Computer Hope

Software => Computer software => Topic started by: Allan on December 22, 2011, 06:01:18 AM

Title: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: Allan on December 22, 2011, 06:01:18 AM
Okay, this question just comes up so often that I, for one, am tired of seeing it (http://tweaks.com/forum/images/emotions/smile.gif).So maybe we can try this: everyone who wants to give his or her opinion please do so here. Let's not argue about anything or question anyone else's choice, let's just state our preferences so those who want to read differing opinions can do so here. If you have very strong feelings about other programs (good or bad) go ahead and express them. Then when the question comes up in the future we can just point to this thread. One post per person should probably suffice (okay, wishful thinking (http://tweaks.com/forum/images/emotions/wink.gif) ).

I'll start. I like Kaspersky Anti Virus. I've been using it for about 6 years. All new versions are free as long as you maintain your yearly license. Definitions are updated several times a day. It's always active and I also use it to scan incoming email. I use MalwareyBytes & SpywareBlaster for monthly on-demand scanning (neither remains resident) along with SpywareBlaster (updated weekly) to block known malicious sites. WinPatrol Plus is also resident on most of my systems. I can honestly say I've never had a virus on any system - and I started using PC's in 1985 and have owned and/or been responsible for scores of systems since then.

Now for what is probably a controversial comment - NOTE: this is strictly my personal opinion..... I know there are a few good free AV's, but I simply have never been thrilled with any (thought admittedly, it has been a number of years since I evaluated them). I realize this is a minority view, but I simply feel that anti virus protection is the single most important app you can have on your system and I'm a firm believer that you get what you pay for. I would never consider skimping on AV software. If you can afford $50 for the latest computer game you can certainly afford $30/year to protect your system. Having said that, Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast seem to be among the best free choices and LOTS of folks are very happy with them.

I don't use third party firewalls, but my systems are always "behind" a router that uses NAT. I do keep the built-in Windows firewalls active at all times. While the XP version offered no incoming protection, later versions do.

It should go without saying that the most important preventative is "smart computing" (never open an email  attachment unless you are 100% certain you know what it is, don't click on links unless you KNOW where they go, don't download anything from the web unless you absolutely know it is safe, avoid all forms of pirated sw and warez, etc.).

Okay, that's my 4 cents :) . Please post your protection scheme.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: BC_Programmer on December 22, 2011, 07:32:20 AM
Heh, good idea... I doubt it will stop people from posting polls every three weeks on the subject, but at least we'll have a sticky to point them to when we try to tactfully tell them to STFU :P


Myself, I don't, personally, use a "On-demand" or background scanner. I do have tools such as MBAM and the like installed which I will run when I notice odd processes in task manager, svchost hogging resources, or general "odd" behaviour from my system.  I've never felt it was worth the processing overhead; The task of AV scanning takes time, and having it occur on nearly every file access is a rather hefty price. And of course, even the best AV application isn't going to catch everything, so you need to be cautious anyway, means that, for me, I'm actually safer when I don't have an AV installed.

When I did have one installed (after a nasty Virut infection on Windows XP to keep me from reinfecting the system using existing executables on my data drive) I actually found that a lot of activity I found suspicious and thought "oh no, I'm reinfected" could be traced to the AV. While their purposes are far more noble and good, I'm sort of felt that AV software is sort of like "fighting fire with fire"; rather than a Virus or malware building a huge root system in your machine, the AV software does. That's why they all seem to need special software to fully remove. That, and a lot of the systems I've fixed for others that they blamed on "Viruses" were in fact caused by the Anti-virus software they were using, which if you ask me is utterly unacceptable. (I'll say I've only seen those issues with one or two "Free" offerings, Mcaffee, and older versions of Norton, though.

