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Windows 7: Most effective security suite?

05 Aug 2010   #1
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 
Most effective security suite?

My question is simple - which security suite is most efficient, namely consumes least resources?

It's clear that every anti-virus software, every real-time protection app slows down the computer.

In particular they slow down downloads - every downloaded file get scanned, this is reasonable practice, however, if you download compressed software installers, then this takes a while, and frankly, if I am downloading something from, say, Microsoft, the probability for such a file being infected is very small. At least, this has never happened to me.

They also slow down file transfers - moving and copying files - between hard drives. It takes sometimes a few extra seconds to complete a file move between different hard drives and that's annoying, especially that it's totally clear that the files are not infected - they were scanned many times already on a machine that never had any infection.

In my experience there are three sources of infection that I have ever noticed. First, one can get some trojans from dubious websites, these the anti-virus usually catches. Second, one can download something from "file-sharing" services, or torrents, or usenet, or something like that. These can be bad altogether, or they can contain bad files in a package deal. Third - never happened to me personally - one can get some infection through some removable media, i.e. from friends and colleagues.

Now suppose one does not do any of the above. Only legit sites, only legit, trusted downloads (from CNET and big vendors only, for example). The computer is behind a hardware (NAT firewall. It would seem, that the usual strictest possible protection were a bit excessive. So how does one optimize the protection? Which security suite is the lightest in terms of resource usage? Or can one live without real-time protection altogether?


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05 Aug 2010   #2
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Why didnt you search the forum before posting this? There are hundreds of similar threads.
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05 Aug 2010   #3
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I do not recommend any security suite. For ample protection with the least impact on your system, install Microsoft Security Essentials and turn on Windows Firewall. Download and install Malwarebytes and use it on demand.
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05 Aug 2010   #4
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

hi carl i have to agree with you i had second thoughts about using Microsoft Security Essentials but i am so pleased with how it works and runs glad i ditched KIS and bitdefender and the bonus is its free !!! i cant fault it Microsoft are on the ball with this one works great with windows 7
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05 Aug 2010   #5
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Brian, I am glad it is performing well for you.
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05 Aug 2010   #6
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

You may want to look at Avast. It has lots of options to customize what is scanned. I use the free version.

avast! - Download Free Antivirus Software or Internet Security

Jim
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05 Aug 2010   #7
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

And Avast works well with Win 7.
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05 Aug 2010   #8
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, unifex.

With the care you take in surfing, I tend to agree with CarlTR6 about suites. That said, I am a beta-tester of ESET Smart Security on one of my computers and have been very pleased with it. On another, I use MSE and fine that effective as well. Of course, no computer of mine ever goes without Scotty, "The Windows Watchdog", WinPatrol.
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05 Aug 2010   #9
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Hi, unifex.

With the care you take in surfing, I tend to agree with CarlTR6 about suites. That said, I am a beta-tester of ESET Smart Security on one of my computers and have been very pleased with it. On another, I use MSE and fine that effective as well. Of course, no computer of mine ever goes without Scotty, "The Windows Watchdog", WinPatrol.
I agree. Scotty barks at me all the time. Great program.

Jim
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05 Aug 2010   #10
Francis93

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Microsoft Security Essentials. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as your on-demand scanner.
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