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Posted by:

Dave Roche
08 Nov 2011

I tried BitDefender some time ago and found it missed a few Trojans that made me nervous enough to switch to ESET NOD32 instead.

Posted by:

lalit
08 Nov 2011

i m using bitdefen...sinc 2007.................it rocks.......and today i really proud to be its costomer............


thanks very much .........awesome POST
KEEP DOING

Posted by:

jlloyd
08 Nov 2011

Bob, I'm rather new to your newsletter, having only rec'd it a few weeks But, this article on Best AntiVirus programs is indeed why I like it. Clear, informative and written so I can understand it. thanks

Posted by:

John Carraway
08 Nov 2011

How did ZoneAlarm and Norton 360 do on the rating test? Are they contenders?

Posted by:

John Carraway
08 Nov 2011

How about the new ESET antivirus?

Posted by:

Snert
08 Nov 2011

Once again you come across with the facts.
I'll add BitDefender. to my security platform.
Thanks again, Mr. Bob!

Posted by:

sirpaul2
08 Nov 2011

Looks like a good site, but it's kind of ironic that other independent sites offer much different results: http://www.av-comparatives.org/en/comparativesreviews/detection-test
One would think that 'independent sites' would have results that are a little closer to each other. I dunno! Maybe it's politics, computer configuration, types of viruses used
I remember when Norton was the best (and AVG was the best free one). Times change. Stay aware.
BTW: I'm using Avira this year again. So far, so good.

Posted by:

Joe
08 Nov 2011

Way better than all those tested antivirus programs is simply using the Linux operating system...even without any antivirus program running it's much more secure.

Posted by:

Dave
08 Nov 2011

I have used many different Anti-Virus programs over the years, I finally found one that is best for me. I use Vipre Home Premium, I haven't had a virus since I started running Vipre last November. It is not a resourse hog, user friendly and also has firewall. I got the newest edition on ebay for only $12.88 for unlimited pcs and one year of support and undates. Works great.

Posted by:

Thomas Weybrew
08 Nov 2011

I have heard that using more than one AV program isn't recommended. I use Microsoft Security Essentials and I read that avast! was compatible and that they could be used together. I want to continue to use MSE but would like to supplement it with a compatible program. Are there others that would do the job...how about Panda Cloud?

Posted by:

Kate
08 Nov 2011

I used BitDefender for two years, because it was rated highly by TopTenReviews among others. But then the automatic update quit working. It would put the computer in an endless loop, and it took a whole day to figure out what was causing the problem and how to stop it--basically by disabling automatic update--not an easy task when autoupdate would kick in before you could click on the appropriate buttons!

I started doing manual updates every week, but even that was not without its problems and I sometimes had to try two or three times due to some problem with one of the temp files it was loading or trying to delete (I don't recall).

I did try to get help from them, but got "canned" responses and I don't think they ever understood exactly what was happening to me. So a couple of months before it was time to renew, I switched to WebRoot.

Norton and McAfee always rate pretty highly, but I get tired of the bells and whistles (bloatware) and the way they slowed my computer down at the times I used them (always for at least two years, so I went through at least one update/upgrade).

If I ever switched to BitDefender (or any other internet security package) I would first research what customers had to say about it on their forums.

Posted by:

Salman Khan
08 Nov 2011

I use Avira. Does Bitdefender use a lot of resources?

Posted by:

DutchieHfx
08 Nov 2011

What about Microsoft Security Essentials?
What about the size of other anti virus programs, slowing the computer down?

Posted by:

Mary
08 Nov 2011

I'm confused. Under "Protection" it says, "The test measures how well a program identifies and blocks the many threats thrown at it." Microsoft Security Essentials didn't even get an honorable mention.

Under "Repair" it says, "The test measures how well the programs detect infections and how thoroughly infections are removed." MSE got 4.5 points and tied with several other AV programs.

Since MSE was unable to "identify and block" malware (protection) then how was it possible for MSE to "detect and remove" malware (repair)? That just doesn't make sense to me. Aren't the same signatures and heuristics used/needed to detect and remove as well as to identify and block it in the first place? If not, why not?

EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm not sure why you say that "Microsoft Security Essentials didn't even get an honorable mention" for Protection. It's just that I didn't mention the ratings of all 25 products in every category. MSE scored a 2.5 in that category, but the devil is in the details. There are three components in the Protection score. MSE scored 100% in "Detection of widespread and prevalent malware" but did not do well at "Protection against zero-day attacks".

See the full report on MSE and I'm sure it will make things clearer:
http://www.av-test.org/no_cache/en/tests/test-reports/test-reports/?tx_avtestreports_pi1%5Breport_no%5D=113178

Posted by:

Bill
09 Nov 2011

I would quite like to see Mary's comments addressed because I'm now confused too.

Posted by:

James
09 Nov 2011

I used Defender Pro 5 and 1 for several years until, I changed to the 15 and 1 , its Great, been using it about 4 yrs no problems at all.

Posted by:

Paul
09 Nov 2011

I've Bit Defender security for at least three years and only one problem using an HP wireless printer. It keeps blocking the IP port for the printer. It updates by itself and works great.

Posted by:

Henry Chapman
10 Nov 2011

I am using Panda freeware. I have installed it on my wife's, my grandson's, my brother's, and my daughter's PCs. I has worked well on all of these PCs. The elimination of daily checking for updates is a stellar feature of Panda.

I wish America would embrace Linux instead of Windows. Then the electronic pestilence problem would shrink dramatically.

Posted by:

Ray
10 Nov 2011

Over time I find Bit Defender to be a resource hog on my computer.
I'm using Avast free atm,seems to work great and doesn't bog down my computer at all.

Posted by:

Merlin
28 Nov 2011

I switched to Bit Defender this year after using McAfee for many many many years, it had the highest ratings that didn't have a Norton name on it. I do computer work for a few small firms and almost universally if they call about slow running systems Norton is the culprit. BD does however have some annoying issues.
1) port scans. BD reports port scans from my ISP if I leave a browser ope for a while.
2) Auto update includes auto restart. Automatic update works BUT if you allow it to auto-install and are away when it happens a restart may occur just like dear old Microsoft. If you turn auto-update they are downloaded but a notice isn't sent nor a popup visible unless you check their control center for "events." Just pop up and say I'm ready to install every hour or so please so I don't forget.
3) No internal scheduler. One of the events that will get you a warning is no recent system scans. The problem is that unlike all others I've used there is no way to schedule a regular scan on Friday night at midnight.
4)Infections that aren't. Every time I access a network drive and open a folder where I stored a downloaded program executable file Bit Defender calls the executable an infection. You can turn off network drive scanning but you shouldn't have to.
I know these look like a pain but after McAfee and Kaspersky slowed my system to a crawl they are tolerable.

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