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Old 05-05-2011, 03:22 PM
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Whats the best av/malware software. Currently using Norton but heard AVira was better and is free.;?
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Norton is like having a virus. Terrible memory hog.

I use AVG. It's free.
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For antivirus bar none this works.

Prior to using this I would need to run all types of anti-malware software and scan with the free AV utility I was using resulting in re-loading my OS 2 - 3 times per year. With this AV program I do not even need to run anti-malware programs it is bullet proof. Going on 3 years and no issues nada.

My employer provides it free to all employees since of course they know we email home at times.
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I use AVG Free (2011 edition) and have had zero viral issues for years under XP and Win7.

I use SpyBot Search & Destroy and MalWareBytes Anti-Malware for occassional scans.

All free.
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Originally Posted by capecuddy View Post
I use AVG Free (2011 edition) and have had zero viral issues for years under XP and Win7.

I use SpyBot Search & Destroy and MalWareBytes Anti-Malware for occassional scans.

All free.
same here on windows 7...and chrome browser with the ******* plus extensions
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Microsoft Security Essentials. Its free, it works, it doesn't hog resources.
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Originally Posted by capecuddy View Post
I use AVG Free (2011 edition) and have had zero viral issues for years under XP and Win7.

I use SpyBot Search & Destroy and MalWareBytes Anti-Malware for occassional scans.

All free.
Exactly!
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There is really no reason for a home user to buy security software anymore. Use Windows 7, leave UAC and the firewall on. Install Microsoft Security Essentials. Don't be stupid with UAC prompts.

No offense to the AVG users, but AVG is very poor, terrible actually. Anyone using it should really ditch it. Same thing for Spybot. Spybot used to be good, but now it's basically worthless. Microsoft Security Essentials is more lightweight, scans faster, and has been proven to have a higher detection rate.

Microsoft Security Essentials is excellent for real time protection. For malware infections use a blend of the following free progams:

http://www.superantispyware.com/
http://www.malwarebytes.org/
http://www.combofix.org/

These free malware removers often work even better if you run in them safe mode.
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Our computer guy at work put Avast on this laptop when I got it new instead of AVG this time.

I downloaded malwarebytes and spybot also.

My computer savvy friend likes Security Essentials.


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Originally Posted by vertices View Post
There is really no reason for a home user to buy security software anymore. Use Windows 7, leave UAC and the firewall on. Install Microsoft Security Essentials. Don't be stupid with UAC prompts.

No offense to the AVG users, but AVG is very poor, terrible actually. Anyone using it should really ditch it. Same thing for Spybot. Spybot used to be good, but now it's basically worthless. Microsoft Security Essentials is more lightweight, scans faster, and has been proven to have a higher detection rate.

Microsoft Security Essentials is excellent for real time protection. For malware infections use a blend of the following free progams:

http://www.superantispyware.com/
http://www.malwarebytes.org/
http://www.combofix.org/

These free malware removers often work even better if you run in them safe mode.

Good advice. combofix is a very good program, but only useful after the fact. Malwarebytes is also excellent, but only effective for proxy trojans in safe mofe.
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safety first!

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Yes all of the anti-malware apps I listed will only clean up infections, not prevent them. However, if you run Win7 and properly manage UAC, and install Security Essentials, ditch IE for Chrome or Firefox, and generally practice safe browsing/computing habits, you will never need them anyways. I win for run-on sentence. :D
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Security essentials is great and all of our personal computers at home use Avira and haven't had any issues.
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Originally Posted by vertices View Post
There is really no reason for a home user to buy security software anymore. Use Windows 7, leave UAC and the firewall on. Install Microsoft Security Essentials. Don't be stupid with UAC prompts.

No offense to the AVG users, but AVG is very poor, terrible actually. Anyone using it should really ditch it. Same thing for Spybot. Spybot used to be good, but now it's basically worthless. Microsoft Security Essentials is more lightweight, scans faster, and has been proven to have a higher detection rate.

Microsoft Security Essentials is excellent for real time protection. For malware infections use a blend of the following free progams:

http://www.superantispyware.com/
http://www.malwarebytes.org/
http://www.combofix.org/

These free malware removers often work even better if you run in them safe mode.
Thanks for the tip on MSE....when did that come out? I pulled AVG and replaced with MSE on both my computers. Found a baddie on the XP driven computer. Win7 was clean. I don't think AVG is a bad product and I've had good results. I would opt for the guys that know and own the Operating System, though. This will put a world of hurt on a chaotic and confusing virus protection market. Sometimes monopolies are a good thing.....well, at least for a while.

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