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Windows 7: Avast to buy antivirus rival AVG for $1.3 billion

07 Jul 2016   #11
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
"Avast me maties! With AVenGer, let's bloat the blokes!"
Seriously, I really hope someday the Avast/AVG combine simply returns to the slim, trim, no-nonsense, no Swiss Army Knife days of old and gives us something we can be proud to license-buy and/or use the free version[s].
Roland,
You're a riot! Have you ever done Standup?

"Slim, trim, no-nonsense" is just not in the offing. Forgetaboutit!!! Ain't a gonna happen.
I love your sentiment though.

The only AV software that I've found that even comes close (very close) is Windows Defender.

Yes, I know, it's not at the top of the list, but it's respectful at least and does not constantly bother its users. When mated with a few more AV/AS programs, it does its job.

Cheers Mates!




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07 Jul 2016   #12
FerchogtX

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

I've been using Avast! for a long time... no issues so far. Bloated? Probably, but nothing you can't solve using the "Custom Install" option... AVG is also a good AV, I just didn't use it because it gave me a couple of false positives... it was a bit annoying, but just a bit.
I really don't see the big deal.
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08 Jul 2016   #13
cornemuse

Windows 7 Home Premium bit
 
 

Didnt like avast, at all, avg has been getting worse as years go by. Avast buying avg? Time to change, again, , , prolly 360 tot. sec, , , ,

(Have 360 on '7' laptop, actually like it, , , there, , ,)

-c-
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08 Jul 2016   #14
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

I know a guy who is not going to be happy when I tell him of this news.
He has used Avira, AVG and Avast at different times since 2004. The only antivirus that worked when he really needed it - isolating and killing an accidentally downloaded trojan browser hijacker - was AVG. He's used it ever since.
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09 Jul 2016   #15
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

I saw a lengthy ad this morning on TV, for "Viper" an AV program designed for/by the government.

I've never used it, and I don't know if they have a FREE version (which I'd like) but,
I'm wondering if anyone here has ever had any experience with it?

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09 Jul 2016   #16
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechnoMage2016 View Post
..."Viper" an AV program designed for/by the government...
My apartment complex has used Viper for some years now. I've heard no complaints about it from the people in the office. I don't remember seeing a Viper enterprise free version.
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10 Jul 2016   #17
TheDeerDude

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 

Vipre. VIPRE - Yes, as stupid as it sounds, that's its actual name.
There's no free version but you can get a free 30-day trial of any version. https://www.vipreantivirus.com/home-...oad-trial.aspx

I've used it back in 2014, seemed very lightweight and non-intrusive, it did its job. Reminded me of MalwareBytes, in a way.

As for the topic here. I liked and used Avast, but it became so bloated with unnecessary, stupid features that I stopped using it. I also used AVG, it was a lil better than avast, back a few years ago when it comes to unnecessary features.

I personally prefer MSE & MBAM & MBAE + a few addons in Firefox and a little bit of common sense
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10 Jul 2016   #18
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

I test dozens of pieces of Computer software every year, so I thought nothing about downloading the trial version of Viper AV. I installed it, ran it, did what little bit of customization as it would allow and ran a scan. It said it found some obscure trojan, but didn't actually name it or say where it was.
I got no warm, fuzzies from that. Customization was very weak, as compared to, say AVG.

Before the day was out, I did a system restore and Viper was GONE and Windows Defender was once again up and running. Viper also insisted that I remove one of my every day protection programs which I didn't like.

So that's my total experience with Viper.

I do remember taking Viper off of customer's PC's, where it had expired (one year license only) and was not running.

Cheers Mates,
TechnoMage
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10 Jul 2016   #19
TheDeerDude

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechnoMage2016 View Post
...trial version of Viper AV..

..Viper was GONE....Viper also

..So that's my total experience with Viper...

..taking Viper off...
What's "Viper"? I think you guys might've meant "Vipre" C'mon, it's not that hard. Repeat with me. V-I-P-R-E. Not VIPER. VIPRE. Yes, it sounds dumb, but it's the actual name of it.

I actually, out of curiosity downloaded it earlier today. I hated the user interface, so much that I just.. uninstalled it. It's simply god-awful. Funnily enough, when a different company owned Vipre, back in 2013 the user interface was so much better. They really took a step back.

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10 Jul 2016   #20
FerchogtX

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheDeerDude View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechnoMage2016 View Post
...trial version of Viper AV..

..Viper was GONE....Viper also

..So that's my total experience with Viper...

..taking Viper off...
What's "Viper"? I think you guys might've meant "Vipre" C'mon, it's not that hard. Repeat with me. V-I-P-R-E. Not VIPER. VIPRE. Yes, it sounds dumb, but it's the actual name of it.

I actually, out of curiosity downloaded it earlier today. I hated the user interface, so much that I just.. uninstalled it. It's simply god-awful. Funnily enough, when a different company owned Vipre, back in 2013 the user interface was so much better. They really took a step back.

Viper Beam!

Ohhh... sorry, wrong forum! XD
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