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Windows 7: Can anyone suggest a good open source antivirus?

16 Apr 2020   #1
glenhall

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 
Can anyone suggest a good open source antivirus?

Hey

Can anyone suggest a good open source antivirus?

I always used Avast but recently read about Avast collecting and selling data to 3rd parties.
Also it NEVER picks up anything even with thorough in depth scans and I know I've acquired the odd virus / malware etc.

I tried Moon Secure antivirus (because it has realtime shield) It uses clam engine but it crashes after updating it.
However even when scanning before updating it, it picked up a trojan that none of my antivirus / malware packages did.

I've changed to Tor Browser and using Startpage search engine.
Trying to go off "mainstream" software to avoid privacy issues.


Thanking in advance!
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16 Apr 2020   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I only know of clamwin. It can scan manually or on a schedule, but doesn't have real time monitoring.
Free Antivirus for Windows - Open source GPL virus scanner

Ther is also this project, I haven't used it and don't know anything about it
clamav-faq/faq-overview.md at master . Cisco-Talos/clamav-faq . GitHub

Maybe somebody else has more suggestions.
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16 Apr 2020   #3
Loki

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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16 Apr 2020   #4
flavallee

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Microsoft Security Essentials 4.10.209.0 is what I use in my Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-bit computers because it's light-weight and very user-friendly.

Microsoft will no longer update this antivirus app, so it'll remain at version 4.10.209.0, but Microsoft will continue to provide definition updates for it for at least another year.
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16 Apr 2020   #5
glenhall

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 

Ok thanks guys!

I will give it some thought..
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17 Apr 2020   #6
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Loki View Post

Herdprotect hasn't been allowing anyone to download their program for a long time now, but you can use the portable version. https://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTAB...dProtect.shtml
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17 Apr 2020   #7
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glenhall View Post
Hey

Can anyone suggest a good open source antivirus?

I always used Avast but recently read about Avast collecting and selling data to 3rd parties.
Also it NEVER picks up anything even with thorough in depth scans and I know I've acquired the odd virus / malware etc.

I tried Moon Secure antivirus (because it has realtime shield) It uses clam engine but it crashes after updating it.
However even when scanning before updating it, it picked up a trojan that none of my antivirus / malware packages did.

I've changed to Tor Browser and using Startpage search engine.
Trying to go off "mainstream" software to avoid privacy issues.


Thanking in advance!

Tor is not want you want to use for privacy. Anyone can create an exit node and read you traffic and I know damn well the NSA and the FBI have their mitts in it. You want a good non five eyes jurisdiction VPN like Protonvpn or VPN.AC.

Just be aware that a VPN can be blocked by certain services like PayPal, etc.

I don't run any anti-virus software at all. I just use the now free Sandboxie for my browser and scan ALL downloads at Virus Total. Definition based anti-virus software isn't going to help you with polymorphic malware and then these programs are so bloated with other useless crap that can and will mess with your computer or making gaming a pain in the butt.
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17 Apr 2020   #8
TechnoChicken

Windows 10 pro 64bit
 
 

Panda Antivirus is one i have heard about
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19 Apr 2020   #9
glenhall

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
Tor is not want you want to use for privacy. Anyone can create an exit node and read you traffic and I know damn well the NSA and the FBI have their mitts in it. You want a good non five eyes jurisdiction VPN like Protonvpn or VPN.AC.

Just be aware that a VPN can be blocked by certain services like PayPal, etc.

I don't run any anti-virus software at all. I just use the now free Sandboxie for my browser and scan ALL downloads at Virus Total. Definition based anti-virus software isn't going to help you with polymorphic malware and then these programs are so bloated with other useless crap that can and will mess with your computer or making gaming a pain in the butt.
Thanks very much for the info!
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19 Apr 2020   #10
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

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