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« on: August 17, 2009, 06:45:41 AM »

It is always a good idea to keep your PC secure, so with that in mind - I started to make a list of some of the most often recommended anti-spyware and anti-virus software that is suggested time and time again. 

Why is it important to scan for spyware and viruses regularly?  You want to protect your computer from becoming infected and infecting others.  With some vulnerabilities like the Gumblar virus, your web site could even be effected if you are not protecting yourself.  You should also keep in mind that just because you have an anti-virus or anti-spyware program, it doesn't mean you can not be infected anyways.  (That will be another topic for another day.)

Here are some great free anti-spyware and anti-virus solutions:


Have another suggestion for the list?  Leave a comment and let us know!
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2009, 07:24:21 AM »

It is always a good idea to keep your PC secure, so with that in mind - I started to make a list of some of the most often recommended anti-spyware and anti-virus software that is suggested time and time again. 

Why is it important to scan for spyware and viruses regularly?  You want to protect your computer from becoming infected and infecting others.  With some vulnerabilities like the Gumblar virus, your web site could even be effected if you are not protecting yourself.  You should also keep in mind that just because you have an anti-virus or anti-spyware program, it doesn't mean you can not be infected anyways.  (That will be another topic for another day.)

Here are some great free anti-spyware and anti-virus solutions:


Have another suggestion for the list?  Leave a comment and let us know!
+1 on AdAware and Spybot Search and Destroy
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2009, 08:31:17 AM »

My two cents. Free antivirus for home usage from German:

http://www.free-av.com/
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2009, 03:27:49 AM »

One more free anti-virus that is "cloud-powered" (and looks pretty cool):

Immunet

Here is a little more info about it from the web site...

Imagine for a moment that you could leverage the computers of your friends, family and a worldwide global community to harness their collective security. Every time someone in this collective community encounters a threat everyone else in the community gains protection from that same threat in real time. You no longer have to rely on the isolated security of your current AntiVirus vendor. You will be able to protect your friends and family while being better protected yourself.

Collective Immunity by Immunet makes this a reality. By providing a fast and light layer of virus detection and linking everyone in a global community we harness a security sum that is far greater than its individual parts.

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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2009, 05:25:28 AM »

Personally, I like http://www.debian.org/  Smile

(I know, I know...)
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2009, 05:55:28 AM »

Personally, I like http://www.debian.org/  Smile

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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2009, 10:39:31 AM »

For Mac users there is ClamXAV which works very well.  It uses the tried, tested and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end. 

i personally suggest the 2.0beta as opposed to v1.1.1 - it's Leopard compatible.
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2009, 11:31:21 AM »

Thanks for the suggestion!
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2010, 01:38:41 AM »

My name is Jeff with SecureLive, one of my personal favorites is Kaspersky (http://usa.kaspersky.com/). Kaspersky does one major thing that others do not do nearly as well. I am a programmer plus SecureLive cleans up sites almost daily. Kaspersky has the ability to search your source code to look for root kits, base64(decode even if it is gzip inflated. It will find most of the hacks found in websites pretty quickly. This is not a 100% clean up job though as like ALL security software the back door still exists somewhere, so if you are needed to just clean up a site, then NO off the shelf security suite will do the job. If you need to clean up your computer, all most all of them are pretty equal. It is mostly the difference between a Ford and a Chevy.

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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2012, 05:57:49 AM »

I have been working with avira for a long time and I love it. I has great detection rates and low consumption of resources. And for internet protection I use Spyware terminator and a good firewall and that is all you need.
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2012, 02:48:42 AM »

Nice anti virus programs you are shared, Norton has more virus definitions to deploy the virus in our computer machines.
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2014, 08:04:25 AM »

Any free antivirus software is very bad.
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2014, 08:07:08 AM »

Any free antivirus software is very bad.

Please justify this claim. There are some fairly good (reputable and comprehensive) free ones out there. They may not have the resources to stay as up to date as a paid service, but a fair free AV/ASW is better than none at all.
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