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

    29 vote(s)
    13.6%
  2. avast!

    56 vote(s)
    26.2%
  3. Norton 360/Internet Security

    18 vote(s)
    8.4%
  4. McAfee

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

    70 vote(s)
    32.7%
  6. Trend Micro

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

    31 vote(s)
    14.5%
  8. ESET Smart Security/NOD32

    18 vote(s)
    8.4%
  9. Other

    44 vote(s)
    20.6%
  10. Spybot S&D

    7 vote(s)
    3.3%
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  1. Mitchell_A

    Mitchell_A Excellent Member

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    The thing is PUP are often classified differently by every agency, behaviour dependent. MalwareBytes may not see the behaviour as intrusive (although it IS a toolbar, and ALL toolbars are instrusive). That's not an accurate evaluation of detection rates, as a PUP isn't a virus, and we are talking about AV/malware programs here, not potentially unwanted program detectors.
     
  2. Shuftin

    Shuftin New Member

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    I use ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 in conjuction with PC Tools Firewall Plus (free) and WinPatrol (free). Perfect combination and they work well in harmony with each other. Been virus free for ????? years and years. So-much-so that I don't even think about viruses anymore.
     
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    Shuftin New Member

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    Malwarebytes, in the past, has pulled my butt out of a jam on more than one occasion. In fact it was my go-to software. Great software. But running it day-to-day? Their definations are always behind the times. Meaning not much current protection.
     
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  4. Mitchell_A

    Mitchell_A Excellent Member

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    Absolutely - that's always my first resort when cleaning up a client's PC that's completely swamped. MBAM does a fair job of removing non-executed threats, however I find that it usually doesn't do a very good job of terminating/removing threats after a restart. That, in combination with SpyBot and an install of MSE usually do a fine job for me.
     
  5. tanzanos

    tanzanos New Member

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    ESET online scanner found infections that both MB and SB did not detect! I recommend it highly!
     
  6. kurteb

    kurteb Senior Member

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    as a good principle, you of course want to manually update malwarebyte's antimalware just before doing a full scan.
     
  7. kurteb

    kurteb Senior Member

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    at 59.99 for a year (!) - eset is expensive but works well. i've found that mse does what thier's does for alot less :)
     
  8. kurteb

    kurteb Senior Member

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    a great free program to control your startup is Soluto, i use it, free for up to 5 computers.
     
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  10. Mitchell_A

    Mitchell_A Excellent Member

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    Wow, I wasn't aware that ESET had a free online scanner. That's great! Their SmartSecurity products are right on par with detection rates. Next time I come across an infection I'll give it a try. :)
     
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  11. tanzanos

    tanzanos New Member

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    Don't wait; Give it a try and you may be surprised to find out that your machine may be infected already. :)
     
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    i used Norton 360/Internet Security. is very good.
     
  13. Drew

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    When comes renewal time, save your money. There is better for FREE.

    Cheers,
    Drew
     
  14. Mitchell_A

    Mitchell_A Excellent Member

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    I agree. The last product I bought was AVG 7.5 several years ago. ESET SS5 is the only product on the market I'd even consider paying for at this point in time. There's really not much sense in buying AV products.
     
  15. tanzanos

    tanzanos New Member

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    I agree about ESET. The best by far, free AV is AVAST. An excellent feature of AVAST is the sandbox; Where suspect software is run without risking infection. I used to have MS security essentials but its protection factor is a joke to say the least. I got more infections with MSSE than with Norton and that says a lot. Also although MS claims it is very light I had to uninstall it on my PC because it caused unbelievable lag. But if oyu like MSSE then go for it. Each has his own preferences. Also the support forum of AVAST is the best ever. If you have a problem they will help you unlike Microsoft that sells and forgets. I have yet to receive from MS any help through the years. You should also use the free ESET online scanner once a week to make sure your system is clean. Do this and once a month use DRWEB cureit!
     
  16. Drew

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    "There's really not much sense in buying AV products." Exactly, not when there is MSE :)
     
  17. Mitchell_A

    Mitchell_A Excellent Member

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    Great idea re: weekly scan with ESET online. I've never used avast! extensively so I can't comment on detection rates, but I do like the voice prompts, like "avast virus database has been updated".. Why can't that woman by my housewife !?
     
  18. tanzanos

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    The free DR WEB CUREIT found 4 infections that Malwarebytes, Avast, ESET, missed. I highly recommend you use it once a fortnight!
     
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    cliffordcooley New Member

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    I have used the following for the past three years:
    • Microsoft Security Essentials
    • MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
     
  20. tanzanos

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    Malwarebytes used to be good but it has missed many infections! Try the free DR WEB cureit. Download it and run it when it starts to scan stop it and check the FULL SCAN option and run it again. You may be surprised at the results. The Full scan will take some time however! Let me know
     

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