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Solved: Best free or paid anti virus or secutity suite

Discussion in 'General Security' started by jetsguy, Jun 14, 2014.

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  1. jetsguy

    jetsguy Thread Starter

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    Greetings,I've tried many and most I don't like so I am asking for some advice.Which are the best free or paid security suites? All advice is appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. flavallee

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    It's all a matter of choice and what you need.

    10 different people will give you 10 different opinions.

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  3. jetsguy

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    Greetings,
    Thank you for the reply flavallee,can I ask what you would suggest?
     
  4. lunarlander

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    We can narrow it down for you, but first tell us which ones you tried and what you don't like about them.
     
  5. jetsguy

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    Greetings,
    Avg-messed up registry with "optimization"
    Panda Cloud-slowed down loading time
    Commodo-again messed up registry
    Kaspersky-used too much resources
    Norton and McAfee-just plain crap
     
  6. lunarlander

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    You said Kaspersky used too much resources. But that depends on what price you want to pay for security. Kaspersky Pure has a pretty good feature set.

    For good security, I recommend people to harden their Windows, rather than rely on security suites to detect the bad things. I favor a more preventative approach. You can browse the links in my signature line below to see what I mean.
     
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    What I use:

    Microsoft Security Essentials
    Full-time antivirus program that monitors and runs in the background.

    AdwCleaner
    Malwarebytes AntiMalware
    SUPERAntiSpyware

    Security arsenal that's started and updated and run weekly to find and remove any threats.

    And are of them are FREE. (y)

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    Give Avast a go it's free and works well on all my systems.

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  10. jetsguy

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    Greetings,
    I've used MSE many times for trial and error.It seems each time I used it a warning came up that my pc was infected despite scan after scan with microsoft malicious software removal tool,so to me MSE is crap.I will give Avast a try.Thanks
     
  11. flavallee

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    The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool that's released every "Patch Tuesday" is NOT an antivirus program.

    I personally uncheck it before installing the other new updates.

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  12. jetsguy

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    Greetings,
    I am very aware of what the malicious removal tool is.I used it for virus, malware removal.I known it is not an anti virus program.I used it seeing as MSE kept saying my pc was infected (when it was not).
     
  13. lunarlander

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    To double check if you are infected, you can run some online scans. Google for 'online scan' and you will see several big name antivirus companies offering this.
     
  14. LiquidTension

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    Hello jetsguy,

    There is no universal "best" anti-virus software. It comes down to whether or not the software is suitable or appropriate for your system. For example, an anti-virus heavy on resources may not be suitable for older systems.

    From your posts, I gather resource consumption is a particular issue for you. If this is indeed the case, I would advise against the installation of a suite, which tends to consume more resources due to the greater number of components. As a personal choice, I will install avast! free anti-virus on system's requiring a free product. For a paid product, my choice of software is ESET NOD32. ESET does not require many running processes, and, in my opinion, is not heavy on resources.

    Nowadays, a multi-layered approach to your security solution is required to minimize the risk of infection. At the very least, I would advise the installation/use of one anti-virus, one firewall and one anti-malware. For example, ESET NOD32, Windows Firewall and Malwarebytes (Premium). Additional software such as SpywareBlaster (a form of passive protection), WinPatrol, Secunia PSI and a second on-demand scanner (eg. Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free) are all useful as well. Whilst security software will help minimize the risk, it is worth remembering that you, the end user, are the greatest form of protection for your computer. No amount of security software can protect your computer if you do not practice safe Internet and surfing habits.
     
  15. jetsguy

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    Greetings,

    Thanks for all the advice,it is appreciated, I'm going to give Webroot Secure Anywhere a shot.Any advice or opinions on this is most welcome.Again thanks for your help.
     
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