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  • I have Zone Alarm Extreme. I recently registered on their Zone Alarm beta testing for Windows 7 64 Bit. The software still has issues although Zone Alarm claims it is compatible. It actually works fine until your system goes in sleep mode. That's when all the BSOD start happening. Also, Zone Alarm does not play well with Virtualization so no matter how confident you are with Zone Alarm, it will crash with Windows Virtual PC. Anyway, my question is, what is the best Anti-Virus software out there for Windows 7 64Bit? One that has been proven not to have compatibility issues at all. I was thinking of AVG 9 because it is free. I need to know what from a Microsoft Software Engineering perspective before I go out there an purchase another software that will only give me BSOD.

    -Esteban 


    "There's a time and place for that. The time is... Never. You can figure out the place on your own".
    Thursday, March 18, 2010 5:04 PM

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  • there are several good av out there both free and paid.... This is my personal opinion:  for paid:  there is only one.  Eset nod32 works great and very very light on resources.  Free:  Antivir, avast, and even microsoft security essentials..  I cannot recommend avg anymore due to the nasty infection i got one time.

    If you choose Nod32, just get the AV, not the entire firewall etc... not worth it.  The built in firewall in windows 7 is very good.

    I run personally: Nod32 on my win7 x64 ultimate running 8GB of memory and on my netbook running 2GB and windows 7 home x32.  I also run MSE on my son's computer, but may put nod32 on that one also later this year.

    Good luck!
    Thursday, March 18, 2010 6:35 PM
  • Cool. I'll check it out. Yeah, I need to get me a good AntiVirus. It's funny, I paid $30 for a BSOD. That's exactly what someone posted on the Zone Alarm Forum. I'm going to do my reseach before I invest another $30 bucks on something that will NOT crash my system.

    All opinions are WELCOME!

    Thank you,

    Please feel free to expose your Anti-Virus software and "experiences"

    -Esteban
    "There's a time and place for that. The time is... Never. You can figure out the place on your own".
    Thursday, March 18, 2010 6:39 PM
  • When the whole beta programme for windows 7 started, I was one of the people asking for avast to be aknowledged by microsoft because it bsod(ed) less than norton mcafee and other fairly expensive solutions.
    I'm still on Avast but now with version 5 which was set up with support from Microsoft. It's free, and I'm happy with it.

    Regards

    Rem
    Thursday, March 18, 2010 8:00 PM
  • I did have Avast for Vista. Unfortunately, there were some viruses on my kid's computer that Avast did not detected. But for the money, I think Avast and AVG are pretty decent. I have them both on my install folder. I just downloaded ESET NOD32 because I was always curious when I shop at Fry's Electronics. They have them on display next to Kapersky. For now, I'm testing ESET NOD32 (64BIT).


    "There's a time and place for that. The time is... Never. You can figure out the place on your own".
    Friday, March 19, 2010 12:59 AM
  • Hi,
    I mentionned Avast because their overhaul from version 4.8 to 5 is a major one. It detects more. It's faster and fairly user-friendly.

    Friday, March 19, 2010 6:53 AM
  • "DrX69" wrote in message news:601598a1-18dc-488d-becf-5b2f0df8c9ae...

    > there are several good av out there both free and paid.... This is
    > my personal opinion: for paid: there is only one. Eset nod32
    > works great and very very light on resources. Free: Antivir,
    > avast, and even microsoft security essentials.. I cannot recommend
    > avg anymore due to the nasty infection i got one time.


    I agree with everything you say above, and second all your
    recommendations. I personally use NOD32.



    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003


    Ken Blake
    Friday, March 19, 2010 3:44 PM
  • It's actaully not bad, I'm running NOD32 64 BIT right now on my Windows 7 64BIT machine. It's pretty light in term of CPU and Memory consumption compared to Zone Alarm. I took DrX69's advice, I'm just running the AntiVirus and using Microsoft's native firewall to do the rest. So far, I have NOT had any BSOD since I installed it.

    -Esteban


    "There's a time and place for that. The time is... Never. You can figure out the place on your own".
    Saturday, March 20, 2010 9:12 PM
  • sweet... glad to help!
    Sunday, March 21, 2010 10:33 PM
  • Try AVG its better
    Monday, March 22, 2010 2:53 PM
  • Ok, thank you.
    "There's a time and place for that. The time is... Never. You can figure out the place on your own".
    Monday, March 22, 2010 4:46 PM
  • I have Zone Alarm Extreme. I recently registered on their Zone Alarm beta testing for Windows 7 64 Bit. The software still has issues although Zone Alarm claims it is compatible. It actually works fine until your system goes in sleep mode. That's when all the BSOD start happening. Also, Zone Alarm does not play well with Virtualization so no matter how confident you are with Zone Alarm, it will crash with Windows Virtual PC. Anyway, my question is, what is the best Anti-Virus software out there for Windows 7 64Bit? One that has been proven not to have compatibility issues at all. I was thinking of AVG 9 because it is free. I need to know what from a Microsoft Software Engineering perspective before I go out there an purchase another software that will only give me BSOD.

