Just updating the forum on my on-going test of Avast! Pro v4.6:
As of today, i'm officially reinstalling NAV 2005 as my primary active virus shield, Avast! like many other anti-viruses has failed me, a lot of people will now be , but let me explain my reasons.
I've been trial testing Avast! Pro v4.5/4.6 for about a month now, because i want to find an anti-virus that will take up the least system resources possible.
Avast! certainly fills that bill, and is a nice program and has an excellent scanner, but that's all it has going for it in my opinion, last night, after finishing a game of doom, my computer kindly informed me i had 0mb left on my c:\ partition.
I knew this was wrong, so straight away, i feared a virus, i thought, "not again".
Anyway, looked about, checking file sizes of all folders and files, found a temp folder in the c:\ parent drive, with a program.exe i've never seen before, as soon as i opened the folder, Avast! kindly decided to tell me the file was a virus, wonderful, i knew that before the shield did!
Anyway, Avast! removed the file without fuss, but this did not solve the HD space problem, so i decided to run a full virus scan.
After about 5 seconds into the scan, the scanner froze, so i restarted the comptuer in safe mode and tried again, again, the scanner froze.
I checked to see what file/folder it was getting stuck on, and noticed it was the DR WATSON folder in Documents and settings.
My mind clicked, i had noticed that DR WATSON had been running on my pc numorus times in the last week, taking up to 80mb of ram, and i had no idea why, so i kept shutting it down, as far as i'm aware, DR WATSON is just a Microsoft diagnoistics program, so i just thought Windows was playing up like normal, so i thought nothing of it.
Anyway, to the point, i went into the DR WATSON folder, and clear as day, there was my problem, a DRWATSON.LOG, size 6.2gb.
So straight away i done the job Avast! was suppose to do, and deleted the file.
Well, the scanner worked now, and i left it scanning over night, the report found not one, but 3 trojans on my pc, i've took a screen shot of each one, but they are at home.
My installation of Windows still isn't fixed, it's f**ked now, i have to format and reinstall when i get home , what a load of bollocks.
Now the reason for this post except to vent some anger and frustration, are was losing the virus war?
Are no anti-viruses good enough to catch or stop most viruses/trojans anymore or is Avast! just crap?
It's just, every time i stray away from NAV, i always end up with a virus, isn't there any REAL competition out there to compete with NAV?
For now, i've de-actived the Avast! real time shield, and reinstalled NAV to replace it.
I still plan to keep Avast! as a scanner, since it does seem to do a very good job of catching the viruses when they are already on the system
But it appears, i'm back to the drawing board again, stuck with NAV again, going to try Mcfee next, already tried AVG Home & NOD32, both of them failed to stop viruses/trojans getting onto my pc, maybe one day hopefully i'll find a AV that has the perfect balance of realibility and speed.