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Which Anti-Virus for PC?

MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member EpicPosts: 3,119

Which anti-virus do you guys recommend for PC?  I only use this desktop for going to trusted sites and playing games.  I was going to download the free versions of AVG and Avast, but both directed me to download.cnet.com.  The last time I downloaded something there, it included that effing Search Conduit browser hijacker, which was a huge pain to remove.  I don't mind paying for a quality product.

 

Thanks!

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  • MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member EpicPosts: 3,119
    Man, no opinions on this?
  • KettzKettz Member UncommonPosts: 14
    Microsoft Security Essentials is good for me. little memory usage and quiet
  • ReallyNow10ReallyNow10 Member UncommonPosts: 2,252
    Originally posted by Kettz
    Microsoft Security Essentials is good for me. little memory usage and quiet

    I used that for a time, and one computer had so much garbage on it, I had to rewipe the hard drive.  I'd advise OP to look at any of the major ones.  Some things are worth paying for.

  • RecklooseReckloose Member UncommonPosts: 39


    If you're on Win 7, Microsoft Security Essentials works fairly well. If you're on windows 8, the built in Defender works pretty well.

    If you feel you need more robust security than Microsoft provides with those, then Norton Anti-Virus (and only AV, the bigger packages are crap).

  • PrecusorPrecusor Member UncommonPosts: 3,589
    I use malware bytes and Norton 360.
  • KarahandrasKarahandras Member UncommonPosts: 1,703
    i use avg and malwarebytes.  Never had any probs myself from dowlload.cnet.com btw, so could be worth another look and u should be able to dl from other places if you're still worried.
  • mgilbrtsnmgilbrtsn Member EpicPosts: 3,314
    I use Bit defender. I haven't got any virus, so I'm assuming it works pretty well.

    Concentrate on enjoying yourself, and not on why I shouldn't enjoy myself.

  • ElikalElikal Member UncommonPosts: 7,912

    NOT Norton, there have been numerous reports how bad Norton is.

     

    I am using McAfee and so far I have no complaints about it.

    People don't ask questions to get answers - they ask questions to show how smart they are. - Dogbert

  • KiyorisKiyoris Member RarePosts: 2,130
    Originally posted by Kettz
    Microsoft Security Essentials is good for me. little memory usage and quiet

    Is this a joke?

    Avast and Trend Micro are both good. The big test last year was Fin-^sher trojan, both these anti virus detected it.

    A good anti-virus should also not have it's origin in any of the FVEY countries.

  • KiyorisKiyoris Member RarePosts: 2,130
    Originally posted by Karahandras
     Never had any probs myself from dowlload.cnet.com

    Do not ever download something from CNET, they include malware, adware and bundleware wrappers.

    Never ever download anything from CNET or SourceForge.

    These idiots have been doing it for years and people still fall for it.

     

  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard Member LegendaryPosts: 8,096

    The professionals I work with have years of tests behind them, and the two best anti-virus packages by far are ESET and Bitdefender. Everything else is below the quality and reliability of those two.

     

    Originally posted by Kiyoris
    Originally posted by Karahandras
     Never had any probs myself from dowlload.cnet.com

    Do not ever download something from CNET, they include malware, adware and bundleware wrappers.

    Never ever download anything from CNET or SourceForge.

    Sourceforge? Bullshit.
    "The ability to speak doesn't make you intelligent" - Qui-gon Jinn in Star Wars.
    After many years of reading Internet forums, there's no doubt that nor does the ability to write.
    CPU: Core I7 9700k (4.90ghz) - GPU: Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming - RAM: 16GB Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4 3000 - Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra - PSU: Antec TruePower New 750W - Storage: Kingston KC1000 NVMe 960gb SSD and 2x1TB WD Velociraptor HDDs (Raid 0) - Main display: Samsung U32J590 32" 4K monitor - Second display: Philips 273v 27" gaming monitor - VR: Pimax 8K headset and Razer Hydra controllers - Soundcard: Sony STR-DH550 AV Receiver HDMI linked with the GPU and the TV, with Jamo S 426 HS 3 5.0 speakers and Pioneer S-21W subwoofer - OS: Windows 10 Pro 64 bits.

  • MukeMuke Member RarePosts: 2,614
    Originally posted by Jean-Luc_Picard

    The professionals I work with have years of tests behind them, and the two best anti-virus packages by far are ESET and Bitdefender. Everything else is below the quality and reliability of those two.

     

    Originally posted by Kiyoris
    Originally posted by Karahandras
     Never had any probs myself from dowlload.cnet.com

    Do not ever download something from CNET, they include malware, adware and bundleware wrappers.

    Never ever download anything from CNET or SourceForge.

    Sourceforge? Bullshit.

    Sourceforge distributed malware through their Installer. Just google Binkiland.

    They removed it just now because of bad press.

     

    "going into arguments with idiots is a lost cause, it requires you to stoop down to their level and you can't win"

  • ThodraThodra Member UncommonPosts: 444
    AVG

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  • KiyorisKiyoris Member RarePosts: 2,130
    Originally posted by Jean-Luc_Picard

    The professionals I work with have years of tests behind them, and the two best anti-virus packages by far are ESET and Bitdefender. Everything else is below the quality and reliability of those two.
    Originally posted by Kiyoris

    Do not ever download something from CNET, they include malware, adware and bundleware wrappers.

