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Windows 7: Which Is the Best Free Anti-Virus Software? Other Security Software?

11 May 2012   #11

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Hi,

In addition to the recommendations above, ensure that your Java and FlashPlayer are up-to-date. These are usually forgotten in the security mix, but represent the most common route for malware infections.

Use this to check for other common vulnerabilities:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...inspector.html

Regards,
Golden


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11 May 2012   #12

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cliffflip View Post
As far as I know, MSE has a low detection rate compared to other free antivirus software. Avira has a high detection rate but for some cases it tends to lead to a false alarm (i've experienced this a few times), also it will slow down your PC performance a little bit, especially on startup.

You should check this thread for more info : http://www.sevenforums.com/system-se...nti-virus.html
Have you seen version 4? I did my own detection tests myself and it did really, really well. it integrates with Internet Explorer 9, so between that and smart screen filter in IE9, you shouldn't get any viruses, but you never know so that's why we have Malwarebytes
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12 May 2012   #13

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

PSI is a good program to make sure that your programs are up-to-date.
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12 May 2012   #14

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Golden linked to their OSI, but PSI is what I use. Am sticking to the older version though as the new Beta is far too automated, with less info. A Guy
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12 May 2012   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Golden linked to their OSI, but PSI is what I use. Am sticking to the older version though as the new Beta is far too automated, with less info. A Guy
So that's going to be the "new" version? No option to disable the automation while providing less info? I've not tried the beta, but it sounds as though it's a step backward. I'd much rather have the option to run in auto or manual. In manual you at least have the option to delay an update where you know that issues have surfaced because of it. I'll bet the corporate software they offer allows the user more control over the automation.

I agree with greg on not relying on reviews provided by those ad supported AV review sites. Some of the recommendations I've seen them make over the years could be considered irresponsible (at least as far as the consumer is concerned).

I've got a few links to some review sites that appear as though there are no questionable affiliations, but I can only find one at the moment:

AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software - About Us
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12 May 2012   #16

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

You will find that "independents" aren't all that independent.
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12 May 2012   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
You will find that "independents" aren't all that independent.
Could very well be true, which is why I stated it as:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sibbil View Post
that appear as though
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13 May 2012   #18

Win 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
Visit the System Security board - this has been asked and answered quite a few times.
Hi kegobeer, and thanks, I sure will. I didn't realize that was there. Sorry for clogging up this board with an off- and rehashed topic. I see this thread has been moved to the Security Forum. At least it's in the right forum, now.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Best in what way?
I prefer an application that gets the job done with the least amount of start-up delay, required user input, and notifications.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The most recommended freeware AV here now is Microsoft Security Essentials with the Windows 7 firewall, Malwarebytes on demand scanner.
I was using Avast on my last personal computer. I tried it on Windows 7, but got annoyed when it wanted to sandbox every application I was downloading from Sourceforge. I was impressed it had a sandbox feature, which I had never seen before; but not that it didn't recognize fairly well known applications.
I switched over to Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE.) One might imagine it's likely to integrate the best with the operating system (OS), since it's made by the same company.
I already had the MS firewall option activated; and I had Malwarebyes installed too. I knew about Malwarebytes. I think most people consider it the best Worm and Trojan defender these days.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
...keep everything up-to-date and avoid downloading and running suspicious files. The sandboxing in Google's Chrome browser helps a lot, too.
I've set all notifications for updates to on.
I didn' t know Chrome had a Sandbox. I'll check that out.
I have trouble avoiding suspicious files altogether as I get some things from torrents. Is there a way to scan them for malware?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
If you read technical articles, then the names Fred Langa and Paul Thurott may ring a bell.
they also use Windows Defender Offline (WDO) as an "offline" scanner.
Here is a link to an article from a Security blog which I recommend reading.
Understanding Microsoft Anti-Malware Software 2012 ~ Security Garden
Thanks, karl. I'll do that reading; and get that Windows Defender Offline. I see from googling it, that it's something new; and it sounds like a good thing.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
...ensure that your Java and FlashPlayer are up-to-date. These...represent the most common route for malware infections.
Use this to check for other common vulnerabilities:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...inspector.html
Hi Golden. I'll set Flash and Java to update automatically. I didn't know they were problematic. Do they do updates specifically to close the door on vulnerabilities? I'll read that link too.
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13 May 2012   #19

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TomBrooklyn View Post
Hi Golden. I'll set Flash and Java to update automatically. I didn't know they were problematic. Do they do updates specifically to close the door on vulnerabilities? I'll read that link too.
Hi Tom,

Yes, they are probably the most-frequently used vehicles are carrying malware, and the updates are usually, but not exclusively, to patch security vulnerabilities.

FlashPlayer is an Adobe product, so if you use AdobeReader that also needs to go into your list. Many users now avoid AdobeReader altogether, and use the many free and quite good alternatives (I use NitroPDF).

Regards,
Golden
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15 May 2012   #20

Win 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Many users now avoid AdobeReader altogether, and use the many free and quite good alternatives (I use NitroPDF).
Hi Golden,

If Adobe Reader is eliminated, can Flash Player be done away with?
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