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

30 Mar 2014   #821
newpgm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
Check out AV-Test a major testing firm.

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

MSE has really slipped.

Jim
Hey - that's great. I love sites with bar graphs
& BitDefenders bar graph looks super!

thanks


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30 Mar 2014   #822
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 newpgm View Post
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?
Well I agree with both Indie and David and as I always think the best AV is siting in front of the keybaord becase none of them are infallible even the Kspersky I use which ranks really well I still get stuff picked up by MBAM SAS and ADW,

The Bitdefender I did test out and it is a tad naggy but on the whole a good choice for a freebie but there again why insist on a freebie when as I do pay $0.13 a day for a paid for Kaspersky?? and still use on call freebies
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30 Mar 2014   #823
newpgm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
why insist on a freebie when as I do pay $0.13 a day for a paid for Kaspersky?? and still use on call freebies
Yes - agree on the whole free business I suppose. Seems a little silly to worry about $50 or whatever for PC security when I just dropped over $100 today on colored MTB tyres & Crocs.

So Kaspersky? Will check it out too.

thanks

Edit: which by the way also has a great bar graph on AV-TEST.
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30 Mar 2014   #824
Phone Man

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

I see a lot of sales on security software all the time and most now offer protection for 3 PCs which is how many I have.

Jim
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30 Mar 2014   #825
newpgm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well Phone Man think might leaning in your & ICit2lol's direction & perhaps buying a package is the way to go. From Malwarebytes forum:
I tried it (BD free) out myself, but quickly ditched it for one major reason - I cannot add any exclusions into BitDefender Free.

Looks like the free version does NOT use the same scanning engine either - from PC Mag article:
Q - Do you know if this product uses the exact engine as the paid version or a modified version? It also would be nice to have test from Av-test and Av-comparatives it's too bad.
A - no it does not.
This Free edition is based on the previous v16/2013 engine. The Photon technology is not in the Free version. Only Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, Internet Security and Total Security received the 2014 upgrade, with the Photon technology
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30 Mar 2014   #826
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 Phone Man View Post
I see a lot of sales on security software all the time and most now offer protection for 3 PCs which is how many I have.

Jim
Yep Jim Kaspersky are at it all the time 3PC one year 1PC for two or even three years. What I like about it is that they update the system every year (GUI and stuff) and the licence just carries over just means downloading and saving the new version uninstall the old reinstall and configure. The only gripe have with the is the GUI like the current 2014 isn't always so used friendly as say the 2013 version was.
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30 Mar 2014   #827
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This has some very interesting information.
What anti virus is used the most.

https://www.readability.com/articles/20mkkfna

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30 Mar 2014   #828
newpgm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I didn't realize MSE was so popular, can't be that bad. Or North Americans just like free MS AV.
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01 Apr 2014   #829
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 

I just took in and repaired an Acer desktop.
this was used by very careful, responsible adults that don't fool with the pc all day.
it had the latest/greatest Paid Kaspersky suite... whatever its called. Pure, I think.

horribly infected. these things are always a toss of the coin - do I try to disinfect it or simply nuke and startover? sometimes, sheer luck, a couple of doses of remediation and you're done. not so with this one but you don't know that until some tools start surfacing the blackhats.

at any rate: I'm sure its coincidence, but you can pretty well trace the onslaught back to just after the time of the Kaspersky switchover. I don't know what all was used before that. I see a lot of older folks sticking with avg, which is a horror as far as I'm concerned, unless the user is savvy enough to strip it down.

I expressed my view about Kaspersky when I handed the system back over. what they do from here is their biz, until I see it again and charge them again.
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01 Apr 2014   #830
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by newpgm View Post
I didn't realize MSE was so popular, can't be that bad. Or North Americans just like free MS AV.
I use MSE because it's windows friendly,
I've used many in the past and this is the first one that doesn't nag me and let basic viruses infect me,
Proof is in the pudding not because I'm cheap at all I spent up to 99.00 u.s a year for antivirus protection for one suite = did little good,
I do pay for products MABM and SAS because they work
Just because you might pay for an antivirus doesn't mean you get your monies worth, (use what works)
Cheers.
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