Monday, November 28, 2005

Popular Anti-Virus Evaluation Versions

Most of the major anti-virus software developers offer free evaluation software you can download and try for 15 to 30 days. Then, if you decide that you don’t like the software, you can simply remove it from your system without paying a dime. On the other hand, if you do decide you like the software, you can pay the subscription fee and enjoy the benefits of the program for a full year until it’s time to renew the subscription.
Command Anti-Virus Software: The anti-virus utility from Florida-based Command Software Systems is available for a 30-day free evaluation, but the trial software doesn’t include the most recent virus definition updates. To get those, you must purchase the full version of the product.
eTrust EZ Anti-Virus Software: eTrust EZ Anti-virus may not sound familiar, but this consumer-oriented anti-virus utility is a direct descendent of InoculatIT, Computer Associates’ popular enterprise-oriented anti-virus solution. EZ Anti-virus, as well as eTrust’s EZ Deskshield and EZ Firewall, is available for a 30-day trial period. After that, you can purchase EZ Anti-virus from eTrust’s Web Site.
F-Secure Anti-Virus Software: A free evaluation version of F-Secure Anti-Virus21 gives stateside computer users the chance to see firsthand what the rest of the world already knows: a European anti-virus product can provide outstanding data protection. The evaluation version boasts all the features and functions of the full product, but you’ll have to pay the fee to use them for more than 30 days.
Norton Anti-virus Software: One of the most popular American-made anti-virus utilities is available as 15-day trial-ware that lets you sample all of the program’s features, including worm blocking and scanning instant messages. If 15 days isn’t enough time for you to evaluate the product, you can buy the most recent version of Norton Anti-virus and take advantage of its 60-day satisfaction guarantee. The guarantee lets you return the product for a full refund as long as you do so within 60 days.
Panda Anti-virus Titanium and Panda Anti-virus Platinum Software: Another fine European anti-virus product, Panda Anti-virus Titanium, is available in a 30-day evaluation version. The Spanish company also bundles its anti-virus utility with a firewall in a single package that it markets as Panda Anti-virus Platinum. This product, too, is available in a free demonstration version.
Protector Plus Anti-virus Software: Proland Software, based in Bangalore, India, develops and distributes Protector Plus Anti-virus Software and lets consumers try a full copy of the software for 30 days. When the trial period expires, you must buy the product if you want to continue using it.
Sophos Anti-Virus Software: The security products released by Sophos, a British company with offices scattered around the globe, are designed for enterprise businesses. Even so, Sophos Anti-Virus is still a good product for small business computer users. You can sample the product at no charge for 30 days, and if you like it, you must contact the company to obtain pricing information.
Trend Micro PC-cillin Software: Rounding out our anti-virus-products-around-the-world tour is PC-cillin from Tokyo-based Trend Micro (however, the company was founded in California in 1988). You can use the free trial version for 30 days before you have to buy PC-cillin. The product ships with an integrated firewall as an added bonus.