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

04 Nov 2013   #661

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I've been giving it a go. It's pretty light on memory, but does the tray application (BavTray.exe) always need to be running for Baidu to work properly?

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01 Dec 2013   #662
best t rex

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I use AVG its the best free anti virus protection
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01 Dec 2013   #663

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

AVG is nothing but over bloated garbage.

All you need on your pc is Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes AntiMalware, both are free.

Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows

Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware download
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01 Dec 2013   #664

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

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...Many people recommend Malwarebytes and so do I.
I just ran Malwarebytes trial yesterday on top of my existing Avast and it (Malwarebytes) found several advertising spyware programs Avast did not discover.
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01 Dec 2013   #665

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

I have been liking Avast (orange/white color scheme) and was about to purchase it when suddenly their new version altered the color scheme (adding in an ugly blue that has no business mixing in with the other colors) so hasta la vista Avast in terms of my buying their software. I will keep using their free version (orange/white). And scan with another anti-malware periodically like Malwarebytes.
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01 Dec 2013   #666

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Awful W8-style GUIs

IMO, the worst thing about the latest version of Avast is the "postage stamp sized" W8-style GUI.

Just like W8, the new GUI is harder to use.
I had to actually open up the Help files to find out where functions were hidden, something I never had to do with the previous versions.

I have AVG in my VMs and (IMO) its new W8-style GUI is awful too.
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01 Dec 2013   #667
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I tend to base my judgement on the AVs performance, rather then the GUI's appearance Unless it was unusable.

A Guy
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01 Dec 2013   #668

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

At the risk of repeating myself I think look no further than here for anti malware stuff Probably the Best Free Security List in the World

Though I must say after trying quite a few now I would not use AVG MSE Trend McAfee or Norton.

Personally I find Kaspersky works just fine by me and at a reasonable price too it isn't foolproof but I defy anyone to say there is any that are and I run MBAM SAS and ADWCleaner as on call scans.
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01 Dec 2013   #669

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Agreed, but ...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
I tend to base my judgement on the AVs performance, rather then the GUI's appearance Unless it was unusable.
I have no complaints about the performance of Avast or AVG.
My machines (real and virtual) seem to be free of malware.

The GUIs for security software (especially) need to be as easy as possible to use, or people won't bother to configure them properly.
Making the GUIs Phone/Tablet style, so that you have to jump through multiple hoops just to find a basic setting is ridiculous.
It's even more ridiculous when the software is supposed to be for a desktop OS.

How many people still use 800x600 desktop monitors?
W3C - Screen Resolutions
StatCounter - Screen Resolutions

It's been at least 15 years since I had a monitor that small.
It would have been several years old by the time I got it, as all of my PC bits were given to me by my friend (when he upgraded his system).

It's only been during the last 6 years that I have started buying new parts for my PC.
I'm ahead of the curve now, in terms of monitor resolution, thanks to ICit2lol.

The Avast GUI is 789x562 (non-resizable).

If something is annoying/hard to use, then it will be avoided/ignored.
Just look at the dismal uptake rate for W8.

A hammer with a floppy rubber handle can still bash things, but I bet it wouldn't be a big seller.
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06 Dec 2013   #670

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium SP1

I also didn't like the new avast! 2014 interface. And I also didn't like it at all how it changed and "hijacked" my firefox browser UI and settings. I had firefox configured to look like the old versions but when avast updated it put its stupid avast "web rep" plugin into my browser and changed the UI. I also couldn't remove the avast! web rep icon. And it also seemed to make my browser slower too.
After that I switched to avira antivir and everything seems to be good, and its interface is way better than avasts hideous touch/tablet/windows 8 hard-to-navigate interface.
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