Windows 10: Best antivirus/antispyware 2018

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  1.    06 Jan 2018 #11

    Hi folks.

    With Windows 10 these days I doubt whether ANYTHING extra is needed provided you keep system up to date and follow basic rules below.

    Set your Windows firewall rules properly (standard Windows Firewall)

    Surf safely

    Avoid the usual email pitfalls - e.g opening attachments from unknown sources - especially .zip, .rar, .exe files etc

    Avoid typical scams -- e.g sites that look like the actual ones you are trying to reach

    Don't give out too much info on social media --that's the most common way people get "Identity Hacked" these days.

    USE ROUTER FIREWALL -- this is usually mega good and has very good logs - I doubt whether anybody other than a tiny fraction here ever bother but the Router's built in firewall is probably one of the best ways of blocking who gets IN to your system (and if something has got INTO your system can also control what gets OUT).

    In any case I don't have anything on my computer that anybody would find in the least bit interesting or certainly profitable.

    If I were to get Ransomeware - I'd just UNPLUG computer from mains and internet immediately, disconnect from Internet, wipe the HDD and restore from clean backup. So ALWAYS HAVE CLEAN BACKUPS - you can never have too many of those.

    For Home (I differentiate here between HOME and Corporate users as that's another ball game entirely) if you follow the simple rules followed above there's no reason in a MILLION years why your computer would ever get hacked or infected -- I've never been infected in over 30 years of using Windows -- just be VERY careful when you download anything and READ before clicking the mouse so as never to install the "Extra bits" like toolbars etc and ensure what you download comes from a legit source and is actually the item you really want.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2.    06 Jan 2018 #12

    It also depends on your activity. For instance I use my computer for leisure and work. For work I visit hospital websites and you can imagine that some websites change over time or hospitals get bought out and someone else buys the domain for nefarious reasons.
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  3. Posts : 976
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       06 Jan 2018 #13

    Jimbo makes some very good points.
    No security programs will do everything to protect your computers if the owner/operator don't do their part.

    Jack
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  4.    07 Jan 2018 #14

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    If I were to get Ransomeware - I'd just UNPLUG computer from mains and internet immediately, disconnect from Internet, wipe the HDD and restore from clean backup. So ALWAYS HAVE CLEAN BACKUPS - you can never have too many of those.
    This is correct, I have backup on my usb flash drives on my computer + 1 extra usb flash drive just in case.

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    USE ROUTER FIREWALL -- this is usually mega good and has very good logs - I doubt whether anybody other than a tiny fraction here ever bother but the Router's built in firewall is probably one of the best ways of blocking who gets IN to your system (and if something has got INTO your system can also control what gets OUT).
    My modemrouter is a netgear C6250EMR, where do i see if the build in firewall is enabled?
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  5. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       07 Jan 2018 #15

    From experience, I and others in the family and in our circles have found 'Eset Nod32' to be the best.. and no bs.. A lot of major institutions, governments, and industries use it.. Eset company seems to be extremely honest, and their program works well and fast, built by ultra-geniuses.. but it costs $...
    I'd avoid everything Russian and China made.. It seems Russia and China is at war with all of humanity.. I've noticed that all Russian softwares and FireFox addons update daily.. There's no valid reasoning nor need for all that spying bs.. Russian stuff is probably forever uploading private files constantly in the guise of updating, is why Kaspersky is a bad choice if you are into pioneering new sciences, inventing, software writing, creative writing, military, and/or serious activism...
    In early Windows days when Kaspersky first came out, it caused a lot of weird spyish problems with Windows OS's.. I believe Kaspersky is espionage software, just like the Russian trani-spies Trump just banned from the military, and like Adobe's perpetual evolving exploit holes, and Disqus's latest corrupt OS killing email attacks...
    A software is probably evil if you can't switch-off automatic updates to update it manually...
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  6.    07 Jan 2018 #16

    Just me said: View Post
    From experience, I and others in the family and in our circles have found 'Eset Nod32' to be the best.. and no bs.. A lot of major institutions, governments, and industries use it.. Eset company seems to be extremely honest, and their program works well and fast, built by ultra-geniuses.. but it costs $
    I did some search and i couldn't find a free version of eset nod32. I guess its a paid-only program?
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  7.    07 Jan 2018 #17

