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      10-07-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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Do You Know Any Good Antivirus Software to Purchase?

I just want to know if there is any good 2012 or 2013 antivirus protection. Every store I go whether it be Best Buy or Office Depot, someone tells me a different brand to buy.
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      10-07-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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I have Bitdefender on my laptop it seems fine, not too large either. earlier i had kaspersky which was also running fine.

imo norton and avg are too large nowadays....
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      10-07-2012, 06:24 PM   #3
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None!

Seriously it slows down your machine due to having to scan files. Best option is don't click on questionable links inside questionable popups on questionable websites. Especially ones that say 'Your computer is infected! Click here to clean it!'

If the above is not an option, I use Prevx on my friends' machines when they get spyware or viruses. It's the best, finds crap the others don't find.

Then I uninstall it ...
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      10-07-2012, 06:50 PM   #4
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None!

Seriously it slows down your machine due to having to scan files. Best option is don't click on questionable links inside questionable popups on questionable websites. Especially ones that say 'Your computer is infected! Click here to clean it!'

If the above is not an option, I use Prevx on my friends' machines when they get spyware or viruses. It's the best, finds crap the others don't find.

Then I uninstall it ...
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Don't be stupid and you won't have a problem. I have no virus software and have had 0 issues for a long time. I do random scans with malwarebytes and still have no issues.
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      10-07-2012, 08:26 PM   #5
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I would try Microsoft's own Security Essentials software, it's free, lightweight, and non-intrusive. You'll hardly notice it ever unless it detects a virus.
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      10-07-2012, 08:53 PM   #6
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I would try Microsoft's own Security Essentials software, it's free, lightweight, and non-intrusive. You'll hardly notice it ever unless it detects a virus.
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Microsoft Security Essentials. Free, not annoying, and DOES ITS JOB

Seriously just download it, its free and works best.
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      10-07-2012, 09:11 PM   #7
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I've tried a few for work
Now I'm using webroot secure anywhere
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      10-07-2012, 09:31 PM   #8
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Microsoft Security Essentials. Free, not annoying, and DOES ITS JOB

Seriously just download it, its free and works best.
How long is it free for? Also, does it delete viruses and spyware as well as detect both of them?
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      10-07-2012, 11:09 PM   #9
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How long is it free for? Also, does it delete viruses and spyware as well as detect both of them?
Its free forever and it does a good job at detecting viruses and spyware.

Though, I would have to agree with those who don't use an anti-virus. Been anti-virus free for 4 years with no issues. Don't be stupid and you will be good.
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      10-08-2012, 07:43 AM   #10
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Plus don't forget ... If you DO get a virus or spyware, you can install antivirus software, scan, clean, and uninstall. They do their job, but having them on 24/7 is the part that I cannot deal with as it severely affects day to day operation due to constant scanning.

I am a programmer/tech consultant but my friends and family just think I am the IT guy, so I get to fix their computers. Often people complain to me that their PC is running slow. Funny enough, even with antivirus installed, they will still have some spyware that their antivirus cant clean.

I clean it with Prevx and then uninstall their virus software, and just doing those 2 things makes their PC run like new.
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      10-08-2012, 10:50 AM   #11
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AVG Free seems to work fine.
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Norton works great in my experience, it's not what it was a few years ago. Light on resources, fast, and easy to use. A good alternative is ESET.
MSE did not serve me well, it let malware through on my parent's PC. I also had an unsatisfactory experience with Bitdefender on their PC, it simply stopped starting. I reinstalled and had the same issue. Switched to Norton ... no problems since.
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      10-08-2012, 01:53 PM   #13
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The most popular antivirus is AVG and Avast.

I use AVG and have no problems. Scans randomly once a week in the background and you won't even notice it.

I also use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware once every few months.

They are all free. You can easily download them at www.download.com
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      10-09-2012, 12:58 AM   #14
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i've used microsoft security essentials and avg, but yeah, never really found anything. though i'm on a browser most of the time so i can afford the cpu cycles.

the last time i had a virus was 5+ yrs ago, surfing myspace with ie... went to a random page and crashed everything. had to nuke the system.

if you really want to be safe, have an offline-only computer with one-way file transfer (sd card, usb thumb etc)
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      10-09-2012, 01:21 AM   #15
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If this is for your home computer you really don't need any anti virus. You don't just get a virus from being on the internet. You have to download sketchy files and run them, open shady email attachments, go to shady websites with outdated browsers full of security holes, never update your os, etc...

With that said AVG and kaspersky are good to check out. There is always norton and mcafee too. They work but are bloated and may slow down your system more. Any anti virus will slow down your system some, but if the system is pretty high end you won't really notice it.

If you ever get a bad virus I wouldn't bother trying to scan for it under the same infected operating system. Instead I'd use something like kasperky rescue disk. You boot up to a linux distro on a flash drive and then scan the fked up drive that way. Trying to boot up a badly infected windows install and run a virus scan from that same install will make you want to shoot yourself.
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Mac's can get crap too

my friend's Mac was recently hacked into... user took control of her screen, moving icons etc until she forced the power off and disconnected her modem
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There are a lot of these review, the funny thing was kaspersky got rated the above avg in a few sites and I know for sure, kaspersky at 2010/2011 blows. I had the enterprise version at work and was replaced with symantec end point protection. I only run symantec now but recenlty (past 2 months), it has not caught a bunch of malware that it should have. I recently added malwarebytes to some of the trouble desktops at work


http://www.security-faqs.com/the-bes...012-my-reviews
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      10-11-2012, 02:43 PM   #19
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Can anyone tell me which is better, Avast or AVG?

CNET.com says Avast has trouble detecting spyware.
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Mac's can get crap too

my friend's Mac was recently hacked into... user took control of her screen, moving icons etc until she forced the power off and disconnected her modem
Since 98% of the global financial companies use windows based software...Mac is practically insulated from hackers. If your friend was hacked - it was the exception, not the rule.
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"Malware and trojans are for PCs only"

Silly fanboys, click here for just one example of how trojans and malware are for everyone. <--- And that one did NOT require user interaction!

I've had good experience with MSE over the last three years. Before that, it was Norton, but Norton seemed much less transparent.
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Don't be stupid and you won't have a problem. I have no virus software and have had 0 issues for a long time. I do random scans with malwarebytes and still have no issues.
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