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Windows 7: Best antivirus for Windows 7?


07 Feb 2013   #11

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Their is no best or we would all be using the same anti virus.
I use MSE.
Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows

Ditto! MSE, lightest, well to be honest it is owned and built by Microsoft, so how bad could it be
Since you asked... Lately, MSE has been getting bad reviews for missing infections. How valid those reviews are has been hotly debated. The reason I quit using it after using it for six months was over update issues. Thanks to a glitch that kept MSE from downloading definitions both automatically and manually, prompting an alert here, I found out the only time MSE was downloading definitions to my computer was just before I ran my weekly full scan and I told it to. It was then I learned that MSE can be set to automatically download definitions only before doing a scheduled scan, either quick or full. Since I'm on my notebook at random times, scheduled scans would be hit or miss at best. For that reason (besides being thoroughly P.O.ed at MSE), I ditched it and went back to AVAST! free. I don't notice my computer working any slower than before and AVAST! automatically updates at least twice a day, no matter when I'm on the computer.

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07 Feb 2013   #12

Windows 7
 
 

I'm not expert, but when I did a thorough search of paid and free AV programs, AVG was in top 5 almost in every single review I saw, and most of the time, was in the top 3.

I use Avast only because I got it when they had a promotion for it for 2 years and 3 machines.

It works well with Malwarebytes and Superantispyware which I also have.

When this runs out in 2014, from all the reviews I've seen, I would go with AVG Free or MSE before I'd pay for one.

I also have Spyware Blaster free version and, outside of identity theft, I pretty much have the internet fairly secure.
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07 Feb 2013   #13

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by keebsuk View Post
Another vote for Bitdefender. I also run Malwarebytes Pro.

Bitdefender is new to me as of yesterday and it is mighty impressive. It is easy to set up and configure, has a ton of extremely useful features and does its job quietly.

Andy
Andy,
Do you have the AV or Internet Security version of Bit?
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07 Feb 2013   #14

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Many of the paid anti-malware suites offer a free trial period. (If you find a company that doesn't offer a free trial period I'd be suspicious. What are they trying to hide?) The free products are ... well, free. So you could certainly test different products to see which one(s) work best on your machine. It may help you make a more informed decision rather than relying on the very subjective opinions of other people.

After you evaluate one product, make sure you completely remove it before installing a different product. Many anti-malware products have their own official uninstall utility. If you fail to remove all remnants of one product, it could interfere with the successful install or operation of another product. Here's a list of official uninstallers. If you're testing something that's not listed, or if you're using a newer version, you could always visit the product website for the latest uninstall info.

Security Software | SingularLabs
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07 Feb 2013   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Here's a list of official uninstallers.

Security Software | SingularLabs

Nice find!
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28 Mar 2013   #16

windows7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Their is no best or we would all be using the same anti virus.
I use MSE.
Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows
What an excellent reply...This post alone would demolish several A vs B threads ive encountered.
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28 Mar 2013   #17

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Many of the paid anti-malware suites offer a free trial period. (If you find a company that doesn't offer a free trial period I'd be suspicious. What are they trying to hide?) The free products are ... well, free. So you could certainly test different products to see which one(s) work best on your machine. It may help you make a more informed decision rather than relying on the very subjective opinions of other people.

After you evaluate one product, make sure you completely remove it before installing a different product. Many anti-malware products have their own official uninstall utility. If you fail to remove all remnants of one product, it could interfere with the successful install or operation of another product. Here's a list of official uninstallers. If you're testing something that's not listed, or if you're using a newer version, you could always visit the product website for the latest uninstall info.

Security Software | SingularLabs
Good stuff marsmimar and I do like the other sites too very handy.

As for Bears comments on the money again there is no perfect AV a lot of it is up to what you do anyway be stupid and you get shafted I mean it isn't rocket science. The scumbags will always be ahead of what they put out because you would have be a mind reader to know whats coming.

Same old thing though mention certain areas of computing and you open the flood gates of the fifth dimension and out they come swinging.

Having said that after a few "unforunate" experienceswith some AV's there are a few I would not poke with blunt stick.
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29 Mar 2013   #18

 

ESET Smart Security 6 - lightest and best, IMO.
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10 Apr 2013   #19

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

See my post in security news some surprises there although I guess it really depends on those sites testing methods but I have always thought AV comparatives were close on the money.

Latest from AV Comparatives
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27 Jan 2014   #20

Windows Home Premium 7x64
 
 
MSE

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by annetin View Post
I am looking for the best possible antivirus program for Windows 7, that wouldn't take up so much space on my laptop. I don't mind if I have to pay or if it is free, I just want the best protection.
If you use MSE, just get Malewarebytes Pro, ($24.95 for lifetime license) and run it realtime. Just exclude each in both MSE and Malwarebyes and you will be ok. Have MBytes do a FULL auto-scan at a designated time each day.
It works for my room mate

http://www.malwarebytes.org/pro/










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