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I have avast!, not the best one in the list, but it beats ClamAV
Also MyWOT staff, do you use F-Secure?
Pctools.com has some great ones and you can get even spyware
defender even for free through the google pack
Bullguard you have to pay for but it's very good
I use a PPC Mac 10.4.11 with Norton AntiVirus 11.0.1. There are
few choices for Mac antiviruses, and only two known free
Virex-Not compatible with 10.4+ (Possibly Discontinued)
iAntivirus by PC Tools- Free, only compatible with 10.5
Intel-------- http://www.iantivirus.com, http://www.pctools.com
ClamXav 1.1.1- Free, compatible with 10.4 and testing on
10.5------- http://www.clamxav.com, http://www.markallan.co.uk
VirusBarrier X5- Intego, compatible with 10.4-10.5------ http://www.intego.com
Tiger/Leopard Cache Cleaner
Agax 1.3 (Discontinued)
Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac------- http://www.sophos.com
avast! antivirus for Mac (not free)------- http://www.avast.com
ProtectMac Antivirus------- http://www.protectmac.com
MacScan by SecureMac----- http://www.securemac.com, http://www.macscan.securemac.com
Those are basically the only choices, besides common sense. It's
still really good to have a Mac anti-virus, cosidering all the new
threats. To see a list of about 90 threats, you can go to http://www.iantivirus.com/threats.
To see a Mac Security Blog, go to http://www.blog.intego.com.
I also use Avast. And F-secures online scanner for a second
(Plus the old classic Spybot Search & Destroy...)
It's just a matter of 1) What you're comfortable with, and 2)
What "plays well" with the other stuff on your system.
Nevertheless, all of them may exhibit some problems. Antivirus
programs are notoriously cranky.
The most common bash on McAfee and Norton are that they are
AVG, Avast, and Avira's Antivir are three that have gained a
reputation for not taking up much resources, and they all have good
As far as virus detection itself, they are all pretty good . . .
retail or free, and the ratings that the trade magazines give them
are all within a few percentage points, so I don't think any one is
a whole lot better than the other (of course, there are a few
slackers out there, but if you stay with the brand names and
exercise good security best practices, you'll be pretty safe).
Bottom line: As I said, it's mostly a matter of personal
preference and what you AND YOUR SYSTEM (Norton is notorious for
not playing well with systems) are most comfortable with. No doubt,
though, you'll find plenty of people that will bash individual
products. (And I think I just bashed Norton there!)
Ultimately, the only protection against phishing, forged Web
pages, downloading malware, and other threats is the technology
located between the user's ears.
And if you visit Manufacturer forums, just keep in mind that
most people come to those forums to complain about problems they've
had, so your information from them is going to be skewed. Very few
people visit a forum just to say "Atta' boy".
And what ever you decide to pick, it's a good idea to run an on
line scan now and then, because what your local protection misses
(and they all miss some things), an on line scan may detect.
1. Panda ActiveScan 2.0 - http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/a...
2. Kaspersky - http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
3. Symantec Security check -
4. Trend Micro Housecall - http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
5. McAfee - http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
6. BitDefender - http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
7. VirScan - http://www.virscan.org/ NOTE: This is
just for selected files, NOT the whole machine.
8. Virustotal - http://www.virustotal.com/ NOTE:
This is just for selected files, NOT the whole machine.
Might want to read up on dear one... That was in the old days of
It now has one of the lowest resource usage.
Norton 360 all the way here.
15 years with Norton and never had a virus.
............Tattered Wings and a Tarnished Halo...........
I said the "most common". Indeed, I have heard (not the least
from yourself on other threads) that Norton has changed their ways
. . . and I don't doubt that they have.
But they're still suffering from the rep that they laid for
years ("old days").
If in fact they are no longer resource hogs, it's going to take
them more than a year or two to change that "most common"
You can't as a business earn one reputation and expect a change
to take hold over night ("over night" in the software biz, or in
this case, is a year or so). I don't know how long Norton has been
trying to right the ship, but for years and years they pissed
people off and the "most common" feeling was that they were
resource hogs. Now they're paying for that!
They're going to have to earn people's trust all over again.
(And BTW, that door swings both ways. Software that has earned a
good reputation over the years can, and often does, go south and
shoddy work can rest on the laurels of previous good work. Just as
it will take time for Norton to establish a good rep, it likewise
can take years for a good rep to turn sour when in fact the
software itself went "bad" in just a year or so. It's a matter of
"track record" . . . the longer that track record was, the longer
it takes to turn it around).
Yep you are right my dear one... on all accounts.
............Tattered Wings and a Tarnished Halo...........
We use all the major brands (not in the same computer, obviously
=), mostly to test for any incompatibilities.
I have a program installed, it's called "Zwinky" and would like to
remove it safely from my system I went to programs and files to
find it, and pressed the delet on my mouse, and nothing happened
Can you help me get rid of it?
I googled Zwinky and WOT rates it all red.Malicious
content,spam,adware,viruses the lot.Has this Zwinky been giving you
pop ups or redirecting you.If the Zwinky I Googled is the same one
you have it could be preventing you from deleting it.Have you
scanned your system with your own anti virus lately and if so what
did it say.What a.v.do you have.(G.O.M.with Honours).
I remember a program called "Revo Uninstaller" being mentioned
See all the posts about that here: www.mywot.com/en/search/node/revo
PS: "Uninstall" is somewhat off topic in an antivirus
If it's a major issue, please start a new thread...
PPS: By the way, welcome aboard...!
