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Windows 7: Which is the best?

24 Jul 2010   #41
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

In the last couple of years you are now starting to see the AV companies incorporate more ingredients being adware/spyware even rootkit detection and removal protections into their products as well as the increase in internet security. Once you have the winning combination of programs that won't clash with each other then you have managed to acquire a multiple layer.

One of the best things however is the methods available for backing things up and imaging drives just in case something does manage to get through. You can always nuke a drive and restore an image if one is already made as well as restore a backup once a clean install is seen. But try to replace the unreplaceable files you might have that got infected?

Backup is that other additional layer!

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24 Jul 2010   #42

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Backing up your drive to an external one protects against more than just malware. It also protects against hardware failure or theft. If your laptop get stolen and you have an external hard drive at home, at least you didn't lose the only copies of some pictures or documents that mean a lot to you.
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24 Jul 2010   #43
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

That's simply one of the side benefits as well as protecting personal and other data from "bugs" or simple file corruption to consider. If you are a student or simply on a tight budget and can't spend on a second drive(internal, external) but have a dvd burner or flash drives those also can save the day.
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26 Jul 2010   #44
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Well, the only reason McAfee is on the system is that it came with it along with the 15 month's of "protection".

MSE caught a couple bugs on my FD that McAfee didn't.

The school I'm going to had a virus problem they had a hard time getting rid of...and they were running McAfee.....nuff said

BTW , thanx for the link A Guy for the trojan simulator....I d/l ed it, it waltzed right past McAfee (no surprise there), MSE caught it 2 seconds later (before it was opened).
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26 Jul 2010   #45
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

The VIPRE Premium's firewall here won't even allow me to download that one!

Anything that even looks like a bug is simply blocked by the slightly "overprotective" firewall inplace which is good in itself.

As you saw for yourself some programs seem to get the worst reviews for offering the least amount of actual protection while also seeing where no one program alone will stop everything once again confirmed. Even with the firewall here I could never say it will be 100% foolproof despite being highly impressive so far.

Reality check time people! This is why various companies also provide special removers when their own main av and other protection programs are not able to remove or even protect against certain new malwares that come along. Malware writers are always looking for new ways to slip things through.
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27 Jul 2010   #46
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I doubt any antivirus won't detect the Eicar av test these days, if no other reason than they specifically code them to detect it. Avast wouldn't let the download page load. A Guy


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27 Jul 2010   #47

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
I use Avast and the AV didn't even let me download me it. I also use Malwarebytes and SuperAntispyware as on demand scanners.

I don't see why there is so much hype about MSE. I have tried it but i didn't like the lack of control and it doesn't get great scores in the AV comparatives test either. Avast on the other hand gives me loads of control and does relatively well for a Free av in AV comparatives tests. But then its just my opinion since everybody has their own reasons for choosing a particular AV.
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27 Jul 2010   #48

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1

Borg 386, just out of curiosity, what version of McAfee are you using? 2009 or 2010? 2009 doesn't seem to catch anything!
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27 Jul 2010   #49
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Hey codyw,

The McAfee that came with this was the Security Center Suite.

The Security Center is Version 9.15

The Virus Scan is Ver 13.15

The Firewall is 10.15

it's 10...from what I see on the reviews, the rating is "Fair"
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27 Jul 2010   #50

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I tried Dowloading the Trojan Simular.
IE8 was urging me to stop.
Firefox allowed the Download NP.

However, it was a empty folder after unzipped. Not a word from NIS.
But looking in the log ...

I guess it continues to work. It just didnt feel the need to mention it for whatever reason.

Ive been really happy with NIS2010. It has done an excellent job for me, and really dont notice it running (as far as system resources)
It doesnt like tracking cookies either and promptly deletes them.

I also like the fact it doesnt contiuously rescan known good files, unless they change. Unless of course you tell it to scan everything. As well as when I go to play a game in FS, it goes into silent mode as to not interfere.

Everyone certainly has thier own opinion on whats "best". NIS would be my choice hands down. It hasnt let me down yet.

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