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  1.    01 Oct 2016 #1

    Trend Micro only

    recently did a clean install of W10. A whole new experience. Advice from a "knowledgable" was to leave all the AVs etc out and get the paid version of Trend Micro which would give me complete cover. I think I should have Ccleaner & Malwarebytes though. Any thoughts on this?
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       01 Oct 2016 #2

    Unless it is a business computer I see no reason not to use a free AV. Free AVs have a better detection than most paid.

    I actually avoid paids AVs, because they include a lot of bloatware, which only slows down the computer.

    I even custom install Avast Free in Minimal Protection to avoid any useless stuff.

    The best free antivirus 2016 | TechRadar
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       01 Oct 2016 #3


    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    Free AVs have a better detection than most paid.
    That's interesting.
    I've never heard of that.
    Do you have a link to a resource with more information?


    There is no "best" or "right" answer about which AV (free or paid or "any") for all computers and users.
    There are probably at least 6.022140857(74)1023 passionate posts about this here and elsewhere.
    100 users will offer at least 101 opinions.
    Except for MSE (WD under 8/8.1/10) most of the "free", 3rd-party AVs come with toolbars, nagging ads to upgrade, reduced functionality and/or reduced support. In most cases they are used as a marketing tool by the vendor. But they are fine for some folks.
    I've never heard anywhere until now that the free AVs offer superior detection over the paid AVs (but perhaps we will learn more about that).

    Bottom line: there are many comprehensive and authoritative resources about "best practices" for personal computing safety. Ultimately, the most important component is the one between the chair and keyboard.
    But if you do opt for an AV (free or paid), you'll need to research it a bit and find the one that best suits your system, your computing habits, your budget, etc.


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       01 Oct 2016 #5


    Yes, I am familiar with the "comparatives" type sites (with their associated upsides and downsides).

    I was really asking for specific information to substantiate the statement that "Free AVs have a better detection that most paid". {I mean no disrespect, but that seems like a rather broad generalization.}

    Thanks again.

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  6.    01 Oct 2016 #6

    The best defense against attack from any source is layered:
    1. A properly configured firewall
    2. An anti-malware (aka anti-virus) blocker that is loaded at startup
    3. A second anti-malware blocker that is run periodically to catch what the first one might have missed
    4. An anti-exploit blocker that is also loaded at startup
    5. And, most importantly, an intelligent user who doesn't click on unknown links or download software that comes with PUPs from untrustworthy sources!

    By that standard, Trend Micro only covers the first 2 items, but Windows Firewall / Defender and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free Edition covers the first 3!

    Adding Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free Edition covers the 4th item, but most of its shields expire after 14 days unless you upgrade to the paid Premium Edition.

    And, CCleaner will give your machine lots of more disk space and eliminate some outdated registry entries, but it doesn't replace any of the above listed programs.

    (I personally pay for the Premium versions of both Malwarebytes programs and for CCleaner, because that gives my machines real-time monitoring of both malware, bad Web sites, and exploits.)
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  7.    01 Oct 2016 #7

    Thanks to all for your comments. Seems I'm on the right track. I was using Malwarebytes and Ccleaner with W7 and had a great run from them. Trend Micro, paid version, is my new extra cover. I stay away from anything that looks suspicious so with that advice I'll "keep on keeping on" - cheers
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