Basically, my "protection" amounts to healthy cynicism. Almost all malware infections these days are trojans. So few infect a system by way of things like exploits and "drive-by" stuff that it's hardly worth the effort to waste time thinking about. More importantly, the first line of defense even for those is the same. After all, in order to download a trojan you need to trust a website, and in order to visit a web page, you need to trust the link. Typically, when dealing with an unfamiliar executable, I'll just run it. (unless it has a blatantly suspicious name). I might run process explorer and keep track of what the program does as well to make sure there is no funny business. I usually have that running in the background anyway. If the program requests administrator permission- it doesn't get it. Not at first. This has prevented a good lot of "infections" if you ask me, since you can't well infect a machine without administrator permissions. Naturally, software installers do need those permissions so depending on the software I will allow. Or, if I'm in a forgiving mood I might just say yes and deal with whatever happens later. When I am infected, I usually catch on rather quickly and am able to either kill the malware processes, or, if they are the type where they autorespawn each other, suspend all the suspicious processes and kill them all at once. Visit regedit and delete the offending entries (generally in the Run key), reboot, and typically everything is back to the way it was. In 7-8 years I was only infected once, and since moving to Vista/7, I've had hardly any problems.

An important Note: Typically, "manual" Virus removal is not something that just anybody does. It really requires a intimate knowledge of how Windows software works, the PE file format, and of course a willingness to "get your hands dirty". At the same time, it really is only an extension of what you should do even when you have a AV installed- keeping a system clean requires constant vigilance and you need to constantly be assessing what possible security repurcussions your actions could have. "Does this application REALLY need admin permissions?" type stuff.

BC's tips for AV-free operation:

Sometimes your applications will crash; this is pretty much inevitable. Sometimes you'll need to run Task Manager for various reasons.  While there, glance over the processes. Again, this requires a familiarity with the type and number of processes you would typically see running on your machine, so it's useless unless you are familiar both with your operating system of choice as well as your "normal" software configuration. Things like rundll32.exe showing up in there out of nowhere will make me reach for Process Explorer, where I can determine the "threat" posed by that process.

As I type this, my desktop machine does in fact have a rundll32.exe process running. Which piqued my curiousity. You can use the "Select columns" menu in the view menu of Windows Task Manager to enable columns such as "command line" which can give additional information on the process. you can also use various features of Process Explorer for that same task, or further investigation of a suspicious process, such as examining it's in-memory layout, stack frames, loaded Libraries, etc. in the case of this particular rundll32.exe, it turns out to be used to launch a function called "GameUXShim" in C:\Windows\System32' gameux.dll, which according to it's description, is "Games Explorer". the parameters, and function name, passed make it clear this is designed to "Shim" an older game to work in the newer Windows 7 environment. Again, familiarity with the Windows System helps here, the compatibility settings provided by the windows shell itself pale in comparison to what is actually provided "under the hood" which involves a massive network of shims, compatibility hooks, and databases on the sorts of the two needed for various games and older applications that were, for lack of a better word, written badly. In this case, it seems to be for "Halo.exe" the executable for the popular Halo game, which I bought and never played hardly until yesterday where I played for 5 minutes and got stuck. Knowing that I played the game, and was no longer, I can safely terminate this process and know it wasn't malicious, and is required for proper gameplay. Same for a variety of other older games I have.

Obviously, this isn't for people that just want to "do work" on their computer; it's more useful for people who want to learn about how it works. The ultimate result is that I've saved who knows how much on AV software, I've saved time that would be spent running that AV software, and over time I've learned enough about machines to become the "go to fixer person" of several people who are willing to pay for my services, so it's a rather good result. Of course I don't try to make them run without an AV, in fact I try to dissuade them; they will often ask "well what AV do you use" and I have to answer that I don't use one. Some of them will get the idea that if I (somebody who's understanding of the machine they have come to respect) doesn't use one, then they don't need to either. Then I have to try to explain that an AV solution is only as good as it's user, without telling them "you keep getting infected because your stupid, not because your AV sucks". Usually I can get them to understand, and even if I don't, I have a machine I often use to show them how I would clean a machine (using the above steps) by infecting it and running through the process, which involves process explorer ,suspending processes, recovery console. If they don't know how to do all those things (and if they did, they wouldn't be coming to me for help in the first place) than they are going to need to choose an AV product and learn how to use it. That second part is critical, I think.

