questionswhat antivirus software do you use to protect…

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I use Norton... Simply because I get it free with Comcast.

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I use Avast, but have switched to AVG for any new installs I do for friends.
I work on the computers of people who are less than tech savvy, and Avast has taken to popping up lots of adverts about needing to buy the software, so I'm moving away from them. Every time a message pops up, I get an urgent phone call because they think they have a virus.

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That Microsoft one - Forefront? ...it's free!

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I use Trend Micro Titanium on machines I care about, and Microsoft Security Essentials on the ones I care less about (and for folks that seem to not understand the concept of having to renew a subscription for continued anti-malware protection).

Trend Micro usually runs a "free after rebate" program a couple times a year.

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At work, we have McAfee and before that, Symantec (both Corporate editions).

At home, I've run Symantec, Zone Alarm Pro (now Internet Suite) and Microsoft Security Essentials.

Currently, I'm using Zone Alarm on two machines at home and MSE on the others.

As for why... Symantec was and MSE is free. Zone Alarm is different (it uses the Kaspersky engine). I try to use at least two different products (on different machines) so there is a better chance of catching things.

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I use AVG for antivirus and Malwarebytes for spyware. I used to use Norton, but I got a virus, and Norton couldn't find it. AVG did.

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Insert stereotypical (and incorrect) Macs are virus-proof comment here

Can't remember what I run on my Macbook occasionally, I know our work computers use TrendMicro

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One of these days, I'm gonna have to install an antivirus app on my Macs. That day has yet to come.

edit: I'm not saying they're virus proof, just that using AV software isn't necessary yet.

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McAfee - it's free from AT&T.

It is, however, a pain in the neck to find it on their website. I used to have Comcast and their software could be found in seconds, but AT&T seems to want to route you through 20 different things before getting you there.

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If I were going to use or recommend virus/malware checkers, I'd do what @pyxientx does, and "...use AVG for antivirus and Malwarebytes for spyware."

On the other hand, any windows machine I have is expendable, and most of my machines are currently running OpenBSD. I have one Ubuntu, running LTS 10.04, and I expect to upgrade it to the next LTS in 2013 (kicking and screaming all the way). I used to recommend Kaspersky when I actually paid attention to this particular area of security, but I'm no longer active.

AVG is pretty useful for cleaning up other people's messes. You install it on a machine, and then remove their hard drive, and connect it up to the machine with AVS. The OS is quiescent, and it's very easy to clean it up, put it back in its own case, and have a happy person who will probably go right out and click on something else stupid next week.

I have no personal virus checkers. I also don't have a firewall. I'm just a bundle of fun. :-D

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I have the free Malwarebytes. I tried Avast, but it wouldn't let me get online unless I used Chrome and I prefer Firefox.

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@shrdlu: I have a 17 (almost 18) year old and a mother in my house who have no clue that if they click "that" the only free thing they will get is a virus. Makes having both run daily essential. Otherwise they would use my laptop, and I don't have antivirus on mine. I just run new software and other downloads in a virtual environment.

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Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free and I haven't had any problems. I used to use Avast for free but they make you register and MSE doesn't.

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I have Avira on one and AVG on another because they work fine. On my Linux box I have nothing.

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A basic method of educated clicking.

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trend micro titanium is currently free after rebate at staples.

It's what I use now, only because staples had them free after rebate several times in Jan-Feb, and they had a 25% back in staples rewards coupon at the time too, so I made around $200 profit. I also use kaspersky on my other computer, it comes free from my ISP, and I like it.

I hate norton, and macafee has annoyed me for the last year or two as well.

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I'm a Kaspersky user and I signed up for a multi-year 10 computer license. Years ago Norton failed me badly and it was a resource hog. I understand they have improved since, but I still like Kaspersky. I use Microsoft Security Essentials on a couple of underpowered netbooks and it seems OK.

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Thanks for the tip about AT&T providing AV protection! Yeesh, wish I'd known that earlier. Here's the site: http://www.att.net/s/s.dll?ep=16323&ch=at/tb/sec

Looks like I won't have to do rebates in the future... Woot!

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@gilfilent: Well played

I use NOD32 by ESET. I have been using for a couple of years and it has worked great. The only time I know its running is when it pops up an update or blocks a virus.

http://www.eset.com/us/

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@coondogg97: Thanks! When I do torrents or whatever I turn my firewall on but i've been pretty satisfied with my mac and its portability.

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Another vote for NOD32. I just renewed by 3 copmuter license for another 2 years. If you don't want to spend any money I'd skip Avast, et. al. , and go with MSE. Seems to work well, is lightweight, and free. What's not to like.