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

31 May 2014   #901
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Look at the av testing sites and make your own opinion. Again though, anything that anyone says is a matter of opinion. Even the testing sites.

Definitions of malware and other types of threats are all categorized differently by vendors.

Home: AV-TEST - The Independent IT-Security Institute

AV-Comparatives Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software » AV-Comparatives

There are a few to get you started.

Here is some other interesting info on privacy and how AV apps use your data:

http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-co...ng_2014_en.pdf

In short, there is no "best Antivirus". The best antivirus is you. Everything starts with you. Most malware infections are caused directly by the user then anything else. Be smart about what you download and install. There is no such thing as 100% security and never will be. The best you can do is be smart and use the internet carefully along with the tools needed to protect you.


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31 May 2014   #902
Otase

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks andrew, i never relied to much on AV myself either (just using it for its basic purpose)
i consider Firefox with NoScript + addblockplus the essential protection when surfing the net.
(though ain't enough also need to look out for tracking cookies, forgot that for a while xD)
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31 May 2014   #903
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Noscript and an ad blocker is the very lowest, basic form of protection. It may keep you from getting targeted ads or a malicious script. There is zero protection from bots, Trojans, drive by infections, or a root or boot kit.

As an aside, Norton's servers were hacked a couple of years ago and some code stolen. They recovered from it and I still use it. Having a forum hacked is not a real security risk to users.

I will reiterate Andrew's statement, security starts PBTKB, Person Behind The Keyboard. Porn sites, Torrent sites, warez site all will attempt to infect visitors in some way.

Tracking cookies are not a threat, they only tell a server what sites you've visited to serve you a "Preference based" ad.
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31 May 2014   #904
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I am using Baidu, Avast was getting a bit annoying.

Baidu Antivirus | Professional Antivirus + Ultrafast Cloud Security

Always free, no attempt to get you to buy anything.
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31 May 2014   #905
Otase

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Noscript and an ad blocker is the very lowest, basic form of protection. It may keep you from getting targeted ads or a malicious script. There is zero protection from bots, Trojans, drive by infections, or a root or boot kit.

Tracking cookies are not a threat, they only tell a server what sites you've visited to serve you a "Preference based" ad.
Sure ad blocker is lowest basic form of protection though how is NoScript in same level?
there is various kind of scripts out there who can install all type of malware in your OS o_O
this is just one of them: Malicious PHP Scripts on the Rise Webroot Threat Blog

Tracking cookies should be enough a threat to send spam mail using your mail account?
sure they aren't a threat in general but they rarely can become if overlooked ~_~;
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31 May 2014   #906
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 Otase View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
LOL, see the last 897 posts.
I know avast forum was hacked but that can happen to any other so... wondering yet
also thanks for the recommended SuperAntiSpyware


Yep well have a look at this lot I have quoted on many occasions
Probably the Best Free Security List in the World if you are into free and me I have run Kaspersky for four years now and what comes across in this thread is that it is forgotten that the best anti virus is sitting at the keyboard. It depends on what you do for browsing or using really,

The AV Comparatives and Matousec Results and comments - www.matousec.com too never include Norton which I know a lot of folks like.
If you take a look at these two what I tend to think of as main tester sites the results are quite different.

I find to whole thing quite subjective in a way because it is sorta obvious they use dissimilar methods of testing and just how do you test an AV when there really is no benchmark of testing - that I know of, and as it seems to me and I am no expert malware has an infinite "database" and how does one keep up with that.
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04 Jun 2014   #907
Alex1986

Windows 8.1
 
 

Using Avast free antivirus works great for 3 or 4 years now earlier i was using windows defender no problems

Basicly depends what your do on your computer i only had one virus 12 years ago or something and not from my fault since there was free antivirus with some magazine they though it's good idea too add virus so you can test it didn't end well...

Basicly if you don't download from torrents and no porn and your golden.
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11 Jun 2014   #908
GhulamAhmed

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Look at the av testing sites and make your own opinion. Again though, anything that anyone says is a matter of opinion. Even the testing sites.

Definitions of malware and other types of threats are all categorized differently by vendors.

Home: AV-TEST - The Independent IT-Security Institute

AV-Comparatives Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software » AV-Comparatives

There are a few to get you started.

Here is some other interesting info on privacy and how AV apps use your data:

http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-co...ng_2014_en.pdf

In short, there is no "best Antivirus". The best antivirus is you. Everything starts with you. Most malware infections are caused directly by the user then anything else. Be smart about what you download and install. There is no such thing as 100% security and never will be. The best you can do is be smart and use the internet carefully along with the tools needed to protect you.
very nice info, thanks to share with us.
totally agreed with " There is no such thing as 100% security and never will be. "

I am using Kaspersky IS since 4 years.

regards.
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12 Jun 2014   #909
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I have tried most and always come back to Kaspersky myself , has been rock solid on my parents computer which is amazing as they are terrible when it comes to malware and it's been rock solid for me as well .
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12 Jun 2014   #910
GhulamAhmed

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

now as we knew it, Kaspersky offering Multi Device license. also have on my Android device
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