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2006 Member Choice Poll saw a couple of changes in the members choice for anti-virus programs. The first was the added capability to select multiple programs. Many people indicated they use one program for their resident anti-virus protection and use another as a back up scanner. This was reflected in the new multiple choice poll.
The second was a free program knocking a commercial program out of the top spot. The overall winner of the 2006 Preferred Anti-Virus Poll with 117 votes and 19.7% of the vote was AVG, AVG offers both a freeware version and a commercial pay version of their anti-virus, but most users in the poll indicated they were using the free version. AVG Free Edition is available free-of-charge to home users, includes email scanning and virus cleaning, is easy to install and updates almost daily. Two year licenses are available for purchase of AVG Professional and there is now a version bundled with a firewall.
The second runner up was Avast! with 98 votes and 16.5% of the vote. Avast also has both freeware and commercial versions available, with most of those in our poll using the free version. The freeware version includes email, p2p, IM and web scanning and updates almost daily.
The following programs were also extremely popular appearing in the order of their popularity from highest to lowest:
•Windows Live OneCare
Another interesting point:
There were 17 people, 2.8% of the vote who have chosen to run without any antivirus protection at all.
There were many excellent comments and opinions in the poll explaining why users chose the products they use and I would highly recommend reading all of them.