More critical that what AV a person uses is learning how to use that AV software effectively. You can't just install an AV and forget about it; they each have their own nuances and settings that you should configure to your unique usage scenario. Learning what causes their various "popups" to appear warning you about things and how severe they are is important, particularly since the way a lot of AV suites present their messages is using skinned messages and gaudy pop-ups with stupid images that depict "virus infections" or other images that are wholly unimportant. Installing an AV and blindly following it's advice and getting all worked up because it says it quarantined something merely feeds the ignorance, it doesn't absolve it. It just adds confusing terms. "Quarantine" for example, is just a silly term in a software environment. All it amounts it is a backup folder where the files are moved to. Why? Because AV software has false positives, so it moves it there so that if it turns out that "woops that wasn't infected" it can be moved back. It's sort of like the equivalent of a society where, if anybody is identified as "sick", they are euthanised. (a bit harsh but that's essentially the analogy as far as software goes). For "cleaning" and disinfecting files, basically at this point the analogy would be that they can cure your cold, but they will have to rip off all your limbs and cut off your ears. (the resulting program very rarely still works as it used to and you need to reinstall anyway). In such a scenario, false positives could be disasterous. Instead of just having a call to your house telling you that your test results were wrong and you don't actually have the flu, the docor would have to interrupt your funeral to say "oh, yeah turns out he wasn't sick". As such AV software does what might be done in such a scenario: instead of outright deleting/killing the victims, it moves them to a special holding area, where they are forgotten about and usually deleted anyway, but at least that way if the doctors/AV software balls up they can just release them back into society. This only outlines that AV software is far from perfect. using medical terminology like "quarantine" and "virus" and "heal" and "infection" only serves to confuse the issue, since it actually makes people think that the entire area of malware removal is a "profession" like your standard medicine on which the analogies are based. It's not. At this point, Anti-Virus software as a "medical" field is about the equivalent of when we would drill holes in peoples head to release their inner demons. That isn't to say it's useless, just that a lot of what it does is a tad drastic.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: JoetheHawkinsman on January 07, 2012, 06:06:13 PM
I've found that McAfee works very well, I've used it for a year and haven't had any issues with it, the price is reasonable, and you do get your moneys worth.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: kpac on January 08, 2012, 05:31:32 PM
I've found that McAfee works very well, I've used it for a year and haven't had any issues with it, the price is reasonable, and you do get your moneys worth.
Not many people agree! ;D

I use MSE on my laptop and Avast on my desktop, but will probably switch to MSE when it starts nagging me to re-register.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: ronnyxx on January 17, 2012, 09:25:20 AM
i  use the virgin security suite which works well enough for me the only down point is that it does load up very slowly, i  do  believe now the new virgin security is now from trend micro ( if thats how you spell it ) but it will not update on my pc probaly because i  have malware bytes on my pc, but i am happy  with the security as it stands
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: jamich on February 29, 2012, 02:28:22 PM
AVG works well for me. Been using it for years now. It's better than Norton.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: nedkelly on April 27, 2012, 07:41:58 PM
For paid I will only use ESET NOD32 Smart Security, works better than anything else I have tried, for free I just use MSE.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: Kurtiskain on June 17, 2012, 09:26:12 PM
I personally use Avast! Free (disabled when gaming) and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro ( $9 licence from Trial Pay :D )

They both stop anything that comes my way if it is malicious and never conflict/cause huge slowdowns when accessing data.

If I had to pick a paid product, ESET Smart Security would be my pick, we use it in the workshop and it is great.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: Interleave on July 08, 2012, 10:10:34 PM
I have been running Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes in tandem on many computers for years. I generally install these on client computers unless they already have paid versions of something else (Norton, Mcaffee, etc...). I also like to use Ad-aware. All of these are free and I NEVER get any trojans or viruses.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: smithrick on August 29, 2012, 01:09:51 PM
I think AVG antivirus is best antivirus i ever used. The best thing is this is free software. But keep this antivirus is always updated.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: michaewlewis on September 11, 2012, 01:03:40 PM
At home, I use Microsoft Security Essentials.
At work, we use Symantec Endpoint Protection and Kaspersky.

