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Windows 7: Need An Opinion On Anti-Viral Software


27 May 2012   #1
VMPAS

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Need An Opinion On Anti-Viral Software

For years my family used Trend Micro and Webroot(together) on our computers. My father then bought a new computer, and got a free trial of Symantec and stuck with them. I bought a lap top and installed Webroot & Trend Micro BUT they both ended up being very resource heavy and would slow down my machine(which should not be so, and I have yet to find an answer to that little issue), so I installed AVG.

Recently I have been having issues with AVG such as Windows telling me AVG is not active. This was just a circle of insanity because I would activate AVG, then AVG would tell me I don't have the right user rights to activate AVG and it would just be a cycle of this. I haven't worried about this much thought because AVG is expiring in about a month and I've been thinking about going back to Webroot & Trend Micro which has worked just fine on the other computers in the house. However I am worried that it will again bog down my system.

I was also thinking if there really is a need for Webroot & AVG together installed on one computer. I know nowadays both AV programs cover alot of spectrum of internet security and I just wanted to know what everyone else's experiences was with these 3 pieces of software (AVG, Trend, Webroot).

Thanks.


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27 May 2012   #2
gigagiggles

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It's never a good idea to run more than one anti-virus program concurrently. An appearance of a questionable file or attack may then be vied for control by both programs to deal with. One anti-virus program along with an on-demand scanner, and perhaps a virtual sandbox environment are more than sufficient for normal usage (firewalls assumed intact).
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27 May 2012   #3
elstupido

win 7 64
 
 

Sandboxie is your friend.
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27 May 2012   #4
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

VMPAS,
I have had AVG AntiVirus Pro" {paid} on all computers here for years & see no reason to change.
Have used Trend in the past but wasn't happy with it or the support offered.


FYI...
If your computer come preloaded with Anti Virus Software which you don't intend using, it IS advisable to remove it with the appropriate Uninstall tool BEFORE downloading another.
{Remnants of the original may remain that can create inconvenient "glitches."}


We generally recommend Microsoft Security Essentials & Malwarebytes as being appropriate with Win 7.

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27 May 2012   #5
CanIHaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VMPAS View Post
For years my family used Trend Micro and Webroot(together) on our computers. My father then bought a new computer, and got a free trial of Symantec and stuck with them. I bought a lap top and installed Webroot & Trend Micro BUT they both ended up being very resource heavy and would slow down my machine(which should not be so, and I have yet to find an answer to that little issue), so I installed AVG.

Recently I have been having issues with AVG such as Windows telling me AVG is not active. This was just a circle of insanity because I would activate AVG, then AVG would tell me I don't have the right user rights to activate AVG and it would just be a cycle of this. I haven't worried about this much thought because AVG is expiring in about a month and I've been thinking about going back to Webroot & Trend Micro which has worked just fine on the other computers in the house. However I am worried that it will again bog down my system.

I was also thinking if there really is a need for Webroot & AVG together installed on one computer. I know nowadays both AV programs cover alot of spectrum of internet security and I just wanted to know what everyone else's experiences was with these 3 pieces of software (AVG, Trend, Webroot).

Thanks.

If I'm not mistaken, you're talking about Webroot SecureAnywhere right? If so, then I would either run it alone or run it along side of some type of free AV such as Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira, or Avast. Webroot SecureAnywhere is designed to run along side another AV or by itself.
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27 May 2012   #6
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

I tend to agree with the opinion of JMH. MSE and MalwareBytes are both excellent and free. With MSE in place even MalwareBytes is really not necessary.

However I don't personally use MSE. I use Avast! Free A-V and Comodo Free Firewall and there has never been a day's trouble. They are both excellent and if you look at the sticky threads in the Security Forum, only these two are listed. I have also the free MalwareBytes installed but I run it very infrequently.
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27 May 2012   #7
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I use only MSE.
I recommend only MSE.
I install only MSE.
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28 May 2012   #8
VMPAS

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Alright Ill give MSE a shot and see how it goes. Thanks all.
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28 May 2012   #9
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Our pleasure.
Should you have any more questions about Win 7 you know where to find us.
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