Avast vs WD opinions

By learninmypc
Jul 13, 2016
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  1. A month or so ago I finally got tired of the pop ups avast was shoving at me telling me how many threats they have stopped worldwide & many other UNnecessary pop ups so I UNinstalled it & decided to try MSE.
    Well, since WD is built in, I couldn't use it so I re enabled WD & have been using it.
    All I want is a free AV that auto updates & easy to configure. Any ideas/suggestions? TIA :)
  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,659   +309

    Windows Defender fits the bill...I back it up with Malwarebytes (free) which I run manually every few days.

    Worst vector is phishing and nasty advertising, so I look at source on emails (MailWasher does that) and a combination of Flash Control / Ad Block / HTTPS Everywhere in Chrome.

    I would like to hear about any other solutions for the risky mess that the internet really has become, especially anything which would cut off rogue encrypting/deleting. My solution on that is a 3 level backup offsite. I would rather just nail it before it happens.
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,601   +335

    I currently have & use Malwarebytes & use it 2 or 3 times a month since its usually clean, SpywareBlaster I know its NOT a scanner. Also SAS. I've been looking for UPdated tutorials on these but have had no luck, not even on bleeping computer.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,333   +622

    [QUOTE="learninmypc, post: 1551646, member: 285861"SpywareBlaster I know its NOT a scanner. [/QUOTE]
    Right, it's a controller for ActiveX components, and as AX has been decommissioned, it is not very relevant any longer.
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,601   +335

    @jobeard I fully understand that but its like a friend, I've had it so long, I'd feel bad letting go of it. Perhaps one of these days I'll say good bye to it, thank you :)

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