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    Five best antivirus applications

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    nice to see that people like free. and that norton doesn't feature anywhere except a past reference

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    OK. So what do you rate as best?

    They should have done two polls - best free and best pay-to-use.

    I mean Nod32 or Kaspersky vs AVG - Duh!
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    don't think price should factor in on an antivirus. you've either got good or bad in my eyes. sure you can pay more for the professional version with a whole bunch of stuff you don't really need, but at the end of the day, if a paid for antivirus does the job better than a free antivirus, it is better as a program. plenty of market gimics out there.

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    yes, normally paying, or paying more for an AV gives you a lot of extra features, and often those extra features are desired, and thus paid for.

    MOST free AV's don't have anti-spam, parental, firewalls & anti-phishing built in, so if you want it / need it, you pay for it.

    So, apart from Clamav which is totally free, I personally feel these are the better (best?) ones: AVG & BitDefender - they tend to be less slow than the others, and still very easy to use for the end user. This is important, since if they user don't know how to use it properly, his PC won't really be protected
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    agreed on the light weight feel, but sadly bit defender was one of the biggest let downs I've ever used. 2 separate PCs became infected, even after some professional edition of bit defender was installed. funnily enough, AVG came to the rescue once it was installed.

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    Well, Norton probably is the best, BUT that is exactly the problem with Norton. It plugs so many corks in a system that it is impossible to use your PC properly. But I must say AVG has never let me down for several years so I am a happy user, it is good to see others sharing the experience.

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    My free AV of choice is Avira's AntiVir. I like it because it doesn't slow my PC down, and because it's free (obviously). The only drawback is that it displays a banner when it does the virus definition updates. You can close it immediately, so it doesn't bother me at all. You can download it from freeav.com

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    We're running AVG Network edition. Have found it catches most problems - but are also running Clam which sometimes catches stuff AVG seems to turn a blind eye to.

    As for SpyWare filters (outside the new AVG 8) we've not found any worth it's salt. Either it doesn't do the job. Or it simply kills the PC's performance.

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