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

16 Apr 2016   #1201
Dallas 7

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Horus28 View Post
I must say I never had a problem other than lack of support. Bitdefender has a very good rating better than avast. The other thing that was irritating me about it was added functionality which they would implement without questioning me. For instance an add on was put into my browser caused me problems.
I've had Bitdefender for about 6 months. Overall it's done a good job, but I've ran into a few small functional issues. I had Kaspersky before that, the protection was excellent and it always ran smoothly.
When my Bitdefender subscription expires, I plan on going back to Kaspersky.


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16 Apr 2016   #1202
Horus28

Windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

I thought they were okay but when I asked for service got nothing.
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18 Apr 2016   #1203
hameshtigi

Windows 10, 64Bit
 
 

Symantec, for business systems.
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18 Apr 2016   #1204
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hameshtigi View Post
Symantec, for business systems.
It has not been very good at detecting ransom-ware. Here is but one thread where users have complained about that: CryptoLocker | Symantec Connect
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18 Apr 2016   #1205
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

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Symantec, for business systems.
Not wanting to sound rude but really you couldn't give it to me free and the same goes for AVG MuckAfee and Trend. The thing I dislike as much as anything else in Norton is that their removal tool does not remove all reg entries.

I have used Kaspersky for the last six years never had any problems with it on my machines or android stuff. It is of course not infallible which is why I also use the free SuperAntiSpyware and MBAM scanners - ADWCleaner at times but Kaspersky is not real keen on that when I do - just a matter of disabling KISS while I run ADW.

Again for any readers this is one of my favourite sites Free Windows Desktop Software Security List | Gizmo's Freeware < a lot of choices for all situations but the real time stuff is good
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23 Aug 2016   #1206
edassange

W7 Home Premium x86 SP1 Build 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Layered security from different programs seems prudent. They can all be good, but will always find different things. Besides, get past the moat, and the attack dogs are there. Get past the attack dogs, and the booby traps will get you. Etc.
A Guy
Yes. Layered protection for me is also the key to effective security.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by StrikeFIN View Post
Panda Free Antivirus 2016, light and one of most effective antivirus.
This would also be my choice for a free antivirus. Light, simple to use, reliable and effective, requiring pretty much zero user input to do its job, making it ideal for everyone including granny.

Combined with, say, ZoneAlarm firewall (steer clear of Comodo Firewall unless you want a nervous breakdown trying to uninstall/clean install new versions!), Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free, WinPatrol Free and VoodooShield, you will have an outstanding free combo which gives excellent all round protection.
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23 Aug 2016   #1207
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Well I have already said what I use (Kaspersky ) and for around AUD$0.04 a day I get 3 PCs covered for 2 years each so I really am at a loss why some are so intent on getting free stuff when it costs so little as per my AV. Plus I get full support on tap where the free stuff you are basically on your own.

I still use SuperAntiSpyware MBAM and ADW Cleaner the first two on a regular basis and in six years on six machines I have never had any problems. To me it is a no brainer.
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23 Aug 2016   #1208
Dallas 7

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I use Kaspersky also, and I like it. Just out of curiosity I tried Bit Defender for a while, but it didn't take long to switch back to Kaspersky.
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25 Aug 2016   #1209
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dallas 7 View Post
I use Kaspersky also, and I like it. Just out of curiosity I tried Bit Defender for a while, but it didn't take long to switch back to Kaspersky.
Yes Dallas I did that too and tried Comodo (awful nagger) Avast and Avira on my test desktop and like you went back to KISS and for $0.04 a day on six machines for 2 years each (two licences) a no brainer.
Tip if you need to use ADW Cleaner Kaspersky doesn't really like it so you need to disable KISS if that happens.

Edit That is disable for the tie you are using ADW
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25 Aug 2016   #1210
AmericanPharaoh

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I use Norton 360, it is free with my Comcast ISP subscription. A few times a year, while surfing the Net, I'll pickup something which Norton alerts on... then removes. So far, nothing has gotten through.

Periodically, I run scans with other specialized cleaners to remove other threats, such as, Malware, Adware, Spyware, PUPs, cookies, etc.

I use Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, JRT, Superanitispyware, and CCleaner.

If you have trouble removing a program, reboot into Safe Mode, remove from Programs, then use CCleaner to pick up left- overs. Check to see if the program has a specialized removal tool, or Revo Uninstaller Pro, does a great job, too.

John
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