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Windows 7: Antivirus programs

24 Jan 2012   #11
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

Kaspersky is the best on this comparison site, but the Virgin, AVG or McAfee programs aren't it. Virgin seems to have an element of Kaspersky though, but I don't know what it is.



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24 Jan 2012   #12
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ukthesis View Post
So I've come to the conclusion that if you ask 6 people their favorite anti-virus program, you'll probably get 6 different answers. There doesn't seem to be a place you can go to read up, from technical experts, their opinion.
It's true that you can get 6 different answers. But there are some sites that at least attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff.

On this site, the better reputations go to Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast, Kapersky, Malwarebytes, and recent versions of Norton. Then a bunch of others in the middle.

You rarely hear anything good about McAfee.
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25 Jan 2012   #13
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

AVG free may not be too bad although there are many who don't like it here and elsewhere but McAfee everyone says is the pits. I have used it for a short time over 15 years back and then gave up. It wasn't too bad then.

If Virgin is giving Kaspersky or Trend Micro then they are amongst the top of the list and you should plump for any one of them. Otherwise Avast free A-V is doing great for me.
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25 Jan 2012   #14
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

Thanks guys for the good advice. Interesting that MaAfee isn't rated in the top rank since they are quite expensive and compete directly with Kaspersky. My own experience was horrendous. Basically, I got error messages on a regular basis. I contacted their customer support helpline, they said they'd corrected the fault (remote control accessing my PC, so they were in control) but they never did. I lost my patience with them and eventually got the refund.
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25 Jan 2012   #15
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

For perspective I think McAfee's Enterprise versions operate better than the standard consumer grade version. I did 11mo contract with Intel and they use McAfee on all there PC's and I never had an issue with it. But like everyone has said already the standard version is less than regarded in the pc community.
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