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GRACE100 need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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Last edited on 30th Nov, 2009 10:15

hi
I'm a new member of this site, I'm just a college student,
and i need help to choose an antivirus in a good price.
my friend recommended me this software:http://www.bestantivirus2010.com/Bitdefender_Inter...



someone can tell me if the software and the price are good?

Leendert Kip need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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Last edited on 30th Nov, 2009 07:15
Depends on what you can spent. I have good experience with Avira Premium
Security Suite, but they also have a Free-Version and a one which is cheaper then Premium Security Suite.Take a look at www.avira.com and compare prices. The payed versions have a 30 days evaluation period for the full versions; no restrictions in functionality for that period. Support is very good when needed.

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mommiecat RE: need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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This advice comes from a family friend who is highly proficient in the world of computers and software - we trust him implicitly. He never pays for pc protection as there is always a very good free version out there. As a college student, you shouldn't have a requirement for a paid version, unless you are running a business or have hi tech issues. Jules had previously recommended Avast, as AVG was getting pretty cumbersome, but this latest AVG is an improvement on both the former AVG package and the current Avast (which is still great, and we continue to use it). His message to us two weeks ago follows, as well as the Avast info (and this is the end of my message - best of luck saving your money for other things!).

AVG have just released their new leaner and meaner anti-virus software and as always there is a free version of it definitely worth having on your PC. To read a review to help you make up your own mind see below:

http://lifehacker.com/5401255/best-antivirus-appli...

I'd recommend downloading the installer using the link below, then uninstalling any other Anti-Virus app you have such as Avast or the old AVG and then installing AVG 9. You can download it here:

http://download.avgfree.com/filedir/inst/avg_free_...

If you would like to try the Avast free edition, read on:

http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

I started by uninstalling AVG, rebooting my machine and then starting the
downloaded AVAST installation program. I performed a full installation and
then later customized which type of on access scan providers I wanted to be
running all the time. Remember that if something is running all the time
and scanning your files and emails, it's going to slow you up a bit.

Avast includes seven different and customisable on access scanners which
depending on your computer usage may or may not be useful. You could easily
just leave them all on, but I like to squeeze all the performance out of my
machine and choose to turn off some of the scanners. Here's the full list
of scanners that come as part of a full install - you can disable any of the scanners you won't be using (if you don't use, for example, Person to Person or Instant Messaging) to gain better performance.

Outlook/Exchange
Standard Shield
Instant Messaging
Internet Mail
Network Shield
P2P Shields
Web Shield

(end of advice)

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GRACE100 RE: need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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Who better avira ,avg or bitdefender?
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mommiecat RE: need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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The user poll (see "Five Best Antivirus Applications" link) didn't rate Bitdefender very highly (it was lumped in a group of "also rans"). AVG came tops with 23% of the votes, Avast had 17%. Worth reading the comments in the article...

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Anthony Wells RE: need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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Hello Grace 100 ,

The site you have given the link for does not show on any "site advisor" I have access to , so I would never download from such a site .

You ask about an antivirus but you link to Bit-Defender Internet Security Suite , these are not the same thing .

The price asked for seems very low !

As a student there are plenty of free software available to meet your needs , as well .

I use Ian "Gizmo" Richards site for "unbiased" advice :-

http://www.techsupportalert.com/

This is the link for their antivirus review :-

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-vir...

And this is their security selection wizard to help you specifically :-

http://www.techsupportalert.com/secwiz

If you wish to pay for your security then it is less easy to get unbiased advice , and everyone has their own opinion , according to experience .

IF you choose to purchase a product which you want to protect you , get it direct from the software manufacturer , cheap deals elsewhere are not to be trusted .

Caveat Emptor.

Take care
Anthony

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SirTazOfMania RE: need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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Try Microsoft Security Essentials. It has been rating very good in <a href="http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews">recent tests</a>

It's free and you can check it out and download it from <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/">here</a>

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secret_looser RE: need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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i test bit defender, kaspsersky,eset,avg, and many more. i put all of them in real test with viruses and f.p. the results : eset 0 false positive,always passed,never miss even with 1 week old v.s.db., very low memory load. for me this is the best. check out v.b.(http://www.virusbtn.com/). eset smart security 4 have the most awards.
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This user no longer exists RE: need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
Member 1st Dec, 2009 16:15
Look at the price:

Eset NOD32 $59.99 per year for one system
Kaspersky $49.95 per year for one system
AVG Internet Security CAD $58.99 per year for one system

I like avast! Free and its V5 is now in beta that will be available Jan. 2010

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Member 1st Dec, 2009 17:55
sorry i forgot about price. avast is good i agree. but be carefull with beta versions-they are for expert users for testing.
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Leendert Kip need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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Last edited on 2nd Dec, 2009 16:06
I cannot recommend NOD32. Price is too high and support is no good at all. Avira, which I use now since a month works very good and support
is excellent.

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wr RE: need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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Hi all,
I do use & recommend Nod 32-been using it since Win98. It's always been in the Top 10 or Top 5 in its class. Expensive? kinda, Easy to use? debatable, "gets the job done"? As good as or better than most.
IMHO no A/V of any ones is going to be 100% effective, pick one that's comfortable for you & 'run with it' be it free or subscription. I use MBAM free as a 'backup' to NOD 32 in case it misses something & then sometimes run a scan w/SuperAntiSpyware-I'm not really paranoid-just like to be sure.
Regarding support for Eset, never a problem using them direct or using @ the time their 'official' support site Wilders Security Forum. The
2-3 times I used Wilders I found the solution in their FAQ.
Just my .02 worth on the subject. Hope every ones having a wonderful day.

Regards, wr


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tia4mia RE: need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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Grace, got to Komando.com and you may have to join Kim's Club, but a bunch of her software is free. This one included. She's smart, knows computers and offers gobs of good stuff for her clients. She's also on the radio in AZ at KFYI, but there are many more stations across the country, usually on Saturday mornings. I hope this helps and you haven't spent a gob of money for software. I have used 3-4 of her suggestions. SueD.
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tia4mia RE: need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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Grace, go to Komando.com and you may have to join Kim's Club, but a bunch of her software is free. This one included. She's smart, knows computers and offers gobs of good stuff for her clients. She's also on the radio in AZ at KFYI, but there are many more stations across the country, usually on Saturday mornings. I hope this helps and you haven't spent a gob of money for software. I have used 3-4 of her suggestions. SueD.
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metaed RE: need help to choose an antivirus in a good price
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I recommend Avast (the free version) to all my friends and family. It costs nothing, it does not hog system resources like Norton, and it gets great ratings by people who test it. I buy the pro version for all the systems where I work.

For protection from malware other than viruses I also run Spybot SD and/or Windows Defender.

I configure them all to update automatically and scan on a regular schedule, plus I also enable the real-time protection features.

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