Which anti virus do you recommend & why?

WeDeserveHealth

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Hi everyone,

So I had been using ESET for at least 5 years, & I was upset that they told me I had to switch to Win 10 from Win 7 otherwise they wouldn't support me (What???), plus getting support from them was always a pain.

So I decided not to renew & trust me, they didn't care.

I tried Avast & had issues with them and my old ergonomic mouse that they literally STOPPED me from using on my computer LOL

After wasting 2-3 hours with my website coder trying to figure out why my mouse wasn't working, I figured out it was Avast. Also, changing my e-mail address on their forum didn't work, so they are clearly no good.

Bit Defender I thought was great until I started to notice CPU or memory issues. I went to their forum & realized I'm not the only one having this issue.

So, looking online is pointless, as all I get are sites listing the top 10 software & they are all paid sites by the anti-virus companies.

Any suggestions? And please explain why you recommend said software. I can just go back to Malwarebytes, but I'm still not sure if that's a good replacement for anti virus.

I prefer free, at least to start, so I can make sure I like it.

Thanks a ton
 

bazz2004

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Try them out and find what suits you. As you already know free solutions work well enough and often these are available from vendors of AV software. Difficulties will inevitably increase as you won't update the OS. I'm happy with Windows own security backed by occasional scans with SAS and Malwarebytes.
 

Kshipper

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I second the motion...bazz2004 is right the one-two punch of the free built-in Windows Security Antivirus on Windows 10 is good enough and if you must, then Malwarebytes paid version works well too (they have a free trial). The free version of MBAM removes items but it doesn't jump up to save you in realtime.

Having said all that....

Your behaviour is the best defence against infection. Are you going to the dark side of Internet to download and steal software you know you should be paying for? Downloading key generators, cracks, free TV/movies, copyrighted music? All this type of behaviour brings infections in.
 

jobeard

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We've all grown up with an AV that required scanning the disk ... again, again, Ad nauseam. Sadly most of it isn't even executible. This is known as a Reactive AV; react once it's on the HD.

I've grown into the alternative approach -- Proactive -- where the Gremlins are found before they get planted on my HD. Lots to be said for avoiding repetitious scanning! To this I added an Ad Blocker (to sanitize my little brain) which makes clicking on bad links almost impossible.

The proactive component scans all inbound (outbound if necessary) email and website links for traps which lead to infections.

I'm using Avast Free! now for years
 

WeDeserveHealth

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So I didn't go with any of your suggestions & most didn't read what I wrote or understand it, but for others looking, I wanted to tell you what happened b/c they may also need an AV program..

I ended up trying out Kaspersky's anti virus for the free trial & WOW.

Their software found viruses & trojans that NO OTHER AV found.

I wrote a much longer review on my site as their tech support isn't great, but I care mainly about the software itself.

Thanks
 

bazz2004

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Well you did do what was suggested - try them out and decide for yourself what suits. Be aware that what looks great today may not look so good going forward. Tht's what the competition is all about. I once subscribed regularly to Norton then Spyware Doctor but found that they were in later incarnations slowing my computer down considerably. Kaspersky did the same when I tried it though it had ace reviews. I find Bitdefender free pretty good - worth a try. Unless you do a lot of dodgy surfing it's unlikely that there will be issues.
 

jobeard

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So I didn't go with any of your suggestions & most didn't read what I wrote or understand it,
hmm; I did --
"Any suggestions? And please explain why you recommend said software. I can just go back to Malwarebytes, but I'm still not sure if that's a good replacement for anti virus." ...​

"I've grown into the alternative approach -- Proactive -- where the Gremlins are found before they get planted on my HD."​
 
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jobeard

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There's no Silver Bullet in AV! No single solution is 100% effective nor perfect.
a) yes, some are better at scanning/removal -- if that's your approach
b) if fact, there is NOTHING wrong with multiple solutions -- just don't run more than one at the same time.

Run that solution that is Proactive to stop as many infections as possible. THEN, manually use your toolbox to scan for infections that have squeaked onto your HD.

You are wise to have multiple tools in your toolbix -- just make sure that ONLY ONE runs as a default. Later you can manually scan with any tool availible to you to pick off the junk.
 
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SNGX1275

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I haven't done a ton with my PC in recent years, but I'm on it probably 85% of my desktop PC use in the last year. I say that just to qualify that I run no AV outside of Windows Defender, nothing, and I don't fear anything. Maybe I'll get burned, but a bit of thinking of what you click on, and thats all you need.
 
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Kshipper

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Like the others here, I too use good behaviour (no surfing to the dark side of the Internet, no stealing programs/music/movies/shows). I use Windows Security since it is built in and I might call in MalwareBytes if I want a 2nd opinion. I tried running the Chrome browser with JavaScript off for a few years and it was a real pain but I think it helped me a ton to understand how automatic websites and browsers operate and how the bad guys leverage scripting. You too can try your own experiments. Keep a good backup of your data (Ideally air gapped) and keep a list of programs you need to reinstall and take comfort that you are just a few hours away from a complete wipe-rebuild if anything goes wrong. =)