What do you use as antivirus?

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  1. Posts : 19
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #11

    NavyLCDR said:
    How do you know you've never had viruses or malware on your computers?
    Because of the antivirius and malwarebyes.

    Also because i do weekly check ups on my drives and i only download stuff i know is safe and browse the internet safety and because i mostly always just game. (hehe elder scrolls)

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    You know i've never even had any major issues on my computers (bsod, hdd crash etc) on windows 10. I think only one time on a toshiba laptop i still have i had 1 minor issue with a long update that woudn't download. So i had to restart the laptop a couple of times until it finally did. But so far. No issues with Windows 10. No viruses nothing at all.
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  2. Posts : 11,212
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #12

    Hi there

    for me -- Windows defender and "User Brain" --that these days is usually sufficient unless you install loads of "dubious software", visit dubious websites etc etc. Backup also regularly so if in the increasingly unlikely event of getting infected just restore clean image --infinitely faster and 100% more effective than messing around for hours with A/V cleansing software too.

    Scams are much more of a threat these days than hackers infecting machines with Viruses --the hackers now go for things like "national Infrastructure" and big corporations trying to cause "network global terrorism" than bothering to infect some individuals machine. What people want are things like bank details, passwords etc etc and these can often be easily obtained without the need for any malware / viruses or whatever.

    The increasing use of these "Voice activated" applications and search engines also increases security risks when used in public places -- recently at a major train station in London recently (Kings Cross - waiting for a train from London to York) I heard a man using a real loud plummy voice that could be heard from at least 50 metres away giving his bank account number, credit card number and CVC code (the 3 security numbers on the back of the card) for all and sundry to hear. !!

    That's my Black Friday shopping sorted then !!!!!!!!!!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. Posts : 17,372
    Windows 11 Pro
       #13

    gMemo92 said:
    You know i've never even had any major issues on my computers (bsod, hdd crash etc) on windows 10. I think only one time on a toshiba laptop i still have i had 1 minor issue with a long update that woudn't download. So i had to restart the laptop a couple of times until it finally did. But so far. No issues with Windows 10. No viruses nothing at all.
    Same experience I have had and I only run Windows Defender. Out of about 10 computers on my home network, I've only had one show any signs of malware in at least a decade. That was my click happy father-in-law who would click OK on every little pop up Window, including the UAC permission Window. And his was a simple infection residing in temporary internet files.

    I've had other people bring me their infected computers to clean and all 5 or 6 of them had one thing in common - tons of anti-everything software installed, McAfee on top of Norton on top of Malwarebytes on top of.....

    Like you said, all my computers just run happy, update fine, no BSODs.
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  4. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Pro 1909 64 bit
       #14

    CannonRebel said:
    I've been using Webroot for about 9 years, but right now I'm trying out Kaspersky for 30 days.
    I've used Webroot for what seems like a decade or perhaps longer. It's worked well for me. I also have MBAM Premium, a lifetime license. Webroot is licensed for another two years so I'm in no hurry to change, but will decide when the time comes. The way things are going with the cost of subscription-based software, the change I may make could be to open source. I made a rough estimate of subscription costs for all software in my current kit and subscriptions may hit $2000 per year. There is no way I'm going to follow that path.
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  5. Posts : 11,212
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #15

    Dugly said:
    I've used Webroot for what seems like a decade or perhaps longer. It's worked well for me. I also have MBAM Premium, a lifetime license. Webroot is licensed for another two years so I'm in no hurry to change, but will decide when the time comes. The way things are going with the cost of subscription-based software, the change I may make could be to open source. I made a rough estimate of subscription costs for all software in my current kit and subscriptions may hit $2000 per year. There is no way I'm going to follow that path.


    Hi there

    for me -- Linux Host with Office clone and thunderbird -- cost 0 USD
    Windows 10 upgrade from W7 (used as a VM) cost 0 USD
    Windows 10 for Workstations --from work cost 0 USD
    Cheap Office 2019 license from Amazon cost 29 EUR (around 30 USD)
    VM software -- KVM on Linux Host -- cost 0 USD, VMWare workstation for Linux and Windows (2 licenses) -- from Work so cost 0 USD

    Photoshop - still using old CS6 with a few updates for camera RAW -- don't need the new subscription version -- also the GIMP (cost 0 USD) just gets better and better with each release and can do around 90% of what an experienced Photoshop user could do and around 100% of what an average PS user would do.

    Video / multi-media etc -- KODI, VLC -- both 0 USD

    Networking -- SAMBA on Linux -- cost 0 USD


    A/V software -- Linux -- none extra - it's protected enough, on Windows WD also cost 0 USD so total spend on A/V software --0 USD

    Backup software -- imaging -- Free Macrium (Windows) standard dd command (Linux) cost 0USD
    Data (individual files / directories etc) backup -- Linux GRSYNC cost 0 USD

    Total subscription software costs (both Linux and Windows) -- 0 USD.