    -Esteban 


    "There's a time and place for that. The time is... Never. You can figure out the place on your own".

    Try this one http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials  won't slowdown your pc and it's 100% free!!

    And use this 1 or 2 times a month Panda Onlinescan to be extra save http://www.pandasecurity.com/activescan/index

     

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:27 AM
  • Try AVG its better


    AVG slowdowns your pc and you could have some problems with your CDRW or DVDRW drive what can be fixed with your registry settings.

    If you wan't to know what problem??  I will tell you..  your're CDRW or DVDRW drive can disapear in my computer.

     

    But try yourself and find out.

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:45 AM
  • Hi,

    well my personal opinion is : use Microsoft security essentials as AV which is light and very effective...and for firewall i use the windows 7 which in my opinion is the best one,its native light and versitle!

    All the best,

    RR

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:15 AM
  • I'll give it a try. Thanks for the feedback. 
    "There's a time and place for that. The time is... Never. You can figure out the place on your own".
    Saturday, March 27, 2010 8:14 PM
  • did mine... i went back to nod32.
    Monday, April 05, 2010 9:27 PM
  • I'm still using NOD32 64Bit. I must say, I am impressed with their engine. It's fast at startup and it actually does something other antivirus can't do: It actually detects viruses! Ha.
    "There's a time and place for that. The time is... Never. You can figure out the place on your own".
    Tuesday, April 06, 2010 1:35 AM
  • Thank you.  I'm going to try nod32.  I have been online chat with McAfee 3 times.  They know they have a problem.  Told me to try again in two weeks.  McAfee caused BSODs.  Microsoft Security Essentials just locked everything up.  I'm running Sony Vaio 64 bit with Core2 duo and 6 Gb RAM.  It's not been happy since the upgrade to 7. 
    Friday, April 23, 2010 10:13 AM
  • Hi,

    Please do compare what can be compared. You say your machine isn't happy since the upgrade. What exactly do you mean? Clean install or real upgrade from Vista to 7? The thing is that in quitesome cases Windows (even 7) is slow when updated; especially with regards to anti-virus programmes.

    Nod32 seems to be OK now.
    Personally I stay away as far as possible from McAfee or Norton/Symantec programmes. (I used to like them, but that was back in the days of CompuServe and Netscape).
    I do use the latest version of Avast (5) written for 7 on a x64 dual machine, and haven't had a glitch.

    Regards

    Rem

    Friday, April 23, 2010 10:22 AM
  • I just installed NOD32 and within 30 minutes my machine locked up like  it was doing with Microsoft Security.  I'm in safe mode now with networking.  Gad I wish I hadn't upgraded--yet it was an upgrade. I do like Win 7, but I can't  run without anti-virus and I can run with it.  If I go back to the factory install of Vista, I will have another series of BSOD's until all the upgrades kick in. If I do a clean install of Win 7, I will face unknown issues.  Regardless, a new OS will mean that I have to reinstall all my graphics software which includes layers of upgrades as well.  You know  I've been working with computers since Arpanet...and I do like them...but lately ...maybe I'm just getting old ;-)  /k

    Friday, April 23, 2010 11:50 AM
  • ROTFL Kay

    University and Arpanet is my background. I do like computers but things can become a tad cumbersome. As far as Windows 7 I recommend a clean install. You may think that you're going to waste time by reinstalling your (graphical) software, but it may turn out that you're being wrong. I tried on two (identical) machines at home an upgrade vs. a clean install. I lost less time with the new install just because I didn't need to toggle the old "more or less compatible" software.

    Did you try to verify hardware issues like RAM? 7 is a bit less tolerant than Vista. If you have the software at hand, do some bench tests, just to rule out the obvious.

    Right now I haven't got enough data to do a thorough analysis.

    Cheers

    Rem

    Friday, April 23, 2010 1:08 PM
  • though not any suggestion, thought to ask one on-topic query

    how does node32 handle vmworkstation 7 running w2k3 enterprise server, & linux VMs? or for that matter how does any AV handle vmworkstation 7?

    appreciate your inputs.

     

    Sunday, April 25, 2010 1:57 PM
  • AVG or Avast free if u're a homeuser or download Microsoft Security Essentials
    Monday, April 26, 2010 2:23 AM
    Answerer
  • I'm using COMODO Antivirus Free on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and it works well--it found viruses that Trend Micro missed.

    However, you have to watch out for the linked folders in Windows 7 as there are some that point back to themselves recursively.  This causes the scanner to rescan the same folders over and over until it reaches the Windows Reparse Point nesting limit (32).  I excluded symbolically linked folders from scanning and that fixed it.

    Also, I disabled the Sandbox and Defense+ options, not because they don't work, but because they worked too well--I didn't want to be bothered with all of the exceptions that needed to be configured.  I'm happy with running just the virus scanner.

