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

21 Nov 2017   #1221
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

All the independent reviews tend to place Bitdefender around the top with Eset KIS (if you do not have any political issues with it), and a few others including Avast

I use Bitdefender Full Suite, (Paid Version, and have just renewed for another year), my needs are a bit specialist and I also need protection for multiple platforms and devices

Bitdefender Free might be a good alternative no cost option


Free Antivirus Software - Download Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Alternate Free Antivirus Software - Download Bitdefender Free Edition

links are direct so should be clean from PUPs


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21 Nov 2017   #1222
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Look I agree with Laith you need to be careful with some and it does also depend on whetehr or not yoy want apaid for or a free one.

Now I have used Kaspersky for many years on my Windows machines and it has never let me doen and the now do a free version which in all honesty has as mant features as the paid for at least the ones you acually need.

I am now using Eset on my Linux machines and it is really light weight and opens real quick an doesn hog the resources.

Just one thing about Kaspersky it can on occasions not play with Malwarebytes it depends if you are running a paid for real time MBAM

Now thsi is a good list of free AV Free Windows Desktop Software Security List | Gizmo's Freeware now I would steer clear of AVG MuckAfee Baidu Comodo because it can be a nagger and the ones I have tested that I found good are Sophos Panda but out of the lot the Kaspersky would be the one I would advise using.
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22 Nov 2017   #1223
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I'm not getting into this again

A Guy
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22 Nov 2017   #1224
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yes Bill I wasn't if it wasn't for Kaspersky now having a freebie
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22 Nov 2017   #1225
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Kasperske according to reports on T.V. has been outlawed on a government computer because of all the backdoor hacking the program does. Here is a couple of sites. There are many more sites.

Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software Is Ordered Off U.S. Government Computers - The New York Times

https://www.usnews.com/news/national...deral-agencies

Jack
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22 Nov 2017   #1226
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Jack,

I'm not sure if the hullabaloo over kaspersky in the US media is true or just based on the fact that Russia is generally on the "Naughty Step" at present in the US. and of course the Political nature of this puts it outside the scope of any Technical forum

All security applications have to have, and use deep layer access to the operating system, (and of course the therefor to the data on the system), in order to do the job they are designed to do.

At least with Security suites no one is forced to use a particular product and the differences between the top rated options are not great so everyone can make their own choice, which is a generally good thing
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22 Nov 2017   #1227
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

@ Nigel

I have no way of proving or disproving what has been said about Kaspersky.
I do know Kaspersky comes from Russia and their has been a lot of talk about Russia hacking.
All the talk could be caused by politics.
I just thought the information all over the news media was worth mentioning.

I personally haven't used Kaspersky in many years.
As you mentioned, we all can just choose the anti virus program we want to use and that is good.

Jack
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22 Nov 2017   #1228
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yep Jack I too think maybe the hype about Kaspersky and hacking might have some truth in in it but I am over worrying about it because if you include any AV that are produced in other countries just where do you stop??.

Frankly I am doing more stuff with Linux and a couple of my machines and even that they reckon Linux systems are so much safer but I disagree and have Eset on those for those who are interested there is a very good TC series called Mr Robot about a young fellow who does a lot of hacking and stuff on large companies and he used Linux based systems to hack those system and it drew a comment from Eugene Kaspersky to the effect that it was very close to what actually goes on with security hacking.

An article that I found interesting Where is Your Antivirus Made?
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23 Nov 2017   #1229
looked

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
Yep Jack I too think maybe the hype about Kaspersky and hacking might have some truth in in it but I am over worrying about it because if you include any AV that are produced in other countries just where do you stop??.

An article that I found interesting Where is Your Antivirus Made?
Thanks everyone for replaying.
I knew and you can see that everyone has different "opinions" based on their own experience and on what medias spread around, and you can see that the choice is also influenced by political opinions.
Many people praise Avira and Bit Defender (free) then I check on their forums and found people complaining for this and that and the answer they receive is that "it's a free product" so take it as that.

I've had chances to meet many Asians at international schools and in the real life and since I practice computer troubleshooting, I often was tasked to do some repairs (usually laptops) and they almost always have the 360 Total Security suites installed.
Now, I respect the fact that some of you believe what governments and media say about Chinese and Russian companies but I also am confident that my western government is spying on me and collecting informations to use in the near future to tame the entire population.
So back to the practical things, why would millions of Asians use the Chinese free suites if there was any real threat, are they stupid? I don't think so!

So I think I'll try the 360 suite which looks very similar to Tencent PC Manager and Baidu suites as they might be rebadged versions.
And regarding Kaspersky I stopped using it years ago together with Norton and Mcafee since I always had problems with them like for example problems during and after uninstallation.
However, I would trust Kaspersky millions times more than any of these western backed businesses since it made its source codes available for scrutiny.
You still don't trust Kaspersky? Then your government has brainwashed you!
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24 Nov 2017   #1230
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

There lies the problem. Who to trust.

As a home user with only two computer and minimal knowledge, I'm unable to do a professional testing of any program. A anti virus program which gets into every part of your system checking for infection would be very hard to check.

So far I have put my trust in Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes Premium, and Super Anti Spyware. All three are on my systems and I use them daily.
I trust no program of any kind that tries to slip other things into my computer without my permission.
I'm also getting very leery of Ccleaner sense it was bought out by Avast.


Jack
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