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

18 Mar 2016   #31
3Colors

64-bit Windows 7 Professional
 
 

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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.
With Eset did a deep level scan and found nothing . I plan to do a scan with Malwarebytes but I do not know , I have not even downloaded yet. That security breach affects only the website ( Msn ) but American version , or also the Latin American too(es-pe) ?


As the main theme , one can say that being careful where you click one could avoid finding a virus and therefore use an AV . But what if I have the need to search for information either for work or just for the need to know something more . Otherwise I will have to make several clicks (or download ) to find what I need . Do that without an AV I think is too risky. Have one installed is essential I think.


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18 Mar 2016   #32
FerchogtX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

I just use Avast Free and Malwarebytes Antimalware Free... Nada so far... I even find Avast a bit "paranoid" with some stuff...

I wonder if enterprises would consider paying for AV protection as a waste of money... it's obviously not the same needs a home user has...
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25 Mar 2016   #33
Benteke

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I...don't like parting with money unnecessarily but I don't see convincing arguments against it.
Same here. Been using Avast "paid version" for the past couple years. I like the additional spam filter & the safe browser option for sensitive activities. I used their free version for 3 yrs, the paid version is $30/yr, so that equates to $12/yr. Also use Malwarebytes free & Hitman Pro to scan.
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25 Mar 2016   #34
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Benteke View Post
Been using Avast "paid version" for the past couple years. I like the additional spam filter & the safe browser option for sensitive activities
The safe browser option MIGHT be available in the free version now.
I've read mixed info about this from "Avast".

This thread says it is available in the free version for everyone:
SafeZone browser is now available for all Avast users

This blog says "We decided to make the SafeZone browser available to a portion of our free users for a limited time."
What is SafeZone Browser?

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26 Mar 2016   #35
lehnerus2000

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
The safe browser option MIGHT be available in the free version now.
I've read mixed info about this from "Avast".

This thread says it is available in the free version for everyone:
SafeZone browser is now available for all Avast users

This blog says "We decided to make the SafeZone browser available to a portion of our free users for a limited time."
What is SafeZone Browser?

SafeZone Browser installed itself at the start of the month.

I only noticed yesterday because an update placed an icon on my desktop.

It wasn't listed in my "Programs and Features" window!
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26 Mar 2016   #36
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
SafeZone Browser installed itself at the start of the month.

I only noticed yesterday because an update placed an icon on my desktop.

It wasn't listed in my "Programs and Features" window!
To see what Avast optional tools you have installed,
In Programs and Features select Avast and click Change, then click Modify.
The options that are checked are installed.
I've found more optional tools that i didn't know were installed
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26 Mar 2016   #37
lehnerus2000

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

I had to run the Avast installer to get to the "Tool Options".
However that also deleted my "Scan Exclusions".

It's strange that my other desktop didn't auto-install the SafeZone Browser when I manually updated Avast.
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26 Mar 2016   #38
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Various Firefox addons such as AdBlock, NoScript and such have probably done more to keep malware off my PC than most of the AV software, since browsing can deliver you a payload the quickest way thanks to infected ad banners. Only "real time" I have running is MSE and it, while being one of the poorer programs, hasn't found anything in a long time trying to infect me via normal browsing.

I have MBAM and SAS on hand for scans, with TDSSkiller in case I get hit with a rootkit again. I do have Spybot installled, but their "inoculation" hosts file additions seem to be increasingly rare these days and it's a super slow scanner- SAS can do in 20 minutes what Spybot takes 4-6 hours to do because Spybot uses an older method of scanning.

I considered Hitman Pro, but is it worth it when the others seem adequate for no cost?

Unfortunately, "staying offline" doesn't matter because if you have an offline PC that you install things on, it can still get hit. Too many "legit" companies are packing various PUP packages into their installers, usually because they get paid to include it. Even Adobe tries to shoehorn in some unneeded thing with every Flash update, and gog.com is doing it too. There have been cases of retail discs shipping with malware on them too because of an infection of the gold master or something else along the manufacturing lines.
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