So my old hard drive flaked out, and I’m doing a fresh install of WinXP on my new HD.
What’s the current recommendation for antivirus/antispyware stuff these days? I’m a little out of touch – I’d been using Live OneCare, 'cause it was reasonably inexpensive and unobtrusive, but my yearly sub to that runs out this month. I’m guessing there’s better stuff out there anyway.
So – what should I use? My criteria, in order of importance, are:
Minimal performance hit
“Good enough” protection
Thanks, hivemind – I know you won’t steer me wrong!
Another vote for AVG-Free and Spybot S&D. If it’s for you, you can kill AVG’s safe-site add-in. If anyone other than you used the PC, go ahead and enable that. It’s a good dummy check.
TeaTimer (an optional part of Spybot) can be okay as long as you understand what it nags for (changes to the registry, startup, or windows environment) and you can answer questions on it based on what is going on. It performs well in that role and is a great security layer. It can be a bit naggy though, so your mileage may vary.
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I was aware that AVG had a sort of rocky patch about a year ago or maybe less but it is usually solid for me and I don’t find it to be a hog.
Avira on the other hand is one I will not use anymore; I have found it to be the mysterious cause behind more than one troubleshooting scenario in which removing Avira makes everything work the way it is supposed to again.
No, using antivirus these days is equivalent to using a condom that has holes in it, if that’s the way you want to go with this. It gives people a false sense of security, as far as I’m concerned, particularly if they aren’t computer noobs.
Interesting. I just switched to AVG from Norton Corporate, which was pretty thin as far as bloat. I did notice a hit from AVG (and online gaming disconnects) since I got it. It came very highly recommended from alot of people too.
I guess it’s not fashionable but I use the free avast and haven’t had any issues with the protection or the interface. I believe when I was looking the comparison tests I saw rated avast as slightly better than AVG. I’m not familiar with Avira, though, and don’t recall seeing it in the comparisons.