    And it's free.

     


    Dave Kelly
    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 6:28 AM
  • MaximumPC just did a rundown on the best av for 2010.  The number one paid is Eset Nod32.  The best free is MSE.  Antivir and Avast's new versions scored poorly.  
    Monday, May 17, 2010 3:37 PM
  • I also reccomend NOD32 from Eset.  

    I had some malware blast straight through Microsoft Security Essentials and decided to go with Eset for AV.  MSE was nice enough to let me know about the infection (one of them anyway) but removal of the infection hosed the network stack.

    Monday, May 17, 2010 5:57 PM
  • Hi,

    For the record I installed and used Nod32 antivirus for three weeks and it worked well on my Vaio 64 bit.  But then when I tried to buy Nod32, the company could not sell it to me because I live outside the USA.

    The system was real slow, but improved considerably after I unwound the recursive links in the library. Many thanks to whoever mentionned that issue with Win 7.  

    Meanwhile McAfee informed me that they have fixed their problem that had caused BSOD's so I re-installed it this week-end and it worked fine at home.  Then at the office first thing Sunday morning (we work Sunday thru Thursday) I get another BSOD.  I turned off the firewall and it's been stable since. Another guy where I work also has had BSOD on his Win 7 64 bit caused by Symantec. 

    My current plan is to try to run with the firewall on at home and firewall off at work.  If I still get BSOD, then guess I'll try Avast. 

    Cheers, /k 

    Sunday, May 23, 2010 12:48 PM
  • I find Avira AntiVir Personal Premium to be a gr8 anti-virus software. It works at preventing the malware from getting on the machine in the first place. It is an aggressive program. In a 2009 comparative study, Virus Bulletin listed Avira AntiVir as one of the best anti-virus programs. 

    http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/09_02

    Will have to subscribe to Virus Bulletin for the updated version of this, expensive...$176.00 US.

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:08 AM
  • Kaspersky is best antivirus for Windows 7. This antivirus software is also on the Microsoft official list of Windows 7 compatible software.
    Friday, May 28, 2010 9:28 AM
  • Hello,

    for personnal use, Antivir, Avast and AVG are the top 3 !

    In factory, Kaspers ky too, but actually I have Symantec SEP but the performance are poor.

    I's my opinion, and it's has is.

    See You


    Spice IT
    Tuesday, June 01, 2010 11:51 AM
  • Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is the way to go.  Free, lightweight and it works.  Microsoft has decided that they must provide anti-virus to keep their systems running so you know that they will support and improve this product for a long time to come.

    McAffee and Symantec/Norton are overloaded programs that will bring your system to a crashing halt.  I don't trust Russian software as Russia is the country that produces most virus's and spam.

    I have seen AVG crash a ton of computers.  As soon as it is uninstalled and MSE is on it instead the system works great.

    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 3:49 PM
  • Ad-aware Total Security has been working well for me on Windows 7 64 bit since it came out some months ago.  Only issue I have is after one of the updates a few months ago it started blocking XM Radio and the only way I was able to listen to XM radio was to disable the internet protection function to achieve the stream.  Once the radio stream began I was able to reactivate the internet protection and it continued to work until XM radio changed something.  Now XM radio doesn't work at all on my Windows 7 64 bit.  XM radio techs say they're working on a solution.

    Ad-aware Total Security by Lavasoft is not free, but the company seems to work hard to keep the product updated.  I confess I do not know everything about this application to use it to its fullest extent, but it has been working fine with narry a virus, maleware, or spyware issue (aside from the xm radio ____).

    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 4:00 PM
  • Ive been using w7 64bit pro since release candidate stage and have used avg -both the free and more recently the full internet security suite!

    I have had NO problems nor does it slow down the pc,

    HOWEVER this week i was installing a new pc with w7 64bit home premium edition on a quad core and have had a horrendous time.

    every time the pc starts from cold with 5 to 10 minutes i get blue screen of death, the system then reboots and its fine-  i have traced this fault to avg 2011 the latest incarnation of the internet security suite

    After the reboot it will work all day, but shut down for more than 20 minutes and same blue screen again. so use the 2010 version of avg  but NOT the 2011 one

    at least not yet -till problem resolved!

     

    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 4:19 PM
  • A lot of the above sounds like good information - but I haven't seen any recommendations for Vipre. I use Win7 64-bit on a VM with some company software so don't want any unnecessary slowdowns. Vipre is fast, non-intrusive, and has kept me safe as houses. Scans are fast, and don't seem to adversely affect the computer's performance. I scarcely know it's there!

     

    I don't know how badly I stress it, as my surfing is modest and confined to email, work-related sites and searching on work-related topics (transportation industry). But in my use, Vipre has been flawless. Better, it hasn't caused my any heartburn with regard to making me wait for it to load at startup, for updates, or for scans. As stated above, you hardly know it's there. This is well-designed, efficient software that works smoothly with Win7 and the VM. I really like it.

