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Windows 7: Is paying for antivirus a waste of money?

06 Mar 2016   #11
DarkSchneider94

Windows 7 ultimate 64
 
 

I think now a days you can get buy with just free antivirus most of my computer friends use a free one without trouble. and computers I work on and fix I usually throw avast free edition and malware bytes free. unless you want the added internet protection firewall protection, I think a free antivirus such as avg avast and mse with the use of malware-bytes added on is more then a enough for most users. although me myself I pay for avast internet security, although the last couple years i have been really evaluating if i really need to.


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07 Mar 2016   #12
lffoar

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerodo View Post
I think it's mostly a waste of money, yes. If you feel that you want an AV, some of the free ones are fine. I've used Avast for years without any problems for example. I stopped paying for AVs over 12 years ago...
Been using Avast free for yonks. That and MBAM are the best front line protection I can think of.
Also some common sense goes a long way..........just a pity it don't seem too common these days!
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08 Mar 2016   #13
themorus

10 Pro and 8.1 Home
 
 

Personally I use a paid anti malware Emsisoft and a paid lifetime Malwarebytes on my Windows 10, just Emsisoft on my 7 and of course nothing on my Linux machine, for the ordinary home user which most don't really have a clue I put Security Essentials from Microsoft on it or if it's 10 or 8.1 it's built in, I also put Super antispyware free edition on them, I also put two apps on every PC I repair, Unchecky and File Hippo App Manager and the first stops unwanted programs installing or tool bars etc. etc. and the other keeps your software up to date.

As a lot on here have said common sense is very important but most home users don't seem to grasp that. I got one PC last week with ransomware on it, had to nuke and pave it with all data lost, the ransomware came from his Dropbox account where people had been sharing stuff with him. I think this ransomware is the new big thing and it's going to lock down a lot of PC'S.
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08 Mar 2016   #14
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you just did things properly and slowly you would never even need an anti virus, don`t download garbage, un check the boxes ( which even they do not install a virus ) and don`t install an email program on your PC, too many free email programs out there, including your ISP`s mail program.

As everyone has said, viruses come from users not paying attention to what they`re doing.

The only thing I pay for is Malwarebytes, which is for Malware, and it was cheap.
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08 Mar 2016   #15
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
If you just did things properly and slowly you would never even need an anti virus, don`t download garbage, un check the boxes ( which even they do not install a virus ) and don`t install an email program on your PC, too many free email programs out there, including your ISP`s mail program.

As everyone has said, viruses come from users not paying attention to what they`re doing.

The only thing I pay for is Malwarebytes, which is for Malware, and it was cheap.
What about hijacked pages/ads/repositories?
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08 Mar 2016   #16
Seffrid

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

The only true way of using a computer safely these days is not to connect it to the internet - something I think a growing number of companies are slowly beginning to realise in that they are seriously questioning whether everything they do and store has to be done with internet access.

I agree with themorus that ransomware is the new big thing security-wise, and I personally think the other security disaster waiting to happen is the cloud.

I am perfectly happy to continue using the internet on my home computers of course, but I'm not complacent and I simply decline to have online access to my bank, pension and investment accounts. I prefer to handle them the old-fashioned way.
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08 Mar 2016   #17
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I use Comodo AV (free) and as far as I know the free version has the same functionality as the paid version but you only get support with the paid version. As far as AV's go - there's none that I know of that can guarantee 100% protection anyway. If you need an all in one paid for solution then fine - use it. Personally I prefer to plug the holes that any AV suite leaves in it's defences using other methods.
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08 Mar 2016   #18
Swizz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is a good point, since discovering the Internet back in the year of 2000..I had fallen over to Norton. *Cringes* Then F-Secure. AVG and now ESET. And no matter what, if you are labeled to get a Virus Or Malware, you will be a victim to it. Because at the end of the day, those little bugs will find a way through in-between the cracks, if you are not careful.

I do have Eset Security at this moment of time. And I can safely say that it has done me justice, as far. *Touch Wood* Saying that Malware is a whole different story.

I also have Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware

I'm curious does anybody still use ZoneAlarm?
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15 Mar 2016   #19
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

I used to have ZoneAlarm years back but then something happened to them, I don't recall what and frankly I thought the company was dead long since. I'm using ESET for years and I've never had a problem. I also like the feature of its firewall that can prevent programs from accessing the internet. It's unbelievable that every little program wants to access the internet the moment it's installed.
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15 Mar 2016   #20
Seffrid

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I also used to use ZoneAlarm, and don't recall why I stopped. I then used a succession of paid-for anti-virus programs including AVG, Avast and Spyware Doctor which I found in varying ways and degrees to be unreliable bloatware with unacceptably high levels of false positives. I've been delighted with MSE running in the background with daily scans supported by twice-weekly manual scans with MBAM Free ver1.75, as well as browser protection from Chrome/Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free.
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