Avinash sent me the following question :
hi i just bought a Sony VAIO CR – VGN-CR36G/B i want to know what antirus package would u recommend? Norton’s, Mccafe etc
Most Sony Vaio laptops come with a preinstalled Norton Antivirus software with a 60days subscription package : Norton® Internet Security™ 60-Day Subscription – Norton AntiVirus®, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Privacy Control, Norton AntiSpam®, Norton Parental Control TrendMicro™ Anti-Spyware (30-Day Trial) VAIO® Recovery Wizard VAIO® Support Central VAIO® Security Center VAIO® Update and the above options are optional and based on the distributor who may install all of the above or any.
After a poll which was made for the best antivirus software AVG antivirus was the highest voted and my personal recommendation would also be the same because AVG updates the virus database every day and also has a schedule scan feature but these are not something new, the main feature is that it does not use heavy processor memory the way Norton antivirus takes.
Iam currently using AVG Internet Security 7.5 licenced for 5 systems which comes as a package of Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Spam, LinkScanner & Firewall with a 2 yearly licence costing around 80$ which makes the effective cost around 3$/month which is very low and cost effective. AVG also offers a free version but its not always as much effective as the paid version and as the saying goes on “What you pay is what you get” , 3$/month is not a high price when compared to the security of your laptop and its worth when you are trying to secure your private information related to bank or any other info.
Also make sure you order a backup CD of these Antivirus because they come in handy when you are reinstalling the operating system and you completely remove the preinstalled limited version of antivirus offered by the laptop manufacturers.