Anyone with Acronis's AV experience?


catilley1092

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I've been running MSE since it became available, for the most part it has done a good job for me. MBAM caught a couple of things that it "missed".

But since MSE has rose to fame, there's been a few attempts at making lookalikes to lure it's users to into installing malware, and the trend will continue, as MSE gains even more popularity. It's unfortunate, because MSE being a free product, is probably the only one who is seeking eradication of viruses & malware. The others seek to contain only.

With this in mind, I'm looking for another solution. Acronis offers an AV, and a security suite also. Does any members have experience with Acronis's security products? Their backup and recovery is the best on the market, with many useful features, even a system recovery option by pressing F11 (when the option shows).

Are their security products just as good as their backup & recovery ones?

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I've not used Acronis AV before, but as they are new to the market and aren't known for AV solutions, I'd not use it until it has proven its worth. Perhaps it's using an existing engine, but I'm not aware of that.

I would't worry too much about MSE look-alike applications, as long as you don't install one of them you'll be safe to continue running MSE.
 

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PC Magazine said:
Big problems installing on malware-infested systems. Antispam problems during testing. Malware protection scored appreciably lower than corresponding standalone suite. Large installation file, large disk footprint, noticeable performance impact.
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Like most things, Acronis is great for some things, not so great for others.

Not that MSE is any better:

PC Magazine said:
Poor protection against keyloggers, rootkits, and scareware. Just average protection against general malware. In testing, sometimes erroneously reported successful malware removal or blocking.
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Thanks Ian & Core, for your input. I installed the trial version of Acronis's AV onto XP Mode, to evaluate it, since it comes with a 15 day test period. With nothing to lose, I'll ride it out and see if it's any good, and give my honest opinion of it. It does appear to be a little heavy, as far as system resource usage goes.

Most likely, I'll go with another better known AV and/or full protection suite, such as ESET, or one of the top five on AV Comparatives. AVG is most certainly out as an option, although they rank as tops. I'll do some further studies, some independent web searches on each, and find one that suits my needs and price range. Most of the major ones offers a free (15 to 30 day trial) version, and I have an evaluation version of 7 to test it on.

I suppose that it can be compared with fine restaurants, one that serves fine Italian food, their steaks may not be so good. A particular company has their niche, it would be hard to reproduce their success with an altogether different product.

However, I'll continue to use Acronis True Image as my main backup, they offer the very best in backup solutions, and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for one, without hesitation.

Well, on with my search for the right AV solution for me.

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I highly recommend ESET NOD32 AV. It's light, very powerful and safe. Saved my comp quite a few times. ESET is truly real-time; it didn't let me download more than 50% of a dangerous file. That's saying something.

It's kinda pricy, but worth it! You'll never even notice it's there, except for a tiny popup that tells you it's updated.
 
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Speaking of ESET, I found a really good online scanner, and I don't mean a 60 second scan, either (like BitDefender). It does a full scan of your computer, all Windows partitions. The scan took over an hour and a half, and all was clean.

Perhaps I just may keep what I have, and do a weekly scan with it. As Nibiru pointed out, I believe he either uses or has used ESET, and it's a good virus scanner. But I believe that his version was the paid one.

However, paid or free, I have access to the same scanning engine, but the limitation is that if anything's "caught", it's after the fact. So far, MSE has kept my computer clean (except for one notable occasion on my notebook).

This will add another powerful scanner to my arsenal. I'll try it and see how it goes.

A little searching goes a long way.

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