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

29 Dec 2014   #1051
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LarryA View Post
Need to find a good Back Up for the system a few recommendations appreciated.
Macrium, Acronis, AOEMI, Win 7 built in Backup ...
Some of the recent posts have suggestions/favorites.

My personal choices are Macrium and Acronis.
You need to try them to see what works best for you, and you like best.

I have multi-boot PCs, and that is an important consideration for me.
Macrium and Acronis allow me to backup and restore any single partition.


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29 Dec 2014   #1052
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

I've been running with Acronis True Image 2010 still not having gotten the latest version and that still compresses the full system image backups down in smaller size then seen with the Windows built in option. The images are kept on a separate drive.
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31 Dec 2014   #1053
zapp22

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

Repeating myself ad nauseum: there is no "AV" suite that will protect you, period.
infections these days are not "V" for starters - those monikers are retained because the bulk of the remaining market for such are technically illiterate and have been using "AV" forever because marketing agreements with vendors put that junk on everything that shipped [along with a lot of other junkware, grayware, spamware]

Backup is easy.
Restore is hard.
If all you're doing is "backing up" - copy/paste is quick.
For real restoration, the one I use exclusively is Paragon B&R [i.e. "2014"]. Not user friendly. Not "consumer" product IMHO, but it works like voodoo. RESTORES to the drive precisely as it was archived. boots right up.
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31 Dec 2014   #1054
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zapp22 View Post
Repeating myself ad nauseum: there is no "AV" suite that will protect you, period.
infections these days are not "V" for starters - those monikers are retained because the bulk of the remaining market for such are technically illiterate and have been using "AV" forever because marketing agreements with vendors put that junk on everything that shipped [along with a lot of other junkware, grayware, spamware]

Backup is easy.
Restore is hard.
If all you're doing is "backing up" - copy/paste is quick.
For real restoration, the one I use exclusively is Paragon B&R [i.e. "2014"]. Not user friendly. Not "consumer" product IMHO, but it works like voodoo. RESTORES to the drive precisely as it was archived. boots right up.

Just my opinion, I find restore easy as well as back up. I use Macrium reflect image backup & restore though. I also use MSE (Microsoft Security essentials), and I use spybot S&D old version. To date, I haven't got a virus, spyware or malware.
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31 Dec 2014   #1055
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

With Acronis T.I. you have two main options when going to create a full image backup. !) Quick and Easy to save on drive space 2) Sector by Sector which will include the boot sector as well as unused partition space to restore the drive the way it is not simply unpack everything simply wrapped up in an image file. That does take up some space however for a 528gb image from a 1tb OS drive! Other quick images were running at about 275gb or so being compressed much further.

With multiple storage drives and regular copy and paste manual backups I could simply nuke the host drive and toss on the clean install at any time. From there each program would also see a fresh install go on until getting things back to an approximate but never 100% exact match for the way things had been. Any fragmented files that could be defragged would then be free of fragmentation as well as running a much faster defrag to followup on the clean install of everything.

As far as prepackaged bugwares that is limited to OEM premade not custom builds. And therer are usually ways and means to see factory "Bloatwares" as the descriptions go gone forever! With a little effort even OEM built can still be free of all that crud!
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01 Jan 2015   #1056
zapp22

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

in my experience in the pc patch & related for couple of decades, the number of 'surprised' accounts who found out the hard way that their restore plan did not actually function far outnumber the successes. however, for the large portion who never had a reason to find out the "hard way", their commentary would be a lot like the religious belief in "AV" suites: "I've been running this 'backup' system for years and I've never had any trouble with it".
reminds me of motorcycle guys arguing about which motor oil to use: "my daddy ran penzzoil for a century and never had any really big issues, and I've used it for years and can't complain".

recently a very close friend who runs an IT shop had a total collapse of a key server/function - very important one. as is true of any bigger shop the primary was virtualized and well protected, the backup was complete, and somewhat firewalled - a whole backup server, dedicated to the task, hot-onlining at least in theory. both failed.
still digging through the debris trying to figure out why.
I admit that one case is more than a little bit unusual.
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01 Jan 2015   #1057
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

One thing I looked at when first getting the present system together was backing up the backup drive with a second main storage drive to compliment the first. Initially system images both Acronis and The W7 backups went there as well as the second partition on the second OS drive since that could be used for testing the quality of the images made to insure the integrity.

Now add another external into the formula to store even a few more images into the mix. Since the external is switched off when not in use unlike the spare internals it never is exposed to any of the downloads. It also doesn't see the wear and tear either and less likely to go suddenly. That's not to say the drive couldn't simply belly up the next time I go to use it. But while it can back up a degree of what is on the internals the internals can back it up at the same time. The rest duplicated across the two internals serves to back each other up.

The key feature as far as the av is concerned is not the ability to locate and remove all bugs but the web filtering portion of the firewall the software offers to prevent things from getting on by being a little overprotective upon going to look at any new site.
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21 Apr 2015   #1058
Robert11

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Best Software To Prevent CTB-Locker ?

Hello,

Will be getting a new PC, and am very worried about getting infected, again, with CTB-Locker.

Is there any general concensus as to what is the best avail. software to automatically prevent it from getting into the PC, in the first place ?

Spyhunter ?
MalwareBytes (the paid version) ?

Or,... ?

Thanks,
B.
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21 Apr 2015   #1059
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

No program i am aware of , it's all lies with the users common sense imo . Smart users rarely get infected with minimal security programs while the "not so bright" get infected regularly with the heaviest protected systems lol.
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21 Apr 2015   #1060
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I am always blown away when i view whats on peoples computers when they ask for help with infections , the scan results they show are just mind boggling , just tons upon tons of crap on there lol..

I have virtually nothing on my computer , always been that way .
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