     

    As another poster observed, the existing Windows firewall is very good. I didn't get the suite, just the Vipre AV.

     

    Vipre is a rapidly-growing company so we'll see how they maintain their fighting edge, but for now this is the best Windows AV I've ever used. Highly recommended!

    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 5:34 PM
  • Well, sometimes the virtualization process can crash with Windows Virtual PC because the virtual machine or the Windows Virtual PC program wasn't installed correctly or some program is conflicting with this process (VMWindow.exe or vpc.exe) but well, i know that those wasn't the question.

    Well i actually run Microsoft Security Essentials, in another PC i run McAfee, both doesn't have any problem with virtualization in 64 bit, but i do emphasis above "sometimes the virtualization process can crash with Windows Virtual PC because the virtual machine or the Windows Virtual PC program wasn't installed correctly or some program is conflicting with this process", i run virtualization in x64 and x86 processors and doesn't have any problem (I use Windows 7 RTM).

    McAfee has many virus definitions and haves a very good on access scan service, that can detect a incoming virus when you connect a flash device or another device.

    Also has a nice firewall, i strongly recommend you McAfee, but you can use Microsoft Security Essentials, also is nice AV.

    Sometimes the problem isn't the AV, if your processor can't run with HAV you must have the recent patch from Microsoft that you can found here http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

    To find McAfee:

    http://home.mcafee.com/store/free-antivirus-trials

    To find Microsoft Security Essentials:

    http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

    Note: Microsoft Security Essentials is cost free

    McAfee would be some heavy for many pc's but is very effective, and you wont feel that heaviness in fast processors with architecture x64.

     

     


    - Justine Rojas
    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 5:42 PM
  • I had been using a combination of UnHackMe and Kaspersky. Kaspersky I have been using for many years without any problems and UnHackMe I added as an additional precaution when I upgraded to Windows 7 64bit. Well, a couple weeks ago Kaspersky started disabling a couple of my programs identifying them as viruses. I tried to contact them to solve the problem but all I got back were some canned answers about infected computers. My computer was not infected and since I needed to use the programs Kaspersky was disabling I just uninstalled Kaspersky and installed MSE. I must say that MSE has been a very pleasant surprise. Works great with my computer and the added check by UnHackMe before Windows actually starts gives me peace of mind.

    Evelyn

    Evelyn Carrillo
    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 7:00 PM
  • I agree with microsoft security essentials as a good solution for anti virus.  I would make one more recommendation though...and that is to use threat fire with MSE when there is potential for spyware or virus infection due to user desire to go to undesirable web sites.....the threatfire works on behavior instead of definition so it plays nice with most any definition based antivirus software.
    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 7:11 PM
  • Having been a field professional who made a living from cleaning viruses from Computers and finding what DID and did not work I found there were only three good options.... only three.

    Kaspersky - hands down residential and corporate top notch

    Mcafee CORPORATE version, best of the best (nothing got by it)

    Trend PC Cillin - Great for residential

    AVG and Panda were decent follow ups.   I don't even want to speak about ANY antivirus from Symantec.  If you worked on computers for 10 years solid in the field (I mean residential AND Commercial) you'll know what I mean

    If Kaspersky has a 64bit product I would hedge any money it's worth the investment as the free version often had an autoclean (IE: Automatically quarantine virus when caught meaning you could "Scan and Clean" without having to say "uh uh .... uh uh.... yup....sure...." and wear out your mouse button.

    No offense to the companies who created them but - Avir, Nod32, Avast, Norton were all machines I personally would make a lot of money from cleaning up.  You can infer my opinion from their quality of protection (or lack there of) from that.

    My two cents... nuff said


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    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 8:02 PM
  • the BEST AV you can find and it`s free is MS Security Essentials...32bit and x64..no need to look for anything else..version 2.522 has meny new features, so you are completly protected...
    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 8:06 PM
  • Amen.
    Evelyn Carrillo
    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 8:23 PM
  • I agree with microsoft security essentials as a good solution for anti virus.  I would make one more recommendation though...and that is to use threat fire with MSE when there is potential for spyware or virus infection due to user desire to go to undesirable web sites.....the threatfire works on behavior instead of definition so it plays nice with most any definition based antivirus software.

    Second that emotion with regard to Threatfire, I use that too - it seems pretty unobtrusive and makes good extra protection. I haven't had it catch anything, but it seems it would be good to have against zero-day exploits.

     

    I also have the Malwarebytes scanner at the ready, and keep the definitions up-to-date. Maybe once a month or so I scan with that for a second opinion. Malwarebytes has a reputation for removing stuff that many others can't touch. But, as with Threatfire, it hasn't had anything to catch as yet.

