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1.0.1963.0 (Jul 2, 2010)
Before making any decision on an Av, I would suggest looking at the results of Av-Comparative tests. I would look at 3 test; Main, Performance, and Removal. The *Removal test is important because none of the AV did a very good job with G-data at only app.63%. When looking at the Removal part, keep in mind that AV 's test is from 2009 and only tested a small sample of malware. So, I hope Av-Comparatives gets more aggressive in this area.
Here are the links for Main, Performance, and Removal:
On the *Removal* test, no Av scored *very good* and only 3 scored *good* at both removal of malware plus removal of left over junk.
Ironically, Essentials gets 3 stars on Main, 3 stars on performance and is only 1 of3 to get both a good on removal and removal of left over junk.
Setting aside Bias which we all have including myself, Essentials is worth a look.
126.96.36.199 (Mar 20, 2010)
If some are going to use Av- Comparatives as a benchmark then I suggest you look at all the tests and not cherry-pick the ones that fit your perception. I don't use Norton but here are some of the results:
1)Main Test- Feb. 2010- Norton 2010= 3 stars. this rating includes prevention, false positives, and speed.
2) Removal- While we would like not to get infected, if we do do we want a product that does a good job at Removal. Here are the results of the the Oct. 2009 test (the latest): Norton again achieves a 3 star rating and is only one of 3 that achieve a good rating on both removal of the infection and the junk left over. Notice that none of the ones, even those adored on this site achieved a "very good" rating on this test. I would like to see Av update their results.
Links to AV:
Main test (Feb 2010)-http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/main-tests
Removal test-(Oct 2009):http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/removal-tests
The best defense is a layered defense plus common sense
5.0.363 Beta (Jan 15, 2010)
This is a tough one. first, AV tested the Pro version and not the Home version. In their latest test (Nov.2009), here is the breakdown on detection rate:
Where Avira loses and Avast gains ( along with Microsoft and Bitdefender) is in false positives). What score you give in this area is somewhat subjective but looks what happens when you use AV's approach:
Avast, Microsoft, and Bitdefender all get 3 stars or Advanced+
Avira gets only 2 stars or Advanced
Now lets be serious- does anyone really think that Microsoft and Bitdefender rate an Advanced+?
So choose your poison.
All information taken from Av site form their Feb.,2009 test
5.0.363 Beta (Aug 19, 2011 - 6:56 AM)
In the new battlefront of tech, Patents are the weapon of choice now. Why do you think that large tech companies are buying other companies? one reason and one alone- patents. This does not mean they are patent trolls (unless they file in Texas). This just means that we need to update the whole idea of patents to the 21st century. One example- Apple trying to get a patent on *app store*
Gaining control of patents is, in the end. often cheaper than building a product from ground up.
5.0.363 Beta (Aug 18, 2011 - 3:16 PM)
With all due respect (or not) i have to disagree on a couple of points
1) Vista (now) is a fairly stable platform and reasonable secure
2) Win 7 ( don't like the GUI) is by far MS best OS and, at this point is as secure as apple's closed garden approach.
Have a nice day and to start the thumbs down, let me be the 1st
5.0.363 Beta (Nov 16, 2010 - 9:54 AM)
Going back on my decision not to post. Itunes has announced Beatles songs will be available. So much for the JW blog that definitely isn't worth remembering.
5.0.363 Beta (Sep 20, 2010 - 2:59 PM)
I am officially withdrawing my entry. there are some pretty good ones but this childish behavior on some at either extreme makes Betanews, because they refuse to deal with the issue of Thumbs issue, a joke. Betanews can also cancel my account. Good luck to everyone else and congrats to whomever the winner is.
5.0.363 Beta (Sep 18, 2010 - 11:20 PM)