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Windows 7: What's the Best Anti-virus?

09 Aug 2015   #1111
livingsandwich

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

I think avast! Antivirus does its job pretty well, for my laptop, at least. I mean, it does detect viruses real-time before it executes, whether from a website or on your computer. It also has Sandbox, recommended for peeps who frequently download stuff on suspicious websites. Also, it automatically updates its own Virus definitions, too.

avast! Free Antivirus is indeed free, and reliable, but Internet Security and Premier, although has a cost, is more reliable.

Now, if you're asking me, I chose avast! Premier.

P.S. McAfee is a BIG no.


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09 Aug 2015   #1112
chas53

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

thank you.
I've been using AVG free.
but I switched to Windows Defender.
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09 Aug 2015   #1113
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Windows defender ?
Do you mean MSE ?
Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows

Not the greatest choice unless you have Malwarebytes Premium which is not free,
Otherwise Avast or Panda would be better.
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09 Aug 2015   #1114
MoxieMomma

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chas53 View Post
thank you.
I've been using AVG free.
but I switched to Windows Defender.
Hi:

There is no one "best" AV for all computers and all users.
If there were, there would be only one company in that business.
There are many excellent choices, depending on system hardware/software, user budget/computing practices and other factors.

There are many places to read and research the many options, such as Wilderssecurity.com, bleepingcomputer.com and other sources.
10 computer users or experts will usually offer at least 11 passionate opinions on the subject.

For the record, though, Windows Defender in Win 7 is NOT an anti-virus.

It is a weak anti-spyware/anti-malware application that does not replace an anti-virus.
(The Windows Defender of Win 8/10 *is* an anti-virus.)

So, you will still need a robust real-time AV.
Most of the good ones now are paid (there are a few decent free ones, but they tend to bombard the user with ads to upgrade).

And no software can protect 100% of users 100% of the time.
The computer user is the "first and last" line of defense, with safe computing practices.

Cheers,
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09 Aug 2015   #1115
chas53

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

ah, thank you very much.
I am all ears here. and grateful for all advice and thoughts.
I have a Sony Vaio laptop with Windows 7 on it. (its maybe 4 years old.)
I do have Microsoft Security Essentials on it for my AV.
I also have an HP Envy notebook. (maybe 2 years old.)
I just today upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on it.
I then got rid of AVG free, and instead now have Windows Defender for my AV.
I also have SpyWare Blaster on it still.
any thoughts, gang??
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09 Aug 2015   #1116
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yes buy Malwarebytes Premium
Windows defender in 8.1 or win-10 is no different = it's not enough protection
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09 Aug 2015   #1117
chas53

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

thank you very much ThrashZone.
so you say that its worth it to pay?
(if you do, I will. its just that I never paid before. every once in a while, I would download the free Malware Bytes. run it, and then delete it off my computer.)
please know that I am truly grateful for your thoughts.
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09 Aug 2015   #1118
livingsandwich

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Windows defender ?
Do you mean MSE ?
Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows

Not the greatest choice unless you have Malwarebytes Premium which is not free,
Otherwise Avast or Panda would be better.
MSE & Windows Defender are two different things.
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09 Aug 2015   #1119
MoxieMomma

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by livingsandwich View Post

MSE & Windows Defender are two different things.
Hi:

The OP stated here that he has upgraded to Win10.

If so, Windows Defender in Win 8/8.1 and Win10 is -- for all intents and purposes -- the rebranded MSE on that platform.
It is not the same as Windows Defender under Win 7 and Vista.
So, yes, under Win 10, Windows Defender is "the same" as MSE, just branded differently.
Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials: Which one do I need? | Cyber Trust Blog
What is the difference between MSE vs. Windows Defender?

@chas53: As you have now upgraded to Win10 and are no longer running Win7, you might want to pick up your discussion over HERE?


Cheers,
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09 Aug 2015   #1120
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep this is still SevenForums so
Any win-10 stuff should be asked on Windows 10 Forums
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