A couple years ago, I got a virus on my flash drive that SEP and MSE would clean up after plugging it into either of two PCs with Avira and AVG on it.
Kaspersky didn't notice it, but the pc with it installed never got infected either, so.... ???
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: lapinette on October 26, 2012, 09:45:39 AM
THIS WILL BE SHORT,TO ME THE VERY BEST A.V IS PANDA CLOUD FREE,INSTALL AND FORGET. THANKS.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: patio on October 26, 2012, 10:17:26 AM
It seems it however has broken your capslock button though...no matter how good you feel it is.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: BC_Programmer on October 30, 2012, 10:25:39 AM
Why would I want to install something that makes me forget?
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: Accessless on November 15, 2012, 07:45:07 AM
Another vote for AVG from me. I've used it for years now, left it sometimes but I've always returned. Currently using ~25Mb of RAM... No idea if that's good or bad for an AV program.

Pros:
- Least spam I've ever found from a free product
- Thorough  & up to date
- Easy to install
- Does not worm it's way onto your computer through 3rd party software & demand that you must buy it before you may ever feel safe again. (A big selling point to me)

Cons:
- Cannot disable easily (for gaming)
- False positives fairly frequent (less so recently)
- Does not recognise Norton & McAfee as adware

Saying that:

"AVG Ė AVG used to be a great program, several years ago.  Starting with version 9 itís been getting worse and worse as they try to do too much.  It slows down your computer, making it almost unusable during virus scans.  It has one of the worst ratings for speed performance, especially that of scanning for viruses.  It currently has a very poor detection/protection rate and lets more infection into your computer than several top antivirus solutions combined.  It does a barely mediocre job of detecting threats it doesnít know about.  Itís ratings have been dropping rapidly.  Even for free it should be avoided." http://www.npinc.ca/tag/antivirus/

Oh dear, AVG made the list of worst AV programs.

Well I think that we can agree that vigilance and experience are the best ways to avoid virus's, I've got a long blank event history and an empty virus vault so I'm obviously doing something right.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: patio on January 31, 2013, 03:02:53 PM
I'll bet 80% of people wont read this entire Post...
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: Salmon Trout on January 31, 2013, 03:17:59 PM
I'll bet 80% of people wont read this entire Post...

Maybe 99% or more. Post edited by Allan
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: eddie2737 on February 22, 2013, 05:09:31 PM
basically because i do a lot of torrent downloads from certain websites anti-viruses can be a pain so i use (Advanced System Care 6 which does everything you need as an anti-virus it also has a wide amount of tools in the tool box area this is a great peace of kit for anyone. it is also free

The paid version of the software does have more features but i feel most are unnecessary and the free version is enough

here is a link direct to CNET
http://download.cnet.com/Advanced-SystemCare/3000-2086_4-10407614.html?tag=contentBody;pop
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: Whitebeard1 on April 05, 2013, 06:03:33 AM
I am using AVG antivirus now. It is okay but I do not think it is the best. It makes a lot of false detections, and hard to disable during games. On the whole it is good. I used to use 360 computer guard, it is esay to diaable in games and less false detections. It is packed with pc tuneup too but the tuneup isnt good...
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: soybean on April 05, 2013, 09:28:19 AM
I'm commenting on my recent impression of Norton Internet Security (NIS).  I bought an HP laptop on 2/21/13 and it came with NIS.  This is my first significant exposure to Norton in many years.  Way back in 2002, I had Norton Antivirus 2002 and continued using it for several years by subscribing to annual renewals.  I renewed at least 2 times, which means I used it for about 3 years (the first year under the original installation followed by 2 additional years); it may have even been 3 renewals for a total of about 4 years.  Anyway, it reached the point where I could not renew again because they no longer supported the 2002 version.  I was satisfied with Norton Antivirus 2002; I never felt that it was using too much system resources when running in my computer.   But, when I could no longer use it, I shunned Norton because their later versions were getting a good bit of criticism for being bloated and having too much impact on computer performance. 

