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

03 Feb 2014   #751
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
If you found a good combination stick with it,
The only issue I see is getting rid of Mcafee completely,
AV Uninstallers
Cheers.
Yep agree with you there TZ and yet I still find McAfee popping up from time to time in my reg entries - I don't know how as I am usually pretty careful with any downloads.

As matter of general habit I always check the reg for remnants with any of them when testing.


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13 Feb 2014   #752
zapp22

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

I've come to conclusion...
Everyone educated on current security attack ware is seeing there are few good defensive tools. Avast Bitdefender avg et al are becoming obsolete.
This being the case there is no significantly better real time defender than MSE on 7; Defender on 8/8.1.
None have much value and all carry considerable risk of actually being used against you. After all: do you actually know for sure what Avast etc are doing with your data, access, etc?

The Target Breach: Another PR blow for antivirus software
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13 Feb 2014   #753
Seffrid

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
If you found a good combination stick with it,
The only issue I see is getting rid of Mcafee completely,
AV Uninstallers
Cheers.
Yep agree with you there TZ and yet I still find McAfee popping up from time to time in my reg entries - I don't know how as I am usually pretty careful with any downloads.

As matter of general habit I always check the reg for remnants with any of them when testing.
Isn't it McAfee that is installed by default with every Flash update? We need to make sure we don't auto-install those or any other updates (or new applications), so we can check exactly what is being installed and uncheck the crap we don't want! Yes Bing, I'm looking at you!
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13 Feb 2014   #754
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Seffrid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
If you found a good combination stick with it,
The only issue I see is getting rid of Mcafee completely,
AV Uninstallers
Cheers.
Yep agree with you there TZ and yet I still find McAfee popping up from time to time in my reg entries - I don't know how as I am usually pretty careful with any downloads.

As matter of general habit I always check the reg for remnants with any of them when testing.
Isn't it McAfee that is installed by default with every Flash update? We need to make sure we don't auto-install those or any other updates (or new applications), so we can check exactly what is being installed and uncheck the crap we don't want! Yes Bing, I'm looking at you!
Hmm you have a point Seffrid but generally I am very careful with those irritating add ons although I don't remember any with Flash updates especially for McAfee.
I would add that I found just recently the ADWCleaner from bleepingcomputer is getting a tad convoluted in how and with what it is downloaded, as in it requires all of the attention when downloading from that site.
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13 Feb 2014   #755
Seffrid

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

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13 Feb 2014   #756
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Seffrid View Post
Ok will keep my eyes peeled for this one as I really haven't noticed it before
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13 Feb 2014   #757
Callender

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
MacAfee Security Scan

Hi,

I've just reinstalled flash player leaving the MacAfee Security Scan checkbox ticked just for the hell of it!

Also monitored processes that ran when the installer launched.

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Above is the list. The process that installs MacAfee when the flash player installer is run is SecurityScan_Release.exe and as you can see it's run under conhost.exe so doesn't appear in the log.

If you look at the log you'll see FM.exe is the next process to launch. This is the process that has been launched in place of SecurityScan_Release.exe and displays the following:

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Size:  11.3 KB

That's down to the registry entry here:

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When SecurityScan_Release.exe is launched by ANY method even from an elevated command prompt or any other way the debugger launches FM.exe in it's place.

There is no way that MacAfee Security Scan can be installed on my machine - even if i forgot to uncheck that annoying checkbox or installed software that bundles it with the installer.

Well, I'm just saying that there's an answer to this type of problem!


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13 Feb 2014   #758
poorguy

windows 7 pro 32bit
 
 

ok if avg and avast and bitdefender are obsolete than what is a good choice for antivirus. i have had to many issues with security essentials. curious. poorguy
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15 Feb 2014   #759
poorguy

windows 7 pro 32bit
 
 

apparently there is none better than the obsolete ones that were mentioned above. i use avast free and avg free and have had no issues with either of them. my only complaint is all of the crap ware that they send with them that is not needed. i have used ad aware and security essentials and have had both try to install legacy drivers for whatever and was never able to find a fix or anyone who did find a fix and the only fix that i found was to remove them. poorguy
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15 Feb 2014   #760
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Obsolete because? They can't possibly catch everything new. The malware writers are very good at what they do. Beyond behavior analysis, there is no way any AV can have foreknowledge of what comes next. All they can do is react as quickly as possible, and make their programs detect any new methods used. Along with behavior analysis comes false positives. It's a constant battle. But they are not obsolete unless they stop adapting. A Guy
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