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

Discussion in 'General Security' started by RipnDip, Aug 7, 2012.

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Bestof 2012: Best security programs

  1. Avira

    20.0%
  2. MBAM

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials)

    20.0%
  4. Kaspersky

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Symantec

    20.0%
  6. Bitdefender

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Hijack This or similar. Write in

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Firewall: Comodo

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Patch vulnerabilities: Secunia etc.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Other- write in

    40.0%
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  1. RipnDip

    RipnDip Thread Starter

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    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:
    Kaspersky
    Panda
    TrendMicro Housecall
    jotti ect...

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

    AV:
    Avast
    Avira

    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.
     
  2. RipnDip

    RipnDip Thread Starter

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    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.
     
  3. smartmoss

    smartmoss

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    Well. I use Norton AntiVirus and think it's fine. But McAfee (n) it made my system sluggish.

    /smartmoss
     
  4. gurutech

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    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..
     
  5. UFO

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    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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  6. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    UFO,

    I've edited your post. If you have a complaint about another member or the site in general, please submit it privately to a Moderator or Administrator but this is not to be done in the public forums. Thanks for understanding. :)
     
  7. KLR

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    Norton AV should not slow down your computer. Was bloated in the past(2008) but is very minimal footprint now.
     
  8. Equilibrium3

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    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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