Fast forward to Feb 2013 when I bought the HP laptop.  Like many new computers, it came with a trial version of NIS.  I'm using it and it runs quite well on this computer.  I simply not seen any evidence of it causing heavy use of CPU resources, and I have done some viewing of Task Manager to check on this.  I have noticed that NIS will occasionally display a small panel in the lower right corner of the screen saying it is/will perform certain maintenance tasks during times when the computer is idle (meaning I'm not doing anything with it).  NIS even displays the CPU Usage in it's panel.  I haven't decided whether I'll pay the fee when the trial version expires and get a full year's subscription.  I'm using avast! Free Antivirus on my Windows 7 desktop system and am pleased with it and may use it on the new laptop with Windows 8.  But, if I decide to go with a paid product, it will probably be NIS.

Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: Calum on May 10, 2013, 07:06:05 AM
Free AV: My last exposures to Avast, AVG, and Avira have all been negative.  I've had very few problems with MSE and that's what I tend to recommend as it's fairly unobtrusive.
paid AV: We use Mcafee Enterprise at work, albeit an older version, which I don't like at all, the management interface isn't great either so I hope to change that soon.  I haven't been impressed with Mcafee's end user solutions either.  I've been a fan of NOD32 for a while, pretty lightweight with good customization options and a great interface.  I've never liked Kaspersky much.
I agree with you, soybean, newer versions of Norton aren't too shabby, certainly at least 5005.6% (scientifically calculated) better than the older versions.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: camerongray on July 01, 2013, 07:43:35 AM
I personally just use MSE and Windows Firewall (Or Windows Defender on Windows 8 ) and nothing else.  I personally feel that the whole belief that you need to practically wrap your computer in bubblewrap to prevent it getting any viruses is nonsense.  As long as you are sensible you should never have any problems.  And as for software that supposedly optimises/cleans your PC/registry - I've never touched any of them or even manually tried to clean up my PCs, and they still run perfectly!

Common sense is the best antivirus!
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: Allan on July 01, 2013, 07:54:52 AM


Common sense is the best antivirus!

Well, common sense and a good anti virus app ;). If you choose not to run an av on your system that's perfectly fine - it is, after all, YOUR system. But to recommend that others do the same is, at best, inappropriate. Also, Windows Defender is a complete and total waste of Windows Resources. Last, MSE (with its ONCE A DAY definitions update) stopped only 67% of zero day threats in recent tests. Other av's update as often as once an HOUR.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: camerongray on July 01, 2013, 08:17:12 AM
Well, common sense and a good anti virus app ;). If you choose not to run an av on your system that's perfectly fine - it is, after all, YOUR system. But to recommend that others do the same is, at best, inappropriate. Also, Windows Defender is a complete and total waste of Windows Resources. Last, MSE (with its ONCE A DAY definitions update) stopped only 67% of zero day threats in recent tests. Other av's update as often as once an HOUR.

Yeah, I'd always recommend people run antivirus, even I do just to be safe.  When I say "Windows Defender" I'm referring to Windows Defender under Windows 8 which is basically MSE, unlike Defender on Windows 7 which I agree is pretty useless!  Just realised that the forum converted where I said "Windows 8" folllowed by a bracket into "Windows 8)" :P

The daily updates don't bother me that much, To be honest, I'd rather that than spend resources downloading virus definitions.

