I’ve used various antivirus programs over the years and want to share my thoughts on some of them. Just recently I was running Symantec Antivirus 10 Corporate Edition. This is a no thrills antivirus program that doesn’t have any of the bloat of the retail version. A few weeks ago I came home and SAV informed me of a hacktool named SVKP.SYS in my Windows directory. I was quited alarmed, wondering how on earth I would have gotten a hacktool. I then went to play one of my favorites games, Command and Conquer Renegade only to find it did not work. Why didn’t it work? Well, it was because SAV had removed SVKP.SYS! See, I also run an addon to Renegade called Renguard. This addon ensures that I am not cheating by using various techniques. In order to prevent debugging tools such as Regmon and Filemon from disassembling and circumventing the program, it uses this tool kit to prevent Renguard from running if it detects these tools.
This is the problem with SAV. Whenever it finds a file that could be used with a virus its immediate action is to delete the file. Instead of this dumb action, how about letting the user decide what to do with the file? In the above case I would have done some research before blindly letting SAV deleting any file it wishes. In addition to doing this, SAV seems to take a ridiculous amount of RAM: 28 MB! 28 MB for what?
I then decided to try out Mcafee 8.0i. Unfortunately, it has the same problem as SAV: removing files that are not viruses, but valid security tools. Mcafee also took around the same memory (27 MB). I removed it at once as well.
I then tried NOD32. Again, it would find files that were not viruses which is really annoying, but at least NOD32 gave me the choice what to do with the files. Now that’s an anti-virus program I like to see! In addition, NOD32 only took up 18 MB vs. 28 MB for SAV and Mcafee. In addition to its small footprint, NOD32 also updates virus definitions DAILY. That means if a virus should break out you are much better protected then with Mcafee or SAV.
NOD32 is available for download for a 30 day trial.
-Soli Deo Gloria