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Gammeldansk
Reply #1 Saturday, November 21, 2009 2:23 PM

Thanks for this one Ed.

waxplay3r
Reply #2 Saturday, November 21, 2009 2:24 PM

Thank you for pointing us to thsat link. I see my AVG is at the bottom, but you know what...It all depends on our surfing habits. Listen, the possibility of me getting a virus is less by visiting a website like Wincustomize.com than it is visiting xxx.swank.com. Point being, surf safe and you'll be safe, surf the risque' and your chances are 50/50 so live with it...

skyzyk
Reply #3 Saturday, November 21, 2009 3:00 PM

Personally I don't think this page is an unbaised rating, for some reason. I have read other (3 or 4) that show a complete different story. I think to properly know one should visit as many sites as you can stand, that rate software or Security software in question. They have way to many programs rated "Not Recommended" Like AVG, Avira, Avast. All this is my opinion and I am far from being "the one to go to".

Moosetek13
Reply #4 Saturday, November 21, 2009 3:08 PM

I use Avast, but it is not one of those tested. I have been happy with it, however.

RedneckDude
Reply #5 Saturday, November 21, 2009 3:14 PM

I use Avast, but it is not one of those tested. I have been happy with it, however.

 

Same here, but this list is for security software, not malware software. I didn't see any anti-virus software in the list.

DaveBax
Reply #6 Saturday, November 21, 2009 4:06 PM

Nice post Ed but. I have tried many over the years and I think it's what you find that works for you. Take the first one on the list "Comodo Internet Security" and do a review search for it. the results are almost all bad so go figure. Jim most of the Internet packages also include anti-virus such as the one that is on top of the list. I use BitDefender and it's on the Do not Use list. now they did test 2009 and i use 2010 Internet security, but I was always happy with the 2009. So the user, uses what they want and that is the best software for them and this is only my opinion, I'm not an expert.

angus1949
Reply #7 Saturday, November 21, 2009 4:18 PM

I apologize.  I wasn't specific enough.  This mainly deals with firewalls.  And I'm sorry to say to w4x: there is no safe surfing.  embedded malware are on tons of major legit.sites just waiting for you to click an ad or some of them only need a mouse over.

angus1949
Reply #8 Saturday, November 21, 2009 4:20 PM

I have used Online Armor and NOD32, plus A2 as a scanner only for more than 6 years and have had nesx to no problems.  The ones I had were my fault.

DaveBax
Reply #9 Saturday, November 21, 2009 4:44 PM

Np need to apologize Ed. Like I said above it's what works best for the person. I sometimes think that companies pay to get put on top. There are other lists available and some on top of this list are even mentioned on other list, so do like me and don't even try and figure it out. If your puter ain't broke leave it alone.

DrJBHL
Reply #10 Saturday, November 21, 2009 4:56 PM

If your puter ain't broke leave it alone.

And pray others do as well.

I think it's an interesting evaluation. Thanks, Ed!

AtlanticCanadianScot
Reply #11 Saturday, November 21, 2009 5:40 PM

I've had paid subscriptions to Kaspersky & BitDefender, amoung others, + really, Avast is at par with all of them...(very effective & efficient)....& bonus points, FREE for home users...what MORE could one ask for...(& yeah, top 10 lists ARE relative & one is wise to be cynical & suspect such divergence a la paid ratings as the top recommendations are FAR from universal)....but thx for the food for thought Ed...

DaveBax
Reply #12 Saturday, November 21, 2009 5:41 PM

And pray others do as well.

I don't have to worry about that doc, but when I did I had a sonic alarm hooked up to it.

DaveBax
Reply #13 Saturday, November 21, 2009 5:43 PM

I wonder where Scotty lives.

Aesir Rising
Reply #14 Saturday, November 21, 2009 5:55 PM

Weird listing.

 

I wish I were ambitious enough to start an internet security firm in the comfort of my own basement, where I offer paid tests and evaluations to firewall software firms with a proviso that if they pay up and don't like the test results, they can opt to keep them private and unpublished.  That matousec guy and his college buddies were pretty sharp.  The only thing that would make their operation perfect would be if they published verified, repeatable results using documented testing methodologies.

Jafo
Reply #15 Saturday, November 21, 2009 6:11 PM

I've had paid subscriptions to Kaspersky & BitDefender, amoung others, + really, Avast is at par with all of them...(very effective & efficient)....& bonus points, FREE for home users

I currently have both [covers 4 systems]...but in most cases price will be a true indicator of actual worth.  You get what you pay for.

Performance and reputation justifies the fee...so 'free' should make you think - twice...

kona0197
Reply #16 Saturday, November 21, 2009 9:58 PM

I would be interested in seeing a list of Anti Virus apps. I'm sure the free versions such as Avast and AVG are higher in the list then Norton and Mcaffee. There were in a list I saw a few years ago. Norton is horrible.

starkers
Reply #17 Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:49 PM

I use Avast Home Edition and Spybot Search & Destroy with Teatimer with 'real time' protection against unauthorised installations and system immunisation.  Combined with Vista's/Win 7's built-in firewall and a hardware firewall in my router, this has worked well for me for 4 - 5 years now... I have been virus/malware free in that time.

I have used Online Armor and NOD32, plus A2 as a scanner only for more than 6 years and have had nesx to no problems. The ones I had were my fault.

Of course it was your own fault... I saw you logged in at xxxbabes.com.

Performance and reputation justifies the fee...so 'free' should make you think - twice..

I did think twice!  I looked at the 'not free' Norton and McAfee suites and their reputations with many around the world who think they're the bee's knees... and thinked  once about using the free Avast because its performance and reputation were documented as being considerably better than Norton, McAfee and other AV's.  So, behind the abovementioned security measures I feel safe and have been infection free since implementing them.... so now I think twice about changing... second time to say no.

Norton is horrible.

That resource hogging, less than effective, damned near impossible to get rid of POS!!!  Wouldn't touch it with a 40 foot pole being manipulated by the claws of a Hazmat 'containment' vehicle.

kona0197
Reply #18 Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:53 PM

McAfee isn't much better. Matter of fact when I work on a customer's PC I recommend they get rid of Norton or McAfee ASAP. I can't believe people pay for these programs when all they do is clutter your PC.

AtlanticCanadianScot
Reply #19 Sunday, November 22, 2009 12:06 AM

(applause)Kona + Starkers...THANK YOU boys for your truly considered opinions....the link provided should illustrate btw the current esteem & worth of 'McAfee'....I won't even BEGIN to eval Norton....

http://gawker.com/5342816/how-many-days-does-it-take-a-new-york-times-reporter-to-get-five-usable-quotes-from-a-flailing-mogul

starkers
Reply #20 Sunday, November 22, 2009 12:48 AM

McAfee isn't much better.
The owner of my local PC store refuses to stock McAfee AV/Security.  He stocks a hanful of Norton products, but only because people who don't know any better keep asking for it.  His personal choice for AV is Avast Home and he uses Spybot with Teatime behind Windows 7 Firewall and his router, same as me, with pretty much the same experience... no nasties since implementing it.

I run Spybot Search and Destroy once a week just to be sure, but it hasn't found any bad items in years... zilch-none, eff all.

I won't even BEGIN to eval Norton....

Don't need to, Scotty, think I provided an accurate analysis, accentuated by POS

 

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