View Full Version : What Anti-Virus software do you use

2008-07-08, 09:39
Hello everyone, I'm conducting an informal pole.

Which Anti-Virus software do you use, if any. If there is one I missed, please respond to the thread with the one you use.

If you use more then one, make sure you select all that are applicable.

The main purpose for this poll, is to make sure QA is testing as many AV products as possible. I'll use your responses to prioritize the testing resources appropriately.

Thanks for your time

2008-07-08, 09:46
AVG anti-virus free 8.0

2008-07-08, 10:13
There is one missing option:


2008-07-08, 10:38
There is one missing option:


The option is not really missing by the question the poll asked is it? The poll asks which AV Softwares are being used. I don't even think None would be proper under Other because again it is None and not a specific AV software.

If one is not using an AV Software, doesn't it make the question hard to answer? Could a choice for Not Applicable be added? I guess it could, but then again, does that not also fall outside of the direct question for the poll of which AV Software one is using?

2008-07-08, 10:42
Notebook #1 (dual-boot): AVG 8.0 Free under WinXP, nothing (ie, Other) under Ubuntu
Notebook #2 (WinXP only): AVG 8.0 Free
Notebook #3 (Win2K only): McAfee
Desktop (dual-boot): AVG 8.0 Free under Win2K, nothing (ie, Other) under Ubuntu
LinkStation HG (debianized NAS running SC): nothing (Other)
LinkStation Pro (debianized NAS running SC): nothing (Other)

2008-07-08, 11:21

Jeff Flowerday
2008-07-08, 11:32
Haven't used one for years.

2008-07-08, 11:54
The most effective anti-virus program I have ever used is called Linux.

2008-07-08, 12:15
Where? Is this poll for any particular reason?

Desktop is Norton
WHS, where SqueezeCenter is installed, F-Secure
Work laptop, Kaspersky.

Which do I tick??

2008-07-08, 12:40
Kaspersky at home.

2008-07-08, 13:06
Where? Is this poll for any particular reason?

Desktop is Norton
WHS, where SqueezeCenter is installed, F-Secure
Work laptop, Kaspersky.

Which do I tick??

You can select ALL of those (except Kaspersky since it's not on the list yet)

2008-07-08, 13:47

As BKlaas said, Linux is the best AV software around (and Mac OS X is #2).

-=> Jim

2008-07-08, 14:00
I use Ubuntu. Although I do have ClamAV installed on a mail server to reject mails with windows crap in them.

2008-07-08, 14:02
Well apart from Linux, I think that nothing can currently touch Eset's Nod32. Small, silent, effective and such a small footprint you'd hardly know it was there. After a decade of increasingly annoying, intrusive and bloated AV software it was a relief to discover it.

And unlike Linux it installed simply and quickly and didn't take another lifetime to learn.


2008-07-08, 14:05
G DATA -> very, very slow

2008-07-08, 14:22
Still on AVG 7.5.

2008-07-08, 14:42
None who needs it, more trouble than its worth

2008-07-08, 14:43
You can select ALL of those (except Kaspersky since it's not on the list yet)Oops! didn't notice it was multiple choice :)

2008-07-08, 18:49
The option is not really missing by the question the poll asked is it? The poll asks which AV Softwares are being used. I don't even think None would be proper under Other because again it is None and not a specific AV software.

Acutally, it is missing. Other is a positive assertion that some A/V software is used.

No matter, I see that Other includes None now. And I'm a None kinda guy.

2008-07-08, 19:19
Bit Defender

2008-07-09, 06:16
I use different AV vendors on different machines. Can I vote twice?

2008-07-09, 06:48
Although, in theory, I don't need anti-virus software on my Mac, I prefer being cautious - so I've been using Intego's range of software for the past year or so (but previously used Norton).

When I eventually swap my current PPC-powered Mac Mini for an Intel-powered Mac Mini, I'll upgrade to Intego Dual Protection (that adds BitDefender).


2008-07-09, 08:06
Windows Live OneCare, because I just can't get enough of Bill G's love.

2008-07-09, 08:26
Norman Virus Control...

(not NorTon)

Brian Ritchie
2008-07-09, 14:47
I'm using Sophos. Never had any problems... well, except that its updates sometimes slow the machine down a bit when I'm trying to use it for compute-intensive stuff.

I recall reading that AV s/w should be configured to ignore certain kinds of files that SqueezeCenter uses (I forget the details), and I did this (eventually), but doubt that it was really needed.

-- Brian

2008-07-09, 14:56
I use different AV vendors on different machines. Can I vote twice?
You can select multiple answers when you vote, but you can't go back and vote again after you have already voted.

2008-07-09, 15:43
Hi !