     

    Bottom line, as I read this thread, is that there are many viable avenues; all else being roughly equal, I'd say that any AV that doesn't conflict with something on your box, doesn't slow things down like some of the mainstream suites can do, and looks good cost-wise (free being best in that department!) - is one that most users would be happy with. So I see the point of the posters who are liking MSE. I'm going to stick with Vipre, 'cause I've had such good results with it. If it gives any trouble, maybe I'll try one of the free alternatives.

     

    The only virus I ever got was while running the Norton suite, eight or nine years ago. Haven't used it since! So I think a lot of this is anecdotal, or like preferring one brand of car. To each his own!

     

    Anyway, interesting information here. Thanks to all the posters!

     

    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 11:28 PM
  • I use AVG Internet Security 2011 , and it works awesome; no PC slowdown at all. And I've never experienced the errors you mentioned...
    Wednesday, January 05, 2011 12:15 AM
  • I am what you call an underground surfer.

    I have used everything from norton to free and cracked stuff.

    and my review is nothing comes close to Kaspersky.

    it detects virus and spyware before you realise it.

    one of the main source of virus is redtube.com watching this on internet explorer will kill your pc in minutes.

    When you hit play... you are actually saying yes install ____ on my pc.

     

    one was to test your antivirus is using google chrome as your browser go to redtube.com and play something.

    in chrome you will see all these .cab and other files downloading in the backgroung while you are watching the clip.

    here is when your antivirus should be going crazy. Kaspersky will be popping up so many times that you wont be able to enjoy your video clip.

    Another thing with redtube is it can disable most AV without the user knowing it.

     

    you can get a proper version of Kaspersky for a quarter of the price on ebay.

    Wednesday, January 05, 2011 1:18 AM
  • I have Zone Alarm Extreme. I recently registered on their Zone Alarm beta testing for Windows 7 64 Bit. The software still has issues although Zone Alarm claims it is compatible. It actually works fine until your system goes in sleep mode. That's when all the BSOD start happening. Also, Zone Alarm does not play well with Virtualization so no matter how confident you are with Zone Alarm, it will crash with Windows Virtual PC. Anyway, my question is, what is the best Anti-Virus software out there for Windows 7 64Bit? One that has been proven not to have compatibility issues at all. I was thinking of AVG 9 because it is free. I need to know what from a Microsoft Software Engineering perspective before I go out there an purchase another software that will only give me BSOD.

    -Esteban 


    "There's a time and place for that. The time is... Never. You can figure out the place on your own".

    Try Avira Premim Security it,s the best
    Wednesday, January 05, 2011 7:10 AM
  • I know all the mentioned softwares are 4 bit compatible but sorry, after reading all that, I am still not sure if there is any native 64 bit antivirus for Windows 7.

    Is there one?

     

    Jaw

     

    Wednesday, January 05, 2011 7:42 AM
  • I meant 64 bit, not 4 bit.

    Sorry

    Jaw

    Wednesday, January 05, 2011 7:43 AM
  • I'm personally using Norton 360 v.4 and I find it neat protection.

    Been using it since Windows Vista.

     

    -Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with 8GB RAM

    Wednesday, January 05, 2011 8:15 AM
  • I have been using Sunbelt VIPRE Premium AV 4 with Win 7 64 bit for several years and on Win XP 32 bit prior to that. I have never had a BSOD due to this AV or been infected by a serious virus problem. Also VIPRE doesn't slow down the machine and you get hourly definition updates. If you do get a nasty then help is free and removal tools with support available .BTW MSE now has version 2 beta available for downloading which I am evaluating on a spare laptop. My only concern with MSE is the lack of control over updates for people who don't have their PC's switched on during set periods for scanning. This means doing manual updates regularly.

      Del

    Wednesday, January 05, 2011 10:46 AM
  • I use Avira Antivir. Works great. Have been using it since the first Win 7 beta with zero issues. Tried AVG, but slows the system too much, which is rediculous considering i have a quad core OC to 3.6ghz with 6gb ddr3 ram.

    http://www.free-av.com/

    Wednesday, January 05, 2011 2:55 PM
  • after finding a handful of viruses on my pc with mse that avg did not detect i cant believe that avg would be any better than nothing at all!
    Wednesday, January 05, 2011 3:09 PM
  • Kaspersky Pure is working fine for me with Windows 7 64 bit on a PC and laptop..

    FYI I was faithful with Microsoft but after paying for OneCare and using it on principle as its a MS product and them then integrating it with servers (SBS the like) and then abandoning it I refuse to follow them again down their security route.

    Thursday, January 06, 2011 10:51 AM
  • W7x64 Home Premium I use MSE (I don't care what anyone says, MSE provides GREAT protection), Comodo Firewall (and Comodo Reg Cleaner that I've been trying out for a few days with no complaints so far), Malwarebytes free, and SUPERAntispyware free. And then when I'm feeling paranoid from time to time I'll run ESET's free online scanner. My PC stays very, very clean with this combination and I didn't pay a dime for any of it. But with the free versions of the spyware scanners I have to manually scan, so they wouldn't work for anyone who might forget to scan on a regular basis.
    Thursday, January 06, 2011 5:52 PM
  • I use Win 7 Enterprise - 64 Bit.

