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

02 Jul 2012   #391

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Service Pack 1

Well I use the following to help my computer:

Microsoft Security Essentials
Norton 360 w Staples Platinum Online PC Setup

All those 3 help me greatly. Idk about everyone else lol. :P

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03 Jul 2012   #392
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thepivotstudent View Post
Well I use the following to help my computer:

Microsoft Security Essentials
Norton 360 w Staples Platinum Online PC Setup

All those 3 help me greatly. Idk about everyone else lol. :P
That's not a good idea to have two active AVs running side by side. The nature of how they work gives them access to system files which one AV may recognize the other as malware, then the fight starts.
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03 Jul 2012   #393

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I only use Microsoft Essentials cuz I got tired of paying for antivirus.
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05 Jul 2012   #394

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3

Free Antivirus You Can Trust - Page 2 | PCWorld
reasonably recent [april].
MSE stinketh. back to the drawing boards, MS. Why don't they just buy AVAST? Aha! the answer is, if they did, in short order they'd ruin the operation.

IMHO the problem with pcworld and other 'test lab' processes is that they are outdated by years. very few infections anymore are "virus" related [I think its around 3% of all malicious cases... somebody correct me]
The line between "malicious" and "marketware" is and has been very fuzzy, very subjective.
I worked on a poor old Vista system sunday that was virtually impossible to use with IE8 [the worst thing ever put out by MS], but the better tools really didn't detect anything particularly viral or "malicious".
But there was a motherload of toolbars, multiple search helpers, then the usual crowd of updaters. together they were making it awful for a user of IE - not so much chrome or other good modern browser. On a whim, I dl'd and ran the latest complete rev of Spybot, still officially in 'Beta'. It is very aggressive and identified over a dozen targets [this was AFTER I had removed a lot of BHO's and other miscreants with HJT]. A handful were legitimate useful items, just consumptive, which I had to uncheck [leave].
So, it illustrates what I'm saying - some are just poorly written, self-serving junkwares, while other's cross the line into malicious. Sadly, some of THE MOST MALICIOUS items floating about are never detected, don't cause obvious system issues, are unknown to 95% of all users. I speak of the "watchers". This is WELL worth the few minutes to 'get smart' on the topic: Gary Kovacs: Tracking the trackers | Video on
The "common man" needs a way to strike back at these malefactors, and Collusion is a step in the right direction.
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05 Jul 2012   #395

windows 7

it's not kaspersky that's for sure i'm fed up of getting trojans and whatever else i'm sure is hidden on my system currently.i use a lot of memory cards , usbs and electronic devices on multiple systems though.
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07 Jul 2012   #396

Win7 Home Premium | Win8 RP x64

I go for..

Norton IS and Malwarebytes Anti-malware..
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12 Jul 2012   #397

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (desktop) / x64 (laptop)

BitDefender Total Security 2012 or Kaspersky Total Security 2012 for the win!
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14 Jul 2012   #398

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 OEM

I have 3 PC's all useing Zone Alarm internet security suite for the last 5 years.
I have Win7 Firewall and Defender turned off.
Never had a problem ever.
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17 Jul 2012   #399

Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 Pro

Microsoft security essentials and malwarebytes for me.

Never had a virus to date.
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17 Jul 2012   #400

Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 Pro

Can't understand anyone using or paying for norton or mcafee.

I have nothing but problems with both products.
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