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Windows 7: Free vs. Fee: Free and Paid Antivirus Programs Compared


30 Nov 2010   #1

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 
Free vs. Fee: Free and Paid Antivirus Programs Compared

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Can free antivirus software protect you? Or is it worth paying for a full-blown A/V app? We look at the benefits--and pitfalls--of free and paid antivirus products.

Depending on whom you ask, paying for antivirus software is either a good investment or a total ripoff. In reality, neither viewpoint is accurate. You can find plenty of good reasons to choose a paid antivirus product, and plenty of good reasons to go with a freebie.

We teamed up with security testing company AV-Test, to find out what you get--or don't get--with free antivirus, and when it makes sense to subscribe annually to a fee-based program.
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Free vs. Fee: Free and Paid Antivirus Programs Compared - PCWorld

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30 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

I think this is a question you can only answer yourself. You'll get a different story from each person you ask. I've known people who say they only have free anti-virus and have never had a problem. Personally, because I do banking online (many people say thats stupid) I like the protection of Norton Internet Security. Even the experts disagree. Good Luck.
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30 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

An interesting read. I have used NIS for a few years but when time came to renew I opted to go with MSE. I haven't noticed a difference in protection for my needs.
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01 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alfred01 View Post
I think this is a question you can only answer yourself. You'll get a different story from each person you ask.
In my case I paid $US50 for a fully blown AV Software and within 1 year my computer suffered infection via a completely undetected Downloading Trojan followed by two separate incidents of Hosts File Infections which the paid AV computer security allowed the second of which crashed the computer. After switching to a top testing free Computer Security Software nearly 2 years ago there have been no Malware detections or Hosts File infections on either of my computers.

I have left any security software brand names out of my statement since we are discussing the effectiveness of Paid vs Free computer security software and also to avoid contentions concerning brand loyalty.

~Maxx~
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01 Dec 2010   #5

7 Ultimate x64 RTM 7600.16385
 
 

I do online banking, ebay (a lot), since the first beta of MSE came out I've use it as my main AV software on all computers at home with no problem at all, just a great AV solution
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01 Dec 2010   #6
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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01 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
how to protect your Hosts file...
Thanks for the links! My current freeware computer security program is doing a flawless job of protecting my computer's Hosts file unlike the $50 fiasco of a computer security program I paid for.

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01 Dec 2010   #8

win 7 ultimate
 
 

I wouldn´t take this for granted. That will depend on what computer you are using ( a laptop or a desktop), where do you intend to plug it to the internet, and of course what kind of modem you have (cable, wireless).

We have more than 65.000 virtual doors in a computer and from 1024 up to 65.000, any can be used to send information about your passwords and credit card information among others. AV, Firewalls, Anti-spywares/malwares just capture what they know, using heuristic, comparison and so on. But what happens to what they don´t know?

So be damned careful when sending your information through the net. By the way, sorry for sticking my nose into other people´s talking.

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01 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ZORG View Post
AV, Firewalls, Anti-spywares/malwares just capture what they know, using heuristic, comparison and so on. But what happens to what they don´t know?
That's what Sandboxie is for...



I've been running my browser in Sandboxie on my laptop and desktop computers for years without a single infection and without using black list Antivirus software.

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02 Dec 2010   #10

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
Instead of Sandboxie a Virtual Machine IMO is a good way to protect a computer --and if it DOES get infected simply blow it away and re-load a fresh Virtual Machine.

For Online Banking etc I always use a Virtual machine for web access. Only if after decent tests do I think the application or whatever is SAFE do I then copy it to data on the REAL machine.

Virtual machine software is FREE and modern hardware - including even modest Netbooks can always run at least ONE Virtual Machine --remember you are only basically using it of Internet Access so it shouldn't consume significant Host resources either.

Finally a lot of the articles in magazines about AV software performance and detection are so out of date by the time they are inprint as to render them useless.

In any case it's the USER far more than the Machine that is likely to be the cause of any infection.

Cheers
jimbo
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