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Windows 7: Which antivirus is best for win7

09 Jul 2009   #311
zay

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Honestly we can go around and around about which AV works best or not. I might have"A" installed, and it will not find x- virus or malware on my computer. You might have "B" installed, and it might find everything under the sun. Then I might install said "B" on my computer, and it might not find anything. Then you go ahead and install my "A", and it might find everything. What am I saying? It is almost like russian roulette, you never know which AV might work to find what virus or malware. We just have to keep trying different ones, and hope whatever we choose, is the best choice. I have run Xoftspy, and found that it works well, and then there are times, where it did not find anything. Lately I have been using a slew of things> Hitman Pro, Prevx, Malwarebyte, Avast, WOT, just to have a barage of protection. Does that mean I am 100% protected? No, but it offers a level of comfort. Some of you may have just one thing, and still be more protected than I am. Virus makers are getting more and more intelligent, and it is an on going battle between AV and Virus makers. All we can hope for is that the AV makers stay vigilant in their efforts. Virus makers will always be ahead of the AV makers. The AV makers just have to come up with a removal and prevention tool as quick as possible. Just because one AV found or prevented a virus, just means that they got the "word" about a virus or viruses, and were able to create a definition to combat it. Another AV might not have gotten the "word" as yet, so they don't have a definition to fight the latest virus as yet, they will.....eventually. Sorry for the rambling.


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09 Jul 2009   #312
v8ornot2v8

Windows XP
 
 
Anti-Virus program

I use Cyberdefender and have for some time - I'm not switching. I know it works great; it's blocked a few viruses and I feel very safe. There is a free version, but i upgrade cause I wanted the 2gb of online back up storage - good stuff!
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09 Jul 2009   #313
ikilledkenny

Windows 7 Professional, Windows Longhorn 4074
 
 

I used a public computer and it had Personal AntiVirus v2 on it.

It was really funny, because that program is a trojan horse.
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09 Jul 2009   #314
desertjedi

Windows XP Pro 32-bit
 
 

A few months ago, MaximumPC did its review of AV products and I think they rated Symantec the best - apparently its latest product has had a real turnaround. No bloat and very effective was their summary.

Its fun to listen to peeps blast AV products. Every product seems to have its short moment in the sun. A while ago, everyone considered Kaspersky the best. Eset has always hovered right near the top. I did get infected with it on but a full scan after booting with their rescue disk did the trick.

My SysAdmin said that Windows Defender was one of the most kickass AVs he's seen. Yank the primary HDD, slave it another computer, run Windows Defender and all malware was history.

I think it would be better if we stopped comparing paid AV products to free ones. That's probably the biggest factor in AV software selection.

On my business rig, where I paid for an AV product, I've used Kaspersky and NOD32 and they both worked great. To renew with Kaspersky, they wanted my first-born so I was able to snag NOD32 (Eset) for just ~$25 at Newegg. Even though I got infected with NOD32, I have to say that once Eset is loaded, you don't even know its there - great product!!!

In the world of free AV products, Avast rules! I always use it on my gaming rig and have never gotten infected. MaxPC had the same verdict but simply hated the interface (radio) which is a total joke. Many, many peeps use Avira. So I was thinking of putting on my 7 RC but they wanted you buy some magazines (or some bull**** like that) in order to download it - screw that nonsense.

Oh and I forgot - no computer is complete without Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Their free product (manual scanning) totally rocks!
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09 Jul 2009   #315
zay

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Keep in mind, the free malwarebyte does not prevent, it only cures. Basically it does not run in the background providing real time scanning; you have launch it to scan to see if have infections. Not sure if the paid one offers prevention before cure.
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10 Jul 2009   #316
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zay View Post
Keep in mind, the free malwarebyte does not prevent, it only cures. Basically it does not run in the background providing real time scanning; you have launch it to scan to see if have infections. Not sure if the paid one offers prevention before cure.
Yes the paid one offers real time protection and it also prevents infection.
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10 Jul 2009   #317
pestbest

Windows 7
 
 

I would rather get MSE than Malwarebytes. Don't get me wrong but I have a ton of legit files in my computer. They are either packed or protected and Malwarebytes detects them as virus false positives. And that is very irritating. So now, I use NIS 2010 Beta and MSE. They work together like a charm and don't seem to conflict. Go for it.
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10 Jul 2009   #318
ciphernemo

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zay View Post
Keep in mind (...)
Could you please change your avatar? Having an avie that gives the finger isn't appropriate.
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10 Jul 2009   #319
spliff

7600x64 RTM
 
 

I have rundll running, isn't that a necessary proccess?
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10 Jul 2009   #320
ciphernemo

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spliff View Post
I have rundll running, isn't that a necessary proccess?
rundll can launch a multitude of other file exported from dlls. So it's difficult to determine what it's running.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/164787
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