What Virus scanner do you use on windows?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by stuff99, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. stuff99 macrumors 6502

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    Thinking of doing the bootcamp thing to play some pc games and I was wondering what virus scans do you use to 'protect' the pc side of your macs?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    McAfee Enterprise since it never bothers me and it's under site license.
     
  3. stuff99 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    is that the free one?
     
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  5. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

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    If you're using Parallels, it comes with free anti-virus software, Kaspersky anti-virus, I think it is.
     
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  7. yippy macrumors 68020

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    McAfee Enterprise edition. Not only is it under site license from my school, I also find it to be MUCH less invasive and doesn't slow down the system like Norton.
     
  8. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    Norton is in itself a virus, yuck. I have no anti-virus as the company VPN software is all stupid with it. But I used to use McAfee.
     
  9. iMouse macrumors regular

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    McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i.

    LOVE IT

    The system runs smooth with it loaded, it isn't invasive at all, checks for Spyware and Malware as well as Potentially Unwanted Programs that are typically the meat and potatoes of most infected PCs nowadays.

    The free Ewido scan along with VirusScan Enterprise seems to keep a PC pretty clean even in the most malware infested porn sites. :)

    http://www.ewido.net
     
  10. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Trend micro has some good corporate stuff I don't know about the home versions though.
     
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  12. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I use one called common sense ;)


    I'm in my Windows VM so little that it's just a waste to have one. Besides, it's a virtual machine, so it can't affect my iMac at all, and if the installation got hosed, I'd just trash the VM and reinstall Windows. I don't have any important data or anything in there.
     
  13. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    I have AVG on there, but I'm seriously on it may 5 minutes a week, so it's a waste.
     
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    AVG (Free). I just wish I could figure out how to hide/not display the update dialogue that pops up every time I boot Windows.
     
  16. Nordichund macrumors 6502

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    One of the things I swore I would do when I changed my computer was to NEVER install Norton antivirus on it, even though my ISP provides it for free. It might be a good piece of software for keeping viruses away, however I believe it's like a virus itself once it gets on the pc, like windows always opening up boxes asking you to authorize stuff or warn you. I really, really hate it. I'm sure it slows down the PC as well.

    Since I bought my Mac I use the simpler Norman antivirus in XP, since I get it free with my netbank (they must have faith in its security).

    Since all my e-mails are written and opened in OS X and most of my surfing, the only chance I could catch a virus would be from surfing on sites that won't open in Mac or by online gaming, but I am glad I have something there just in case.

    My ISP also provides free Norton for Mac :eek:
     
  17. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Another vote for GriSoft's AVG Free Edition - it works great and meets my needs for the limited use my Windows machine gets these days. ;) :cool:
     
  18. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    totally agree...I have used a load of scanners (when I was a PC owner) and I can safely say that nod32 is the best scanner out there.
     
  19. caodapengtj macrumors member

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    I am using symantec antivirus enterprise edition under university licence. Runs perfectly, auto scran, auto update, never requires me to do anything. It makes vista as virus-free (seems to be) as Mac OS. I recommend it to anybody who can get a public licence. The enterprise edition is way better than the symantec persenal security suit.
     
  20. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Not quite, you can still get viruses with an antivirus package installed. It's just far less likely, as happened to me...

    AVG is better, has more regular definitions updates and uses less resources (norton is an absolute hog).
     
  21. tommyz23 macrumors newbie

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    Avg

    I have been using AVG for a long time with my PCs. I have yet to find out if it works, since I have never come across a virus.

    The most important thing is don't d/l something your are not sure of the source and this goes for the mac also.
     

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