    Just me said: View Post
    From experience, I and others in the family and in our circles have found 'Eset Nod32' to be the best.. and no bs.. A lot of major institutions, governments, and industries use it.. Eset company seems to be extremely honest, and their program works well and fast, built by ultra-geniuses.. but it costs $...
    I'd avoid everything Russian and China made.. It seems Russia and China is at war with all of humanity.. I've noticed that all Russian softwares and FireFox addons update daily.. There's no valid reasoning nor need for all that spying bs.. Russian stuff is probably forever uploading private files constantly in the guise of updating, is why Kaspersky is a bad choice if you are into pioneering new sciences, inventing, software writing, creative writing, military, and/or serious activism...
    In early Windows days when Kaspersky first came out, it caused a lot of weird spyish problems with Windows OS's.. I believe Kaspersky is espionage software, just like the Russian trani-spies Trump just banned from the military, and like Adobe's perpetual evolving exploit holes, and Disqus's latest corrupt OS killing email attacks...
    A software is probably evil if you can't switch-off automatic updates to update it manually...

    Hi there

    If President Putin / Russian security service or Chinese security service have got enough time and interest to waste on wanting to get into my Computer - I'd actually be Flattered.

    If President Putin wants to see and logon to my computer and sends me a personal email I'll give him my password and he can login and do what ever he wants with it.

    I'm sure after that on ebay my computer would be worth 100,000's of dollars when sold with provenance saying USED BY PRESIDENT PUTIN !!!

    Cheers
    jimbo.
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  8. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       07 Jan 2018 #18

    @ jimbo45 Re: "If I were to get Ransomeware"

    I have a solution to that ransomware and hacker thht.. I store everything in 5-external hd's.. I even work on edits in them.. At the end of the day, everything new has gone into an external via flash-drive transferring.. I Never ever connect an external hd to a Windows OS.. I don't know who is in it.. I strongly recommend Toshiba ext hd's, definitely not WD.. I have bumped and knocked and dropped these Toshibas, and they are still running.. When I shut-off the computer, there isn't anything in it that I don't have easily replaceable in the external hd's.. When a computer even hiccups wrongly, I load the few new files, favorites, and bookmarks to a Flash, and in goes the DBAN hd eraser CD, or I hit restore, and everything is back to new in a couple hours.. I restore the OS every month.. This system of backing up with externals is absolutely necessary these days, because when StormVirus soon hits the Net, it will Destroy every net-connected Windows computer in the world in minutes, thereby crashing the whole global economy big-time.. You Cannot recover an OS from a Storm hit.. My PC's were hit 3-times by the evolving StormVirus complex bug.. First thing it does is fill up your screen with duplicates of your firewall's front page till it has used up All the Ram, then shuts it off enough to kick it into blue death screen.. Reboot, if you can, adds three or more deadly viruses to every file opened.. The OS is totally 100% 'burned-toast' if you hadn't ripped out the wall plug the moment the storrm started.. That was over 20-years ago.. Who knows what it is today.. I saved the three hd's as evidence.. If you have the external hd backups, you don't even lose a pixel of your precious treasures, no matter what nasty cyber-evil happens.. You can't trust CD's nor Flash drives as backups.. That's just silly.. If your business depends on your computer data, buy an external hd today.. Don't be sorry...
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  9.    07 Jan 2018 #19

    dencal said: View Post
    Have been using Kaspersky Free on three computers for a couple of months.....quite impressed.....no nag nags or other software installed.
    I just tried kaspersky. It immediately conflicted with firefox by blocking various websites including google, so I had to uninstall it again.
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  10. Posts : 3,081
    10.4 Home 1709 x64
       07 Jan 2018 #20

    If you are looking for something simple, try Sophos Free.

    If you have a reliable connection, then a cloud AV like Panda or McAfee.

    For web protection, try Netcraft (blocks phishing/malware) and Poper Blocker (blocks some cryptomining)

    Cerawy said: View Post
    I just tried kaspersky. It immediately conflicted with firefox by blocking various websites including google, so I had to uninstall it again.
    Protection - Disable Web/IM/Mail
    Additional - Network - Disable Inject script/Do not scan encrypted connections
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