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submitted on August 3, 2011 by clover in "Member's Lounge"
Since we have a lot of members submitting Tech deals I am looking for some advice on what all of you consider to be the best Anti-Virus Software. Mine is about to expire and I am open to guidance on which product is best. Thanks! This is for info only. No need to vote.
           

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    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on August 3, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    When I used a paid product, I always bought a new one with a full rebate instead of upgrading it. Many of them offer this deal quite regularly. I would buy it, and hold it until mine expired before installing it so I would get the full year. Here is a review of the top ten products for 2011 - http://anti-virus-software-rev.....views.com/ . Use this review for comparison only, don't buy them online through this link because it's full price.

    There are also several free products that are quite good, and here's a review for that - http://webtablab.com/windows/b.....ware-2011/

    At the moment I am using AVG Free http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage + Microsoft Security Essentials http://www.microsoft.com/downl.....px?id=5201 . I have used them for quite a while without any problems. Occasionally I get a message that there is a problem that has been intercepted, and no threat has been allowed by this combination. I also have an anti-spyware program that I choose to run manually, and all together those work the best for my needs.

    BTW, the reason I stopped buying the paid AV program is because of conflicts with other software and a general slowdown of my system, and not because they didn't work.
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    • clover
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      Posted by clover on August 3, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Thank you! I have been with "The Shield Deluxe" for two years. I appreciate the info!
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    laaya
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    Posted by laaya on August 3, 2011
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    I personally prefer PANDA and AVG for personal use.
    Norton is good for Business, becz it blocks too much.
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    • clover
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      Posted by clover on August 3, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Thank you laaya! Your's is up on top with HouTex's list. I appreciate it!
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    Posted by shawndiaz on August 3, 2011
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    BeckaKnows
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    Posted by BeckaKnows on August 3, 2011
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    I'm with laaya about Norton. It's great software, but mostly for business, cause it can stop too many programs/sites that I use.
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    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on August 3, 2011
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    Avast has recently revamped their free antivirus software. I now have it installed on all my Windows PCs and am very satisfied so far. I have found it to work better than the Norton Antivirus Corp. Edition that I was previously using.
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on August 4, 2011
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    I use Avast. It is free and has great reviews. I used Symantec before but switched to Avast a couple years ago and now use it on all my PC's at home.

    This discussion has some tips on how you can set it up properly:

    http://www.buxr.com/topic/best.....etbook_621
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    Posted by equipurple on August 4, 2011
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    I long ago gave up on Norton and McAfee. Not only are they "overprotective" as mentioned above, but they are incredibly system hogs. They chew up system resources, slow you down, and extend startup time.
    I use free tools from AVG and from Komodo.
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    • clover
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      Posted by clover on August 4, 2011
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      Should I just download the free version because they have upgrades available? Thanks!
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    • pablos17
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      Posted by pablos17 on August 4, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      I would still have to recommend the free version of Avast. It provides free upgrades and free definition updates as they become available. And Avast doesn't nag you to death with offers and pop-ups trying to persuade you to purchase the "pro" (paid) version like AVG does. Avast does have a pro version as well, but you are able to just choose the free version which you will have to register, and the free registration is good for 365 days. After the year is up, you can just renew the free version again.
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    • clover
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      Posted by clover on August 4, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Will do! Thank you Pablos! I had problems uninstalling "The Shield." I had to do some tap dancing to get it off my computer. I am going to install Avast. Thanks for your help!
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    clover
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    Posted by clover on August 6, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    I am now with Avast and it's FREE and it doesn't suck the life out of my computer! Thank you everyone for you input!

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