    For other people there's cheap routes available such as University / school discounts, use at home licenses etc and a lot of legit VERY CHEAP / heavily discounted Windows and Office licenses are available from time to time cheaply -- suggest Black Friday might be a good time to see if more of these are available.

    There's no reason to be sucked in to zillions of software subscriptions -- spend the money on something else.!!!


    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. Posts : 289
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
       #16

    Dugly said:
    I've used Webroot for what seems like a decade or perhaps longer. It's worked well for me. I also have MBAM Premium, a lifetime license. Webroot is licensed for another two years so I'm in no hurry to change, but will decide when the time comes. The way things are going with the cost of subscription-based software, the change I may make could be to open source. I made a rough estimate of subscription costs for all software in my current kit and subscriptions may hit $2000 per year. There is no way I'm going to follow that path.
    I've had many attacks thwarted by Webroot, not one attack was successful. I have three machines with it. Trojans have gotten in on rare occasions, but as soon as they unpack and launch, Webroot watches them like a spider on it's web with prey, then BAM, poor Trojans never have a chance.
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  7. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Pro 1909 64 bit
       #17

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there

    for me -- Linux Host with Office clone and thunderbird -- cost 0 USD
    Windows 10 upgrade from W7 (used as a VM) cost 0 USD
    Windows 10 for Workstations --from work cost 0 USD
    Cheap Office 2019 license from Amazon cost 29 EUR (around 30 USD)
    VM software -- KVM on Linux Host -- cost 0 USD, VMWare workstation for Linux and Windows (2 licenses) -- from Work so cost 0 USD

    Photoshop - still using old CS6 with a few updates for camera RAW -- don't need the new subscription version -- also the GIMP (cost 0 USD) just gets better and better with each release and can do around 90% of what an experienced Photoshop user could do and around 100% of what an average PS user would do.

    Video / multi-media etc -- KODI, VLC -- both 0 USD

    Networking -- SAMBA on Linux -- cost 0 USD


    A/V software -- Linux -- none extra - it's protected enough, on Windows WD also cost 0 USD so total spend on A/V software --0 USD

    Backup software -- imaging -- Free Macrium (Windows) standard dd command (Linux) cost 0USD
    Data (individual files / directories etc) backup -- Linux GRSYNC cost 0 USD

    Total subscription software costs (both Linux and Windows) -- 0 USD.

    For other people there's cheap routes available such as University / school discounts, use at home licenses etc and a lot of legit VERY CHEAP / heavily discounted Windows and Office licenses are available from time to time cheaply -- suggest Black Friday might be a good time to see if more of these are available.

    There's no reason to be sucked in to zillions of software subscriptions -- spend the money on something else.!!!


    Cheers
    jimbo
    I've benefited from most of those as well, including obtaining MS Office Pro Plus for about $10 on the HUP when I worked for a MS partner. I also run a Linux VM with some standard apps. My point wasn't what I paid for my current software, it's what a think I might have to pay not too long from now. As one example, QuickBooks on-line with payroll will cost $500-ish per year. I don't expect the desktop version to be around much longer. There aren't many alternatives, a couple of open-source that I'm exploring but none that will gain me thanks from an accountant. My estimate of potential software costs is based on watching the vendors quickly adopt subscription-based pricing and what that might look like in a couple or few years. I fully expect MS to make O365 the sole office suite, and Windows as subscription-based only, in the next few years. I'm self-employed so I can't take any risk in using my clients networks and files, or using a laptop with software that is no longer supported., so I'm currently at 2019 for Office, Visio & Project and I hope I don't need to make a major investment in kit for the foreseeable future. The positive thing is more often than not, the client expects contractors to use client-supplied equipment, but it's not consistent, even if if one is doing at-home/remote work.
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  8. Posts : 35,622
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #18

    Secureage SecureAplus - sits alongside any standard real-time security product- whitelists what you approve, so anything new or unknown is flagged- you can then respond to the prompt and upload it for scanning online rather like virustotal. That should be good to trap any rogue process not detected by real time scanning.

    It also does a routine background scan on logging in, and a full scan is available- using some 12 or 13 AV engines.

    You can upload anything you like to have it scanned.

    Good support, periodic updates.

    Oh, and Avast free.
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  9. Posts : 3,957
    Windows 10 preview 64-bit Home
       #19

    Defender and Malwarebytes pro. On the fast ring laptop I'm testing out Kaspersky security cloud - free. No issues at all when getting 'feature' updates so far. Seems pretty good but a tad heavy on the CPU doing a full scan. I check out The PC Security Channel on YT every now and again and using the 'Videos' heading you get the various testings in chronological order. Worth a look.
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  10. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro 64
       #20

    Just got rid of Norton and am using Windows Defender. Computer seems less sluggish without Norton...and it's free
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