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Shall i use Kaspersky!?


 Dear Experts,

 Good Morning or Good evening.

 My best greetings to all of you.

 I have been using Norton Anti Virus for years,until today,i am using the latest version of it,but one of my new mates has recommended "Kaspersky" to me as an Antivirus,AntiTrojan & AntiSpyware.

 So,i would like to have the experts opinion.

 Thanks for all of your time spent replying to my Q.

 Ora_You
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craziestCommented:
Kaspersky is also good,my freind uses it and he says its excellent.He never gets problems but according to its ranking it doesnt seem to be better than pc-cillin.(difficult to debate about)
You can take a look at the Top 7 Windows Antivirus here,and decide for yourself.
http://antivirus.about.com/cs/beforeyoubuy/tp/aatpavwin.htm
Hope other Experts help you out decide which to use.:)
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al-hasanCommented:
Ora_You: Kaspersky's antivirus program has an excellent heuristric search capability (this helps to find new viruses for which there is not yet a pattern available), where it definitely beats anything in color yellow. The question now seems to be whether you should/want to _replace_ an existing virus scanner in a running system. As these programs tend to be intertwined deeply with the underlying operating system, I would not replace one working virus scanner with another one. Once you do a clean installation, you can always switch over and use Kaspersky. It is one of my favorite scanners, by the way.

Hope this helps a bit further.
Regards,
has.
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kneHCommented:
I use kaspersky.

Love it... I really do

Finds almost every virus. Great scanning. Uses less resources than norton does (for real time protection).

The firewall lets you determine which SORT of traffic you let through which ports by which executable.
I like that. More secure than letting a program pass or not.

Lastly...
I didn't know kaspersky has anti spyware.
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fixnixCommented:
I've used kaspersky to clean client's computers that got infected when they were using Norton ;).  (Not 100% norton's fault (but still >0%)....plus it was NAV home, not corp (live update ran about once a week...compared to Kaspersky's once per hour.  A couple clients got hit w/ viruses that disabled Norton's updating...but tricked norton into thinking the update completed.  If you didn't check the definition file date, many home users would never know they were grossly outdated 6 months down the road).

Kaspersky is one of my faves as well....only real gripe is that it is a definate resource hog (wow kneH...just noticed you said Kaspersky used less resources than Norton.  I'll take your word for it.....haven't used Norton on purpose for quite a while except at work (where they've never tried Kaspersky yet so I have no comparison/reference)) and occasionally it didn't start realtime protection at boot (did pop up a warning, however, and manually starting it did work.  I've run into that on a few machines here and there, not on all (or even most) installs).  BTW, all my experiences w/ Kaspersky has been w/ the personal standalone versions.  Been meaning to try the corp setup at home but it's been a back-burner project (don't really need any AV at home w/ me being the only user and knowing what to click/not click on, what proggies to use/not use, etc).

kneH:  not sure on their corp versions, but on the personal side, Kaspersky introduced spyware protection as of v5.0

All my gripes about Norton are for home/personal versions.  I haven't had problems w/ their corp stuff at the companies I've worked for that used it, but as poor as their home products seem to be (IMO), I don't go out of my way to recommend their corp products...nor do I go out of my way to recommend switching from it since it has worked well for most places I've administered minus some flaky problems that were probably OS related.  I'm not trying to start a flame war on my loathing of Norton home products....just going by my experience, which is different from everyone else's experiences.  That's my $0.02...take it or toss it at will :)
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einsteinjr79Commented:
No hard feelings aginst to two mentioned AV but I recommend you use NOD32.
It is a good AV with excellent heuristic capabilities.

Do try out the evaluation copy available at their website.

