Technorati Profile Small and Home Office Computing Tips: March 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Revised List of Free and Paid Anti-Virus Software

It has been almost a year since I posted the list of MY favorite, trusted Anti-Virus and Firewall software, and a revised list is long overdue! Thanks to Anna Hayward for giving me the PUSH to do this. She is the Gadgets and Technology Guru listed on My Favorite Links sidebar (look to the RIGHT of this post).

I don't form these opinions (of the favored software programs) in a vacuum, but have a trusted "geek network" of computer professionals whom I have known for years. I constantly ask questions, and take informal surveys about every three months to see if opinions have changed. I will try to update this list every three months, to keep my readers informed of any changes.

I started using AVG FREE in July 2006, and liked it very much. It took fewer resources than some of the most popular AV Suites. Since the Free worked very well, I started using a paid version of AVG on my business computer last summer. Things were lovely until the latest engine of that software decided that it did not like ZoneAlarm. Things became "unsettled" and "unreliable", to put it mildly...

If life wasn't bad enough with those two programs fighting "like two bulldogs in a sack", I upgraded to Internet Explorer 8 and added Chrome to my list of peevish programs.

I finally removed the AVG paid, and the Zone Alarm Free, and loaded a Paid Zone Alarm Firewall and Anti-Virus Suite. Life is "sweet" again on the surfing side of things...

My father's computer suffered an attack of the Internet Security 2010 recently. After a LONG period for diagnosis of the actual problem, and then "cleansing" the computer, I upgraded his protection to these FREE programs: Zone Alarm Free Version 9 and Ad-Aware Anti-Virus Anniversary Edition FREE (by Lavasoft).

The Zone Alarm link is on the sidebar at the right, and the Ad-Aware can be downloaded from CNET. I still use the SpyBOT Search and Destroy (free, but donations are accepted). Another weapon that I use in an "on demand" state is Malwarebytes.

All of the FREE programs, and some of the PAID programs, can be downloaded from (still my preferred source for these programs, for reasons stated in the previous post).

If I did not have these programs, mentioned above, available for use, I would choose Norton (from Symantec). Not cheap, not free, sometimes a resource hog, but still my favorite "Big Gun" after all these years.

I look forward to hearing what YOUR favorite programs are... The Comment link is now working :)