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Best of 2012: what are the most effective and recent malware scanners


View Poll Results: Bestof 2012: Best security programs
Avira 1 20.00%
MBAM 0 0%
MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) 1 20.00%
Kaspersky 0 0%
Symantec 1 20.00%
Bitdefender 0 0%
Hijack This or similar. Write in 0 0%
Firewall: Comodo 0 0%
Patch vulnerabilities: Secunia etc. 0 0%
Other- write in 2 40.00%
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07-Aug-2012, 02:13 PM #1
Arrow Best of 2012: what are the most effective and recent malware scanners
Preface: I am not a professional just a casual computer user who would like to set a place to discuss, hopefully a megathread.

I would like to setup a poll once suggestions are added.

What are the new wave of defense programs and new wave of threats to watch for?

I use MBAM pro but after installing Avira (good free prog) I notice it does not scan zips or scripts effectively. I always used MBAM as it has done the job well, til now.

Now my suggestions of older programs I know of:

Cloud Scanners:
TrendMicro Housecall
jotti ect...

SuperAntiSpyware & Spybot Search & Destroy (I dont think these are updated anymore)


Unknown category:
HiJack This

Are firewalls still effective?
I have used: Comodo & Windows Defender

IMHO, Once a program becomes overly popular it is time to jump ship because either a) the app becomes to bloated or b) attackers hone in on this specific program because beginner users gravitate towards it, therefore coders must keep up.
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07-Aug-2012, 02:22 PM #2
Review: Kaspersky is in depth but has a lot of false positives

Bitdefenders cloud scanner did nothing.

Comodo is bloated

The threats to watch for are scripts from addons/social networking sites and mobile attacks.
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08-Aug-2012, 06:09 AM #3
Well. I use Norton AntiVirus and think it's fine. But McAfee it made my system sluggish.

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10-Aug-2012, 10:42 PM #4
In my experience, Symantec (Norton) and McAfee both have slowed my system down considerably. I use AVG for anti-virus, and Malware Bytes for spyware.

I have heard Avast is pretty good too..
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11-Aug-2012, 03:57 PM #5
I'm up for suggestions too. I got checking into Comodo, and the general consensus is that yeah, it's far too intrusive and bloated.

Advance System Care 5 is getting good reviews and is a painless maintenance tool, but I haven't heard much about its effectiveness at malware removal. I get the vague impression that that's not its primary function, though it does run malware removal during its "Deep Care" scan & fix.

The only other ones I use regularly are MBAM and SuperAntiSpyware, and rarely, the new beta of Spybot S&D.

For Antivirus, I have AVG on one system and Avast! on another, and both have stopped malware dead in its tracks. A friend asked me to fix his system - so I came here to Techguy to do the Full Monty on it, and the (different) guy that helped me that time advised that I install MS Security Essentials. So far that's working great, so call that a thumbs-up too.


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12-Aug-2012, 01:47 AM #7
Norton AV should not slow down your computer. Was bloated in the past(2008) but is very minimal footprint now.
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12-Aug-2012, 05:07 AM #8
I didn't vote because I haven't tried all.
From experience I can say Norton 2008 is 'bloated'. It came preinstalled with my windows 7.
I then started using windows defender for a while but it didn't seem to pick up everything. I also read bad reviews about it in many places.
After that I installed AVG which picked up things that defender didn't.
I worked at a place where they highly depended on computers and we all had one.
We we're linked up throughout cities and used servers etc and they actually used avg. I believe it was the pro version too.
That's where I got the idea to use it from but it actually is very good.
Only recently it failed to heal a services.exe trojan, but it still picked it up.
I also used microsoft security essentials but it picked up less than avg and didn't really seem to 'know what it was doing'. I mean it looked kind of low-end.

I think that a anti-virus should have a anti-malware component plus a link scanner like avg as well as should take up less cpu and most importantly not detect and 'heal' files that aren't really infected.
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