BitDefender ISS 2008, Eset ISS 3.0, "McAfee is Dead, Long Live McAfee"
Hopefully McAfee is in its death throes. Buy.com reports that McAfee's ISS
is 5.95 after rebate. If you can't sell your crap--hey, give it away.
I just uninstalled the 2008 version of BitDefender's ISS trial. I don't have
any real heartburn with BD, but as long as so many vendor's are offering
free 30-day evaluations, I might as well shop around, right? BD never did
anything squirrelly, although there *was* a stretch when BD stopped working
on two occasions and popped-up a dialog asking me for my email address so it
could email Softwin with some sort of "I died" report. It automatically
restarted itself. Softwin didn't do anything until I contacted them and then
they got back to me and asked me to attach 4 files to an email for their
evaluation. BD seemed to work ok and it didn't appear to slow things down in
any way I could detect. The thing I liked least about it was the level of
control it gave me over scan targets. I couldn't see any way to say: "only
scan this drive or this directory tree." It just scanned EVERYTHING.
I installed Eset 3.0 ISS and right now it's performing a scan. Right off, it
allowed me to specify scan targets, the one thing that irritated me about
Interesting. Eset is supposed to be the Speed King, but subjectively its
scan appears slower than BD's. Of course, that could mean many things.