On my MacBook I don't need any Virusscanner. :-)

Howard Passman
2008-07-10, 02:15
Kaspersky and Trend Micro?? I may be wrong, but Kaspersky is used by a lot of the big boys and they make a great ap for desktops too.


2008-07-10, 05:45
Kaspersky 7

2008-07-10, 07:13
AVG Free for at least the last five years. On three current computers, on seven previous computers (upgraded to recent computers).

- Continuous daily updates
- Minimal system resources (Norton & MacAfee slowed down my computers HORRIBLY).
- My two home computers are on 24/7
- My laptop is on numerous unsecured public WiFi's (business travel)
- Never once had a virus
- Set and Forget
- User friendly for us non-techies

Ironically, the only compatibility issue between AVG and any/all other software on my computers was the SC7 false warning message. :)

Mark W
2008-07-10, 11:15
Microsoft One Care

2008-07-11, 09:32
Another vote for none. I haven't used AntiVirus software since around 1997.

2008-07-12, 14:43
none i use ubuntu linux

2008-07-13, 09:42
Kaspersky. Importantly, on it's default settings, it presented no barrier to Squeezecentre.

2008-07-14, 15:45
if you use windows, you should be using avast.

it is amazing, i have never been hit since using it.

prior to avast, i had used mcafee, norton, and touched on some others. all crap by comparison imo.

unlike avg, u get all the features free, no annoying buy me reminders. its lightweight, customizable, and extremely effective.

and i don't recall it ever conflicting with SC altho you can add exclusions if u wish. i think slim should send the czech developers a duet and say something along the lines of "here's a duet, enjoy, and please make sure your pgm and it are simpatico"

www.avast.com love it.

other than that, i use windows firewall and windows defender. thats it.

2008-07-14, 21:55
it is amazing, i have never been hit since using it.

It's amazing, I've never used an antivirus on Windows and have never been hit.

2008-07-14, 22:45
that is amazing, and very uncommon. kudos to you, but i wouldn't recommend it for anyone else.

(of course, one wonders how you know you don't have any if you don't have any AV to find it)

2008-07-15, 16:12
I'm not a "computer guy", so I follow the sheep using McAfee. I have some kind of malware or something right now that I believe was picked along with Vista SP1 update just a few days ago. When I click on a search result, I am redirected. Also, many web pages are loaded kind of scrambled. I use Internet Explorer...once again, the sheep thing.

Anyhow, if McAfee doesn't help fix it, I'll have to read up on the one's mentioned in the poll.

2008-07-15, 17:44
theres a pgm called "hijack this" that is good for redirects. haven't used it recently but u can find it easy.

2008-07-17, 04:23
AVG (paid version)

I have the free on a couple PCs, Avast on one, but AVG($) on my two main PCs.

2008-07-17, 13:15
Zone Alarm Suite (Firewall+ AV+ Spyware)

2008-07-17, 13:40
Eset on Windows and none on those Linux/*ix boxes/installations...

2008-07-18, 08:46
For Windows: None. Have been without virus protection since 1994
For Mac OS: None.

As an aside, McAfee is worse than some of the threats it protects against unfortunately.

2008-07-20, 18:07
How many that hit none are using xp? I'm not a huge believer in antivirus but been sucked into using one forever. I do doubt the use of one though. Norton 360 v2 worked well until I realized that it wasn't letting some programs release from memory. Had a tech person spend 1/2 an hour on my computer until he said that he would have to get help, that was 3 week ago. So I'm off of that but the none thing appeals to me except on my desktop where I have 2 teenagers that use it. I'm not sure there is a real good answer to this question.

2008-07-21, 12:28
I use no AV software. Instead, I create regular images of the HD with Acronis True Image and can revert back no matter what happens, without the pain of AV software.


2008-07-22, 23:37
I use Sophos AV Version 7.3.3.under a licence agreement that my Company has with Sophos (all staff get a copy for free for as long as my Company continues to pay its bills to Sophos). If I had to pay for my AV, I'd go with AVG Free.

2008-07-23, 04:38
None - running Linux so not particularly concerned with Viruses at this juncture.

Louise Straus
2008-07-25, 04:55
I use Bit defender AV 2008

2008-07-26, 16:43
NOD32, small and fast ...

2008-07-29, 19:04
Panda. Seems to work OK...

2008-08-01, 03:39
NOD32 here, not very hungry... :-)


2008-08-03, 08:28
I'm using McAfee

2008-08-05, 10:12
Currently using ZoneAlarm Security Suite on Win XP, Norton on Vista. Was using McAfee Security Center on Win XP, but it was a pain.

