Your thoughts on antivirus products please....

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by John Stevens, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. John Stevens

    John Stevens Guest

    For some time now I have been using Norton Antivirus on my server (XP), but
    I think its time for a change and would value comments reagrding alternative
    AV products.

    Am I best sticking with a 'paid for' product, or are the free ones just as
    good (or better)?

    There seems to be plenty to choose from and I think that Norton is a bit of
    a resource eater, so your comments to help me choose a replacement would be

    I need to make sure that whatever I choose, it will monitor in realtime, and
    check incoming/outgoing email messages.

    Thanks for reading.... your recommendations please.....??
    John Stevens, Dec 12, 2005
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    Conor Guest

    Conor, Dec 12, 2005
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  3. Seconded. It is excellent. Small effect on the machine and top rate performance.

    I run it on my school network (32 machines) and I'm totally impressed.

    On top of this it is the best performing package especially with regard to viruses
    that have just appeared.

    Virus bulletin rates it every month as the best performing software.

    (Norton btw is a resource hog and has limited performance).
    Andrew Sayers, Dec 12, 2005
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    Adam Piggott Guest

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    Thirded. Have replaced several NAV installations with this and will
    continue to do so.

    Light on resources and makes a PC that had NAV on it noticeably faster.

    They also have a telephone number one can ring to /speak/ to someone for
    technical support. I haven't rang it yet though, so wouldn't be able to
    comment on the quality, but the fact they don't make telephone numbers
    practically impossible to find is a professional plus.

    With every new customer that's come to me with a PC that's behaving "oddly"
    and had a new virus on it, or one I've received by email, NAV has failed to
    pick them up 100% of the time (out of around 20 instances) and according to
    Virus Total[1] NOD32 *detected* them 100% of the time.

    I've also heard Kaspersky is pretty good as well.



    Adam Piggott,
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    Adam Piggott, Dec 12, 2005
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    John Stevens Guest

    Thanks to all.

    It looks like NOD32 is the one.

    I will give it a go..
    John Stevens, Dec 13, 2005
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    Conor Guest

    You can get a free 30 day trial from them.
    Conor, Dec 14, 2005
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    John Stevens Guest

    I have recently downloaded and install NOD32, but it appears to be giving me
    big problems. I have installed it on my XP server machine which runs
    Apache, PHP and MySQL. It now seems that when anyone tries to access a
    webpage on my server, the images are either missing or part missing (half
    loaded). I have also noticed that the NOD32 interface (control panel)
    doesn't look right.... The close and minimise buttons (top right) are
    missing and there are other odd looking things about the panel. Anyone have
    any ideas why this would happen? I have the system backed up so I can
    return to the previous working settings, but I had rather hoped that NOD32
    would do the trick.

    Im not running the latest service pack in XP, would that have anything to do
    with it?

    Comments very welcome.... I`ll continue to run it for a while, but its
    causing problems with my web serving

    John Stevens, Dec 17, 2005
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    John Stevens Guest

    Just an update... I have decided to give Kaspersky a run instead. Thus
    far, it appears to be running great and not slowing the system down like
    norton was doing.

    Any thoughts on my problem with NOD32 would be very appreciated as its still
    an option, if I can get it working properly.
    John Stevens, Dec 17, 2005
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    Dave J. Guest

    A nice free one that seems pretty good as regards keeping up with new
    threats is 'Avast!' by Alwit software. I use it and although I don't have
    it on 'constant watch' as I prefer to just ask it to scan new files when
    necessary it was nicely unintrusive when I did so for testing purposes.

    It's the one I recomend to new users as it doesn't seem as 'clunky' as AVG
    and the only review I've seen comparing the two picked Avast as the
    fastest to respond to new viruses via autoupdate. is the URL if you'd like a look.

    The only requirement for free use is that it's non business related. They
    ask for an email address to receive the activation key and this is the
    only email they send you. (No problems from spam, I had my key sent to an
    otherwise unused email address)
    Two friends of mine have tried it, one was quite satisfied and she
    reckoned it good enough but on the other he couldn't get around some
    problem, something to do with databasing software.

    Dave J
    Dave J., Dec 17, 2005
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    Adam Piggott Guest

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    Could you provide a screenshot of the NOD32 UI you're getting? It is a
    little unusual compared to others, including the top-right three controls
    on the window, as one uses the "Hide" option to close the window. Have you
    tried switching on/off the modules to see if you can see exactly which
    could be causing the problem? Have you tried to exclude the folder Apache's
    using as it's web directory?

    You could also try a web search to see if NOD32 is known to cause problems
    with Apache, can't say I know of any cases of this though.


    Adam Piggott,
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    Adam Piggott, Dec 18, 2005
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