Any suggestions for a anti virus software ?

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  1.    09 Sep 2016 #21

    may i suggest norton. norton is decent enough to protect me by methodically scanning incoming downloads of every kind. and it automatically purges dangerous downloads even from reputable sites like cnet and softonic. they were stock browsers.
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  2.    09 Sep 2016 #22

    eLPuSHeR said: View Post
    360 is good but it's also a false positives fest.
    All antivirus too.
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  3.    13 Sep 2016 #23

    I just installed 10, but I am using Defender, Superantispyware Pro, Malewarebytes Free, Malewarebytes Anti-exploit, and Bit Defender Ransomeware, and all are playing nicely together so far.
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  4.    20 Sep 2016 #24

    I'd been using AVG Free for a few years, when I got lured into Avast!. I actually found Avast Free to be pretty good. Less intrusive than AVG. Then I paid Avast! for the Pro version. And you know, I didn't like it... because it kept trying to get me to add more options. After my license expired I went back to the free version. Now their free version has ads, and you can't turn them off unless you pay for it.

    Rather than trying to solicit opinions on what anti-virus is best (because there will be tons of different opinions) can anyone suggest a recent anti-virus program "shoot out" or comprehensive review that's worthwhile to read or watch?
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  5.    21 Sep 2016 #25

    Most of those AVs comparatives may be biased.
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  6.    21 Sep 2016 #26

    eLPuSHeR said: View Post
    Most of those AVs comparatives may be biased.
    Naturally. It's almost as bad as politics. But, if you respect the speaker then it's good to know their choice and why.
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  7.    21 Sep 2016 #27

    My approach has been to use Defender and the free version of Malwarebytes. If something is stubbord (keeps coming back after running Mwb) I run (free) Emisoft Emergency Toolkit just as a second option.

    I do use the Chrome extension ScriptSafe for some feedback as to what is actually on the sites I visit and I've been able to keep the trackers allowed to a minimum. I think doing this, staying with Chrome and watching what I download and the sites I visit keeps most problems at bay.

    The Emisoft Emergency Toolkit can even be put on a thumbdrive and can be used even if a virus takes your internet out or messes with your hard drive installed anti-virus programs.
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  8.    21 Sep 2016 #28

    I use Norton with Zemana antimalware running in the background.
    Neither seems to slow my pc down and I rarely get a problem.
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  9.    21 Sep 2016 #29

    Defender seems to have a mediocre reputation, but not a bad one. It's free. And it plays best with Windows because it's a Microsoft product. As long as you've got a decent firewall in your router and no exposed ports that could be used to compromise security, it all comes down to what you get in emails and what sites you visit. Definitely worthwhile to tag-team with Malwarebytes.

    Norton had a terrific reputation for so many years. But... I find their subscription program rather expensive. If I was someone who had to venture into the depths of the Internet for my job, I'd probably have it. But as a general consumer of the Internet and avoiding the questionable sites (porn and warez), I feel like Norton is not necessary. Still... if you don't mind the cost, you can't go wrong.
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       23 Sep 2016 #30

    There are dedicated antimalware product test labs that provide indicators of the capabilities of different products [see the forum thread Indexing Options removed]

    Windows Defender always comes out very poorly in these tests. There have been some recent improvements and it is now only awful whereas it used to be abysmal. Here is a decent summary view of test results from a few months ago -

    Please note that the test lab reports report the performance characteristics; they do not merely list the products in an order of preference. So we are able to decide which factors we regard as more or less important and to make our own selection decisions based on that.

    I have not found a testing lab that assesses product support or the amount of internet data typically used by the different products. In fact, I have never found any review of antimalware products that considers these factors.

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