There's nothing I do that could really allow a virus to get on my machine, I actually can't think of anywhere that I could get a virus from, especially since I almost have a phobia of using other people's flash drives/other storage media and I don't pirate any software or download dodgy utilities.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: skeen on August 11, 2013, 01:01:31 AM
I personally just use MSE and Windows Firewall (Or Windows Defender on Windows 8 ) and nothing else.  I personally feel that the whole belief that you need to practically wrap your computer in bubblewrap to prevent it getting any viruses is nonsense.  As long as you are sensible you should never have any problems.  And as for software that supposedly optimises/cleans your PC/registry - I've never touched any of them or even manually tried to clean up my PCs, and they still run perfectly!

Common sense is the best antivirus!

I agree, most of my customers who have a virus are the ones who fall prey to all the scams and install malicious software.  They generally have a ton of crap running at startup and have
at least one worthless toolbar in internet explorer  ::) Or people who use P2P and download an exe file they think is a movie or music.
When trying to decide which anti virus software is better, it's a good idea to do your research on independent websites. Some sites are likely to base their decisions on how much money a company gives them.  Norton and McAfee appear to be juggernauts in this area.  Their advertising may be the best, but not their software.
Personally I recommend Kaspersky as it's light weight and has been scoring great in tests for quite some time now.  It will often catch things other anti-virus software didn't.
For me I generally just use the free version of malwarebytes and just do scans every so often.  I have enough common sense to know what not to install and click on.  Before I install something I download I usually just check the file at virustotal.com which scans the file using several different virus scanners.
So yea, common sense has worked great for me so far.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: julilaami on October 20, 2014, 04:53:00 AM
kaspersky is best  :) :) :)
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: ajb522 on November 22, 2014, 01:57:57 PM
Personally, I really like Norton AV coupled with superantispyware. Norton typically takes care of tracking cookies and other cache stuff, while also finding any (though I rarely have any) Trojans or other baddies. Superantispyware is free and focuses on potentially unwanted programs, malware, adware, and spyware. Again since I rarely get bad viruses, it is used as a cookie cleaner.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: patio on December 20, 2014, 02:46:27 PM
HuH ? ?
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: BellaUSA on February 08, 2015, 03:07:33 PM
OMG..........I'm looking for a free anti-virus & despite all I've read here, I'm left confused. I guess I'll try MSE again, & maybe AVG..?? Try one & then another ? I had M.B. , but free trial is running out.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: digitalgeek on May 20, 2015, 02:50:32 AM
I have used available free versions of AVG. But I like to use Escan. I have used it since years and have no complaint with it.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: Verylost on June 28, 2015, 07:17:03 AM
I love and use panda anti virus its wonderfully light weight and doesn t slow me down as many others

have done : )
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: hTconeM9user on August 04, 2015, 11:05:33 AM
I've found that McAfee works very well, I've used it for a year and haven't had any issues with it, the price is reasonable, and you do get your moneys worth.

Same here I use McAfee Live Safe paid version on my laptop and smart phone keeps both running smoothly got the app on phone where a code has to go in every time if not put in right locks phone up so no one can log in or steal it
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: ndvette on May 08, 2016, 08:10:20 PM
I have tried most of the AVs out there because I write review on articles and get to fool with a lot of them.  I like the Emsisoft Internet Security, it updates 24 times a day and is pretty easy on the resources.  Webroot, might be the fastest  scanner with the smallest footprint I have ever used. When it comes to the big guys Norton, Kasperskey, and Bitdefender, I think they are good but resource hungry.  An antivirus program has to be easy to use almost invisible until needed and when something continually slows you down I worry about the possibility of individuals bypassing it to speed up their system.  Final two things, Windows Defender in Windows 10 is on its way to being a major player, it has finally passed a better than 90% catch rate and I believe that each new release of Win 10 will improve its effectiveness.

I know this was about Antivirus but seriously, if you want to stay safe, people should be thinking about running everything Sandboxed. You can't get infected if its not on your machine.  Thanks for letting me give my two cents.
Jim
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: taylortech on September 22, 2016, 11:22:15 AM
I've found that Akick Antivirus works very well, I've used it for a few months ago and haven't had any issues with it, the price is reasonable, and you do get your moneys worth.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: patio on September 22, 2016, 03:35:57 PM
Acick...really ? ?
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: taylortech on September 23, 2016, 09:56:07 AM
Yes.. but it's Akick Software not ( Acick)..