2008-08-08, 12:20
None. Being perfectly candid, I think anti-virus software is somewhat of a hoax.

2008-08-08, 13:39
On the Kubuntu server - the obligatory "none"!
On the soon to be made redundant Win XP box - Bullguard (not currently an option though).

2008-08-14, 02:35
On Windows, avast! Home Edition. It's free, and unlike a lot of other Anti-Virus software, it works with 64-bit Vista.

On OS X, none!

None. Being perfectly candid, I think anti-virus software is somewhat of a hoax.

I once worked at a company installing file servers, and a collegue booted each new server with a diskette which unknown to him had a virus on it. On each brand new (rather expensive Compaq) file server that was booted with the diskette, the vidio BIOS was completely corrupted rendering each server unusable... It happens.

2008-08-14, 06:53
I have linux on my PC, servers and 2 Mac, so : None.

2008-08-30, 00:22
Kaspersky at home.

I appear to be having problems caused by McAfee: http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?p=334133#post334133

DBD::mysql::st execute failed: Can't create/write to file 'C:\Windows\TEMP\#sql_cc0_0.MYI'
It's saying it can't create a temp file, this is because of a conflict with the AV.

But apparently McAfee Security Center version 8.1 have no options to allow you to exclude files!!!!! So looks like I need to install a different Firewall and A.V. package. A few people here seem to recommend Kaspersky.

2008-09-01, 03:39
None, I use a Mac for SqueezeCenter

The other PC's use AVG free v8.

2008-09-01, 16:16
I used to use AVG free Version 8 but have now moved to AntiVir. It seems less resource hungry, you almost forget it's there until it detects something.

2008-09-07, 06:24
I use Avast as my AV of choice. I also use COMODO Firewall which has a DEFENSE+ component that provides "on-access, real-time" protection which can affect scans for SC.

2008-09-07, 11:17
BitDefender on 3 home PCs.

Not decided what to do about the Windows Home Server box yet though......

2008-09-21, 03:47
BitDefender is missing

2008-09-21, 10:28
Kaspersky Internet Security 8.
Never had major problems.

2008-10-03, 06:54
Spyware Dr. with antivirus.

2008-10-04, 12:52
Clamwin on my Windows 2003 server
AVG 8.0 everywhere else

2008-10-05, 12:56
I'm using ClamWin now, AVG has gotten to bloated. It's not real time so you have to take care to scan stuff as you get it.
I've also started to used OpenDNS, if it does what it says then it reduces the risk of online nasties. It also has the benefit of curtailing my teenage sons top shelf browsing habbits.

2008-10-05, 14:21
Using a Mac.


2008-10-06, 05:37
General point to those being smug that their system is so wonderful it doesn't need AV software - Please read the reason for the poll namely too see what AV software we are running (regardless of how we feel about doing so) so they can build/run test cases against it.

I'm all in favour as SC 7.x is pants running with McAffe and scans often bomb out in MySQL despite all the on-demand scan tweaks I've set. So the sooner they have a good regression test suite the better :-)

As an off topic aside Linux suffers from the same openings and exploits as other *IX/GNU platforms; as do the relevant parts of BSD(so OSX)... its just
(a) they tend to get fixed quickly (apart from it would seem Apple's implementation)
(b) as a desktop platform it is still too "geeky" for the mainstream so its not targeted as much.



2008-10-07, 03:33
Nod32 (missing from the poll) and highly recommend it!

2008-10-09, 20:50
isn't ESET in the poll = to nod32?

2008-10-10, 02:13
Oops, missed that! :)

2008-10-21, 21:19
Avast Home Free - works great,

2008-10-23, 04:23
I've had really good luck with CA E-Trust (I think they call it something else now, but it's the antivirus program from Computer Associates)

CA's product has kept my PCs out of trouble and it has a rather "light" footprint, doesn't take much CPU power.

I've recently tried OneCare and so far I rather like it. It does anti-spyware and anti-adware in addition to antivirus, has a firewall too.

2008-10-23, 08:20

I think it depends on what your doing online as to the benefits of AV software. My AV software is very busy and without it I would suffer dire consequences.

Just my 2 cents.

2008-10-24, 07:35
On a server behind a firewall - nothing.
The server in the DMZ is a virtual machine - no AV there either, but I use SNORT on the firewall, and if anything seems amiss, I just stop the VM and copy a backup image over it (takes a couple of minutes), restart the VM - and that's it.
For desktop machines - eset NOD32.

