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

29 Jun 2013   #621
Imrankhan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Using AVG Free Antivirus 2013 on Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. It failed loading at startup for which i have to manually open 'avgui.exe' manually after every boot to start its services, since last 2 weeks. But works well in defending most of Malware and Trojans out of my Laptop. So I am going to move out of Avg and moving towards Avast again after 2 years.


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29 Jun 2013   #622
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

AVG is OK and Avast works well, have you tried (MSE) Microsoft Security Essentials I have it installed on one of my Desktops and it works very well.
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29 Jun 2013   #623
Bluesan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Personally, I use MSE behind a NAT router, and with a standard account, and have been happy with it. Layering is the key to security, and my scheme seems to be working just fine.

I used avast! for years, and I certainly wasn't surprised that avast! 8 came in number one with Consumer Reports for a free AV program. It's a fine product. But, I finally gave it up, when it started to resemble a Latin American General's staff car, with all of the marketplace offerings, and popups for upgrades, hanging all over it. It seems the only thing that's missing is a pair of fuzzy dice. And yes, I know, it's their ball yard, and if you choose to play...
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29 Jun 2013   #624
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Quote:
when it started to resemble a Latin American General's staff car, with all of the marketplace offerings, and popups for upgrades, hanging all over it. It seems the only thing that's missing is a pair of fuzzy dice.
Yes I know what you mean Bluesan
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30 Jun 2013   #625
Imrankhan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I was running AVG with MSE on Win7. Totally secured for last 2 years.
Today moved to Avast with MSE. Lets see what it does...
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30 Jun 2013   #626
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imrankhan View Post
I was running AVG with MSE on Win7. Totally secured for last 2 years.
Today moved to Avast with MSE. Lets see what it does...
Hi Imrankhan

Running two AVs is not a good idea as you may experience false positives and system instability, Avast or MSE on there own is enough, if you want a security second opinion try Malwarebytes (free) and run as on demand.
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04 Jul 2013   #627
Imrankhan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So,Here is my view...
For free antivirus you could prefer Bitdefender.... Then followed by AVG, MSE, Avira , Avast...
But sad to say that Avast doesnt detect virus files which are tagged as system file (attrib +s) and it ignores that file...
Had a virus called help.vbs with system file attribute, when i moved to folder containing it, AVG popped out and removed...
MSE removed that file as soon as i booted by laptop ...
Avast said 'no threat detected' even after i asked it to scan that folder...

For full protection + considering value for money.... 1) Bitdefender 2) Kaspersky 3) TrendMicro Titanium 4)F-Secure
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04 Jul 2013   #628
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Imrankhan I highly recommend following Stephanie advice. Post # 626
ONE anti virus on ONE computer at ONE time. Disabling is not good enough.

No anti virus detects and stops everything. When someone makes such a program we will all be very happy to use it as long as it gets along with Windows 7. If it doesn't get along with Windows 7 it's useless.
What ever anti virus program someone chooses is exactly that; their choice.
My choice is Microsoft Security Essentials coupled with Malwarebytes Anti Malware Pro and the built in Windows 7 Firewall.
Is my choice a perfect choice for every body; probably not but it does work quite well for me.
Periodically I do scans with other programs I trust for a double and triple check.
Another important thing is what one does online and allows to connect to their computer.
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04 Jul 2013   #629
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The Best Anti-Virus is the 6 inches between your ears and the length of your arm to the mouse/keyboard.
Please have a back-up plan if the above fails..
THW
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04 Jul 2013   #630
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

The Howling Wolves I like your 6 inch rule.
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