This thread is primarily aimed at Windows users but others may, of course, chip in. For the record I use the free Sophos anti-virus package for my MacBook Air.
But this post is about Windows 7 (Ultimate x64) and my decision to dump Kaspersky ISS 2011 on my main machine. My reason is documented at great length here but, to be fair, I've not seen a similar performance issue on my much simpler Media PC.
Anyway, having over the years run anti-virus software from PC Tools, McAfee, ZoneAlarm, Norton/Symantec and most recently Kaspersky I seem to see a repeating trend: the software starts out lean, mean and fit for purpose and ends up bloated, cranky and occasionally quite offensive. A bit like me as I progress past middle age.
After reading a few reviews and, in particular, taking note of the excellent scores (both in the "On-Demand Comparative" and "Retrospective/Proactive" tests) at AV Comparitives I've installed a trial of G Data's InternetSecurity 2011. A number of reviews have pointed out that this program has a fairly large RAM footprint but the detection/protection rates appear to be inarguably excellent. And, in stark contrast to my recent 12 to 120 second delay in start up courtesy of Kaspersky, I'm getting from Password to Desktop in just five seconds with a fresh install of G Data InternetSecurity 2011. If that changes I'll keep you posted. First impressions are very good - the interface is deceptively simple but you can drill down into some quite detailed settings if you want to. Best of all, so far at least, the program is unobtrusive though no doubt I'll be getting a few reminders as I get towards the end of my thirty day trial. Pricing looks quite attractive too, with only a very modest supplement for a 3 PC licence over the cost of protecting just one machine.
So what ISS or Anti-Virus software do you use? There'll be lots of forum members who use the more common packages but it would also be good to hear from those who use the slightly more unusual ones.
P.S. Beware the increasingly common fake anti-virus packages. According to this PC Pro article the top fake anti-virus programs, with percentage of infections, are:
- SystemGuard2009 (12.51%)
- MSAntiSpyware2009 (11.67%)
- MalwareDoctor (8.14%)
- AntimalwareDoctor (7.21%)
- AntivirusPro2010 (4.57%)
- SecurityMasterAV (3.62%)
- Adware/SecurityTool (3.38%)
- ISecurity2010 (2.81%)
- SecurityEssentials2010 (2.39%)