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Seems like the two best out there for paid versions are Nortons and Kaspersky. I feel weird with Kaspersky after the whole "Russian" thing. Even though I think it really wasn't their fault and have even released their code for testing to clear their name.
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Seems like the two best out there for paid versions are Nortons and Kaspersky. I feel weird with Kaspersky after the whole "Russian" thing. Even though I think it really wasn't their fault and have even released their code for testing to clear their name.

 

In the end aren't we all Russian...

 

Norton here at work but the free Windows Defender stuff for home.

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I grabbed a copy of just the plain old Kaspersky antivirus. Just to try out at home. They give you a free fully working trial for 30 days. I will report back. Honestly Nortons isn't that bad anymore though I have it on my work and barely ever know it's there. The way it should be. Each are about the same price as well.
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So I tried out Sophos last night. Pretty easy setup. All cloud based, you can deploy from there. System memory usage is a little high about 243mb. Also noticed that it actually runs a couple of programs in the background. Sophos own and Hitman Pro. So ya they really did purchase them. In fast when it's running a scan it's using Hitman pro's own UI but changed to Sophos color scheme. You control everything in the cloud and then will push out to the clients. You get 10 clients on their paid premium plan as well. Not to bad for the money. I noticed it's has a very strict cleaner and monitoring system. It also has a content monitoring system built in. This AV would be great for the 'family IT' guy that needs to monitor his families AV. I don't know what to fully say about it yet. So far it's not bad. Just trying out the trial.
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Anti-viruses are a cat and mouse game. The "best" one always seems to change every year with the more well known ones like Norton and McAfee being mainly stable. When I help people with computer issues, they usually ask about which one to get. I try to recommend a free version (Avast, etc..), but most have a paid ones like the ones I mentioned. In the end, they always get viruses with whatever they have.
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Norton actually does a good job these days, even like the guy from the Youtube channel admits he has to give credit where credit is due for catching stuff. I have been using Nortons at home and at work over the past year.

 

What I like:

  • Small memory footprint
  • flash updates (instead of waiting for the full definitions to push out, they download smaller portions to be protected faster)
  • Pretty simple GUI

What I don't like:

  • Can be somewhat naggy out of the box, (just click the box to not remind me ever again)
  • Looks like just recently they partnered with Lifelock (this is fine but don't push it on your branding, be an AV company not a credit score company)

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Norton actually does a good job these days, even like the guy from the Youtube channel admits he has to give credit where credit is due for catching stuff. I have been using Nortons at home and at work over the past year.

 

What I like:

  • Small memory footprint
  • flash updates (instead of waiting for the full definitions to push out, they download smaller portions to be protected faster)
  • Pretty simple GUI

What I don't like:

  • Can be somewhat naggy out of the box, (just click the box to not remind me ever again)
  • Looks like just recently they partnered with Lifelock (this is fine but don't push it on your branding, be an AV company not a credit score company)

 

Thanks for the recommendation, I'll have to check them out again.

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Thanks for the recommendation, I'll have to check them out again.

I'm not saying they are the best by any means. But they have come along ways. As funny as it is, probably the best AV as far as protection goes out there is Kaspersky at #1 followed by Nortons #2. This is based off of what they actually catch and stop.

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I'm not saying they are the best by any means. But they have come along ways. As funny as it is, probably the best AV as far as protection goes out there is Kaspersky at #1 followed by Nortons #2. This is based off of what they actually catch and stop.

You mean what they create, catch and stop. :whistle:

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