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Windows 7: Antivirus & Firewall suite, recommendations?

13 Oct 2009   #11
Crypto

Windows 7 Professional, Windows XP
 
 

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  • MSE
  • Comodo (firewall only with Windows firewall Off)
  • UAC
So far no probs
What's MSE? Is that the built-in firewall?

MSE - Microsoft Security Essentials

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Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft.

but MSE doesnt have a Firewall, so i use Comodo Firewall with Windows Firewall turned off.


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13 Oct 2009   #12
aln688

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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I am using Eset Smart Security and have never had a problem with it. Unobtrusive, lightweight on sys resources, excellent integration and great detection and firewall. I've been using it for over three years and have never thought of using anything else.....

....though if I hadn't just paid for a two year license I may have looked at Microsoft's free Security Essentials that has just come out
The one problem I found with ESET Smart Security 4.x on Windows 7 x64, was trying to add a rule to the firewall as a non-adminstrative user produced a "Failed to change settings" error. In other words, as a non-administrative user, running a program which accesses the internet, the firewall would popup (interactive mode) and ask if access should be granted, if you check the box to allow ESET SS to remember your choice, it would popup with the error. I always run Windows as a non-administrative user and this error would come up every single time a piece of software accessed the internet. I also noticed a manual virus scan would sometimes come up with "ESET GUI has stopped working" and the entire screen would freeze.
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13 Oct 2009   #13
Zardoc

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aln688 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by liquidguru View Post
I am using Eset Smart Security and have never had a problem with it. Unobtrusive, lightweight on sys resources, excellent integration and great detection and firewall. I've been using it for over three years and have never thought of using anything else.....

....though if I hadn't just paid for a two year license I may have looked at Microsoft's free Security Essentials that has just come out
The one problem I found with ESET Smart Security 4.x on Windows 7 x64, was trying to add a rule to the firewall as a non-adminstrative user produced a "Failed to change settings" error. In other words, as a non-administrative user, running a program which accesses the internet, the firewall would popup (interactive mode) and ask if access should be granted, if you check the box to allow ESET SS to remember your choice, it would popup with the error. I always run Windows as a non-administrative user and this error would come up every single time a piece of software accessed the internet. I also noticed a manual virus scan would sometimes come up with "ESET GUI has stopped working" and the entire screen would freeze.
That's a good point. I don't use Smart Security 4. Only Anti Virus.

Can't you create a rule?
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13 Oct 2009   #14
aln688

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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That's a good point. I don't use Smart Security 4. Only Anti Virus.

Can't you create a rule?
No, it wouldn't work. I don't know if ESET expects users to run their systems as under an administrative account, but I usually have the Administrator user enabled for software updates or installations, and my daily-use account which at most is a Power-user. Reason being if under any event a virus or spyware did make it on my system, the damage would be limited.

Working under the Administrative user ESET works fine on Windows 7 x64, I couldn't fault it, but under a non-administrative user it couldn't change any of the settings for ESET nor could I create a rule. I tried changing the settings for ESET, and of course I got an error. But no, if the ESET firewall pops up asking if to allow XXX piece of software to access the internet, and I check the box for "remember" then Allow, I get an error, every time.
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13 Oct 2009   #15
Zardoc

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Can you Submit

Wilder's Security.

One of my good friends Aryeh works for them, is an MVP and does support on that site.

Or the customer care support request form in the help windows usually gets you a quick response.
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14 Oct 2009   #16
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crypto View Post
  • MSE
  • Comodo (firewall only with Windows firewall Off)
  • UAC
So far no probs
Thinking of going this route after my KIS license expires.

Seems to be the lightest combination of AV + Firewall out there right now.
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