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#46 Seizure1990

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:24

I've been using Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition and currently its successor, Symantec Endpoint Protection. It negatively affects the start-up time of my laptop but once it's up and running, it's fine. Never had problems, I visit questionable sites with malware and it would provide great protection.

In truth, this is my FAVORITE AV but I can't really recommend it to the average user, since it's a bit more advanced as far as configuration and maintenance goes.

Having said that, it's a rare occasion for something to get past it.


#47 mightymightyme

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:25

I keep a locked down VM if I ever need to access anything from an unsavory source, I verify its clean, take out of the VM and reset the VM back to default image. I run MSE on my system just to be sure. Saying you don't run an antivirus and don't have any viruses, is like saying you don't have cancer because you don't feel like you have cancer (at least on Windows anyways).

#48 satukoro

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 22:14

I've been using MSE/Defender after Avast. I ran Avast for a few years with no issues whatsoever, but when I installed Windows 8 DP, I found Defender to do the job quite well.

#49 remixedcat

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 22:18

Sophos has been outstanding for me. very low profile and not annoying client that's kept me pretty safe.

the worst was macafee and avast. macafee wouldn't be able to catch the crook if he ran down with the murder weapon and the head of the person screaming "I killed her!" right at the police station!!!

and avast and it's annoying setting of screaming in the middle of the night"YOUR VIRUS DEFINITIONS HAVE BEEN UPDATED!!!!" or "THERE IS AN UPDATE FOR YOUR SOFTWARE" seriously... they should have not made it do that by default!!!

#50 theclueless

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 22:23

best antivirus: your brain
worst antivirus: your hand

#51 wahoospa

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 22:44

1 Dell laptop with SuperAntiSpyware
1 Toshiba laptop with MSE
1 Compaq laptop with MSE
1 HP laptop with MSE
1 HP desktop with MSE
1 Heinz 57 desktop with MSE.

#52 44MLX

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 22:51

MSE since it's free :D.

#53 Seizure1990

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 23:19

I keep a locked down VM if I ever need to access anything from an unsavory source, I verify its clean, take out of the VM and reset the VM back to default image. I run MSE on my system just to be sure. Saying you don't run an antivirus and don't have any viruses, is like saying you don't have cancer because you don't feel like you have cancer (at least on Windows anyways).

But if you get occasional cancer tests (virus scans) and they all turn up negative, then you know. :)

#54 +warwagon

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 23:23

avast and it's annoying setting of screaming in the middle of the night"YOUR VIRUS DEFINITIONS HAVE BEEN UPDATED!!!!" or "THERE IS AN UPDATE FOR YOUR SOFTWARE" seriously... they should have not made it do that by default!!!


Which is why I disable sounds 10 seconds after installation on all the avast installs I do

#55 MidnightDevil

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 23:25

MSE and Malwarebytes for spyware. Overal performance, "meh" lol.

#56 +Ryster

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 23:30

ESET NOD32 (or Smart Security) all the way. Best AV out there.

Steer well clear of McAfee and AVG. No opinion on all others.

#57 remixedcat

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 23:32

Which is why I disable sounds 10 seconds after installation on all the avast installs I do


yeah but sometimes when I update it the sounds come back on!!! :pinch:

#58 fanel89

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:57

In truth, this is my FAVORITE AV but I can't really recommend it to the average user, since it's a bit more advanced as far as configuration and maintenance goes.

Having said that, it's a rare occasion for something to get past it.

That is true and while it's usually meant for more advanced users and corporations, when I uninstall I just leave on the default settings and won't fiddle around with it. Once it's running, scanning is very straightforward but most of the time, you don't even have to do a manual scan... it does its own thing in the background.

#59 +warwagon

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 15:10

In truth, this is my FAVORITE AV but I can't really recommend it to the average user, since it's a bit more advanced as far as configuration and maintenance goes.

Having said that, it's a rare occasion for something to get past it.


Does Rtscan or what ever that process name is still chug 90% cpu on boot and 5 mins after boot or just a **** ton of CPU in general.

#60 Seizure1990

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 00:41

Does Rtscan or what ever that process name is still chug 90% cpu on boot and 5 mins after boot or just a **** ton of CPU in general.

I never noticed a serious impact on performance when using Symantec Endpoint.