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Windows 7: What are your peoples favorite antivirus?

29 Oct 2012   #11
spencer1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
MSE and Avast free, in that order. I've used Avast free in the past with good results but it kept getting more and more feature rich so, on this machine, I tried MSE since it is so popular. I've been happy with it.
I used Avast Free for many years, but recently I felt a need to change, for the sake of change. So now I have MSE. I like the simple look and feel of it. Scans are fast too. Don't know how effective it is though. hmmm
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29 Oct 2012   #12
Stever1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Comodo antivirus & firewall, It give complete control over your programs internet access so you can block the ones you like but dont trust, Detection rate is top notch,Most reviews rate it as one of the best,The firewall is meant to be the best,Its all free,Read about the firewall so you understand it & it will never let you down
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29 Oct 2012   #13
McCaffrey

windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I tried a lot of Antivirus, but my favorite are Microsoft security essentials and avira.
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There are free and good. won't take up much space especially during playing games.
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29 Oct 2012   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I realize that there is no 'best' AV suite. But I trust Norton most. Never had a problem with it. On some systems I use MSE too. It seems to be OK although in the beginning I once caught a couple of nasties that SAS found.

In my computer club they were using free AVG and got a lot of trouble. They now switched to MSE and that seems to work well.
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29 Oct 2012   #15
sparkpc

Windows XP 32 bit
 
 

I feel MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) is the Best.
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29 Oct 2012   #16
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Like whs I have found NIS seems to cater for me and I have used quite a few versions back to about a decade on XP and now W7. Never caught any malware but it can be difficult to live with unless tamed sufficiently. I don't renew but shop around for the cheapest version of the one before the current and sometimes update to current and sometimes not. My NIS 2011 is due to expire shortly and I already have a 2012 version to continue with.

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29 Oct 2012   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pincushion View Post
Like whs I have found NIS seems to cater for me and I have used quite a few versions back to about a decade on XP and now W7. Never caught any malware but it can be difficult to live with unless tamed sufficiently. I don't renew but shop around for the cheapest version of the one before the current and sometimes update to current and sometimes not. My NIS 2011 is due to expire shortly and I already have a 2012 version to continue with.

I always look for special offers in the Sunday paper. I bought a few for just the sales tax. They cost e.g. $69.99 but I got a rebate of $70. And since my wife is a rebate champion, I never lost any money - neither on Norton nor on other items. You just have to follow the rebate rules. Also note that rebates are not being forwarded - in case you forward your mail with the postal services at some time.
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29 Oct 2012   #18
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Common sense ranks right up there too.
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29 Oct 2012   #19
gambe1984

Widnows 7 Profession 64bit
 
 

Personally my doctor does a great job of stopping me getting virus's....oh computer virus's yeah i tend to use MSE myself
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31 Oct 2012   #20
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I realize that there is no 'best' AV suite. But I trust Norton most. Never had a problem with it. On some systems I use MSE too. It seems to be OK although in the beginning I once caught a couple of nasties that SAS found.

In my computer club they were using free AVG and got a lot of trouble. They now switched to MSE and that seems to work well.
I've had nothing but problems with Symantec (makers of Norton) products with the exception of Ghost. Even getting rid of them was problematic.

My experience with MSE was similar. I had a couple of nasties slip through when I first set it up on my new notebook back in June which SAS picked up. Since then, MBAM hasn't picked up anything and SAS only finds the occasional supercookie, mostly from IMdb. I now avoid that site; the rare times I do use it, I immediately do a 1 day scan with SAS to clear out their *&^%$#@! cookie (I have cookies essentially turned off in my browser but IMdb parks their's in a different place instead of the cookie folder).
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