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Windows 7: Antivirus


11 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 professional 64bit
 
 
Antivirus

Hello Experts!

I have got a core i3 system with 4GB of Ram... Previously i was using AVAST antivirus but now i have got some problem with it.. So i want to ask which one is the best antivirus nowadays?? and why??

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11 Oct 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome
The one that is suggested the most and does not cause problems, is Microsoft Security Essentials. Lets be hones all the AV have good and bad points, but I have never seen Security Essentials cause a problem. Most of the others have cause BSODs
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11 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello ;

In my opinion

The good:
Nod32 (paid)
Kaspersky (paid)
Avast (free)
Comodo (free)

Average:
Avira (free)
MSE (free)

The bad:
Norton (paid)
Panda (bad 'cause it's cloud-based)
AVG (free)

The ugly:
McAfee
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11 Oct 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64
 
 

I would go with MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows), all my computers in my house have got it, and I've personally have not had any problems with the program at all; it has also successfully removed viruses and malware from my step-brothers computer, and managed to detect a trojan which completely destroyed my dad's Windows 7 Installation. Everything is perfect with the two previously infected computers now.

Hope this helps,

Harry
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11 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Normally all anti virus will protect your system, some better than others. Some over protect and want to run your computer. Many just cause problems trying to work with Windows 7.
Microsoft's Security Essentials is made by Microsoft for a Microsoft operating system. The best one is in the eyes of the beholder so I will show you what I use and trust.
Microsoft Security Essentials
Malwarebytes Anti Malware Pro
Windows built in Firewall.
Filehippo Updater to make sure other things get their/there security updates.
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They all play well together.
Edit: The free version of Malwarebytes Anti Malware also works well.
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11 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 professional 64bit
 
 

Thank you all for you kind replies
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15 Oct 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alikhan View Post
Hello ;

In my opinion

The bad:
Panda (bad 'cause it's cloud-based)

Curious, why do you think "cloud based is bad"? The vast majority of AVs use some sort of a cloud component to increase protection. Just because an AV is cloud based, doesn't make it bad.
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22 Feb 2014   #8

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Take your pick personally I avoid AVG MSE Norton Trend McAfee
Probably the Best Free Security List in the World

PS Forgot as Layback bear said for Malwarebytes > SuperAntiSpyware and ADWCleaner as also use scanners
http://www.superantispyware.com/

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/ < download from bleepingcomputer but be wary of the add ons they are using now.
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