    Till date I  have experimented with many Anti-Viruses but none were as effective as Microsoft Security Essentials.

    My recommendation - for sure - always MSE (http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/)

    Best part - its free.

     

    REGARDS..

    Shamsher (Ranchi, India)

    Friday, January 07, 2011 1:26 PM
  • I have been using ESET Smart Security for over 2 years and it is really good and have found no issue so far.

    My PC was infected few years back and I was fraustrated, then one guy with whom I was working suggested ESET but I never heard about it but I gave it a try and it worked very well and did not let me down since then.

    I have used ESET on 32 and 64 bit machine for over one year and it worked very fantstic on both.

    You can use trial version for 1 month. Also, when going to purchase find a reseller in your country to get the good price deal.

    Thanks,

    -Amit


    Amit
    Saturday, January 08, 2011 2:16 AM
  • Having been a field professional who made a living from cleaning viruses from Computers and finding what DID and did not work I found there were only three good options.... only three.

    Kaspersky - hands down residential and corporate top notch

    Mcafee CORPORATE version, best of the best (nothing got by it)

    Trend PC Cillin - Great for residential

    AVG and Panda were decent follow ups.   I don't even want to speak about ANY antivirus from Symantec.  If you worked on computers for 10 years solid in the field (I mean residential AND Commercial) you'll know what I mean

    If Kaspersky has a 64bit product I would hedge any money it's worth the investment as the free version often had an autoclean (IE: Automatically quarantine virus when caught meaning you could "Scan and Clean" without having to say "uh uh .... uh uh.... yup....sure...." and wear out your mouse button.

    No offense to the companies who created them but - Avir, Nod32, Avast, Norton were all machines I personally would make a lot of money from cleaning up.  You can infer my opinion from their quality of protection (or lack there of) from that.

    My two cents... nuff said


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    I agree with McAfee corporate and also Kaspersky, both have many definitions, on access scanner service, a nice firewall, and have many utilities and clean tools, i strongly agree with McAfee corporate version, lightiest so is fast and have the most competivity range, in the furter McAfee can come atached or optimized to Intel Processors because recently McAfee was acquired by Intel Corp
    - Justine Rojas
    Sunday, January 09, 2011 1:34 AM
  • I know all the mentioned softwares are 4 bit compatible but sorry, after reading all that, I am still not sure if there is any native 64 bit antivirus for Windows 7.

    Is there one?

     

    Jaw

     


    Well, the processor strucuture we know that must be x64 for run a 64 bit version of windows, this processor can also run 32 bit programs by a patch released since windows xp, but this processors can't run 16 bit apps so 16 bit virus couldn't be runned, so only 32 bit apps could be runned, what i mean with this, Old Windows Viruses can't be run on a x64 processor so could be more safer than x86 processors, but actually they're many virus definitions for 16 bit apps.

    In the structure of the core, 64 bit apps are not so old but they've many time on the market (since 2004 x64 processors come comercially), and actually our AV software can run in both platforms, they only changes the code of the virus, and also definitions for virus changes, so your AV don't need to be native, just have the correct definitions for your platform.


    - Justine Rojas
    Sunday, January 09, 2011 1:45 AM
  • Strange considering they are in Germany... did you click the wrong link?  You have to use the Europeanized version.  McAffee sucks big time.  We canned it at work.. (global company) due to these very issues... plus it was about as effective as not having anything at all.  After several high profile infections that McAfee let in, we cancelled our contract and went elsewhere. 
    Saturday, January 22, 2011 3:11 PM
  • my global company would disagree with you... since we switched from mcafee, no more mass infections.  and I didnt bring any home this time.
    Saturday, January 22, 2011 3:16 PM
  • i think you mean OS.  The processor can still run 16bit software if you are running dos-nt and inside of xp on anything up to i7 and 1100T. It is a 64bit OS limitation not processor limitation.
    Saturday, January 22, 2011 3:18 PM
  • if you probe the hacker forums.. the only one they run is nod32... that should say something there.  There was a AV debate not too long ago and the consensus was anything else was asking for trouble.  Just reupped my sub for it
    Saturday, January 22, 2011 3:20 PM
  • I have Zone Alarm Extreme. I recently registered on their Zone Alarm beta testing for Windows 7 64 Bit. The software still has issues although Zone Alarm claims it is compatible. It actually works fine until your system goes in sleep mode. That's when all the BSOD start happening. Also, Zone Alarm does not play well with Virtualization so no matter how confident you are with Zone Alarm, it will crash with Windows Virtual PC. Anyway, my question is, what is the best Anti-Virus software out there for Windows 7 64Bit ? One that has been proven not to have compatibility issues at all. I was thinking of AVG 9 because it is free. I need to know what from a Microsoft Software Engineering perspective before I go out there an purchase another software that will only give me BSOD.

