Which Anti-Virus do You Use?

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Software' started by Mitchell_A, Nov 14, 2010.

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Which AV Do You Use?

  1. AVG Internet Security/Anti-virus

    30 vote(s)
    13.9%
  2. avast!

    57 vote(s)
    26.4%
  3. Norton 360/Internet Security

    18 vote(s)
    8.3%
  4. McAfee

    9 vote(s)
    4.2%
  5. Microsoft Security Essentials

    71 vote(s)
    32.9%
  6. Trend Micro

    2 vote(s)
    0.9%
  7. MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

    31 vote(s)
    14.4%
  8. ESET Smart Security/NOD32

    18 vote(s)
    8.3%
  9. Other

    46 vote(s)
    21.3%
  10. Spybot S&D

    7 vote(s)
    3.2%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. monk

    monk Well-Known Member

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    I followed results given in sites like AV-Test and selected the free version of software that did the best in terms of performance, detection, etc. In this case, Avira.
     
  2. benjack5

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    i know Avast is ok . but i like free software
     
  3. catilley1092

    catilley1092 Extraordinary Member

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    While some types of free software are OK (example, VLC Media Player), it's best to stick with a paid AV/AM solution. I use a ESET Smart Security on some, Emsisoft Internet Security on others, and most has Malwarebytes Premium Lifetime licenses, where I stocked up when on promo as a second layer of protection.

    With free solutions, most ships with some type of catch, be it pop-up advertising, getting emails for promos constantly (that are recurring subscriptions), another reason why I grab one year/3 PC's on promo. Some may be as old as 2013 versions, though all one has to do is download the latest one, and use the enclosed key to activate. Then I enjoy peace of mind, in fact, I have 3 unused ESET Smart Security for 1 year/3 PC's unopened, yet still will be good.

    I get Emsisoft Internet Security (3 PC's) for free by continually referring others where allowed, though did pay for the first year over three years back, that's a lot of folks taking up my referral link.;-)

    One thing that I do suggest, and it's 100% free, is download the Emsisoft Emergency Kit, it can be extracted & installed to a USB Flash drive, if it's the only item on it, a 4GB one will do. Then one can scan every computer in the house that's running Windows, one may be surprised at what'll be found, will remove PUP's, known bad registry entries & more. The good thing is that as long as any file will fit on the drive, will be quarantined, one reason why 8GB models are the 'sweet spot' today & really costs no more than 4GB models when on promo, sometimes 3 for $10 shipped. No, they're not the fastest, yet gets the job done, and I've never had one to go bad on me, though have had a couple to sprout legs.

    I had a gut feeling whom the suspect was, only there were two, not just one. The first was my wife's son, who grabbed another, loaded with quarantined Malware files from at least a dozen computers & bundled to look like games. He paid the price by becoming infected as soon as the drive was inserted, though didn't realize until too late.,and eventually brought both he took back to his mother when I wasn't here. The other was an in-law, it was the same deal, only he traded it for two packs of cigarettes at a store within sight of his home. He paid the price with the butt kicking of his life, my mother-in-law threated to sue, but the store owner showed her the Flash drive & knew it was mine, as I had used it on her computer several times. That got him a few more whacks in the head with a broom for stealing.;-).

    Anyway, since the good old days when Avast was a top dog, back when it had the auto stereo look, and also featured a great boot time scanner, once MSE first hit the scene (& was also great for a year or so), their software has gone downhill. For me, free doesn't cut it, though I do admit to having MSE on one Windows 7 install, with MBAM Premium as a active backup. It's the only one I've had that doesn't nag.

    Cat
     
  4. acme

    acme Senior Member

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    Just use Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender and you will be safe. I use it and it works. Try it, it's FREE :)






    :)
     
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  5. Henry Wong

    Henry Wong Well-Known Member

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    Remember that before Windows 8, Windows Defender was not an AV. Just throwing that out there.
     
  6. acme

    acme Senior Member

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    Depends if he will keep WIN 7 or change to WIN 10. Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender will cover which ever he has.




    :)
     
  7. Henry Wong

    Henry Wong Well-Known Member

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    Oh, my bad. I read that as you were saying Defender was always a AV. That's my bad.
     
  8. Zuce

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    I use Webroot SecureAnywhere as well as an occasional Malwarebytes scan.
     
  9. catilley1092

    catilley1092 Extraordinary Member

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    Works good if one has Malwarebytes Premium to intercept what it doesn't. Have had Windows Defender (Windows 8 version onwards) on several systems since 2012, and hasn't caught a cold, let alone a virus.

    Malwarebytes was always picking up the slack, blocking Webpages that WD missed, time & time again.:applaud:

    And on a Windows 7 install, the Windows Defender on there (a Spyware app) caught a trojan deep in the backfield that all of my premium options totally missed. I guess it goes to show, that it's still a decent app when used with Avast or other free AV solution. Note that on Windows 7, MSE & Windows Defender cannot run together, WD will run only if a 3rd party security app (free or paid) is used.:regular_smile:

    Cat
     
  10. Tomsonn

    Tomsonn New Member

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    Earlier, I used Microsoft Security Essential. Recently, i switched to SafeBytes antivirus.
     
  11. kurteb

    kurteb Senior Member

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    In Windows 10, I use Defender, made by Windows for Windows. I added Sandboxie as well, and still use WinPatrol.
     
  12. catilley1092

    catilley1092 Extraordinary Member

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    You may want to download & run a free scan with Malwarebytes, now at version 3, which will offer a 14 day free trial to Premium features, no harm in accepting. MBAM has now evolved into a full fledged AIO AV + AM app, if running the licensed versions, of which on Newegg, one can find 3 PC's for the price of 1 deals, usually download only. For $24.99 it can't be beat, and is in my arsenal of security apps.

    Actually Viruses (what AV's are designed to catch), represents less than 10% of online threats today, Malware & Ransomware are the major ones, along with rootkits. Some of these are installed with downloading free software & unknown apps comes along for the ride, which the free Unchecky catches many of these, still one has to look before clicking 'next' to everything. Unchecky is also part of my security, help to prevent hijacking of home pages, even when new versions of Skype are installed.

    Unchecky - Keeps your checkboxes clear

    And a bit more information on how Unchecky works.:)

    How to Avoid Junkware Offers with Unchecky

    There's lots of free tools that can help keep one safe, one simply has to hunt for these. Examples are Emsisoft Emergency Kit, ESET Online Scanner, F-Secure Online Scanner (this is a fast one), AdwCleaner (now a part of the Malwarebytes family) & many other tools to scan & cleanse one's computer from threats. I have the first listed above (Emsisoft Emergency Kit) on a USB Flash drive to scan multiple computers, this is OK, as long as not for commercial use.

    I don't trust Windows Defender at all, plus it uses a tone of resources, with it's constant scanning, and is rated low on the AV-Comparatives list, is used for a 'baseline' comparison. Since WD is bundled with Windows, it's limited as to what it can & can't do, in my limited use of it, never blocked a Malware loaded page, nor a downloaded file with Malware (this was on a test system). There are several other free choices that uses fewer resources & more effective at intercepting infections before your computer is hijacked.

    Just some things to think about.:)

    Cat
     

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