Regards,

Einy
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kneHCommented:
>>wow kneH...just noticed you said Kaspersky used less resources than Norton.
Well I said so partially. :)
The real time virusscanner does use less resources to my knowledge/experience.
The actual full system scan slows my system to a screaching halt. But then again I run that when it's past my bedtime anyways :)

>>Kaspersky introduced spyware protection as of v5.0
And they told me ignorance was bliss.... guess they were wrong ;)


>>I'm not trying to start a flame war on my loathing of Norton home products....
The bit that's worst imo is that if you ever uninstall and reinstall it for whatever reason you'll be doing a hell of a lot of manual removing cos the bugger just will not uninstall properly. Cos they reckon you should install it and leave it forever... and if you don't... then your version is cracked. Logical thinking eh?


Firewall & AV general info:
Hackers/crackers/viruswriters create virusses/use exploits for programs that are used most by the public. Norton is used most. Hence attracting the wrong kind of people.

>>but I recommend you use NOD32
Not used it.... but I think Kaspersky actually won an award or two for having the best heuristics
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fixnixCommented:
NOD32 used to be arguably the best at detection *and* used less resources during scans and realtime protection.  I've seen recent comparison tests tho where NOD was really gone downhill.  Tests can be biased tho so it's tough to say how accurste that info was.  Search archives here on EE for NOD32 and you'll definately see tonnage of hits, mostly positive (but then again, they definately at least *were* top-notch and definately have a loyal following.....even if they did actually slack off...which if still uncertain to me).  In such a search, you will also find links many experts have posted where comparison tests were run.  I was involved in one of those threads a while back, and one guy was really pushing NOD32.  I d/l'd it and ran 2 scans on my email folder w/ literally thousands of undeleted, unquarantined, virus-embedded or attached email messages.  One NOD, one Kaspersky, both set to high heuristics.  In that limited test, both found over 2,000 viruses, with Kaspersky finding roughly 30 more than NOD32.  That *still* doesn't proove anything tho, since those 30 "extras" could have been false positives....in fact, 1000 that each detected could have been false positives.  They're probably both close and on any given day one could beat the other depending on the test, who performed it, and how it was done, etc.

I'd still go w/ Kaspersky simply because of what I've heard and that Kaspersky detected 1.5% more than NOD on my unscientific test.  Others could easily have had the exact opposite experience and would swear by NOD over Kaspersky.  Either way, for home versions at least, they both spank the hell out of norton's personal av stuff.

NOD vs Kasp is kinda like Ferarri vs Porche....depends on the settings (model of car), type of test (course/track), options used (options on car model).  Road tests can be crafted/configured so that either would win.  Norton personal products are more like VW's ;)

>>if you ever uninstall and reinstall it for whatever reason
EEK!!! Been so long since I've used them I totally forgot about the uninstall headaches....they're still that bad??  Sheesh...thought they'd have fixed that but I guess (like McCrappy) they figure if uninstalling it breaks your system then you have no choice but to keep using them if you're not up for manual post-uninstall cleanup.

Ora You:  Trying NOD32 is a good idea...NOD and Kaspersky both have trials, try them both and see which interface you like better, how they affect your system performance, etc......provided you're able to get Norton uninstalled ;)
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kneHCommented:
You can get it uninstalled.
But never fully... not with their uninstaller.

And don't even think about reinstalling it in an easy manner
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einsteinjr79Commented:
Try both, whichever you find the best use it buddy.

At present since I personally felt NOD32 nice to use I will be deploying it in the corporate next week.
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tmehmetCommented:
as per all comments above re Kapersky and NOD32 are very good indeed.

These two vendors are very good when it comes to detecting virus and stopping them and performance is also excellent.

When it comes to 'bake offs', NOD32, Kapersky and Trend do very well indeed. Saw some competetive data on this subject and in one bakeoff NOD32 and Kapersky came out tops with Trend very very close  behind (almost 100% success rates for trend and 100% for other two).

In comparision the likes of McAfee  only got about 50% success rate and the likes of Nortan/Symmantec were only slighty better.

For sure you wont go wrong with with Kapersky or NOD32 for Anti-Virus.

Check out http://www.virusbtn.com for really good vendor independent info.
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einsteinjr79Commented:
Okay who got the cake?
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kneHCommented:
The birthdayboy?
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