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4q2
12-17-07, 06:50 AM
Can anyone recommend a good anti-virus and firewall for Vista?

I've been using Live One Care mainly because nothing else worked with Vista very early on, but I suspect it as a source of my long boot up times and I'm looking for something less bloated.

ViN86
12-17-07, 09:20 AM
i use symantec antivirus corporate and PC Tools Firewall Plus (amazing rule-based firewall thats FREE)

http://www.pctools.com/firewall/ (works with 64 bit too, even though its not listed)

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate is not free, but it's low on system resource usage and does the job.

4q2
12-17-07, 09:44 AM
i use symantec antivirus corporate and PC Tools Firewall Plus (amazing rule-based firewall thats FREE)

http://www.pctools.com/firewall/ (works with 64 bit too, even though its not listed)

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate is not free, but it's low on system resource usage and does the job.

I used to use Symantec Antivirus but after a horrific customer support encounter with their idiot support monkeys I swore I'd never use another one of their products.

Sigh, looks like I may have to give them another look.

Dr.Nick
12-17-07, 11:14 AM
http://www.kaspersky.com/

You also get a free year if you buy this month. It works flawless with Vista (32 and 64 bit) and it's actually quite good.

nekrosoft13
12-17-07, 11:19 AM
last time i tried KIS, it slowed down the computer more then NIS

ViN86
12-17-07, 12:19 PM
I used to use Symantec Antivirus but after a horrific customer support encounter with their idiot support monkeys I swore I'd never use another one of their products.

Sigh, looks like I may have to give them another look.
i have the corporate edition, so it's not as bloated as many of their other products (like norton). that's why i like it. i hate intrusive antivirus and spyware blockers. i want something that gives me control, runs stealth, and doesnt consume a lot of resources.

einstein_314
12-17-07, 12:53 PM
I'm running AVG free for antivirus and using the built in firewall.

npras42
12-17-07, 01:32 PM
AVG Free for the anti-virus. Don't use 3rd party firewall.

DRen72
12-17-07, 01:59 PM
I tried Kaspersky because it "rated" high, but I ended up getting more spyware and virus' instead. It did not catch enough. I went back to Trend Micro, this time to Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 Pro and it seems to be better, but still not perfect. Its good in that it catches the bad stuff, but bad in that it fails to update itself a lot. Appears to be server problems with Trend Micro or something.

For firewall, I use Windows Firewall and a router hardware firewall.

SlickRig
12-17-07, 02:48 PM
Avast, its free and is all you need. Plain and simple its the best one I have ever used and auto updates itself very frequently.

stefan9
12-17-07, 04:45 PM
I use Avast for anti virus and the build in firewall.

zoomy942
12-17-07, 04:52 PM
Avast, its free and is all you need. Plain and simple its the best one I have ever used and auto updates itself very frequently.


agreed. avast has been great

SlickRig
12-17-07, 05:32 PM
agreed. avast has been great


Tell me about it! im just surprised that no one ever mentions it when this topic is brought up.

crainger
12-17-07, 06:18 PM
Avast here with built in firewall too.

spajdr
12-17-07, 06:39 PM
I bought this :)
http://www.eset.com/smartsecurity/index.php

crainger
12-18-07, 05:14 AM
I saw eset had a made a major update to NOD32 and released a full security package. Wonder if NOD is any better. It was starting to lag behind the competition.

Logical
12-18-07, 09:02 AM
Trend Micro all the way....

The new 2008 PC Cillin internet security package has very low system resource usage and has so far never caused me any problems.

Bman212121
12-18-07, 10:18 AM
I saw eset had a made a major update to NOD32 and released a full security package. Wonder if NOD is any better. It was starting to lag behind the competition.

I like NOD32, and it what we are switching to at work. The nice thing about NOD is that it doesn't flag everything as being a virus like Mcafee would. If you actually want to do work and not have your antivirus eat all of your files, then NOD32 works well. :)

Dragunov
12-18-07, 10:28 AM
AVG here

zillatech
12-20-07, 09:44 PM
Another vote for NOD32 (ESET)

http://www.eset.com/products/index.php

I'm running the trial version 3.0 on Vista 64 and the interface is much improved over 2.7.

Also using NOD32 @ work on all the desktops. Small foot print, fast scanning, only AV for me anymore!

Libertysyclone
12-21-07, 05:26 PM
AVAST hands down best anti-virus. Home edition is free for a year.

I don't use a software firewall. I have a router and if that doesn't keep out someone then they are more then welcome to my info :)