Truly it's works awesome from my way of side and i am still using Akick Total Security
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: patio on September 23, 2016, 10:00:01 AM
Never heard of it...i'll DLoad and do a benchtest...
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: patio on September 23, 2016, 10:01:54 AM
Nevermind...i'm not gonna even waste my time...their google hit states Best Free Protection out There...

And the free trial lasts 45 days...i think i'll pass...
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: cornemuse on September 28, 2016, 10:37:47 AM
I'm with an earlier poster about avg. It keeps getting more & more bloated. I like 360 but have heard some not-so-good comments about it. I use it on my W 7 machine, sure made/makes updates painless, , ,

-c-
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: GLOOPS on November 29, 2016, 02:33:51 AM
Kasperskey for me guys!   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: toda on November 30, 2016, 08:29:20 AM
Maybe 99% or more. Post edited by Allan


I do for one ~ great way to invest time for those systems that are problematic and I have to evaluate the issue. It's much easier to ask a question than to research multiple assessments to narrow down an issue. Me thinks   ???
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: NNEagle on April 18, 2017, 06:20:25 PM
Kaspersky Anti Virus for me.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: BellaUSA on March 14, 2018, 03:33:55 PM
Reading posts about AVG-I have AVG Free,seems to work ok, but in doing scans, tuneup, I see issues :
Registry issues, broken shortcuts, systems cache & logs,browser data. Are these included in the free version, or would i have to buy ? Also, I tried to change my password, but I'm asked to enter the old one to do so. i no longer have the old password,
so now what ?!  ::)
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: Mark. on March 14, 2018, 03:50:27 PM
if you are on Windows 10 Creators Update, the inbuilt Defender security program is all you need now in my opinion.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: spankBot on April 01, 2018, 11:45:30 AM
Back when I did use AV software I used AVG until it disabled defender or I used Zone alarm along side WinDef.  AVAST was powerful as well.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: niketathakare on January 08, 2019, 03:26:43 AM
AVG
AVG has a generous free offering with basic malware protection, ransomware protection and more. Our favorite feature from the free plan is AVGís Secure Browser, a Chromium interface with pre-installed extensions like an ad blocker, cookie cleaner and password manager.

The browser, which is the same as Avast Secure Browser, stands out from other antiviruses. Itís a familiar interface that increases your speed and keeps you protected. As long as you can go without Google integration, Secure Browser isnít a bad option.

Bitdefender
Bitdefender is our benchmark antivirus for features. If it wasnít for AVG TuneUp, it would easily take first place in this round. However, itíll have to settle for second. It nips at the heels of AVG with performance profiles, safe online banking and Bitdefender Photon.

Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: NNEagle on January 11, 2019, 12:06:40 AM
Kaspersky for me.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: J_Brown on February 17, 2019, 04:58:37 AM
It seems that Windows 10 built-in defence system works quite well, but special software is still necessary.
By the way, are there any fresh reviews or comparison of anti-virus software?
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: J_Brown on February 23, 2019, 10:22:47 AM
A small update: I`ve found relatively fresh comparison of most popular software
https://thinkmobiles.com/blog/best-free-antimalware/ (https://thinkmobiles.com/blog/best-free-antimalware/)
It seems to be reliable and neutral enough - they even mentioned such negative features as lot of ads and pop-ups (for Avast, for instance)
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: TYP_CLN on April 17, 2019, 01:35:34 AM
I've been using Avast "Free" antivirus for I don't know how long and now I've been thinking of getting a subscription, as we all know viruses have already stepped up and I personally think that my free antivirus can no longer catch up or protect me on an extensive level like a monthly or yearly subscription can provide.
Title: Re: The Definitive Best Anti Virus Thread
Post by: Stas_T on May 28, 2019, 09:29:42 AM
I used Avast Free for around 3 years in a row with no issues. Lately, their marketing became too aggressive though.