Best AV (free and paid)?
We at EduGeek Towers are currently working our way through various AV solutions trying to find one that fits the bill for both our desktops and laptops. So far we have trialled a couple, but have encountered some issues regarding software compatability and other issues. So, what are you using at the moment? Personally.
I'm asking about the AV you use on your personal machines because you all have more choice and are probably better aware than most about having good protection. That and you may not be too happy with the work provided AV solution.
Before you reply, please take into account the following.
- We want 'standalone' installs. Not centrally managed
- Both free and paid for solutions considered
- Must have no OTT consumer friendly interfaces
- Memory and CPU useage must be minimal
- Please don't recommend Microsoft's Defender please as it's been slipping down the detection rankings over the past year or so
- If free, no nags
Essentially, we want AV that sits in the background and does it's job without getting in the way.
So, what are you using on your most important machines?
Honestly, I use McAfee at home as I get it free from work. I set it on a perpetual licence, it keeps itself updated and I haven't had it annoy me with pop ups about updates or anything in a few months (unlike Kaspersky which popped up every time I turned the machine on).
On my home machine I use Photoshop, Illustrator, Elements and Flash (along with playing games like BF4, EU4, ETS2 etc). It has never affected the performance on any of these machines, so I am happy with it.
I use the free version of AVG and mrwITch uses the free version of Avast and we have never had any issues with either of them. Both of us to a lot of wandering around the internet but have had few to none dodgy encounters, AV-wise.
Buy a Mac! Use Linux! :p
Seriously though, I think the best virus scanner I've used on Windows is ESET NOD32. It fills all of the criteria you listed there.
Before we switched to FEP/SCEP, we used Kaspersky. The corporate version was OK when you turned off the ton of extra crap they insisted on bundling in it but as a virus scanner I still preferred NOD32.
Hmm, normally I'd recommend SCEP 2012 - but you need to have SCCM licences for that - if not its good ol' Defender/Security Essentials
Not too keen on McAfee or Sophos as both of them recently failed to detect CryptoLocker - resulting in several hurried restore jobs on our vast shared areas here at the Uni.
Kaspersky came up ok in that test, but never used it TBH.
Use avast! for the computers at home now days, used to use MSE, but that's useless now.
I'd also suggest not using IE.
I go on the recommendations of AV-Comparatives Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software » AV-Comparatives as recommended to me by a trusted security professional.
I'm currently on Avast as I've found it great for high maintenance clients over AVG as it needs less intervention in my experience.
Originally Posted by Tesla
I bought an install of it for home use, and ended up donating it to my inlaws. I've added 2 more subscriptions to the same licence for my Missus and I.
Hmm... looks like a stand corrected, but i'm still very happy with Avast and the options if gives you, like running from boot etc
Originally Posted by Arthur
AVG Free 2014. It only generally nags when a newer build/version is available. Memory is cheap these days, so AV software shouldn't be slowing everything down.
It's not unreasonable to think a 'proper' workstation/notebook should run a 64Bit OS with 8GB+ of memory.
Also you could argue, be it a paid or free solution, a paid solution would be put through Edugeek's books anyway, so it's not going to cost you personally :)
I agree with @witch as I've used AVG Free for years on mine and friend/family machines without any issues.
Originally Posted by witch
Avast here, I've registered it that many times on as many PC's as I care to remember. People just seem to love it and it's free..
At the office, we use Sophos.
I used to use AVG when it looked like this.....
Those were the days!!
Could never figure out though why they (AVG) never released the Anti-Spyware thing freely ??
After the whole debacle many moons ago with it being the spawn of satan I went back to trying Norton awhile back, seriously impressed with it install and uninstall routines were incredibly quick (no stupid cleanup tool needed) didn't kill the machine and just worked nicely, I used to use AVG when it was the only freebie available but went it off it a few years back when had a number of incidents of it completely trashing a few computers.
I use Avast mostly for freebies it does nag a bit but it seems pretty good though.