD32 is priced. Decided to test Avast free edition and it beats AVG hands down IMO. Firewall I used ZA for years then had a few probs and use Sygate now with no problems :)
     
  17. Bradmax57

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    in what way?
     
  18. AnastieByte

    Hitman

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    If you mean how was Avast better than AVG? Despite AVG fully up to date. When I installed Avast it found 4 virus that AVG missed.
     
  19. Bradmax57

    Sgarrista

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    ah, i thought avast was avg :o
     
  20. Scream

    Mobster

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    And if you try NOD32 or Kaspersky, they will find a number of virii which Avast missed making it look very average. But saying all that, I will agree, Avast is better than AVG.