I use Revo and its a good tool for removing stubborn stuff.This
Zwinky is confusing though.If you Google it and check with WOT
different Zwinks have different ratings though most of them not
very good.I am of topic now but thats not unusual for a (G.O.M.with
Well there's quite a lot of free antivirus out there. I've used
a lot of them. I like trying AV software. Right now I'm
using/testing ZenOK Free Antivirus http://www.zenok.com/free-antivirus/.
It has ultra-light scan, which is a plus for me, and it also hardly
uses any resources. Good online protection agains viruses, spyware
Zen OK free ?
I have heard that it uses an outdated Bitdefender AV engine
I have still to try it though
Definitely wouldn't recommend it myself ;o)
Regards Steven Burn I.T. Mate / hpHosts it-mate.co.uk /
it looks a scheme I have already seen:o)
Download and install Revo Uninstaller go into safe mode and
If the windows request message to reboot appears DO
NOT click the NO button Revo will now search the registry
and hard drive for any files that is not required, just click the
BOLD items and delete then click Next and Select All and
When you go into Revo Uninstaller look for FunWebProducts/My Web
Search, right click and uninstall
Once the uninstaller is completed download and scan your PC
Superantispyware free edition:
Take notice of cotojo.He is the expert.(G.O.M.with Honours).
i use antivir anti virus its a freebee and but it doesnt do
spyware protection. The upside is that it use very little
I had McAfee Enterprise 8.0i and Zone Alarm for many years, and
I had no problem with them. But recently my system started to slow
down significantly. I did a lot of troubleshooting and one of the
things I did was switch to Avira's Antivir and Comodo FW. Don't
know if that was all of the problem, but I am satisfied with them,
and obviously my start up time has improved and also my resource
availability is better.
I used antivir for a long time, then switch to Avast some years
ago. Can't imagine switching from that. It works seamlesly in
background, updates itself without bothering me, & alerts me of
problems without me having to think about it. Plus, it's free. What
more can I say?
I don't like AntiVir because it messes up my Vista, Firefox and
it slows down my computer... It seems like out of AVG, avast and
AntiVir, avast is the fastest for me.
I use Avast on my main machine and Comodo on my others, which I
chop and change for testing.
For online scanning I also use:
ESET - http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/index.php
Ewido anti-spyware and anti-malware:
For single files use:
AVG I gave up with when V8 was released, and although it is one
of the most popular it lost a lot of ground with the new format,
and is slowly starting to catch up again, but I prefer Avast's
performance and cover.
Free PC Security
What comes to my, I have two licenses for KIS (Kaspersky
Internet Security) here. One for my PC and one for my brother's
Additionally I have AVG A-S Plus and WinPatrol Plus here,
besides having some other stuff for on-demand scans (ClamWin, MBAM,
SAS, BlackLight, Panda Anti-Rootkit, Trend Rootkit Buster, McAfee
"Men make good pets."
I have used Symantec and McAfee. Both work very well but do take
up space on the hard drive. Right now I am trying out Avira. So far
You really can't beat it ;D
Anti-Malware and System Monitors
1. WinPatrol - www.winpatrol.com (without a doubt, the
best system monitor available)
2. MBAM (Malwarebytes Anti Malware) - www.malwarebytes.org
3. Spybot Search & Destroy - www.safer-networking.org
4. Mamutu - www.mamutu.com/en/software/mamutu/
5. a-Squared - www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/
I always recommend having WinPatrol, and one or more of 2-5.
Please note, an anti-malware/system monitor is NOT a replacement
for your antivirus, it's an addition to it. I'd strongly recommend
1. ClamAV* - www.clamwin.com (free/open source, available
for Linux, Windows and the MAC)
2. NOD32 - www.eset.com (commercial)
3. Kaspersky - www.kaspersky.com (commercial)
4. Avira AntiVir -
www.free-av.com/en/download/1/avira_antivir_person... (free for
home use (advert presented when updating signatures))
5. Avast Home Edition - www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
(free for home use)
* ClamAV does NOT provide a realtime scanner. Thus whilst I
highly recommend using it, I also strongly advise having an AV that
has a realtime scanner at the same time.
Ur I.T. Mate Group / hpHosts
it-mate.co.uk / hosts-file.net
I like win patrol never heard of it but am enjoying it. but I
have tested Kaspersky, Norton, Macafee ect. and they cannot protect
against rootkits like they claim. I found in a study that me and
some colleagues did that Mbam pro with real time protection was the
only product we could not get passed unless we went into the av and
allowed the viral program.
We tested with my own virus pack that I have been collecting, it
has some of the worse bugs on it I have ever seen.
Just thought I would comment as You use almost the same products
that I do.
Your thought would be appreciated.
I found in a study that me and some colleagues did that
Mbam pro with real time protection was the only product we could
not get passed unless we went into the av and allowed the viral
We tested with my own virus pack that I
have been collecting, it has some of the worse bugs on it I have
Just in case you wonder: MalwareBytes' Antimalware is not an
Actually if you buy it it is and does a number on a lot of
viruses. I might mention that I think your confused most viruses
come into your system as malware or spyware and then releases an
Note I use a dedicated av but also a malware scanner because
msse av isn't powerful enough on malware and spyware.
I should also point out that they both overlap each other and
mbam WILL take out viruses I used to kill a few this morning
When you buy it it comes with a real time scanner that will detect
a number of actual viruse in real time so I think you should do a
little more reading....
Yes it is technically a malware scanner but test it on some
viruses and you will see my point.
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