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    NOD32

    Hi guys.

    Could I just take a moment to pick the combined might of the Lounge's brains? I'm currently running NAV 2004, but my subscription is up for renewal at the end of this month. So far, I've had no problems/conflicts with NAV, apart from the fact that it's a bit of a system resource hog. With this in mind, I've been looking around for an alternative AV solution. I've been hearing some very good things about NOD32 AV. Does anyone here use it, or have any useful comments to help me make up my little mind?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: NOD32

    I am not familiar with this program, but found a detailed review here with this to say........

    A far cry from the ease of Norton AntiVirus (NAV) and PC-cillin, NOD32 requires you to know the purpose of cryptic scanners like AMON (real-time), IMON (Internet), and NMS (Exchange/Outlook) to configure and run them. Though these are not overly difficult, beginners may be overwhelmed even when changing basic settings. But power users will appreciate the extensive control over detection targets, scan methods, and alerts.

    It sounds like an excellent program if you are a "power user".
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    Re: NOD32

    Hmmm... thanks for that Doc. Dunno if I regard myself as a power user, but I'm certainly not a beginner. I'll take a look at the link you provided when I get home.

    From what I gather, it seems a more powerful & effective AV program than just about anything else out there, as well as being very kind to system resources. Wonder if there's a trial version...? <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>
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    Re: NOD32

    Power User is a relative term. I don't consider myself a power user, or particularly knowledgeable about computers. But other people who are, shall we say, tecnologically challenged, think that I'm a wizard along the lines of Merlin or Gandalf !!

    I'd stay away from NOD32 for myself, just because a little knowledge (very little) can be a dangerous thing when you are talking about viruses and such. Also have to acknowledge a certain amount of lazyness when it comes to tweaking settings and getting everything "just right" on something as day-to-day as my AV program. There are enough things about computing and the internet to worry about on a daily basis. I'd rather pay Norton $30/yr to keep track of all that stuff and firewall myself against the rest.

    Trial version ??? Right here. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Edited by Doc to add.... After reading their Installation Instructions, I might reconsider my position on using this product. They appear to have a dummie version with default settings that anyone can use. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> If I hadn't just renewed my Norton Subscription in November, I'd consider a trial run now. I may give it a try anyway. Just to compare the resource useage issues.
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    Re: NOD32

    Nice one Doc.

    I'll try those links tonight & give it a go... I've got another drive I can try it on first, so I think I'll do that. Got a few weeks before NAV runs out anyway, so should be enough time to make my mind up.
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    Re: NOD32

    Remember, you don't want multiple real-time A/V scanners running. So, even though you install NOD32 to another drive be sure to disable NAV before enabling NOD32.

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    Re: NOD32

    Thanks Joe- the other drive has a clean install of XP Pro, which I use to test out new software. I keep it up to date with all the latest patches, SP's etc, then just restore the image and I'm ready to go and test whatever I want to test... Been handy on a few occasions I can tell you <img src=/S/overclocking.gif border=0 alt=overclocking width=99 height=47>
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    Re: NOD32 UPDATE!

    As an update to my original post, I was rather impressed with the trial version of this program, took the plunge & removed NAV2004 & installed NOD32.

    Installation was simple (with different levels of install options for different levels of user- the defaults were fine), and on running a scan immediately after installation, it picked up 2 pieces of malware that NAV had missed (I ran a scan immediately before uninstalling, which came up blank, with up to date AV definitions).

    I've used the program now for about a month & have found it to be very fast (system scans take about 1/2 the time of NAV's), resource friendly, stable, and unobtrusive. I'm very happy with it and would have no hesitations recommending NOD32 to others.
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    Re: NOD32 UPDATE!

    For free, I don't think you can beat AVG - it is intuitive and effective - at least I have not been infected since installing on several systems here - of course I must attribute that also to practicing safe computing(***) and keeping my signature/difinition files updated.

    I must admit I have been using Norton for many years and have faithfully upgraded my subscription each year - for several machines - but after running AVG for about a year now, as each subscription Norton expires, I move to AVG - so far with no problems (knock on forehead/wood).

    Actually, the hardest part has been surgically removing all the damn Symantec tenicles from the hard drive - especially the LiveUpdate engines when NAV was apart of Systemworks.

    (***) Practice Safe Computing = Using a client based firewall; sitting behind a router with NAT; frequent scanning with updated sig files with AV, anti-spyware, anti-spam, anti-Trojan apps; and NEVER opening ANY attachment without scanning first.
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