    -Esteban 


    "There's a time and place for that. The time is... Never. You can figure out the place on your own".

    I too have the same issue with Windows 7 64 bit and Windows Vista Business. It looks to be an issue with Zone Alarm. PC's tend to crash once you shutdown or disable the Zone Alarm firewall for sometime.

    You can try Avast or Kaspersky Antivirus.

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011 11:36 AM
  • I had lot of issues with Mcafee on windows 7 and vista machine. The auto protection never turned on my vista machine. I hate using Mcafee and some times it blocks some of the user sites and make IE very slow.
    Tuesday, January 25, 2011 11:40 AM
  • One of the better recommendation is MSE for catching up the current spyware malware. Kaspersky is another recommended to use along.
    Tuesday, January 25, 2011 11:48 AM
  • I had lot of issues with Mcafee on windows 7 and vista machine. The auto protection never turned on my vista machine. I hate using Mcafee and some times it blocks some of the user sites and make IE very slow.

    Well, you can have issues with McAfee (The auto protection doesn't turns on) if this program wasn't installed well or some file is missing, just reinstall it if you have this error, and respecting the firewall you can customize application rules thru the firewall menu and you can choose your configurations and rules (Inbound or outbound) so, what's the problem?


    - Justine Rojas
    Thursday, January 27, 2011 2:21 AM
  •  

    Excellent pc security guide - http://www.mechbgon.com/build/security2.html

    You need more than a good AV to have a setup thats difficult to bypass.  For AV's, there are several choices, just as long as you have 2-3 scanners to catch what the other might miss and of course have a secure setup to begin with.

    That said, my first choice is Microsoft Security Essentials and second choice Avast .  They test pretty well at avcomparatives.com and other testing sites, they also seem to be very stable and pretty light on the pc.  MSE uses more ram than other AV's, but loads more signatures so it uses less hard drive and cpu.  Avast 6 will be out soon and will include a sandbox that they are developing.  Avast caches files so they aren't constantly rescanned unless the file changes or is a new unscanned file, this saves a ton of hard drive/cpu use. 

    Other good choices for free are: Avira Antivir (great detection but I a few things I don't like about it), Panda Cloud (requires internet connection for cloud service), and Comodo Internet Security (full internet suite with Firewall, tons of features, very good security, but also slows the pc from resource usage)

    Popular paid choices - Kaspersky, Norton, Nod 32 (very light and good support but hasn't done well in quite a few independent AV tests I've seen)

    I then recommend running 1 or 2 other scanners in case your primary AV missed something.  These are just on demand scanners in case your AV missed something.  Good choices for this purpose include Malware Bytes, Hitman Pro, or Emsisoft Emergency Kit.

    Lastly, some people mentioned firewalls.  I prefer the pure AV products and using windows firewall.  You can tighten Windows firewall with the Windows 7 Firewall Control application.  You can also try out Comodo's firewall.  Its too resource heavy for me and I like Windows firewall, but it is very feature rich (HIPS, Sandbox, total control of connections, etc)

    Saturday, February 05, 2011 11:05 PM
  • I wouldn't bet on kaspersky much this days: 

    news flash 

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Kaspersky-Confirms-Source-Code-Leak-Threatens-Legal-Action-Against-Downloaders-181456.shtml 

    If their code was compromised well you add...


    MVP Windows Security
    Saturday, February 05, 2011 11:14 PM
  • Wow, very bad news for Kaspersky!  They have always done well in the independent AV tests that use thousands of new & old malware samples and had a large user base so I include them in paid options.  IMO paying for an AV is like paying for air and people will be much better off with a free AV and using a second opinion scanner like hitman pro on demand.
    Sunday, February 06, 2011 12:40 AM
  • Yeah very bad, because during the 1st 5 hrs that code was out in the torrent sites there was a huge chatter in the underground community of malware writer and other badness group. So lets see how the ripple effect of that in the next few months for kaspersky.   
    MVP Windows Security
    Sunday, February 06, 2011 1:07 AM
  • I use MSE and while it is nice the only downfall i see is it takes 9hrs to do a full scan of my system and makes everything grind to a hault.

    I have a decent machine, AMD Phenom II with 12gb ram. I am after something that is not system hungry while it scans or idle

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 5:34 AM
  • Not the best anti-virus software, only the most suitable for your anti-virus software
    Monday, February 21, 2011 2:33 AM
  • I have been using Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 7 x64 fine since Windows 7 was RTM.

    The program is stable and it seems to do the job fine.

    I recommend it for everyone. I link to it on my developer and IT sites.

     


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    Monday, February 21, 2011 3:41 AM
  • I use Online Armor ++ on my W7 x64 since more than 150 days and i have no problems.

    IMO, OA++ is one of the best suite now and "you can deal" easily with zero days malware and other stuff without any fear with it (that is not true with Avast and of course MSE etc, even if if i'm not saying that are bad products).

