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    I have to very soon either renew my current antivirus subscription, purchase
    a new subscription, or try a free one. I would like input from other lounge
    members about their best antivirus experiences so I can make a good choice.

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    I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials since the original beta release on XP & Windows 7 PCs. I've not had any problems with it. It seems to be very lightweight and does what it is supposed to do.

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    I also have had great luck with MSE. There have been several discussions on this topic. Here is one such thread.
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    Just to interrupt the discussion briefly --

    Security products often are changed significantly every 2-3 years, so it's a good idea to check the reviews for the latest versions before buying, and be a bit skeptical of people complaining that they had problems with a product a few years back.

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    Here is an article published yesterday by PC Mag ....
    The Best Antivirus Software for 2011
    It covers both paid and free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Sullivan View Post
    Here is an article published yesterday by PC Mag ....
    The Best Antivirus Software for 2011
    It covers both paid and free.

    This sems to be a very incomplete list. It does not even mention Avast and MSE and includes one (Bitdefender) I would not touch with a 10 foot pole. These type of reviews are very subjective and seem to at times rely very much on one reviwers opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Gibson View Post
    I have to very soon either renew my current antivirus subscription, purchase
    a new subscription, or try a free one. I would like input from other lounge
    members about their best antivirus experiences so I can make a good choice.
    Gerald,
    From my point of view .. you always get what you pay for ... with the only exception being intelligence As far a security programs Norton Internet Security 2011 is by far better than most, see this thread http://bro.ws/778580L you can set it up the way YOU choose... and "beats the pants off" of "Mickey MSE" and the other "freebies" out there. Regards Fred

    PS: If you have some time to kill read this thread as wellhttp://bro.ws/778075L
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Sullivan View Post
    Here is an article published yesterday by PC Mag .... The Best Antivirus Software for 2011
    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    This sems to be a very incomplete list. It does not even mention Avast and MSE and includes one (Bitdefender) I would not touch with a 10 foot pole.
    The comments clarify that these 20 reviews cover only 2011 releases, i.e., releases designated as new versions. They promise to add more reviews as products are updated. However, this approach might end up excluding some products that don't do annual releases. "We shall see."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jscher2000 View Post
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    it's a good idea to check the reviews for the latest versions ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    This sems to be a very incomplete list. It does not even mention Avast and MSE ......
    New reviews of AV products are released on a regular basis with different reviewers having different opinions.

    Here is a very good Rating and Jan 2010 review by cnet for the free Avast...
    Avast Free Antivirus

    Here is today's publication by ZDNet on MSE Beta
    Microsoft delivers another beta build of next-gen Microsoft Security Essentials

    Nowhere in the Lounge will there be a complete listing of every AV program along with every recent review of all AV programs.

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    Hi Gerald :

    I would not touch Microsoft Security Essentials with a 10-foot pole .
    I recently read a "Report" by a French Researcher that it came in
    last place ( though only 5 products were tested ) . I feel a more
    appropiate thread on these forums would be the info at

    http://lounge.windowssecrets.com/ind...owtopic=778075 .
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    Given the date, I should mention that in this part of the universe with Boxing Day/Week sales (and December in general) the giant chains offer specials, which are typically AV programs or suites, to attract customers. They normally have an unlimited supply but presumably limit the number of purchases per customer.

    My Kaspersky suite cost me ten bucks. That, however, is the money part of it - the rest of the price is in fighting your way through the madding crowds and, because it is designed to attract customers, fighting the temptation to buy a pile of other things you didn't really want. It is definitely a time of year to keep your eye on the flyers.

    I think the MSE is fine as well, although I prefer something (that may or may not be) a bit stronger for important computers. If your subscription expires before the sales, then switch to that, and you may find that you are happy with it without chasing something more exotic.

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    Hello Gerald - Which AV program are you using now?
    Comments on your current AV program may be more useful to you.

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    I want to thank everyone for their inputs. I have been using Webroot v5. It would take an hour to an hour-1/4 to scan drive c and I believe also the registry. Webroot offered an update to v7 and I tried it. After letting it run for 4 hr 45 min, it still was not through scanning using the exact same settings as v5. I had to revert to v5 just to get the scan to complete in some sort of timely manner, even though I still consider anything approaching 1 hr to be excessive. My C drive is only 210G with only 38G used. I do not include my drives D (CD/DVD), E, F, or Z (printer). Based on PC Mag's 2011 rating, I considered renewing Webroot, but after my v7 experience, I have to believe there is something out there, not including Norton, that is as good as Webroot and will do a much faster scan.

    I would appreciate any further information the members wish to impart on this.

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