BTW, I've had bad experiences with symantec products. They didn't let anything through (so far as I could tell), but they don't completely uninstall, and continue to try to "protect" me from squeezecenter db files. The only solution was to reformat and re-install the OS. And I'm a windows developer (including drivers) so if there was a registry/file deletion method that would have worked, I'd likely have found it. In retrospect, I'm now thinking that they may have installed that part as a rootkit, so I could have used driver-level calls to find/remove it - but, of course, I didn't think to look before I formatted.
Yep, I was annoyed - still am, sort'a.

2008-10-24, 14:29
I also run my browser "sanboxed". If your not familiar with this free app you might find it of interest here http://www.sandboxie.com/

2008-10-29, 23:49
Sygate Personal Firewall
Avast! AntiVirus
SpyBot SD Resident

2008-10-30, 13:30
On my XPsp3 machine running SC 7.2.1:

Avast! Home Edition - Light footprint, trouble free, works well, and free forever.
COMODO Firewall V3.0 - Free, powerful, and very flexable.
COMODO Memory Firewall - Free buffer overflow detection and prevention tool.
COMODO BOClean - Free malware detector and remover.

Keywords: free and good

2008-10-31, 07:04
Eset Smart Security....was using NOD32 but decided to upgrade...small, fast and good.

2008-11-01, 13:10
On Win2003 Server(s) and Win XP/Vista clients accessing the SqueezeCenter over both wired and wireless.

Mitchell J. Stein
2008-11-29, 22:33
and i have no idea why; my computer guy replaced norton with avast and said it was better. it does appear to be better. i only have one virus that comes on the screen when i shut down my computer. my computer guy said he will identify it the next time he comes over. for now, he said not to worry. with norton, i was constantly shutting down and this is A VERY EXPENSIVE computer setup. so, just through one year of use, i guess i like avast.

2008-11-29, 22:37
i said it earlier... but i swear by avast. use it with windows firewall and windows defender and feel covered.

other than that, sometimes i use hijackthis to fix an issue, and / or the occassional utility to remove something tricky. but for the most part, the big 3 do it all, and are free.

2008-12-01, 05:51
I have nine computers in three homes. My three office desktops use Trustware's "Buffer Zone". We have nothing on my wife's laptop. I run Linux Ubuntu Desktop on a couple of other desktops used by guests in my homes, and Linus Ubuntu Server on my three music servers.

2008-12-03, 13:37
Kaspersky: KIS9

2009-01-01, 11:11
I use the whole AVG 8 Security Suite - seems to work ok.

2009-01-02, 14:25
AVG here. Basically i would not ever pay for antivirus protection.

2009-01-02, 14:32
Avast on my Winblows partitions. Mostly use Ubuntu so no need.

2009-01-09, 05:50
None. Using Linux.

2009-01-21, 13:43
This one blocks all SqueezeCenter versions after 7.2.1.

2009-01-24, 18:01
G Data.
Great initiative btw :)

2009-02-04, 18:56
None. No need to use any anti-virus software.

2009-02-12, 04:51
I use the free version of AVG and does a great job for me!

2009-02-13, 17:41
Sophos is the best I have ever used
AVG and FProt are good
Norton is just dire.....

2009-02-17, 05:11
I have Clamav that filters mail on the mail server, but don't use any antivirus and dont see the need for any on my Linux desktops ..

mike g
2009-02-19, 10:25
Trend-Micro PC

2009-02-21, 15:09
I have been using Norton 360 for more than a year; version 2 is much better but it's still somewhat intrusive. Today I switched to Avast Pro because of the current 20% discount and its improvements compared to the free version that I also like.

2009-02-24, 10:57
This one blocks all SqueezeCenter versions after 7.2.1.

Please see http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=10866

There is a fix in place for SC 7.3.3 now. We need people to test this fix and report IN THE BUG if it works for them or not.

2009-04-01, 03:00
None on Slimserver host (it's got enough on it's mind already).
Avast on all other machines.

2009-04-11, 09:07
NOD32 and Sunbelt VIPRE

2009-05-17, 10:59
Avast 4.8 Home Edition is working really well with Windows 7 RC (7100)64 bit, and in particular with Squeezecenter 7.3.3 latest nightlies. I tried McAfee Total Protection Service beta (maybe better known as McAfee Total PiTA?)an it caused the usual headaches.

Initially I had McAfee TPS installed with Windows 7 RC (7100)32 bit. For whatever reason The Win 7 32 went to sleep every so often, requiring a reboot. Don't know if it was McAfee's fault or Win 7 32's. In any event when I changed to Win 7 64 and to Avast, and have had no bother since.

2009-05-20, 20:20
None on my mac (99.9% of my time on computer including Squeezecenter).

AVG when I fire up the ol' PC to rip cds to Flac using EAC.

So I chose NONE.

2009-05-28, 08:32
None on Linux Box for SC.
Sophos for Win Boxes.