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  1. Matt2479

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    I am looking at what brand to buy for internet security virus software, can you please suggest a good brand to go with?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Matt2479

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    Thank, which brands do you suggest purchase?

    I have looked at brands such as trend micro, bitfender, mcafee, total av and kaspersky.
     
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    A lot depends on the operating system you're running. If it's Windows 10 you're best to stick with the built-in Windows Defender to avoid potential problems due to incompatibility.
     
  5. Matt2479

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    Think i am running windows 8
     
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    Windows Defender is still a good option on Windows 8.1, it's what I'm using and haven't had any problems but I have a lot of security in my browser (Firefox with NoScript and AdBlock Plus add-ons). Of course it's important to practice safe surfing habits as well.
     
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    did you try mcAfee
     
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    I looked at Mcafee and considering this also, so many brands to choose from
     
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    Have a read at these independent antivirus testing web sites:

    https://www.av-comparatives.org/

    https://www.virusbulletin.com/

    Pick one that has rated well over several tests. Rankings change from one test to the next, so pick one that has performed well over 2 or 3 tests.

    Most people here report that their AV is good. It should be noted that a AV is only good if it catches something. Either that person is a careful computer user, or their AV is no good. For instance I only use Windows 10 Defender, it has never caught anything, so I would not report that it is 'good'.

    Also, the independent tests use 'known' viruses to test each product. Viruses evolve and gets updated by their writers. Viruses have version 1, 2 and 3 and so on. Some AV have features that detect previously unknown viruses. Some use behavior heuristics, and some use artificial intelligence learning to gather 'patterns' from past viruses. Since testing cannot be done on something that is unknown, the one you select is also based somewhat on trust that their detection mechanism for unknown viruses is OK.
     
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    I my opinion I don't like McAfee, I bought the program and put it on my computer in 1998 and it hosed my operating system (Win98) and they are always trying to sneak McAfee on your computer with Adobe updates.
     
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