Poll: What anti-virus software you got running?

Poll: What anti-virus software you got running?

Anybody here still remembers that ThunderByte antivirus from late 90s? It was one of the most powerful of the batch back then because it had heuristic features that can identify and cure even unknown viruses. Our poll for the week is to survey which anti-virus programs people are using nowadays.


On top of my head, I can easily point to AVG, Avast, Nod32, Kaspersky, F-Secure. And then, the more popular commercial ones like Norton, McAfee, PC-cillin and Sophos.

So which one of these you got installed and running on your PC. Please go ahead to the Polls section to submit your feedback.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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51 Responses

  1. Kinnison says:

    I’ve got ESET NOD32, simply the best IMO. I once had AVG Free but it had so many false positive detections.

  2. Kinnison says:

    Follow up: Of course, if you’re on Mac, you obviously don’t need one, hehe.

  3. Arbet says:

    But there are malware that specifically target Macs.

  4. craver06 says:

    I use Kaspersky AV.

    Kaspersky is a memory hog, but its worth it.

  5. BrianB says:

    avast and avg in combo plus spybot, assuming you got windows defender as well should be good enough.

  6. Hmm I can’t vote… someone already voted NOD32 for me hehehe (the magic of dynamic IP).

    Anyway, Eset’s NOD32 FTW! (For-the-Win)

    NOD32 is very gamer and office friendly. It will not slow down your gaming and office work to a snail like what Sophos and Norton does, even at maximum settings.

    And besides, NOD32 is being used by M$ hehehe… that alone shows us the power and effectiveness of NOD32. That alone also backs-up the claims of NOD32 as being the “best” and “#1” in many areas of an Anti-Virus versus the rest of the market (Proprietary or FLOSS).

    Hands-down – Eset’s NOD32!

  7. R Martinez says:

    Anyone using AntiVir (freeav.com)? I’ve been using it since 2002 on my Windows machine.

  8. John Lloy says:

    I have Bit Defender now planning to switch to NOD 32 or Sophos

  9. AVG here and Hazard Shield. These are free utilities that are working good for me.

  10. Rex says:

    I’ve tried the other AVs mentioned but I always came back to Avira’s Classic AntiVir because it’s light on the system, detects viruses well, and best of all, it’s free.

  11. Azrael says:

    im using Anti Virus Shield
    and Avast.

    but still looking for other options

  12. neis says:

    Antivir and Avira are the same right?

    Yes, i use it combo with windows defender….

  13. vaughn says:

    bit defender

  14. The AVG votes are more likely AVG Free, which is not as effective as the paid version, according to first-hand AVG Free and AVG Paid users I talked to (some iCafes).

  15. Connie says:

    I use Avira PE. But if I can afford it, I’d still go for PC-cillin.

  16. deuts says:

    I’m on ubuntu, do I still need those? :D

  17. Micael says:

    None – On Suse Linux

  18. Ederic says:

    I don’t use one. I’m also on Ubuntu Linux.

  19. I’m on linux (OpenSUSE 10.3) as well but I have ClamAV (http://www.clamav.net/) running.

  20. directrix says:

    avast! Home

  21. aeroz says:

    at our office we used avg because this is free and for the spyware I myself used spywaredoctor… last week I encountered virus on my pc but fixed by both…

  22. aeroz says:

    i almost forgot… I also used bitdefender… guess you taught that i used 2 anti virus… actually the answer is yes…

  23. AVG Free edition plus good old common sense

  24. I’ve got an up-to-date version of eSET Nod32 – Smart Security. ;-)

  25. Rayland says:

    I’ve got Zonealarm Security Suite for my windows xp.. its antivirus engine is that of Kaspersky. I think they licensed it or something.. Plus it has the full blown firewall since it’s the suite.. Only problem is, it’s a memory hog. But it’s nothing my PC can’t handle.. ^_^

  26. Mikko says:

    I don’t use an antivirus on our home PC yet I don’t get viruses.

    I use a hardcore software and hardware firewall; they’re effective.

    I understand that firewalls are not meant to kill viruses; weird!

  27. putik! says:

    hmmmmm.. i used nod32 before but was not that comfortable with it…

    then tried BitDefender 10… it was OK until my key got Blacklisted.. XD

    now im using Kaspersky and its working really well.. :D

  28. Symantec Antivirus corporate Edition. Same scanning engine found on Symantec’s home AV Norton but without the bloatware and the memory hog. No annual license renewal to boot.

  29. Luis Cruz says:

    I use avast! AV and combine that with COMODO Firewall Pro – both freeware. I haven’t had any problems with viruses or trojans since I installed them.

  30. Joel says:

    nod32 user here, simple, non-obtrusive, effective…

  31. galwin says:

    I agree with minor, format the HD.

  32. Carl says:

    I’m loving Avast Home edition as it allows me to customize the installation by stopping modules and setting rules.

  33. Dean says:

    I’ve got Avira AntiVir. Better than AVG, in my opinion. c:

  34. vaughn says:

    my only problem with eset smart security (nod32) is that my browsing really slows down everytime i’m downloading something. prolly have to do with their firewall. this doesnt happen when i’m using symantec/norton or bit defender

  35. Kaspersky. Never had a problem and very easy to use.

  36. Adrian says:

    no anti-virus because i’m using mac :)

  37. Juancho says:

    Kaspersky! hands down

  38. David says:

    I am using Kaspersky before, pity , it take up too much system resources. I found the other good AntiVirus product names : Kingsoft Internet Security . Download is here: http://www.ksoffice.net/products/kingsoft-internet-security-9.htm

    Fast , and I found the functions in the Antispyware , except Scan Virus , it has PC Optimization , I like it very much .

  39. mr. bogus says:


  40. tokmol says:

    using mcafee virusscan enterprise 8.7i patch3.

  41. DRtimmy says:

    We provide access to the best and most diverse security software program, proving that security programs DON’T need to be expensive. SKY Security is easy-to-use, effective and a great way to protect your PC from the harmful viruses and spyware that can destroy your system.

  42. mark adelchi says:

    definitely Avira Internet Security, the freeware is really but the paid version is way better. low on memory usage ideal for netbooks and superb malware detection rate ^^

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