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Windows 7: Which antivirus is best for win7

29 Jun 2009   #261

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by screwballl View Post
If it does NOT have at least 1 or 2 false positives in some testing, I don't trust the program because it is not doing its job at finding new and unknown viruses.
Unfortunately for you, most third-party authorities on the subject disagree with you and weight false positive heavily. It's not exclusively my opinion that you disagree with, but the industry in general.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by screwballl View Post
FINAL result ratings from that test for the latest one at that link you quoted (May 2009):

  • Advanced+ Rating: Microsoft, ESET, Kaspersky
  • Advanced Rating: AVIRA, G DATA, BitDefender, eScan, Sophos, Symantec, McAfee
  • Standard Rating: AVG, TrustPort, Avast, F-Secure
  • Tested Rating: Norman, Kingsoft

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29 Jun 2009   #262

win 7 7600-16385

in 3 words microsoft security essentials or MSE. I was using avg and when i installed mse it found 3 trogans. Its compact and installs in 3 min. I think MS got it right this time. After all who knows virius's better than someone who has been fighting them for 30 yrs
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01 Jul 2009   #263

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM

Real World Test
(or why ESET NOD32 puts Symantec Endpoint and Microsoft Defender to shame)

This happened today, July 1st, 2009. And I used my personal copy of NOD32 to scan then removed it afterwards (ie: wiped the PC any ways).

At my workplace, a co-worker recently (and of course accidentally) infected his PC somehow. We knew it was an infection because his PC was sporadically playing random audio-only advertisements (really odd). It also changed his background image (which can be done with javascript anyways), and gave him pop-up ads with no browser running and sporadic intervals.

Here's the funny part: He already had Symantec Endpoint Anti-virus software already installed and updated, which is managed by the domain controller and Symantec deployment tools for businesses. He also had Microsoft Windows Defender already installed and updated. Even beyond that, on this XP system, he was running under a domain-controlled, limited user account (not part of the Administrator group or anything, very limited privs). All of this is our university's policy for security. And even more so, he only uses Firefox (as per our standard as well).

What he did not have was NoScript or Adblock for Firefox, nor ESET NOD32. Unfortunately, Symantec let a trojan slip through which stealthed itself to Symantec, disabled Windows Defender, and downloaded and installed another virus in the background (or vice versa of trojan/virus order).

I used HijackThis to remove some suspicious items at boot-up, then rebooted into the local Administrator account which hasn't been used since the system was infected. I then ran Symantec's Endpoint scanner on the entire C: drive (only partition on the system's hard drive). It found only one item, and it was just a tracking cookie.

I uninstalled Symantec and Windows Defender (Defender would not even launch and gave an error message).

I installed ESET's NOD32, version 4, and right after installed, NOD32 popped up a few "infiltration" messages in a row, meaning something was already infected in memory. It pointed to a couple system files that were compromised. But of course, unable to clean them since they were loaded in memory. I couldn't delete them either because of the same reason. But NOD32 prevented them from executing their malware code sections.

After a reboot, I had NOD32 scan the entire C: drive before even updating it. Sure enough, it found the trojan Kryptic.PE and the virus Virut.NBK. The total file count infected by the virus: 456 files.

If NOD32 was on this system at the time the trojan or virus attemtped to attack it, NOD32 would have prevented infection. Because it found it right away, even without any virus definition updates.

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01 Jul 2009   #264

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)

I am using Microsoft Security Essentials. It works nicely but I would like to get some more features like modifying quarantined items(which we can`t do) and some more features.

And I also use Kaspersky Internet security. It is a very dependable antivirus.
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01 Jul 2009   #265

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by septprince View Post
And I also use Kaspersky Internet security. It is a very dependable antivirus.
Kaspersky is a fairly solid AV.
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01 Jul 2009   #266
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64

I'm currently using Avira, was an AVG fan, but got annoyed with its resource hogging, so Avira was next in line, had it running for the last year, and hasn't let a virus within 20 foot of my computer, and is very easy going on resources. After reading the comments of others about Avira, I'm glad im running it.
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02 Jul 2009   #267

Windows 7 x64 Professional

a handful of people recomended I buy eset... any good?
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02 Jul 2009   #268

windowx xp Professional

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fliplip View Post
I would have said that up to last week when my PC got badley infected.
While it wasn't down to anything other than me taking Eset off and forgetting to put it back on, when i did a scan of my W7 instal from XP it found a few infections. I put Avast on and it found a further 47.
so for now, at home im sticking with Avast.


Yeah, but all 47 were probably false positives. Avast is the recognized leader in false positives.

In the most recent report, Avast was demoted for their plethora of false positives. ESET got "Advanced" with 3 stars and Avast got "Standard" with 1 star. That's 2 levels down.

Easy to find infections when everything is considered an infection!
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02 Jul 2009   #269

Windows 7 32bit RTM

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb View Post
a handful of people recomended I buy eset... any good?
hell yes... I use it :)
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03 Jul 2009   #270

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)

Kaspersky Internet security is one for me.
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