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Windows 7: best antivirus (paid and freeware)

25 Jan 2012   #1
virtualtechie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
best antivirus (paid and freeware)

whats the best antivirus software out there? It does not matter if its paid or free

thnx


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25 Jan 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

It's a matter of opinion.

There must be a hundred threads on the topic in the security section of this forum.
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25 Jan 2012   #3
vierasniper

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

i use MSE, its the one that's Microsoft puts out. its pretty good and there's alot of updates for it. (that's a good thing) I use it with Malwarebytes, that one is also pretty good and free.
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25 Jan 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is no 'best'. Be careful on the web and do frequent imaging. Then you are covered. Else, any AV program will do. I use Norton, many people use MSE, G-Data and Eset are also very good. Take your pick. AVG and McAfee are not recommended - for different reasons.
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25 Jan 2012   #5
Animal5150

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

+ 1 with what whs said. We can sit here all day and go back and forth about "best" but safe practices & backing up will almost always keep you safe,
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25 Jan 2012   #6
shoshoman

windows xp proffesional x64 edition
 
 

I use pc tools spyware doctor, fast and efficient.
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25 Jan 2012   #7
ddadda82

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I can't say which is the best, but I am using MSE paired with built in Firewall in Windows 7, Malwarebytes (real time protection off!), and Spywareblaster. It's good and what's more important, FREE! xD
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26 Jan 2012   #8
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Free versus Paid Anti Virus...

* You are asking for opinions.
Opinions are not always based on logic.

* What is the best?
The best is the one you have tried & are happiest with.
Different things appeal to different people.
Read the blurb associated with each & then make an informed decision.

* Strickly from a BSOD perspective MSE is the preferred way to go.
To be avoided { as they appear the worst " offenders"} are Norton, McAfee & Kaspersky.
Other "brands" also appear, at times, in the analysis as being a contributing cause.

* Paid versus Free. I would always choose paid.

Quote:
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. 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
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31 Jan 2012   #9
panais

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ddadda82 View Post
I can't say which is the best, but I am using MSE paired with built in Firewall in Windows 7, Malwarebytes (real time protection off!), and Spywareblaster. It's good and what's more important, FREE! xD

Or maybe this Good and Free system security combination.
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31 Jan 2012   #10
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

If you are just a Home User like I am then vou can use any number of free A-V programs that shall keep you fully protected. I use the free AVAST.

You can however take your pick from http://majorgeeks.com/downloads29.html. There are many sites like Major Geeks. I have given it only as an example as it is full of all sorts of freeware.
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