Question Which Antivirus/Antimalware ?

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  1. Danbottomburp

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    So which ones do you guys use ?
    I have just ended a trial of emnisoft antimalware but it is not worth paying for so am looking for suggestions.

    Hears Avira is a good free one .Anyone use that ?

    Asking here as i know some program out there can affect gaming and that is something i want to avoid.

    Thanks

    Dan
     
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    Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows Firewall. I've used them all in the past but find MSE great - very light footprint and no issues in 3+ years of use.

    Also occasionally run Spybot S&D and Malwarebytes, but MSE is my only active protection.
     
  3. Danbottomburp

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    I want to be protected so MSE is out of the question . It is consistently amongst the worst there is on detection. Do they even update that anymore >?
    Thanks for your suggestion but i will not be using that . I have Malwarebytes and its pretty good .
     
  4. drinkturps

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    Used to run AVG free pre Windows 7. But now running Windows 8.1 with the built in Windows Defender. In over 20 years of computer use, I've never had a virus and never needed a malware scanner. Keep away from the naughty sites or if you do go to the naughty sites make sure you have patched everything first. :p

    The above is totally irrelevant if there are kids or a non-tech savvy person using your machine in which case a second line of defence is always welcome.
     
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    If you are relying on windows built in protection then i would try running a scan with Malwarebytes or get the free trial of emnisoft malware scanner . I can practically guarantee you have malware.Windows is like the Lidl of protection . It scores so low in every test i have looked at .Not something i would trust . And i do not visit "naughty sites" - What are these things you speak of ;)
     
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    I use Avast, seems to do the job and it's free. Also a weekly sweep with Malwarebytes.
     
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    At the moment it is between Avast and Avira .

    Thanks for all replies so far .
     
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    I've always found ESET to be one of the better but lesser known ones. I'd recommend having a look at AV Comparatives, they run a series of tests on most of the major antivirus programs (including a system performance test) and post the results on their site every few months.
     
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    @Danbottomburp MSE is not sufficient on its own, but if you are reasonably savvy and keep everything else up to date, it is absolutely fine for most users. And yes, it's linked into Windows Update so updates in line with that.

    The biggest issue in terms of malicious software will be users doing stupid things, not the protection software.
     
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    Free AVG and malwarebytes
    been using them for years , no problems :smashin:
     
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    Using Avast here (free version), been fine for me, never had any trouble - and you might even get trial of pro version for a while. Stay off dodgy sites and then run Malwarebytes (free) from time to time just to make sure.
     
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    I Agree with Microsoft Security Essentials, I have always used and never had any issues with it. I also use Malwarebytes [Free] Version.

    Also Agree with this, 99.9% of the time problems are from the users being stupid and download stuff that they shouldn't be.

    Like most things with computers the problem lies between the keyboard and chair.
     
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    Even if you download stuff you shouldn't do, or visit the "wrong" type of sites, a good AV program should always protect you. I have used Kasperksy for the past 5 years, and i get warnings on certain sites and downloads get blocked etc etc.
     
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    Just downloaded and ran Malware Bytes to prove a point (to myself) and it's clear not a thing. Seriously, if you are the sole user of the machine and previously mentioned there is nothing better than just plain old common sense.

    Patch everything. OS, Office, Adobe reader, java, Flash etc
    Scan your registry or windows start up to look for anomalies

    You've heard it all before, be paranoid. Don't trust attachments even from friends you are not expecting stuff from as they are most likely already compromised, avoid Facebook click bait, that email you got, do you really want to click on the link from this girl in Russia (you've never heard of) who thinks you are cute?

    It all comes down to what you use your PC for and who is using it. There's plenty of good products that the good folk of AVF have already mentioned.

    The final and most important rule, wear a Tin foil hat when looking at naughty sites or go the full monty and wrap your monitor, keyboard and mouse in tin foil, come to think of it wrap the cat too. Tin foil is the way to go. If that fails, nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
     
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    MSE and Malware Bytes.

    Got rid of AVG a few years ago due to issues with games and how it used a lot of memory and popped up all the time for rubbish.

    Not had a problem with MSE and Malware Bytes so thoroughly recommend those.
     
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    Yeah i run nothing too, never had a problem. Just dont visit dodgy sites or download things you dont trust
     
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    Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows Defender), and run malwarebytes and spybot on a weekly basis.

    If I do get a charge on an account or card (which I haven't so far in years of internet use), I wont pay it and just inform the bank/card company.

    Used to use AVG Free until it started blocking various apps and games, also used Advanced System Care.... until I found that it was the culprit of blocking me as administrator, although I am the admin, and stopping me from deleteing, installing or uninstalling anything from the C drive.

    So, I pretty much get on with things as it is and keep them updated and it seems to work out fine.

    tris
     
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    But isn't that what the internet is for??


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    No, it's for gaming
     
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    I use Avast Free, SpywareBlaster, Spybot, and Malwarebytes.
     
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    Rubbish I am afraid. I like the above used to run AVG, but it became too bloated. For years, I have run just defender/MSE on multiple machines and had zero issues.

    Edit: Malwarebytes is a brilliant bit of software though and my first port of call for fixing othes machines should it be required.
     
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    I use the Mcafee that comes free with BT Infinity
     
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    Far from being "Rubbish" as you ever so politely put it , MSE is consistently amongst the lower scoring products on reputable sites who specialise in testing these programs.
    And if all you are relying on to tell you that you have no malware on your machine is MSE then from the low scores it consistently gets i would consider scanning with a better product.
    Its low detection rate and even when it does find issues , its failure to remove them make it a big no no for me .

    I have decided to go with Avira and keep Malwarebytes & Spybot to go alongside it .
     
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    The only thing in your post that was correct was the test results. Its a perfectly fine anti virus product for the majority of users. Your comment regarding it being useless and peoples systems being compromised and needing a scan of malwarebytes is what I am saying is rubbish.

    If you torrent, and or frequent sites of low repute, I bet you could still have zero issues with an adblocker and nothing more than what comes with Microsoft's OS.
     
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    Well you would lose that bet then . It is not very good ,Not very good at all . it misses far too much to even be considered adequate.
    But if you are happy with it , Then carry on regardless .
    And my point was that it misses so much that if that is your only protection then you probably have Malware already.
    I have spent all day researching which product to get and have read a awful lot of reviews , MSE is one of the worst .
    Not my opinion - but a fact .
     
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    I dont have any, but thanks for asking. I am not trying to influence you, just giving my opinion. I also have not said that nothing is better than MSE/Defender either. Pick your AV choice and be happy with it :smashin:
     
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    Bitdefender Free! Highly recommend.
     
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    What's the point in asking here if your going to dismiss advice based on your own research that you've done regardless. Surely your own research has come up with the answer anyway.

    Making the advice given here pointless.

    I've used MSE for years and never had any issues whatsoever. I also have visited plenty of dodgy sites too :)
     
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