Let’s go through these two free anti-virus program on windows 2000 pro.
Avast! 4 Home Edition and AntiVir Personal Edition Classic v7 are freewares and only used for personal pc, not for commercial use.
Avast! 4 Home Edition:
avast! 4 Home Edition can only be used by home users that do NOT use their computer for profit.
Only has windows version. Here is a Linux version, avast! Linux Home Edition.
24 languages available.
The download pack is about 10.50MB in English.
It is a complete antivirus solution, fully able to find computer viruses, to create and check the integrity of programs installed, to test executed programs and opened documents, to test and check email and other functions. Scanning is also available in the shell extension and screen server.
AntiVir Personal Edition Classic
Both Windows and Linux version.
Version 7 now. For Windows 2000/XP, the download pack is about 10.32MB
Lets talk about some benefits for HOME user from Avast! 4 Home Edition.
Standard resident protection
The included resident module can protect your file system and email.
1) File system protection ensures that no virus will be started on the computer.
2) E-mail/News protection consists of two independent modules; first, a generic scanner working on the SMTP/POP3/IMAP4/NNTP protocol level. Second, a special plugin for MS Outlook only; the mail scanning is completely transparent, requiring no special settings.
P2P and IM Shields
A lot of HOME users have one or two P2P client software and more than three IM client.
There are so much risk to get the files from unknown sources.
Avast features a module for the protection of IM (Instant Messaging, “chat”) programs, and a module for the protection of P2P (peer-to-peer) programs.
Avast! 4 Home Edition has other important features as below:
Antivirus kernel, Automatic updates, Simple User Interface, Virus Chest, System integration, Integrated Virus Cleaner, Network Shield, Support for 64-bit Windows, Web Shield and Internationalization.
To be fair, the AntiVir Personal Edition features are shown below:
detects and removes more than 230,000 viruses
the resident Virus Guard serves to monitor file movements automatically, e.g. downloading of data from the internet
scanning and repair of macro viruses
protection against previously unknown macro viruses
safeguard against cost generating dial-up program
protection against trojaner, worms, backdoors, jokes and other harmful programs
Internet-Update Wizard for easy updating
Protection against previously unknown boot record viruses and master boot record viruses
Quality “Made in Germany”
The AntiVir Homepage and the Support Forum.
My sugestion is if you use your computer at home an not for profit and not sensitive personal information stored in your computer, these two free anti-virus programes are good for you. You can choose any one. They are all good enough.