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Windows 7: Avast Internet Secuirty Yes or No?

22 Oct 2011   #11
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

The biggest difference between free and AIS is that AIS includes a manual sandbox, so you can sandbox your browser. I don't know how good AIS's sandbox is, say compared to Sandboxie, but I bet avast! has a pretty good handle on it. If you visit dangerous sites or have dangerous habits online, then either go with AIS, or Free with Sandboxie. Virtualization should be your first line of defense and your AV should be somewhere after that.


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22 Oct 2011   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is the deal


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22 Oct 2011   #13
Mitch656

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
The biggest difference between free and AIS is that AIS includes a manual sandbox, so you can sandbox your browser. I don't know how good AIS's sandbox is, say compared to Sandboxie, but I bet avast! has a pretty good handle on it. If you visit dangerous sites or have dangerous habits online, then either go with AIS, or Free with Sandboxie. Virtualization should be your first line of defense and your AV should be somewhere after that.
Would you call any of this dangerous?
i tend to use the internet for mainly social netoworking, and research... i do tend to do internet banking online and buy stuff online. I use torrents for stuff i shouldent, and i vist adults sites
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22 Oct 2011   #14
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

lol Then I think AIS and its sandbox, is perfect for you!
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24 Oct 2011   #15
Trucidation

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Take the 30 bucks and treat your better half to a couple of big Macs - plus fries and chocolate shake.
Your heart would like to have a few words with you about that.

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24 Oct 2011   #16
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

I think some better questions might be:

1. Why are you dissatisfied with your current security setup?
2. Has your computer been infected or compromised in some way?
3. If yes, what were you doing at the time your machine became infected? Visiting some questionable site? Using a P2P or torrent site?
4. If no, what would $30 a year or $50 a year do to improve your security if your computer doesn't have any security issues?

Personally, I think a free product from a reputable company like Avast, AVG, etc, along with a healthy dose of common sense, and following the guidelines in the below Microsoft article, are all a person needs to stay safe on the internet. Think of it this way. If Avast or AVG put out an unreliable free product how would they go about convincing the public that their paid product was any better?

Computer viruses: description, prevention, and recovery
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24 Oct 2011   #17
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

+1 Mars. Tip number 4 is spot on.
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24 Oct 2011   #18
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

@ DBone, sandbox is present in free avast antivirus, too I use it sometimes .

And, I am agreeing with lee completely . The essence of security is in your activity, and it depends on your common sense a lot . If I download some torrents, I am under risk ... however secured I may be. If I pay for porn online using my credit card, I will not be astonished if my account is compromised . Alternatively, if the antivirus says that thumb.db is a virus, I am not with it .
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24 Oct 2011   #19
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
@ DBone, sandbox is present in free avast antivirus, too I use it sometimes .
No, that is an Auto-Sandbox in Free, not a Manual-Sandbox. You can not run your browser in the Auto-Sandbox, only in AIS's Manual-Sandbox. The Auto-Box, is used to confine suspicious software, but only avast! decides which software is suspicious, and then it either asks the user, or automatically runs the software in the sandbox, depending on the settings.
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24 Oct 2011   #20
panais

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post
Free versus Paid Anti Virus...

* You are asking for opinions.

Opinions are not always based on logic.

* Avast versus Vipre? For me neither.


* Paid versus Free. I would always choose paid.


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Generally, free apps have less-frequent malware-signature updates than paid products do, which can leave a window of opportunity for brand-new baddies to evade detection. Most of the free apps we tried update their signature databases only once daily.
Can You Trust Free Antivirus Software? | PCWorld

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......there are some differences between the paid and free versions of security software of the same company with regards to the protection components offered.
In other words, the engine components available in the products are what you are paying for.

More -

Thus, free apps may have antivirus or anti-spyware capabilities, but a paying customer definitely receives increased protection for the system through a bunch of components (such as email scanner, web shield, behavioral analysis, etc.) not included in the free edition of the product.
Antivirus: Free vs. Paid Detection - Softpedia
I totally agree!
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