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[Poll] Which Antivirus do you use?

Which Antivirus programme do you use?

Poll closed Sep 18, 2014.
  1. Avast

  2. AVG

  3. Avira

  4. Bitdefender


  6. ESET

  7. Kaspersky

  8. McAfee

  9. Malwarebytes

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  10. Microsoft (Security Essentials, Windows Defender)

  11. Norton (Symantec)

  12. Panda

    0 vote(s)
  13. Others

  14. No antivirus

  1. Jun 20, 2014 #1
    Let's see which antivirus is most popular among PF members.
    Vote for your favorite antivirus program and also share your comments. Give it a go!
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  3. Jun 20, 2014 #2
    I've been using Windows Defender for a few years now. No problems.
  4. Jun 20, 2014 #3


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    Why don't you put a poll?
    I use ESET Smart Security 7 now.
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  6. Jun 22, 2014 #5


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    For personal use, I strongly prefer the Microsoft solution because it does not intrude on the machine's operation, whereas most commercial antivirus software that I've used is so intrusive (and sometimes actually prevents good software from running) that it can be nearly as bad as getting a virus, besides eating up a lot of CPU time.
  7. Jun 22, 2014 #6
    I use MS Security Essentials as well. It's lightweight and non-intrusive. Usually after an infection occurs on a system, one of the biggest problems with cleaning is the Antivirus program getting in the way. Often it can interpret your attempts to disable services/processes that are active as virus like behaviour and prevent you from fixing the problem.

    If you do use McAfee/Norton/AVG, etc. keep the removal tools for said software handy as well, it's helpful to get rid of them as a first step of cleaning.
  8. Jun 22, 2014 #7


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    I rarely use Windows now that I've tried Linux. But on Windows my anti virus is Avira.
    I also have "Spybot Search & Destroy" as anti spyware.
  9. Jun 22, 2014 #8
    I use GData Total Protection.
  10. Jun 23, 2014 #9
    I am currently using a double protection on my PC. I am using AVG with Immunet antivirus software.
  11. Jun 24, 2014 #10
    As far as I know, using two antiviruses simultaneously is not a good decision.
  12. Jun 24, 2014 #11
    Actually it is a good idea if setup right. Besides the difference between true virii and malware, requiring at least one of each type of protection, AV and AntiMalware software are all reactionary requiring constant updating of definitions and utilized by often very different algorithms. Just don't run them automatically and simultaneously. Unless you schedule them to run at specific times automatically, just do that manually and regularly... shut them off and use good Net sense in what you click on, download or install.

    An important accessory that can help a great deal are addons for blocking scripts in your browser. Personally I run Linux and worry a lot less, but I fix a LOT of Windows machines and I dislike callbacks so the above is how I prevent recurring nasty surprises and can actually schedule routine proper maintenance and maximize my clients' performance.
  13. Jun 25, 2014 #12


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    Norton when I can afford it, when I can't free versions of AVG or MSE (good experience), Avast and BitDefender (bad experience). Free version of Malwarebytes fixed one of our laptops in two hours after I'd spent the best part of two days trying to clean it up.
  14. Jun 25, 2014 #13
    I used to use free-av/avira as it only let one virus in after 8 years, but I switched over to avg free for the last 2.

    A few other things that I use as well to compliment virus scanners are hijack this, spybot, adaware, and malware bytes. I also use ad block plus (highly recommend) and for the sites I know rely on ad revenue and offer quality services or information, I disable it.

    I haven't used microsofts solution, but I hear nothing but good things. I've had bad experiences with Norton, and I've had mediocre experiences with mcafee on an enterprise level, but I'm not fond of their personal user software.

    A lot of these I haven't heard of, so I may have to set up a few vm's and give them a thorough testing to see if there's one that I like better than avg :D
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  16. Jun 25, 2014 #15
    Yeah, it's definitely a nice tool to have next to your virus scanner, especially if you're not familiar with the registry or afraid to mess it up.
  17. Jun 25, 2014 #16
    Malwarebytes is by far the best Anti-Malware software and exceptionally important since, given a proper 2-way firewall. script blocking in browsers and good net practice, true virus infection is fairly rare.
  18. Jun 25, 2014 #17


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    Just FYI, I found this on the internet. Symantec sponsored (paid for but had conducted by an independent lab

  19. Jun 25, 2014 #18


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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.
  20. Jun 26, 2014 #19
    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. :tongue2:

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  21. Jun 27, 2014 #20
    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.
  22. Jun 27, 2014 #21


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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.
  23. Jun 27, 2014 #22
    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.
  24. Jun 27, 2014 #23


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    I don't see the point, honestly.
  25. Jun 28, 2014 #24
    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.
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  26. Jun 28, 2014 #25
    Completely free or free version?
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