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Which is the best antivirus?

By Blaze049
Oct 12, 2014
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  1. Guys I would like to know what you guys think about various antiviruses.
     
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    They all work about the same and that the user is the best antivirus. If the user is not educated on ways to keep from getting viruses, there is no AV that will keep a machine clean.
     
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  3. Blaze049

    Blaze049 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 42

    Still there must be some recommendation! just tell me which one leaves little stress on pc but does its job!
     
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    Avast
    Avira
    Bitdefender
    Comodo
    Eset
    Kaspersky
    MSSE (works for me)

    Take a pick. No matter who you ask, they will have a difference of opinion, as to which one is best. The above list is the only choices I would personally select from.
     
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  5. Blaze049

    Blaze049 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 42

    Appreciate it!!!;)
     
  6. justinkemp

    justinkemp TS Rookie

    Well, I have been using Immunet free antivirus for the past 24 months and my system works great.
     
  7. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,026   +51

    The main difference between paid-for and free anti-virus is that paid-for (full) programs are scanning incoming traffic constantly, blocking any problems before they get onto the PC.
    The free versions (generally) only scan the PC 'on demand', that is after any malware has got onto the PC.
     
  8. Blaze049

    Blaze049 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 42

    Thanx for all the help guys!
     
  9. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Posts: 610   +61

    What a lot of people don't realize, is that some Isp's actually bundle an anti-virus within your already standing package. I had centurylink for about 6 years before I realized they had given me a free license key for Nortan. Check with your isp, to see if you have anything available.
     
  10. Blaze049

    Blaze049 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 42

    Gotcha!;)
     
  11. Capaill

    Capaill TS Addict Posts: 292   +93

    From personal experience, I have Kaspersky on my work laptop and MSSE on a VM running WinXP. Kaspersky seems ok but it can use a LOT of cpu, especially during a periodic scan or update. Adding 4GB of RAM seemed to help there.

    On my private PC (and on any laptop/PC I install for friends) I always install the free version of Avast. It can be a little annoying with ads and you need to renew your free subscription every year. But it seems to be a good anti-virus software.

    I'd also recommend installing MalwareBytes AntiMalware. The free version won't scan passively, you have to manually scan with it every now and then. But it is the king of detecting malware.

    As noted above, a large part of preventing viruses is to educate yourself on some basic steps. Such as: Never open email attachments from people you don't know or if the email seems strange. Be wary of downloads (always scan them before executing any files). If a link looks suspicious, hover the mouse over it to see what the link actually connects to. Be very careful about downloading codecs to play movies/music. And watch out for downloads/attachments that look like a .jpg but are actually an executable :)
     
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  12. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    I have lost track of how many years I have run Eset NOD32 but I have never had an issue and the footprint is light so no hogging of resources while getting great protection.. On my laptop I run the full version of Avast antivirus minus the firewall since it is a business laptop and I need to to take it out of town periodically; never know about those free wifi connections in hotels and Burger King/Wendy's. ;)

    To add to what Capaill wrote, you can have the best of the best security software but if you mess with the wrong websites, et.al. you will have issues.
     
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  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    I have not had anything invade the PC (HTPC) that the kids use using Avira....but then I would not know bad code if it bit me in the ***.
     
  14. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    But... but... red1776 you are the Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe! How can you not know???
     
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  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Hehehe,
    Hey! how have you been?

    Because every time I change to the reported number 1 AV, something happens and they have an unexplained decline.
     
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  16. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Cliffordcooley has given a good list.
    I have used all of the others, at various times over the last 8-10 years.
    I would add just one to it... which is a paid AV solution.
    Some do not like it for that reason.
    Others do not like it because of
    how they handled one of the icons of anti-malware,
    but that is a whole other story.

    The one I would add is Trend-Micro.
    which has been serving me very well for a couple of years now.
    I got it on a usb stick, with 5 licenses, for a great price, and upgrade/updates forever.
    That, to me, makes it next to free!
    Currently they are offering 3 licenses, and up to two years of updates.
    And they do offer a free trial.
    .
    OH... If I were you, I would also supplement your AV with MBAM!
     
  17. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Thanks Book, I rum MBAM as well :)
     
  18. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    :D
    My reply was more for the OP. After all...
    Who am _I_ to advise the "Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe"?
    <lol> OR maybe that is just "omnipotent" - not also "omniscient".
     
  19. geronimo

    geronimo TS Rookie

    Totally agree with Cliffordcooley. The best antivirus defense is the pc operator using ctrl+alt+delete, bringing up Task Mgr to back out of virus engagements, since no antivirus is fool-proof.
     
  20. corvard

    corvard TS Rookie

    The default Microsoft antivirus "windows defender" is pretty good. Using it for several years. Never had any virus problems.
     
  21. JesseAye

    JesseAye Banned

    http://www.pcmag.com/reviews/antivirus
    This may help you decide which antivirus software best fits you, as different AV software uses different approaches and methods, different user interfaces, and differences in intractability, though they all focus on the same broad subject.
     

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