What Is The Best Anti-Virus Program? Common Sense 2011

As many of you know, I have just recently switched from using AVG over to using avast!. The new AVG 2011 made my system sluggish and was bloated so I reluctantly made the switch. I have also advised many times never to rely on any one anti-virus program as your sole line of defense. I personally will use Malwarebytes, Spyware Terminator, or one of the fine online scanners listed below, to periodically scan my system for critters.

What brought this all to mind was a computer I worked on yesterday. It belongs to a relative and they were experiencing reboot problems. The computer was running an older copy of AVG 8.5 that I had installed when they bought the computer. Yesterday I ran Malwarebytes which found 42 viral infection which I placed into the vault. Uninstalled AVG 8.5 and installed avast! version 5, it also found two more bugs.

In addition to the two programs I have mentioned above, I also use online scanners about once a month. I rotate the scanners, never leaving it to any one system to find and eradicate any bugs that my system may pick up. The online scanners I recommend are:

TrendMicro Housecall

Panda ActiveScan

BitDefender QuickScan

F-Secure Online Scanner

There are others available, but I use these four, rotating them through the months. I have not had an infection on any computer I have every used for well over 10 years. The reason is simple. I have a secret weapon and it is the best anti-virus program in the world. It is called Common Sense 2011. :-)

By using my brain I stay away from areas of the Internet that pose a hazard. I never lurk where danger resides and confine myself to reputable Web sites only. I keep my eyes open for anything suspicious, use two separate scanners to warn about rogue sites, and basically confine my searching to where the good guys are. That, my friends, is why it is called Common Sense. The 2011 model will start on January 1st, 2011. It has worked flawlessly in the past and I have no doubt it will do the same in the future.

Comments welcome.

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  • Buffet

    Amen to the common sense – a commodity sorely lacking in many. I never cared for AVG either. Avast seems much superior (and has cooler skins). For me there’s only one choice – ESET’s NOD 32. It has never let me down and consistently rates highest in independent testing. It’s one of the very few programs I pay for, and consider it money well spent.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Buffet,
      Good advice.

  • Buffet

    Say Ron, what do you know about “System Protect” from the makers of Spyware Terminator? Thanks.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Buffet,
      There is one major flaw with the program. The process can be terminated in task manager rendering the protection useless.
      Nothing can replace a backup copy of your files. IMO.
      With that being said, since it is free, I don’t think it would hurt using it. :-)

  • Buffet

    Thanks. You always have the right answers.

  • http://bob3160.googlepages.com/ bob3160

    Totally agree on the Common Sense 2011 Ron, but I like to add a good dose of avast! 5 to that mix.
    I’m even willing to back up that statement with a free Security Seminar for any group that’s interested.
    Details available here:

  • Dick

    I use MS Security Essentials. Very unobtrusive, and apparently quite effective.
    I ran some online scanners and came up clean. Been using the Security Essentials for about 7 or 8 months. Both on XP and Win7 64 bit.
    However, I attribute the lack of virus infection to what you call Common Sense. Most machines I have to fix were ignorant computer users thinking they were in the Disneyland instead of Jurrasic park. Open any attachment, install anything (especially free stuff). I don’t help them anymore. Everyone of them has had to buy a new machine in the last 3 years because their machine was “Broken”. They go to the local geek shop and are told it’s hardware and they need a new computer, what a fraud. No backups, old out of date Norton or McAfee slowing down the machine, and won’t listen to any advice.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Dick,
      Sounds familiar. :-) Have a good weekend

  • http://DannyRPetty.com Daniel R. Petri

    I’ve been using Microsoft Security Essentials and I love it.

  • http://lockergnome.com/aaron Aaron Herman

    To go along with Common Sense 2010, there’s a free plugin for your browser called “WOT” (Web of Trust) that tells you if the site is safe or not. I highly recommend it.


    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Aaron,
      Good program. I use it and recommend it. :-)

  • Denny

    Hi Ron , I don’t use .. Common Sense 2011
    ___ I like Live-In on the WILD-SIDE
    Just gots rid of a viruse , that changed my LAN settings ,
    that was Fun to Find ,, :-)

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Denny,
      GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Everything we do on a computer is FUN-O-LA :-)

  • charles

    I would also recommend Comodo firewall… turning it on paranoid mode is really nice – inconvenient sometimes but nice.

    Oh and I do tech support for Verizon, and we have the McAfee suite that we have to support… its funny how people blame it for all of their computing problems, including malware. I tell them countless times “there is no substitute for responsible use of the internet”.

    Other measures I take for security – hooking Windows HDDs up to Linux computers and running scans on them using Clam. Not using windows at all. never using limewire (that’s kinda outdated now).

    You know, I actually do download torrent files (not shady ones) and while mostly I use *nix boxes for that work, recently I’ve been using an xp box, and haven’t had any malware issues.

    In conclusion, thank you for this article :) finally somebody said it.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Charles, Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It is appreciated.
      Regards, Ron

  • Jesse

    I also have good experiences with Common Sense. It even works great for computer illiterate people. My mother’s computer has been running fine with it for 3 years. It’s very user friendly too. The only thing she has to remember is, “Do not click on OK if you don’t know what it is!”.
    I recently upgraded Avast to version 5 for her and ran Malwarebytes to see if there were any viruses that the older version of Avast had not picked up. Malwarebytes came up with nothing.

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  • http://na Steve Gaichin

    Common sense, Gee imagine that ! Stay away from porn, free games and U tube to name the worst of the bunch. and like somebody said download only from SAFE sites

  • Jesse

    Viruses on youtube? That’s new to me. Visit it every day and never had a problem.

  • irv

    What virus protection is best suited for a Mac?

  • Doc

    I’ve heard a lot of users who think that the current edition of Common Sense is enough to protect their computers, 24/7/365…that by not surfing suspicious web sites and not downloading files from untrusted sites, they will *never* get infected. That couldn’t be further from the truth…unpatched security holes in Windows (or any other OS, for that matter, although Windows is the biggest target) will allow malware in with *no* interaction from the user; all you need is an open Internet connection. Thumbdrives, USB hard drives, and even files burned to CDs and DVDs (even floppies) can bring infections into a computer. Nothing beats having an active line of defense that is updated regularly, and backup systems for regularly scheduled “second opinion” scans.

  • http://www.dentalseo.info dental seo

    we have been using Avast in our dental office and it works just fine. Runs on the Exchange email server as well as on the PCs and laptops we have in our office.