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    • Reprotected on Thu 25 Sep 2008
    • 10:54:15 PM UTC

    What antivirus do you have?

    I have avast!, not the best one in the list, but it beats ClamAV =]

    Also MyWOT staff, do you use F-Secure?



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    • wehaveitall on Thu 25 Sep 2008
    • 11:03:19 PM UTC

    Bullguard or pctools

    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

    Wot rocks

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    • Security_Wiz on Thu 25 Sep 2008
    • 11:16:31 PM UTC


    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 choices.

    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)
    vScan (Discontinued)
    Disinfectant (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.

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    • phantazm on Thu 25 Sep 2008
    • 11:20:06 PM UTC

    Me too

    I also use Avast. And F-secures online scanner for a second opinion.
    (Plus the old classic Spybot Search & Destroy...)

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      • BobJam (not verified) on Fri 26 Sep 2008
      • 12:29:07 AM UTC

      What plays well with your system is the way to go

      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 resource hogs.

      AVG, Avast, and Avira's Antivir are three that have gained a reputation for not taking up much resources, and they all have good detection capabilities.

      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 - http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/default.asp?lan...

      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.

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        • Anonymous on Wed 28 Jul 2010
        • 02:31:28 PM UTC


        The most common bash on McAfee and Norton are that they are resource hogs.

        Might want to read up on dear one... That was in the old days of Norton.
        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...........

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          • BobJam (not verified) on Thu 29 Jul 2010
          • 03:35:49 AM UTC

          No, no, no

          @ sflorg,

          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" perception around.

          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).

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            • Anonymous on Thu 29 Jul 2010
            • 03:47:34 AM UTC


            Yep you are right my dear one... on all accounts.
            ............Tattered Wings and a Tarnished Halo...........

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    • Sami on Fri 26 Sep 2008
    • 05:49:09 AM UTC

    Re: What antivirus do you have?

    Also MyWOT staff, do you use F-Secure?

    We use all the major brands (not in the same computer, obviously =), mostly to test for any incompatibilities.

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      • Marsha Stokes on Fri 20 Mar 2009
      • 02:28:02 PM UTC

      Trying to remove unwanted program

      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?

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        • Anonymous on Fri 20 Mar 2009
        • 02:36:05 PM UTC


        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).

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        • phantazm on Fri 20 Mar 2009
        • 02:36:45 PM UTC


        I remember a program called "Revo Uninstaller" being mentioned earlier.
        See all the posts about that here: www.mywot.com/en/search/node/revo

        PS: "Uninstall" is somewhat off topic in an antivirus thread;
        If it's a major issue, please start a new thread...

        PPS: By the way, welcome aboard...!

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          • Anonymous on Fri 20 Mar 2009
          • 02:46:09 PM UTC


          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 Honours).

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        • cotojo on Fri 20 Mar 2009
        • 02:44:25 PM UTC


        Hi Marsha
        Download and install Revo Uninstaller go into safe mode and run
        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 delete.
        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 with
        Superantispyware free edition:


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          • Anonymous on Fri 20 Mar 2009
          • 02:47:50 PM UTC


          Take notice of cotojo.He is the expert.(G.O.M.with Honours).

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    • Simon Mowlam on Fri 26 Sep 2008
    • 08:49:27 AM UTC

    i use antivir anti virus its

    i use antivir anti virus its a freebee and but it doesnt do spyware protection. The upside is that it use very little resources

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      • BobJam (not verified) on Fri 26 Sep 2008
      • 09:38:50 AM UTC

      I use Antivir too

      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.

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      • blakelylaw on Fri 20 Mar 2009
      • 11:19:23 PM UTC

      Ex-antivir User

      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?

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    • Reprotected on Fri 26 Sep 2008
    • 01:17:11 PM UTC


    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.

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    • cotojo on Fri 26 Sep 2008
    • 02:19:21 PM UTC


    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.
    AV Comparison:

    http://cotojo.wordpress.com - Free PC Security

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    • lordpake on Fri 26 Sep 2008
    • 03:50:59 PM UTC

    What comes to my, I have two

    What comes to my, I have two licenses for KIS (Kaspersky Internet Security) here. One for my PC and one for my brother's laptop.

    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 Rootkit Detective).

    "Men make good pets."

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    • dbert on Sun 28 Sep 2008
    • 02:35:44 AM UTC


    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 so good.

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    • TheFryingIrishman on Sun 28 Sep 2008
    • 02:39:28 AM UTC

    NoD32. You really can't beat


    You really can't beat it ;D

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    • MysteryFCM on Sun 28 Sep 2008
    • 03:05:10 AM UTC

    My personal recommendations .........

    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 (in order);

    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.

    Steven Burn
    Ur I.T. Mate Group / hpHosts
    it-mate.co.uk / hosts-file.net

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      • justfixwindows (not verified) on Sun 05 Jun 2011
      • 06:23:12 PM UTC

      RE: My personal recommendations .........

      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.

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        • leofelix (not verified) on Sun 05 Jun 2011
        • 07:00:03 PM UTC

        RE: My personal recommendations .........

        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 in case you wonder: MalwareBytes' Antimalware is not an antivirus ;-)

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          • justfixwindows (not verified) on Mon 06 Jun 2011
          • 07:00:17 PM UTC

          RE: My personal recommendations .........

          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 actual virus.


          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 alone.
          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.