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

04 Jun 2012   #381
cytherian

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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i guess avira is one of the bext antivirus n spyware software...
They recently released an update that screwed up a lot of Windows installs.
Avira Antivirus update cripples millions of Windows PCs
Ouch! That's nasty.

I tried out Avira last year and found it OK, but the UI was a bit lacking for me. I'd been using AVG Free for quite some time before then. I went back to AVG but still wanted to try something new. That's when I read about Avast! I installed it and haven't looked back since. Very robust performance and nice UI. It does make offers every once in a while, but they're very easy to dismiss. I'll eventually pay for a license, as I like to support good work.


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04 Jun 2012   #382
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

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i guess avira is one of the bext antivirus n spyware software...
They recently released an update that screwed up a lot of Windows installs.
Avira Antivirus update cripples millions of Windows PCs
Ouch! That's nasty.

I tried out Avira last year and found it OK, but the UI was a bit lacking for me. I'd been using AVG Free for quite some time before then. I went back to AVG but still wanted to try something new. That's when I read about Avast! I installed it and haven't looked back since. Very robust performance and nice UI. It does make offers every once in a while, but they're very easy to dismiss. I'll eventually pay for a license, as I like to support good work.
BTW, Avast had a similar problem last year, It flagged system files as viruses, and made the system unbootable. They qquickly fixed it with an update, so most were not affected. Myself, personally, did not have the issue, and continue to use Avast to this day. It can happen. A Guy
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05 Jun 2012   #383
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.1 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

AVG had a similar problem a couple(?) of years ago.
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05 Jun 2012   #384
Mike Lonewolf

Windows 7/Windows 8 RP/Starlite Linux (Debian)
 
 

Haven't had a problem since the days of Windows 98SE (Knock on wood).
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14 Jun 2012   #385
cytherian

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It's a little frustrating to see a crowded anti-virus market. While there is no question that it's nice to have some freedom of choice, there is this matter of who the "winners" are in the shoot-out tests or editor's choice evaluations. Are they really fair tests?

I say that they may not be. A lot of how well an anti-virus product manages a test rests a lot on the definitions. Does one product always have the best and most current set? Not necessarily. Each company becomes aware of viruses and vulnerabilities at different rates. So, it's theoretically possible for an anti-virus product test to produce different winners if performed across a period of several months. This is why I'd like to see an anti-virus shoot-out be based on several months of testing.
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23 Jun 2012   #386
thegoose

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I use Microsoft Security Essentials on my machine and to remove virusses on machines installed with even paid anti-virus software and other freebies.
The nice thing is it updates with Windows updates (optional) and has a very easy and simple GUI.
Well done MS!
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23 Jun 2012   #387
thegoose

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I use Microsoft Security Essentials on my machine and to remove virusses on machines installed with even paid anti-virus software and other freebies.
The nice thing is it updates with Windows updates (optional) and has a very easy and simple GUI.
Well done MS!
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23 Jun 2012   #388
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
as others have said -- for HOME computers what's wrong with MSE. It takes almost no resources, runs in real time and is updated very frequently -- and is actively being developed in W8 too as the new "Windows Defender" -- but this runs identically to MSE -- user interface to set scanning aschedules etc.


There is 100% UTTERLY NO NEED whatsoever to install any of the 3rd party solutions out there for A/V protection.

MSE and YOUR OWN method of using the internet will be more than sufficient.

If you use Torrents in a large way or visit "dubious sites" then you are likely to get infected anyway -- and it probably won't be by a traditional virus --but possibly by YOURSELF giving away information over the Internet -- How many facebook accounts were compromised recently -- where do you think that data has gone -- to the Bin --no way. !!!

Cheers
jimbo
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01 Jul 2012   #389
dcknw

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
MSE

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I've been using Security Essentials ever since it first came out in Beta as Morro. It has a small footprint, it's unobtrusive, and it doesn't slow things down the way other larger programs do.
Microsoft Security Essentials...

A no brainer for me.
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01 Jul 2012   #390
Mike Lonewolf

Windows 7/Windows 8 RP/Starlite Linux (Debian)
 
 

Jimbo45 said:
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How many facebook accounts were compromised recently -- where do you think that data has gone.
100% correct Jimbo, BUT with Norton360 it completely blocked my passage to Facebook. And that isn't the first time Norton 360 exhibited this behavior either. Other ummmmm seedy websites were block this way as well. Whereas I agree with you Jimbo about MSE, the only problem it is NOT a full flavored security suite.
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