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

16 Mar 2016   #21
cornemuse

Windows 7 Home Premium bit
 
 

Consider this: It is in the anti-virus industry's best interests that virus's, etc, all the nasty electronic crap, does NOT go away.

-c-


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16 Mar 2016   #22
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cornemuse View Post
Consider this: It is in the anti-virus industry's best interests that virus's, etc, all the nasty electronic crap, does NOT go away.

-c-
Some of those electronic nasties...
...stole "secrets" from antivirus companies
...created government back doors (which lowered sales)
...got past AV tools (cost overhead with customer service calls)
...caused AV tools to crash computers (which lowered sales).

So -- it is in the antivirus industry's best interest that simplistic viruses do not go away. The really nasty ones hurt revenue :-)


I generally install the free ones for those that I support.
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16 Mar 2016   #23
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

I've concluded that it's a waste of time to read the latest review from PC Mag et al. Of course they are going to talk up the "best free antivirus." After all, the freebies hope you will upgrade. I'm sticking to MSE. There is no paid version to bother you with. I also think this is why they don't rate highly. No one makes any money off it. And yet, I keep reading that it does a good job. I've yet to hear of someone getting a terrible virus with it. (I'm sure someone will attempt to prove me wrong...).
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16 Mar 2016   #24
3Colors

64-bit Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Not know if someone else will have been aware of this safety hazard that affected important pages : Large advertising-based cyberattack hit BBC, New York Times, MSN | PCWorld

I read that Eset has protection against ransomware , but I do not know if it is aware of the attack and is ready to handle it. The other AV will offer the same solution ?

The only site I visited was Msn but the version of my country :S
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17 Mar 2016   #25
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by michael diemer View Post
I've concluded that it's a waste of time to read the latest review from PC Mag et al. Of course they are going to talk up the "best free antivirus." After all, the freebies hope you will upgrade. I'm sticking to MSE. There is no paid version to bother you with. I also think this is why they don't rate highly. No one makes any money off it. And yet, I keep reading that it does a good job. I've yet to hear of someone getting a terrible virus with it. (I'm sure someone will attempt to prove me wrong...).
I'm not going to attempt to prove you wrong. I still install MSE for some users that I support, but I install Panda for other users. It depends on the user.

Some time when you are bored...
...let my posts to this old thread put you to sleep :-)

The link above states the issue. This post shows that issue via videos. Sadly, MSE still has poor heuristics despite Microsoft's OS telemetry. Perhaps it is light on resources because it does so little :-(
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17 Mar 2016   #26
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3Colors View Post
Not know if someone else will have been aware of this safety hazard that affected important pages : Large advertising-based cyberattack hit BBC, New York Times, MSN | PCWorld

I read that Eset has protection against ransomware , but I do not know if it is aware of the attack and is ready to handle it. The other AV will offer the same solution ?

The only site I visited was Msn but the version of my country :S
Thanks for posting that link. I had not come across it yet.

It is just like the web-ad problems that Yahoo served up for weeks at a time all thru 2014.

CryptoPrevent should help stop some (most?) ransomware.
Be aware of this issue.

Malwarebytes anti-exploit and Hostsman should help too.


Most of these ad-based infections use Flash. I don't have Flash in IE (64bit) or Pale Moon (64bit). For websites where I need Flash, I use Chrome. Chrome handles updating it built in Pepper Flash well.
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17 Mar 2016   #27
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I use norton and don't like parting with money unnecessarily but I don't see convincing arguments against it.
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17 Mar 2016   #28
BorisTheAnimal

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I only use Panda Free.

Should I have more?
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17 Mar 2016   #29
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BorisTheAnimal View Post
I only use Panda Free.

Should I have more?
It would be interesting to ask the staff at Panda if they already do everything that CryptoPrevent and Malwarebytes anti-exploit already does. I'm not fond of having so many tiny/specialized apps to keep up with.
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17 Mar 2016   #30
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Panda free does spot pup's pretty well popped up at the same time as mbam pro on one i missed
Can't remember the download probably imgburn bugware I tried when creating a all in one version installer iso.
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