Anti-Viruses: One man’s story

When I bought my new PC back in January, it came bundled with Norton Anti-virus 2011. It was a 60 day trial, and worked perfectly fine.

Norton, tried and tested, but also a bit heavy.

We all know that free anti virus software is now available, but I was also given for free eScan Internet Securtiy Suite. It has mixed reviews on the web and as it was free to me, I decided to give it a whirl

One word: Avoid

That was one of the worst mistakes I have made. Avoid this product at all costs.

I don’t want to bore you will what it did to my computer, suffice to say it forced me to reinstall a lot software on my computer, and didn’t even have a log that told me it was interferring and deleting files on my computer that it shouldn’t.

I have used AVG successfully over the years and would recommend it to anyone, although the last time I tried it it wouldn’t run with Zone Alarm one of the best known free fire walls.

Very good anti-virus

The current antivirus I am using is also free: Avira AntiVir Personal.

Has found viruses other prodcuts have missed

It is the first time I have used this product and it has been fine to use. Whenever I get an antivirus, I update it¬†with latest¬†definaitions and run a full scan on all drives. This antivirus actually found 2 previously unfound virus/trojans on an external harddisk. Soo imediately it was in my good books. The unfortunate part about this product, even though it is free, has a nag screen that will pop up ever now and then. Which actually has the oposite effect; I wan’t to pay for it less.

There are of course other free antiviruses you can use such as Avast and Panda Cloud Antivirus. I have used both and they are both good anti-viruses.

As I update my website and blog you will find reviews for all the anti-viruses featured in the blog. Stayed tuned!

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