Hello everyone. I am not very well educated on the best way to protect my computer. Do any of you have opinions on the best free anti virus stuff out there? what is sufficient to ensure that my computer is fully protected? thank you!
The main problem I have found with AVG is that after a scan it doesn't clean up the main memory. I have to clean up afterwards, otherwise the PC will run slower. The main advantage over Avira is that it automatically checks e-mail. Avira will do it when you buy it, but not in the free version.With Avira you will get a very good protection, it's ranked as the #1 free anti-virus. I had AVG before and lagged my pc alot, and it used to be better in malware detection. Never ever use MS Defender. I recently scanned a computer with Avira, that had MS Defender installed before, and it detected 4 serious virus, including one bitcoin miner that was mining bitcoins for the hacker using this computer.
Lets get to which is better now that you have uninstalled all other AV Programs..."Common Sense Antivirus 2014(now updated:2015*)" is your brain. When they say "Bitdefender is the best" or "Kaspersky is the best," they are all wrong. Common Sense Antivirus 2014 (now 2015*)is the best antivirus. It is weak but gets stronger with Long-Term Memory technology, which nothing can surpass. It is the only "hardware" antivirus in the market. And you get all that for free! Download Link:
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That's right. It's your brain (if you haven't guessed already). Brain AV can enclose another AV, and also can intelligently scan the page for profanity and malicious hints using human-tech.
You're probably saying, "Oh, Chromatinfish, that's cute, but I need real info!"
Ok, here we go...
1) Make the most of your eye-scan technology
Your eyes are the most powerful AV scanners in the world. Search for adware/spyware or trojans and avoid them like the plaque. Avoid things like "Spy-", because most of them are trojans (Spy Sheriff). Do not purchase any software if it is a generic term (Antivirus Security Pro) or doesn't have valid https. Microsoft currently holds a list of genuine AV programs:
This is very important!
2) Install AV and Companion AV
The link above will give you a list of all genuine AV (but not every genuine one). Choose one of your liking and pick a companion product.
If this is humorus, tell me
Most good antivirus start out good but then turn to bloat real fast. A few years back I just switched to Windows Defender and I haven't thought about a virus in forever. Best protection is having good habits like developing intuition about what you download what emails you open and where you surf. For me viruses are a thing of the past.
Any yet their webpage load scripts from unauthenticated sources.Latest issue of Consumer Reports has an item about anti-virus software. Among free items Avira is first choice, with a warning about installation (just say no to optional stuff!).
I've been working online for 15 years 70 hour weeks. Haven't had a virus issue for as long as I can remember. Guess I'm just lucky.
How many warnings from Windows Defender have you had to deal with?
How many of those were from suspect sources (like torrents, downloads, or usenet files with exe's that you would never open)?
How many suspect exe's have you seen that Windows Defender did NOT warn you about?
I have no problem with your personal decision to use Windows Defender, but I think it is WRONG of you to constantly recommend it as a good solution. It is way better than nothing, but that's about it.