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kaspersky for 2 years though the best one i ever had and prob will get next year was Webroot. But its up to you...i usually go off of what this site says:
The best layer of security is simply knowledge.
But besides that, I use Microsoft Security Essentials since it seemed the lightest from what I've seen. I haven't had a virus in probably 10 years, which is when I really didnt know what I was doing with a computer.
Light on your computer, yet very safe. Years using it and I have not had any virus/worm/whatever attack once.
On top of that, it's free.
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I have Kaspersky. I heard its slow and stuff, and once it got its databases corrupted and I decided its a good moment to try another one. I tell you, Kaspersky is the hands down best antivirus there is.
I tried a LOT of free or trial antiviruses. Avast, Panda, many others. I never had SO MANY problems.
What is bad about other anti-viruses:
1) Some of them miss obvious viruses. Like, I had a clearly infected file (i KNEW it was infected) and they wouldnt recognise it as a virus. I never had a virus ever pass Kaspersky's defenses ever in my whole lifetime experience with it.
2) Some of them have problems with false positives. Insane problems. Its like, it finds thousands of viruses on my pc and when i read on the viruses it found, its something like "generic malware", meaning, its not a virus really, just antivirus decided the file MAY BE bad and goes raging about it.
3) What's even worse, some of them have no option to ignore a file. Everything antivirus deems to be a virus is REMVOED ON SIGHT. No trial, no chance to be forgiven. Needless to say, those also usually have a high rate of false positives.I lost 3 hours of my life fixing what that one did!
4) Some of them have very complex or nonexistant restoration procedure. Either you cannot restore files antivirus removed as they were detected as viruses, or process is very clunky, counter-intuitive and so on (one antivirus had me to manually choose a folder where to place a file for restoration because it "couldnt place it into source folder automatically", this was HELL)
Bottom line, what is bad about other antivirus software? They either:
* have a big enough failure rate to be noticeable, meaning false positives or false negatives, and with antivirus software this IS important.
* do not give you, user, enough freedom about how you want to deal with detected files, instead saying "this is better for you, so you have no control what i will do to your files, they' all are belong to me"
* have clunky or nonexistant file restoration procedures
* have clunky or nonexistant option to add exceptions
Kaspersky has no such problems. Detection is very good. When it detects malware, it tells you exactly what it detected, and allows you to choose what to do with it - ignore, add exception, quarantine, heal, delete. When it detects suspicious activity, it doesnt say "virus generic malware" it tells you exactly what is going on - what registry program tries to modify, what global keyboard hooks its trying to register, what other process memory its trying to access. When you tell it to shut down, it shuts down w/o questions. When you tell it to ignore a file forever, it does so without questions. You can restore files from quarantine at your own choice and it isnt very complex process.
I'm sticking with Kaspersky from now on.
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Originally posted by asmkm22Microsoft Security Essentials. Low profile, unobtrusive, and catches just about everything the other stuff does. A lot of the other free stuff end up bugging you about buying their upgraded versions and whatnot, which gets annoying.
Same here. I used Avast happily until some time ago they pushed through an update for x64 but incorrectly used x32 that had me out of commission for a couple of days. I'll be damned if I ever use them again.
Antivirus's are garbage. All they do is eat memory. If you're getting viruses you either need to upgrade your ancient OS or quit clicking on/downloading stupid crap.
Originally posted by wordiz Antivirus's are garbage. All they do is eat memory. If you're getting viruses you either need to upgrade your ancient OS or quit clicking on/downloading stupid crap.
Unfortunately there are exploits. You can visit a legit webpage of a trusted site that was hacked and now has an exploit. When you visit that trusted site if you dont have a software to prevent it, you'll get a virus. Same can happen if a trusted friend got hacked and files he's giving you were infected and they exploit vulnerability in your software (like your browser or your office etc)
Ever saw how many updates talk about fixing something related to security? When you see such update on your OS, that means a second before someone could've exploited that vulnerability and you'd get "virus" if you dont have an anti-virus on your system.
So yeah, if you dont install anything on your pc, arent connected to the internet, and dont receive any files from outside, then you're safe w/o antivirus. Otherwise, even if you dont visit poker/porn sites, dl cracks and keygens, etc, you are still in danger. Because someone who you're communicating with could be doing it. Or you could be attacked directly.
Originally posted by pierth Originally posted by asmkm22 Microsoft Security Essentials. Low profile, unobtrusive, and catches just about everything the other stuff does. A lot of the other free stuff end up bugging you about buying their upgraded versions and whatnot, which gets annoying.
Most of my business clients are on Sophos, where the need to be able to efficiently manage dozens or hundreds of workstations is a big deal. I think it was last month that they released an update in the middle of the day that flagged not only many legitimate services like Windows Update as viruses, but it's own update program as well. It crashed a ton of stuff and took them about an hour to release a patch to fix it... except that the program couldn't actually download it.
What a nightmare that was. Security Essentials isn't licensed for commercial use, but they have a version for it, and as the Sophos licenses go out, I'm definitely looking into switching.
Webroot with Antivirus FTW!
It has a small memory footprint and works well even on older machines. It's definitions are top-notch and it has a useful gamer mode.
I love it!
Originally posted by Yanshee Avast free edition. 4 years and zero problems.
ive been using the free avast for a couple of years now and its by far the best, least intrusive anti virus ive used. before that had been paying £50 a year for macafee's and avast is much better and costs nothing
If someone is talking in general chat in a language you dont understand, chances are they're not talking to you. So chill out and stop bitching about it!
i use kasperskys
never get any problems and tbh its so cheap its a bargin
it cost £10-£15 for 3 pc's
it updates i think everyday and as far as i know ive not had 1 single virus in 4 years
i also use ccleaner every day to keep my pc clean
so far nothing bad has happend
and if it works for the remaing time as good as it has i will be getting it next year as well
Originally posted by Cleffy According to tests Microsoft Security Essentials offers the greatest amount of Security protection with the least amount of resources consumed, and its free. However, no anti-virus can protect against all threats. Its usually a good idea to have an anti-virus program like Microsoft Security Essentials, or NOD32 and a Heuristics based scanner like MalWare Bytes.
I would also recommend using MSE.
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Originally posted by IstrebiteI Originally posted by wordiz Antivirus's are garbage. All they do is eat memory. If you're getting viruses you either need to upgrade your ancient OS or quit clicking on/downloading stupid crap.
My windows defender does just fine.
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