Last week we asked which anti-virus software you use on your Windows system. Here’s the results of the poll and what you said.
Microsoft Security essentials took an astonishing lead with over 40% of reader votes. The next runner-up was “Other” and in the comments Avast took the cake followed up by Comodo. A few others mentioned were Avira, Trend Micro, Vipre, Malwarebytes and Bitdefender. As for the rest of the official results, check them out in the graphic below.
Overall it looks like most people took advantage of the free anti-virus programs available. Microsoft Security Essentials most likely took the lead because it’s free, effective and advertisement free. Of those that did use Norton, the new 360 program had great recommendations. The overall conclusion from this poll is that it isn’t necessary to pay for antivirus for home use, but it is a good idea to have it.
What You Said
Here’s a sample of some comments you left.
Ant Pruitt: “When I build pc’s, i install Comodo’s package. I trust them because we get our certs from them. And even better, the package is FREE.”
Ziggy: “Microsoft Security Essentials for my Laptop – it’s one of the few freebies that doesn’t slow down the computer. Previously used Kaspersky paid version, but it took a heavy toll on performance.
As supplements to MSE I use MalwareBytes Free, SuperAntiSpyware Free and Microsoft’s msert. Spybot portable is also part of my cache, but all are used infrequently. Would like to see a similar survey for what readers use as their firewall”
Jamie Cheslo: “We use Avast Pro in our household. It has all the bells and whistles, including Sandbox which is really cool, and it is definitely NOT a systems resource hog.
Highly recommended! Hope this helps.”
Ross: “I use Norton Security Suite since it comes free with my Comcast service (business class, so it allows me up to 25 machines on the license). I am a firm believer that the most important thing you can do as a Windows user is to have security software in the first place and to keep it updated religiously. Any product you use will have some holes, so as always being conscious of what you do and where you go is just as important as having good security software.”
Thanks to everyone who participated in the poll and left awesome comments! Stay tuned next week for another groovy reader poll, and daily tips, news and tutorials on everything tech.