I no longer recommend CA Anti-Virus.
Please see What Security Software do you recommend? for my current recommendations.
One of my most common requests is what anti-virus software people
should be using.
There are many good packages out there, but I’ve used CA Anti-Virus for many,
many years. It’s been rock solid, quietly updating its virus
definitions and scanning my computers for threats every night since
before I left Microsoft.
Yes, before I left Microsoft.
And that’s one of the reasons I began recommending it: then called
“eTrust”, it was the corporate anti-virus solution within Microsoft for
a few years prior to my departure. In fact, as part of Microsoft’s
security strategy, we were encouraged to take it home and use it on our
computers there as well.
Which I did.
My logic then was simple: if it’s good enough for Microsoft to recommend and license for me to take home, who am I to argue?
That was several years ago, and I continue to run eTrust and its successor CA Anti-Virus on several of my machines today.
CA Anti-Virus is a solid, reliable product that does what it does well, and with minimal interaction. Quite literally, I set it up once when building out a machine and then proceed to forget all about it, knowing that it’s doing its thing.
The current version of CA Anti-Virus supports up to 3 PCs right out of the box, perfect for most home use. Daily updates, email scanning (which I actually don’t use), real time and scheduled scanning (which I do use) and more make this an easy to recommend package.
One caveat: I generally do not recommend all-in-one packages. If you try CA Anti-Virus make sure that you’re getting the anti-virus program, and not the larger security package also offered by CA.
Let CA Anti-Virus do one thing, and one thing well.
I recommend it.