View Poll Results: Which Antivirus programme do you use?
Avast 5 11.90%
AVG 6 14.29%
Avira 1 2.38%
Bitdefender 1 2.38%
COMODO 2 4.76%
ESET 1 2.38%
Kaspersky 1 2.38%
McAfee 1 2.38%
Malwarebytes 0 0%
Microsoft (Security Essentials, Windows Defender) 12 28.57%
Norton (Symantec) 3 7.14%
Panda 0 0%
Others 2 4.76%
No antivirus 7 16.67%
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[Poll] Which Antivirus do you use?

by Adjoint
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Adjoint
#19
Jun26-14, 06:38 AM
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Though it has higher score in usability (because of being less sophisticated?), Microsoft Security Essential (aka Windows Defender) has low protection level. And getting lower day by day...
Source: Wikipedia



Also take a look how MS compares with other AV's:
(Tested by independent lab AV-TEST.ORG as of April 2014)

[First row shows Protection Level, second row shows Performance, third shows usability]

If you are having hard time locating the name of Microsoft, it is in the lowest rank



If you look around in the internet for some more you will see Microsoft currently is the lowest rated antivirus in almost all tests.

Maybe its just working fine today; but one bad day is enough.

NB: By the way I am not paid for anti-Microsoft advertising.
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enorbet
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Jun27-14, 10:19 AM
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I am VERY dubious that you can "set up right". They do tend to fight each other and there are horror stories of such battles locking up a computer. I think it really is a bad idea. You MIGHT get lucky and find two that get along with each other but I would NOT count on it.
I can concede that it may possibly be "VERY dubious" for you or average users in general but I have done this for years successfully. Granted it was a bit more difficult to get right w/ Win95/98 but it really isn't all that hard since Win2K. I assure you I am NOT lucky nor depend on luck. Although my main OpSys has been Slackware Linux for 12 years, I am in the business and have had to keep my hand in play on Windows (since they are the most in use and the most susceptible).

It was not my intent to recommend this to anyone but rather to make the point that it can work for those who are willing to put in the time and effort. It is simply wrong to say it can't be done just because Windows appeals to and engenders ignorant users as opposed to knowledgeable admins. Please note that "ignorance" used here applies similarly to the many good drivers of automobiles that don't wish to become mechanics. It's a perfectly valid way to drive in both cases, but not universal. Thankfully such drivers of cars don't routinely drive into trees and bridge abutments.
PAllen
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Jun27-14, 12:51 PM
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Where I work, we use Sophos (no choice in the matter). Not on your list, but it is really expensive for private use.
x BlueRobot
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Jun27-14, 05:05 PM
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I don't bother reading AV rankings, they're just marketing schemes and have no scienfic purpose at all. If you take a look at several different websites, then I guarantee you get different results, depending on what that company is attempting to market.

MSE is always going to be one of the lowest because its for free. There's a good presentation about Breaking AV Software, and how AV software can in some aspects make your system more vulnerable.
phion
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Jun27-14, 05:46 PM
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I don't see the point, honestly.
Adjoint
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Jun28-14, 07:58 AM
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Quote Quote by x BlueRobot View Post
MSE is always going to be one of the lowest because its for free.
I disagree. Many free antiviruses are rated quite good .

And though I understand AV ratings are not any ultimate judgment; I think a good product should not go low in most of the independent tests.
x BlueRobot
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Jun28-14, 04:21 PM
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Quote Quote by Adjoint View Post
I disagree. Many free antiviruses are rated quite good .

And though I understand AV ratings are not any ultimate judgment; I think a good product should not go low in most of the independent tests.
Completely free or free version?
AlephZero
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Jun28-14, 04:49 PM
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Many "free" products are just bait for paid-for products from the same company.

But nobody is going to make any money by recommending a genuinely free product from MS. (OK, MS Essentials isn't really free - you paid for it up front when you bought your Windows license, whether you use it or not).

I can't find where AV-TEST make their money (their website doesn't say), but it's a reasonable guess that they don't get the services of "30 IT specialists" for nothing.
Adjoint
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Jun29-14, 03:56 AM
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Quote Quote by x BlueRobot View Post
Completely free or free version?
Some even completely free like 360 Internet Security has near perfect score.
And also -
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MS Essentials isn't really free - you paid for it up front when you bought your Windows license, whether you use it or not.
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Many "free" products are just bait for paid-for products from the same company.
Certainly. But in many cases, for example Comodo offers so much (antivirus + firewall + real time scan + anti spyware) in their free products that there is hardly any bait for regular home users.

By the way, this is not a very serious discussion, right? I have Microsoft's AV on my windows 8 and Comodo on my windows 7. And both are practically just fine for me.
I was just wondering why MS got so low scores... perhaps it's not that good.
B0b-A
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Jul5-14, 03:03 AM
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Mr McAfee does not recommend the product which bears his name ... http://youtu.be/bKgf5PaBzyg?t=3s NSFW
PhysicoRaj
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Jul5-14, 03:56 AM
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I use Avast. From my side, I think it's not upto it's name. It's becoming unreliable nowadays, but it is nice on the whole.
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Jul5-14, 05:57 AM
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Quote Quote by PhysicoRaj View Post
I use Avast. From my side, I think it's not upto it's name. It's becoming unreliable nowadays, but it is nice on the whole.
I stopped using it when it made my computer go blank. I had to reinstall windows again :3
PhysicoRaj
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Jul5-14, 06:11 AM
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I stopped using it when it made my computer go blank. I had to reinstall windows again :3
Ditto. Except that I am yet to discontinue it.
Hlafordlaes
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Jul6-14, 12:54 PM
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Always used MSSE until I tired of the endless error messages in Event Viewer. Although it is not very good, since I do not visit dubious sites and download only from proper sources, it was enough. Then I started sharing my PC with the missus....

BitDefender (free) is as lightweight as MSSE and allows for a much faster boot to desktop, apart from its excellent level of protection (usually ranked in top three). Recommended.
Chronos
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Jul12-14, 03:14 AM
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Malwarebytes with ME AV works fine for me.
B. Elliott
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Jul15-14, 12:50 PM
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Quote Quote by AlephZero View Post
Many "free" products are just bait for paid-for products from the same company.

But nobody is going to make any money by recommending a genuinely free product from MS. (OK, MS Essentials isn't really free - you paid for it up front when you bought your Windows license, whether you use it or not).
My thoughts exactly
poper9435
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Jul21-14, 03:03 AM
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Bit Defender


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