Posted by Shane
I am often called upon my friends one computer help (or family members in distress), when computer problems arise. The 911 of the computer world. The question I get asked the most during normal problem solving procedures is “What anti-virus program are you current using?” and that I answer pretty easily.
Currently that is avast! professional version 4.8 (detail featured list) software. After being a fan of Trend Mico systems for a long time, I found out that it was a huge memory hog once your machine had lots of files and wasn’t always able to detect the malicious code when surfing on the web.
Avast detected a virus on my old IBM laptop the minute after removing Trend Micosystem and running for the first time around. I was very impressed. I quickly did the same on my desktop and found a few more virus that I thought I was immune too because I was very cautious of what I downloaded online and where I went on the net.
After a few months on the trail version, I went to get the professional license because I really wanted the full power of the software. One of the features I like the best is the screening of different types of programs. Avast is able to modify it’s scanning procedures based on what you have installed and you can have it also ignore applications as well. Not really a benefit, if you want the full protection of the system. Another features is that the daily updates download and install without ever notifying me that is happening. This includes the program itself and the virus detection system.
The detection system is very unique and is only I see something I see on online download sites. Most download sites produce the MD5 hash of the file so you can run a check to see if it really is what it says it is. What avast does on the first run is it creates a “MD5” hash screenshot of all your files, and if it notices and irregular change it scans it and also compares the “MD5” hash that it has stored. With roughly 69,000+ files on my desktop, it didn’t take long for it to create after clearing call files virus free.
So if you are looking into getting a new virus protection software (even for you Mac users and Linux users) take a look a avast!. It’s a top pick from me, and that’s saying a lot to the guy who hardly ever gets any virus.