What do people use these days for firewall and anti-virus

By centrino207 ยท 9 replies
Feb 1, 2018
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  1. I hear zone-alarm is not that good these days like before and there are ads.

    I hear avast and AVG has ads and it is hard to uninstall.

    Norton and McAfee will slow your computer down and is bloated these days.
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,288   +4,192

    Windows default
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  3. centrino207

    centrino207 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 160   +10

    Are you talking about microsoft security essential? If so their malware blocking is no where at par with any of other anti- malware programs. And microsoft security essential has no rootkit or ransomware scan.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,288   +4,192

    In Windows 10 it is called Defender. But yeah that is what I was referring to. It is enough for me.

    And to be honest people who invite (accidental or intentional) viruses, it doesn't matter what anti-virus is use.
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  5. holdum323

    holdum323 Banned Posts: 1,725   +455

    Hi @centrino207 You pretty much nailed all the problems with Anti-Virus programs in your first post. If you're running W10, then Windows Defender should be good enough. If you want all the protection you listed in your post #4, then you will have to get a program like malwarebytes. Here's a good read. Let us know how things go. I run W10 and use Windows Defender running in real time with malwarebytes pro. That's called a layered protection and IMHO the best protection you can have.
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  6. I would advise people not to use Avast products.
    They used to work good.
    Now they don't.
    Their uninstall app---


    You may lose your internet connection after uninstalling Avast.
    Better to make a system image before you install Avast.
    Or never install Avast.
    Just my 2 cents worth on Avast.
  7. holdum323

    holdum323 Banned Posts: 1,725   +455

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  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,992   +1,313

    Well, I'm a Win/7 Pro diehard, so take this with a grain of salt.

    First, 99% of AV are reactive, and at best, are effective AFTER you've been infected. I want(ed) a proactive solution to stop the infections before they get to the HD.

    I've been using Avast! Free for years now and it proactively scans my email and all weblinks I click on. After the install, I have disabled the Filescan feature as the battery is precious and IMO, I don't need every EXE to be re-re-re-scanned upon every launch. The last infection I've suffered was back in 2006.

    Second, I've installed the etc\hosts file from MVPS to control access to adverts and bad domains, and this works on any system regardless of your AV.

    [edit] BTW: Avast! Free also runs on OS X[/edit]
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2018
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  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,992   +1,313

    BTW: Since Win/7 the Windows Firewall has been just great. Just be sure to use the Private Profile (aka HOME) unless you're needing access at a hotspot, in which case the PUBLIC profile is a real necessity
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  10. Carsten Ibsen

    Carsten Ibsen TS Member Posts: 21

    Bitdefender Total Security+Malwarebytes Premium:)

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