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Poll: *** The All New Windows AV Thread - Keep All AV Questions in Here ***

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by TheHitMan-1973, Feb 15, 2014.

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What AV do you use?

  1. Avira AntiVir

    2.9%
  2. AVG

    5.8%
  3. Avast!

    14.8%
  4. BitDefender

    4.7%
  5. Panda

    0.8%
  6. Microsoft Security Essentials

    19.7%
  7. BitDefender

    2.9%
  8. Sophos

    2.5%
  9. McAfee

    1.7%
  10. Norton/Symantec

    3.0%
  11. Eset NOD32

    12.0%
  12. Kaspersky

    10.1%
  13. Trend

    0.3%
  14. Other

    3.5%
  15. I do not run any AV other than OS built in (E.g. Windows Defender)

    15.2%
  1. TheHitMan-1973

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 2, 2010

    Posts: 1,271

    Location: Haywards Heath

    Norton Or AVG

    I have 3 days left on my Norton , i have been looking at AVG as its a free download . Is it worth downloading AVG or carry on with Norton a £19.99 ?
     
  2. mhvcbv

    Gangster

    Joined: Jul 12, 2013

    Posts: 168

    AVG
     
  3. ivrytwr3

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 25, 2006

    Posts: 3,697

    ESET Smart Security
     
  4. UnworthyBean

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 15, 2009

    Posts: 2,291

  5. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 31,199

    Location: Acme's chair

    I use Avast Free and it is prefectly fine.

    If you want to pay then Kaspersky or ESET. Preferably the latter.

    Norton and AVG are both absolute crap.
     
  6. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,310

    Location: NN4

    I used Avast but it was causing PC lockups so I'm now using Avira, it's not the best but it does me fine :) I use it as a AV + Firewall. It's firewall isn't the best but if it's turned off it's annoying about it so I just leave it on.
     
  7. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 31,199

    Location: Acme's chair

    Avast causing lockups? :confused:

    Only you. :p
     
  8. marc2003

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 6, 2004

    Posts: 19,958

    Location: England

    indeed. it's like being asked you prefer aids or cancer. :p
     
  9. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,310

    Location: NN4

    Yeah some drivers it was installing were causing lockups. They've stopped now.

    e; @marc2003 At least cancer can be dealt with (most types) :p
     
  10. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 31,199

    Location: Acme's chair

    You trusted the software update feature? :p

    When I installed it and saw that option my reaction was "Ahaaaaaaahaaaaaa, I don't think so..." *unticks box* :rolleyes:

    I wouldn't let any AV do that for me. I wouldn't even want Windows to do it without asking.
     
  11. KIA

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 14, 2004

    Posts: 13,536

    Use a free AV. Don't waste your money.
     
  12. spoffle

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 4, 2012

    Posts: 16,414

    Don't waste your money, go free.

    Also, what's with the spaces?
     
  13. Showboat

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 11, 2009

    Posts: 1,999

    Location: UK

    Stick with norton. I have usually been able to renew for about £12 in recent years. Can't seem to find anything this year though... Renewal in about a week..
     
  14. C.R.A.Z.Y

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 21, 2010

    Posts: 4,920

    Symantec Endpoint Protection V 12.1.2015.2015 x64 Edition here.
    IMHO the virus defs on FREE versions aren't the most up-to-date & comprehensive!!
     
  15. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,310

    Location: NN4

    Nah, on the install menu it was installing drivers ;)
     
  16. jkb

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 27, 2011

    Posts: 1,261

    Location: Northumberland

    I wouldn't use anything else
     
  17. marc2003

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 6, 2004

    Posts: 19,958

    Location: England

    as far as i'm concerned, norton is a virus. i remember using someone's machine where the subscription had ran out and the ****ing thing kept flashing popups in my face telling me to subscribe - the very same behaviour you'd expect from a machine that has been infected. as i didn't have admin rights, i couldn't even stop it.

    i've also ran into problems fixing other people's pcs which have had it installed. un-installing it has not been clean and left the internet broken. it took ages trawling google on another pc to fix it.

    i would not touch that crap if you paid me let alone expect me to pay for it.
     
  18. Elevon

    Mobster

    Joined: Sep 22, 2006

    Posts: 3,013

    Install Avast 2014 free without software updater,that's what I did.

    As to AVG remark well I have used free version and it was fine,only one that gave me issues was Bitdefender 2014 Free ie kept crashing my Origin launcher when trying to play ME3,both Avast and AVG never gave me that issue.
     
  19. Orcvader

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 11, 2009

    Posts: 14,216

    Location: Havering

    Avast, without all that extra crap (software updater, browser cleanup, etc). No need to pay for one, the free ones work just as well.
     
  20. UnworthyBean

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 15, 2009

    Posts: 2,291

    And I'd take both of those over Norton :D