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

25 Mar 2014   #811
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Windows defender can be used alongside panda with no issues. I use them both along with malwarebytes pro and its fine. I don't know if I should disable windows defender, as I cannot remember if internet explorers security features like smartscreen work with it somehow. I don't use internet explorer, but If I ever did. Maybe I should turn windows defender off...


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26 Mar 2014   #812
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
I recently came across this on-demand scanner - it's in Beta, but I tried it.
(not just because it has elephants )

herdProtect - Anti-Malware Multiscanning Platform in the Cloud
I'm also using it since this January...they updated the version to v1.0.3.0 in March 21, 2014!


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28 Mar 2014   #813
mcleod55

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Can herdProtect be used alongside security suites like Norton or Kaspersky?
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28 Mar 2014   #814
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mcleod55 View Post
Can herdProtect be used alongside security suites like Norton or Kaspersky?
Yes :-)

Download herdProtect - Free Anti-Malware Platform
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herdProtect Anti-Malware Scanner is a fast and free Windows desktop program which detects malicious threats, spyware and adware by utilizing 68 industry anti-malware scanners. It has no impact on your system resources and uses the herdProtect cloud-based scanning engine. The scanner is a second line of defense and is designed to work perfectly with your existing anti-virus software (we highly recommend you use another anti-malware product with herdProtect). Best of all, it's FREE.
Emphasis mine.
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29 Mar 2014   #815
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Also, heard protect does not run at startup or have an active shield. So since its a on demand scanner, it cannot interfere with your AV software.

And herdprotect is provided by the people who host should I remove it? Which is a great way to learn about software and what it does to your pc before installing it. See here for an example:

CCleaner by Piriform - Should I Remove It?


Reason software is the maker and the people behind it.

herdProtect - Anti-Malware Multiscanning Platform in the Cloud
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30 Mar 2014   #816
newpgm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello,

Have been a happy MSE user for some years now but keep coming across forums that indicate MSE may not be robust enough for 2014. About to upgrade to MBAM 2.0 Premium & thought maybe this was a good time to review my choice of AV. Did not read all 82 pages of this thread, only the 2014 pages & I see some posters here still believe in MSE, some agree it could be better. Who here agrees that MSE is lacking or just the opposite that MSE is still a good AV?

The free version of Avast (minimal install) is running on my old Windows XP machine & seems to do a fine job (will be installing Ubuntu down the road). Had McAfee for a while - seemed like an OK AV & also Symantec @ one point which I thought was a real resource hog.

For free realtime protection PC Magazine likes AVG & Avira for 2014. For free suites Comodo & ZoneAlarm.

I am not opposed to paying for AV but kinda spoiled by MSE me thinks. Realizing this a loaded question & likely to get a number of different responses but gotta start somewhere.

Edit: PC Magazine Best Free AV 2014
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30 Mar 2014   #817
indianacarnie

 

As you said this can be a contentious issue/topic. PERSONALLY, after using (and being very happy with by the way), Avast free for years I became annoyed by the newer updates and their associated pop-ups, nags etc. and switched to MSE. After about 2 months I became so infected that a new install was needed, probably my fault as I sometimes go to some of the more unsavory sites. Nevertheless with Avast I never had that problem so I switched to BitDefender (free) and could not be happier. No nags, very little system usage and excellent protection. I now recommend it to my friends and family with no reservations.

My advice is: try a few of them for a couple of weeks apiece and THEN choose which best suits YOU and your system. There are probably zillions of configurations for our many different makes and models of computers and there is no such thing as "one size fits all". Find the one that YOU are most comfortable with and that does what YOU want it to and then that one will be "The Best Anti-Virus".
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30 Mar 2014   #818
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
My advice is: try a few of them for a couple of weeks apiece and THEN choose which best suits YOU and your system. There are probably zillions of configurations for our many different makes and models of computers and there is no such thing as "one size fits all". Find the one that YOU are most comfortable with and that does what YOU want it to and then that one will be "The Best Anti-Virus".
Well said, totally agree!
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30 Mar 2014   #819
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Check out AV-Test a major testing firm.

AV-TEST - The Independent IT-Security Institute: Jan/Feb 2014

MSE has really slipped.

Jim
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30 Mar 2014   #820
newpgm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
I switched to BitDefender (free) and could not be happier. No nags, very little system usage and excellent protection. I now recommend it to my friends and family with no reservations.
Hmm...BitDefender wasn't even on my radar, free is good. Will definitely check it out.

Looks like there are some exclusions need to be set for MBAM & BD. Are you running MBAM?
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