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Default Best Antivirus for a netbook - 07-13-2010, 08:44 PM

Hey Everyone,
I am wondering what you think the best antivirus software is for a netbook. I noticed a couple threads but I was wondering what you personally use, and at what price range to spend for antivirus.

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Default 07-13-2010, 09:03 PM

I just use Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes. I haven't had any viruses, but probably just as important as a good AV program, common sense and good browsing practices go a long way.


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Default 07-13-2010, 09:40 PM

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I just use Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes. I haven't had any viruses, but probably just as important as a good AV program, common sense and good browsing practices go a long way.
Couldn't have said it better myself, and +1 for both MSE and Malwarebytes. I used to like Avast! too, but I've come to prefer MSE mostly because of the ability to schedule automatic scans.

I may switch to Norton when the 2011 version is available at retail. I've heard that the netbook edition now has a feature to delay the boot-time scan by 10 minutes, which should speed up boot times significantly. I use Norton on my other laptops/desktops and have always been happy with its performance. Also, they offer rebates for upgrades so frequently that I can usually get 3 licenses for less than $20 whenever my subscription is about to expire.

Jay, since you have connections at Dell, is there any way you could put in a suggestion to make pre-installed McAfee a removable option for every computer purchase (instead of ramming it down our throats and forcing us to pay for a 15-month subscription on most, if not all, EPP purchases)? IMO, McAfee is one of the worst AV programs out there. The first thing I do when I receive any new Dell is to uninstall it. It's incredibly irritating to be forced to pay for a subscription that I know I will never use. Also, it's sort of like spyware and is almost impossible to remove completely.
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Default 07-13-2010, 09:50 PM

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Jay, since you have connections at Dell, is there any way you could put in a suggestion to make pre-installed McAffe a removable option for every computer purchase (instead of ramming it down our throats and forcing us to pay for a 15-month subscription on most, if not all, EPP purchases)? IMO, McAffe is one of the worst AV programs out there. The first thing I do when I receive any new Dell is to uninstall it. It's incredibly irritating to be forced to pay for a subscription that I know I will never use. Also, it's sort of like spyware and is almost impossible to remove completely.
I can not promise to make any changes on behalf of the company, but I can promise that I will pass this information along. It's always frustrating when something doesn't come with what you want (or things that you don't) so I completely understand.


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Default 07-14-2010, 02:52 AM

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I can not promise to make any changes on behalf of the company, but I can promise that I will pass this information along. It's always frustrating when something doesn't come with what you want (or things that you don't) so I completely understand.
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Default 07-14-2010, 12:09 PM

ghost32, small, quick, free, guaranteed to remove any virus/malware/spyware/etc now or in future in minutes without any need for updates!

seriously it's a netbook, you don't need an anti-virus on a netbook, the idea of a netbook is so u can use it anytime you want as oppose to waiting half an hour for it to boot up and then having it half usable machine because the antivirus is such a system hog
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Default 07-14-2010, 03:22 PM

I would be very hesitant to use any software that made such extravagant claims. Good AV products are not system hogs and do not leave the system "half usable". The notion that one can do without AV on a netbook is, in my view, misguided and dangerous.

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Default 07-14-2010, 05:42 PM

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I just use Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes. I haven't had any viruses, but probably just as important as a good AV program, common sense and good browsing practices go a long way.
Add another plus one from me.

I use BitDefender on my StudioXPS though.


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Default 07-14-2010, 06:03 PM

I personally use ESET Smart Security...works great on a Mini, if you want one for free I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials as already mentioned earlier in this thread


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Default 07-14-2010, 08:35 PM

My experience with the most recent BitDefender was exceedingly negative. I would not recommend it to anyone. I do like the current Norton products, as well as MSE.


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