     

    Edit: i forgot to say OA v5 is planned this month, stay tuned...

    • Edited by atk86tma Tuesday, March 08, 2011 1:36 PM Completion
    Tuesday, March 08, 2011 1:35 PM
  • Nobody does zero day, many exploits are not known until something turns up on surveillance machines.

     

     


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    Tuesday, March 08, 2011 1:57 PM
  • Nothing 100% but you may have more chances with a hips than a traditional av
    • Edited by atk86tma Tuesday, March 08, 2011 4:17 PM typo
    Tuesday, March 08, 2011 4:16 PM
  • I've been using Computer Associates Internet Security Suite for 3 years now and its keeping my computer safe.

    I did get an infection once but their support helped me get rid of it by remotely connecting to my computer. Thats what I would recommend anyone looking for security program which, as per their website, offers $10000 coverage if your system gets infected after you have installed it! Can't think of anything better.

    CA Internet Security Suite Plus v7

    You can compare other security programs at getsupport.webs.com
    Wednesday, March 09, 2011 6:12 AM
  • I suggest to take a look at Commodo's av and firewall. I use it with my 32/64bit Win7 Ultimate and it finds a lot. The other people that I recommended this were very happy and the av found a lot on there pc's.

    I have tested Avira and Avg with a viruspack and they didn't found much while Commodo's av found all of them.

    It's also smart to use an anti spyware program like Malwarebytes.

    What I'm using at this moment (all freeware except Windows Firewall) :

    Geswall (Firewall)
    Windows Firewall
    Commodo's AV (Main antivirus)
    MalwareBytes (Main Spyware)
    Spybot Search and Destroy (AV & AS)
    Threatfire (Anti Zero days)

    You can never have a full secure system, but you can make it better when you make use of security layers. If one program doesn't find malware then the other mostly will. This is how I managed my desktop security.

    Good luck with your search!

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:22 AM
  • Absolutely right, there are so many antiviruses claiming as the best but ESET is best. I've been using ESET Smart Security 4.0 and have no issues yet. I used professional version of Avast, AVG, Symantec but suffered a lot. I don't understand why ESET is not offering a free version of antivirus for home users.
    Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:53 PM
  • most of the antivirus softwares make the computer slower so is nod 32 make the computer slower ??
    Saturday, August 13, 2011 2:34 PM
  • MSE is not bad, hardly notice any load

     


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    Saturday, August 13, 2011 2:49 PM
  • if you are using genuine windows 7 then from my experience i recommend microsoft security essentials. it is free and very much safe. you don't have to bother about yearly payment. it does not slow down your computer at the start up as other antivirus does, as it runs quitely in the background. its update is not so big, so no problem in updating it even if you have slow internet speed. so don't go with big names, be simple and use simple. its best and free.
    Saturday, August 27, 2011 10:04 AM
  • i would recommend eset smart security 5 for high performance and maximum protection
    Sunday, September 04, 2011 12:32 PM
  • eset has higher performance than kaspersky you should keep eset
    Sunday, September 04, 2011 12:33 PM
  • "DrX69" wrote in message news:601598a1-18dc-488d-becf-5b2f0df8c9ae...

    > there are several good av out there both free and paid.... This is
    > my personal opinion: for paid: there is only one. Eset nod32
    > works great and very very light on resources. Free: Antivir,
    > avast, and even microsoft security essentials.. I cannot recommend
    > avg anymore due to the nasty infection i got one time.


    I agree with everything you say above, and second all your
    recommendations. I personally use NOD32.



    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003


    Ken Blake
    great final decision
    Sunday, September 04, 2011 12:34 PM
  • It's actaully not bad, I'm running NOD32 64 BIT right now on my Windows 7 64BIT machine. It's pretty light in term of CPU and Memory consumption compared to Zone Alarm. I took DrX69's advice, I'm just running the AntiVirus and using Microsoft's native firewall to do the rest. So far, I have NOT had any BSOD since I installed it.

    -Esteban


    "There's a time and place for that. The time is... Never. You can figure out the place on your own".
    great final decision on eset ,thanks eset helped me out and get eset smart security 5 for an extra firewall
    Sunday, September 04, 2011 12:35 PM
  • you should try eset smart security 5
    Sunday, September 04, 2011 12:36 PM
  • AVG is one of the worst on the market. As an IT professional, I spent 4 months testing antivirus software. Stay away from AVG and Trend Micro especially!

     

    Monday, October 31, 2011 10:14 PM
  • I used to use AVG which is OK, but now I use Microsoft Security Essentials which seems to be respectable

    I am a MVP IT expert and I have used a wide range of solutions over the years

    MSE is linked to on my IT site

     


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    Monday, October 31, 2011 10:21 PM
  • Your best choice would be Microsoft Security Essentials.
    Carey Frisch
    Monday, December 26, 2011 10:25 PM
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