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Which Antivirus?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by wickedstangs, May 25, 2015.

  1. wickedstangs

    wickedstangs Well-Known Member

    Which Antivirus do you all recommend for Home PC?
  2. TJA

    TJA Well-Known Member

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  3. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    If you're on Windows 7, Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast. If you're on Windows 8, it comes with Windows Defender, which is basically Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Right now I have AVG on my desktop, and I would recommend it, but it appears they no longer offer the free version. I still get updates, though, because I started using it before the free version stopped being offered.
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  4. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

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    Mouth Well-Known Member

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  6. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    eset nod 32
  7. imthebest

    imthebest Formerly Super120

    I use ESET NOD32 and never got infected.

    In the past I used Kaspersky however it was very resource intensive (version 7 IIRC).
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  8. nodle

    nodle Well-Known Member

    I would also recommend Microsoft Security Essentials. Norton is ok also. But honestly it's not really virus that people get today but spyware. So I would actually recommend the MSE along with a paid version of Malwarebytes.
  9. Fred.

    Fred. Well-Known Member

    In Windows I always had Kaspersky (Good Russian quality). Since a few years I use Sophos on MacOS and Windows because I use Sophos UTM
    This is a great combination! It stops everything if you set it up right. :cool:

    I also recommend Malwarebytes, I use the free version. You have to run it manually every now and then.
  10. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    I've used all the top paid anti viruses in the past and now I'm just using AVG on my win7 pc and laptop.
    I also have malwarebytes pro running on both machines.
  11. Jesepi

    Jesepi Well-Known Member

    We roll out ESET for our business clients - the centralized management console is very good and detection rates have proven to be excellent. It also has a very nice linux based boot image you can use to clean up an infected PC without actually booting into windows. It has teamviewer built in, so you can remote in if you can manage to instruct someone on how to boot into it. Great for far-away clients/friends/relatives needing help. I've also been recommending the standalone ESET NOD32 Antivirus to individual users and have had no complaints so far. I don't ever go for the "Super Deluxe Security Suite" packages for any brand antivirus product, as those seem to bog down a computer better than most infections.

    Avoid Symantec/Norton and McAfee products. I've had poor luck with free antivirus solutions such as AVG and TrendMicro in both management and virus detection capability. Microsoft Security Essentials / Windows Defender has gone down in quality significantly in the past couple of years. Microsoft even admitted that their stuff was to be considered "baseline".

    I've heard very good things about BitDefender - and we will probably begin pushing that to some of our clients in the next few months.

    My recommended stack of protection software to folks running windows is as follows:
    • Browser Hijack Protection - MalwareBytes Anti-Exploit Free
    • Internet Protection - uBlock (yes, adblock is a form of protection - this is available for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari)
    • Antivirus Protection - Malware Bytes Premium
    • ESET NOD32 Antivirus

    Slightly veering off topic:

    If you're wanting protection against file encryption malware, your best best is to treat an infection as a disk failure and be sure that you have implemented a solid backup system. Cloud based services such as IDrive, Mozy, Crashplan, and Backblaze are good and automated so you don't have to remember to plug a USB drive in.
  12. batpool52!

    batpool52! Well-Known Member

    ESET Beta Tester here. Been using ESET Smart Security since long time (more than 8-9 years) and haven't had switched to another brand till today. Best bet for money :D

    Isn't BitDefender resource hog?
  13. TJA

    TJA Well-Known Member

    No, that be AVG, Norton, Mcafee
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  14. batpool52!

    batpool52! Well-Known Member

    ah I wasn't aware of that.
  15. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    No, but ESET is the worst of them all!

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  16. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

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  17. Ernest L. Defoe

    Ernest L. Defoe Well-Known Member

    Well I only have 16GB of RAM so it might mind......lol
  18. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    Webroot. Everything else is so far behind.
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  19. Glockie

    Glockie Well-Known Member

    ESET Nod32 and I swear by it.
    Not bothered by the review mentioned about memory usage.
    I don't get slow downs or anything like it. Don't have infections and it's by far the best.
    I've used it easy 8-9 years and I cannot tell you the last time I had a virus.

    The amount of PC's from clients (outside of forums stuff I mean now) which I've had to repair because they use cheap, or free antivirus software, is simply unreal.
    Anyone using FREE AVG or anything like that, may as well use the PC without any protection whatsoever.
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  20. BirdOPrey5

    BirdOPrey5 Well-Known Member

    I've been happy with Avira for a long time, I even pay for it, their cheapest paid version anyway, each year.
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