Javik, on 30 June 2012 - 21:23, said:
I got Kaspersky included for free with my motherboard. It easily matches or beats any other antivirus product on the market and is currently only using about 4.4MB of memory on my system. Using 2 antivirus programs at once is a REALLY bad idea, in fact it could cause more problems that it will solve.
I've got a trial of KAV 2012 loaded onto my laptop and both Windows 8 PCs have trial Bitdefender AV Plus 2013 installed. Too be honest, I'm kind of favoring Bitdefender more.
1. Nice, clean GUI.
2. Safe search (Similar to Web of Trust.
3. Safe Pay: BT's own little enclosed browser with optional virtual keyboard.
4. Auto Pilot Mode: Makes program non-intrusive.
5. USB Immunizer: Stops Autorun attacks.
6. Low RAM footprint.
7. Scores damn good in tests:
1. Crashed on me once browsing GUI options. I'm running Windows 8, so I'm chalking this up to pre-release bugs.
2. Somewhat slow to load its services after performing a cold boot.
3. Hate stupid "B" icon in the system tray. Kind looks bush league.
4. Why must I create an account???
Kaspersky is no slouch in the detection/repair dept either and is a fine product. I used to run KAV a few years ago, but grew tired of their slow development pace. They never had a fully compatible product ready for early adopters of new Internet explorer releases and for people testing beta OS's like Vista, even though other companies did. While everyone else was happily upgrading to IE7, Kaspersky was shouting "Not yet!" from the roof tops. At the time the excuse over on their forums was IE7's development was a "moving target" and they were not working on it till it was RTM. Whether or not that lazy B.S. came from official channels, I don't know. Another problem I had was Previous Versions in Vista Business didn't work correctly with KAV installed. You would see a blank window if you tried to browse/restore files. KAV consistently dicked with System Restore too causing many failed restore jobs. You should not have to disable protection in order to perform O.S. default functions! They know the feature is there and should've coded for it, period.
Whats funny about all of this is that I went to Staples today and walked out with a 3-user copy of KAV 2012 for $24.95. I had full intentions of purchasing Bitdefender but couldn't turn down the offer for KAV. Was not able to find any deals on BT and $50 is steep for AV. So far, I haven't experienced any problems with KAV 2012 yet on my laptop, so hopefully, they've cleaned up their act from the previous versions I've used. You won't go wrong with Kaspersky for protecting your PC against malware. Before this thread, I had not even thought about moving away from MSE, but after reading up on MSE's detection as of late, I simply don't trust it anymore. Microsoft could do better, but has chosen to go mediocre, "better than nothing" approach with MSE.