Best anti-virus software/setup these days?

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PostBest anti-virus software/setup these days?
by Mockmaster » Tue May 05, 2015 9:24 pm

Is it still AVG?

I want something that is strong against malware.

Money is no object but I'd prefer a free one.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by Mafrozen » Tue May 05, 2015 9:25 pm

Microsoft Security Essentials.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by SandyCoin » Tue May 05, 2015 9:30 pm

Mafro wrote:Microsoft Security Essentials.


Is that all you use?

I had an issue with AVG when it updated. Kept freezing me at windows start up. Deleted it and just had Windows Essentials. It kept bugging me to get another so I got Avast.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by Mockmaster » Tue May 05, 2015 9:31 pm

Ok I'll look into it.

What about Bitdefender?

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by KK » Tue May 05, 2015 9:32 pm

Just use Microsoft Security Essentials here too. Best virus software out there as it doesn't slow down your computer whatsoever.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by Mockmaster » Tue May 05, 2015 9:35 pm

Is it good with protection from heavy duty malware bastard strawberry floaters like Cryptolocker?

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by Mafrozen » Tue May 05, 2015 9:36 pm

SandyCoin wrote:
Mafro wrote:Microsoft Security Essentials.


Is that all you use?

I had an issue with AVG when it updated. Kept freezing me at windows start up. Deleted it and just had Windows Essentials. It kept bugging me to get another so I got Avast.

It's all I used when I had a Windows laptop. I've got a Mac now so don't use anything.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by Karl » Tue May 05, 2015 9:38 pm

Mockmaster wrote:Is it good with protection from heavy duty malware bastard strawberry floaters like Cryptolocker?


Kaspersky is supposed to be the 'best' in terms of the protection it offers, I think.

But unless you're being targeted by the NSA I think Microsoft Security Essentials will be fine.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by Mockmaster » Tue May 05, 2015 9:44 pm

Karl wrote:
Mockmaster wrote:Is it good with protection from heavy duty malware bastard strawberry floaters like Cryptolocker?


Kaspersky is supposed to be the 'best' in terms of the protection it offers, I think.

But unless you're being targeted by the NSA I think Microsoft Security Essentials will be fine.

Thanks Karl. I will take a look at the suite that Kaspersky offers. If I am happy with the features of its package I may opt for doubling down, though I am not keen on a package that compromises my system's performance and after some brief research it appears that the MSE package does well on that front, at least.

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by mcjihge2 » Tue May 05, 2015 10:11 pm

As well as MS SE, Ive also got malwarebytes just in case.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by Mockmaster » Tue May 05, 2015 10:20 pm

Yes, I have malwarebytes and superantispyware.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by Rax » Wed May 06, 2015 9:39 am

MSE and a bit of common sense is all you need.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by Errkal » Wed May 06, 2015 10:55 am

yeah MSE if you have Windows 7 or earlier, if you have Windows 8 or up it is built in.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by Minty14 » Wed May 06, 2015 11:24 am

I use Avast and find it good, but you can't go wrong with MSE as long as you are a sensible user.

However, MSE isn't great at identifying Day 0 threats, so if your toolbar loving Granny asks, Kaspersky or Avast it is.

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by Ario » Wed May 06, 2015 2:22 pm

I'm using Avast free and it seems to do the job well.

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by Ironhide » Wed May 06, 2015 3:15 pm

MSE and Spybot Search and Destroy, with occasional use of Malwarebytes for trickier to kill stuff.

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by Green Gecko » Wed May 06, 2015 3:37 pm

Mse and don't download random gooseberry fool and read installation prompts.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by jamcc » Fri May 08, 2015 1:03 am

Firewall: Windows 8 firewall
Antivirus: Avast
Antispyware: Spybot - Search & Destroy
Porn Internet history/crap deleting: CCleaner

I've used AVG in the past but I prefer Avast. Can't really remember why but I think it's less of a system hogger (?), amongst other things.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by Lagamorph » Fri May 08, 2015 1:05 am

I remember the old days of early Broadband and USB modems, I had the good old AVG + Zonealarm combo.

These days though, MSE is really all you need.

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PostRe: Best anti-virus software/setup these days?
by Somebody Else's Problem » Fri May 08, 2015 1:06 am

Errkal wrote:yeah MSE if you have Windows 7 or earlier, if you have Windows 8 or up it is built in.


Pretty much the best thing about Windows 8. MSE and common sense are all you really need.

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