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

04 Jan 2014   #731
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Not sure what everyone else things; but I have been through a few different "varieties" of anti-virus software; including a aol supplied mcaffe anti virus which our family used for awhile, and ISP supplied anti virus from mcaffee(much more recent within the past couple years). and lastly; Ive had pretty good luck with the most recent install of avg anti-virus. I guess its a matter of preference as to who prefers what etc.; but when it comes down to it; there are some clear winners and some clear not-so-much winners as far as the anti virus category goes.


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07 Jan 2014   #732
Dallas 7

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Not a problem Dallas that is just what I set mine at when I installed it mate. For full scans I set mine for once a week and the quick scans when updates are loaded and then whenever you use sticks etc.

Don't think you will be disappointed with it mate I am not.


ICit2lol I think KIS is a good product, but for about a week it was a PITA.
It appears the KIS 2014 version was not properly vetted for problems in the Beta stage.
Had to spend some time searching Kaspersky's Forum to figure out what was going on.

Some web pages were loading extremely slow. Like molasses in January.
Also upon start up and reboot, KIS was loading so slow that it wouldn't start till about 2 minutes after everything else was already up and running, possibly leaving the computer unprotected, and it wasn't due to a setting.

I discovered on their forum that many others had experienced these same two problems.
One Mod stated when you install the product, it may take several days for the patches to become available to you, even if it's an older patch.
Thankfully he was right. A few days later a couple patches downloaded that corrected both issues.

Kaspersky is running fine now, but it seems to me they should've fixed those problems during the Beta stage instead of putting it out on the shelf as a finished product.
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07 Jan 2014   #733
Dallas 7

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

ICit2lol I tried to PM you but it said you couldn't receive PMs?
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07 Jan 2014   #734
ICIT2LOL

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dallas 7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Not a problem Dallas that is just what I set mine at when I installed it mate. For full scans I set mine for once a week and the quick scans when updates are loaded and then whenever you use sticks etc.

Don't think you will be disappointed with it mate I am not.


ICit2lol I think KIS is a good product, but for about a week it was a PITA.
It appears the KIS 2014 version was not properly vetted for problems in the Beta stage.
Had to spend some time searching Kaspersky's Forum to figure out what was going on.

Some web pages were loading extremely slow. Like molasses in January.
Also upon start up and reboot, KIS was loading so slow that it wouldn't start till about 2 minutes after everything else was already up and running, possibly leaving the computer unprotected, and it wasn't due to a setting.

I discovered on their forum that many others had experienced these same two problems.
One Mod stated when you install the product, it may take several days for the patches to become available to you, even if it's an older patch.
Thankfully he was right. A few days later a couple patches downloaded that corrected both issues.

Kaspersky is running fine now, but it seems to me they should've fixed those problems during the Beta stage instead of putting it out on the shelf as a finished product.
Hmm I tried a reply to this from home but it hasn't got through so yes they do change their GUI a fair bit and as you say don't test thoroughly enough before release. I always wait for a month or so after the latest release before I upgrade from the previous one (you can still use the same activation code) so that most of the buggy stuff has been dealt with.
The scans mat always take forever at first unless you have upgraded like I do then the bases are carried over when you do that.

The PM I don't know what is wrong there - I have PM's you anyway.
John
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18 Jan 2014   #735
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonguy30 View Post
Does anyone know if avira has disabled messages in their AV? Because I'm no longer getting "Virus definitions updated" pop-ups anymore. I have to check in the system tray if it has been updated. And it's supposed to update twice a day, and when I don't get pop-ups I don't know if it has even been updated! And my PC CPU and RAM used to increase when it updated, now it doesn't do that. I don't know if I should trust avira anymore... I tried reinstalling but still the same. Sigh.
I installed Avira free on Win XP to give it a test drive and found the same thing - no update notifications.
I found the default setting does not notify when updates are applied.
I checked "Files have been successfully updated" and that fixed this for me - I got an "update popup notification" when the PC woke up.
Here is how I set the configuration for these options:

What's the Best Anti-virus?-avisp01.png

Looking through the configuration/settings I also found it should auto check for updates every 6 hours and can't be changed to less than 6 hours.
I can manually check if/when I want to...

The only problem I've found so far is it can't scan more than 4 partitions at the same time - the scan crashes...


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18 Jan 2014   #736
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yeah I have noticed that about avira as well. I believe the paid version updates every hour and has streaming updates.

It's not a bad AV, pretty decent actually once configured.
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18 Jan 2014   #737
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Yea...
For me the real question is what is the best av to recommend to non-tech folks I help, and what is the best for me ...
I've used Avast for years and can deal with it, but I think it's gotten too complicated/bloated so I don't recommend it anymore.
So far I'm liking Avira...
For me the UI is easier to use than the latest Avast - Avira seems like a more logical design ...
I can find things easier and quicker ...

Bitdefender free is too "limited" for me, but maybe that's better for most users (Nothing to configure!) ?

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18 Jan 2014   #738
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Honestly in my opinion the best av for non tech folks is panda antivirus. Its fantastic at prevention and is always up to date. Its not ideal though if the person has dial up internet, but few people do anymore. Its a cloud AV. It's better at prevention then removing a really infected system though so keep that in mind.

It lacks options, but it makes up for it with great protection that is very lightweight. Its really easy to use to to scan your pc and stuff. Nothing confusing or difficult to learn.

I'm using panda right now and once avast gets stuff fixed I may go back....
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18 Jan 2014   #739
poorguy

Linux Ubuntu 64 bit / Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

hey all, I agree Andrew 129260 I use panda on my laptop and have no complaints. thinking about changing my desktops to it also. I still use avast free 2014 and avg free 2014 and have no complaints with either except all of the extra unneeded crap ware that they have thrown in. but they are free. poorguy
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27 Jan 2014   #740
jstevens16

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Hi guys,
I'm new on these forum, my first post hehe, im currently using Microsoft SE, Malwarebytes AM Pro, FRST, and Adwcleaner, I'm planning in changing my AV, a friend recommended Webroot SA Internet Security Complete... is this any good...has anybody tried this one... this cost about $52...could I get my money's worth...would greatly appreciate any info or heads up..thanks in advance.
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