    Never ever download anything from CNET or SourceForge.

    Sourceforge? Bullshit.

    lol, sourceforge has been bundling malware for years

    welcome to the internet I guess

    latest example: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/05/sourceforge-grabs-gimp-for-windows-account-wraps-installer-in-bundle-pushing-adware/

     

    I think it's hilarious you say "professionals I work with", when you don't even know sourceforge is filled with malware.

    Yeah, I'm sure you're a "professional", lmao.

    lol @ bitdefender btw, you're hilarious

  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard Member LegendaryPosts: 8,096
    Originally posted by Muke
    Originally posted by Jean-Luc_Picard

    The professionals I work with have years of tests behind them, and the two best anti-virus packages by far are ESET and Bitdefender. Everything else is below the quality and reliability of those two.

     

    Originally posted by Kiyoris
    Originally posted by Karahandras
     Never had any probs myself from dowlload.cnet.com

    Do not ever download something from CNET, they include malware, adware and bundleware wrappers.

    Never ever download anything from CNET or SourceForge.

    Sourceforge? Bullshit.

    Sourceforge distributed malware through their Installer. Just google Binkiland.

    They removed it just now because of bad press.

    I've been working with sourceforge stuff for many years, and I never had to use an "installer" to get anything. I click on the software or source code I want, and I get a direct download link without any need for third party applications.

    I guess there's a fool born everyday...

    "The ability to speak doesn't make you intelligent" - Qui-gon Jinn in Star Wars.
    After many years of reading Internet forums, there's no doubt that nor does the ability to write.
    CPU: Core I7 9700k (4.90ghz) - GPU: Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming - RAM: 16GB Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4 3000 - Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra - PSU: Antec TruePower New 750W - Storage: Kingston KC1000 NVMe 960gb SSD and 2x1TB WD Velociraptor HDDs (Raid 0) - Main display: Samsung U32J590 32" 4K monitor - Second display: Philips 273v 27" gaming monitor - VR: Pimax 8K headset and Razer Hydra controllers - Soundcard: Sony STR-DH550 AV Receiver HDMI linked with the GPU and the TV, with Jamo S 426 HS 3 5.0 speakers and Pioneer S-21W subwoofer - OS: Windows 10 Pro 64 bits.

  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard Member LegendaryPosts: 8,096
    Originally posted by Klytoris

    lol @ bitdefender btw, you're hilarious

    Bitdefender won first or second place in most Antivirus reviews this year again, and we have daily proof that it's a well deserved title. The two that detect the most threats are ESET and Bitdefender, and no other.

    But I guess that doesn't count in your book, your own ignorance is above that kind of information.

    The biggest problem of Internet forums remains that totally ignorant people are able to post "truths" about stuff they don't know a thing about. And that's not only about games or software, but about everything. The illiterate get a soapbox, so you can expect them to attention whore a lot.

    "The ability to speak doesn't make you intelligent" - Qui-gon Jinn in Star Wars.
    After many years of reading Internet forums, there's no doubt that nor does the ability to write.
    CPU: Core I7 9700k (4.90ghz) - GPU: Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming - RAM: 16GB Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4 3000 - Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra - PSU: Antec TruePower New 750W - Storage: Kingston KC1000 NVMe 960gb SSD and 2x1TB WD Velociraptor HDDs (Raid 0) - Main display: Samsung U32J590 32" 4K monitor - Second display: Philips 273v 27" gaming monitor - VR: Pimax 8K headset and Razer Hydra controllers - Soundcard: Sony STR-DH550 AV Receiver HDMI linked with the GPU and the TV, with Jamo S 426 HS 3 5.0 speakers and Pioneer S-21W subwoofer - OS: Windows 10 Pro 64 bits.

  • KiyorisKiyoris Member RarePosts: 2,130
    Originally posted by Jean-Luc_Picard
    second place in most Antivirus reviews

    oh boy, anti-virus review? you serious?

     

    go look at how bitdefender scored against finfisher injections

    it stopped NONE, full pass, no warning, full trojan injection of finfisher

    bitdefender is a piece of crap

     

  • CleffyCleffy Member RarePosts: 6,180
    Sometimes I think anti-virus company create their own viruses so they can claim their anti-virus detects them first. Even with the best anti-virus, it won't protect the system from User Error. In my eyes, the anti-virus doesn't matter as long as they have a decent team working on it constantly. A month after a virus hits the web, most will be able to detect and deal with it. The only real problem are 0-day viruses and ones users install on their own. So to that end, I recommend the ones which are lighter on system resources and less restrictive like ESET NOD32 or Microsoft Security Essentials. If you are more prone to install Antivirus 2015 because a popup said it detected 23 viruses, then you probably want something more restrictive like Norton or MacAfee.
  • KiyorisKiyoris Member RarePosts: 2,130
    Originally posted by Kiyoris
    Originally posted by Jean-Luc_Picard
    second place in most Antivirus reviews

     

    go look at how bitdefender scored against finfisher injections

    it stopped NONE, full pass, no warning, full trojan injection of finfisher

    bitdefender is a piece of crap

     

     

    just to add, bitdefender got hacked a day ago, hackers are releasing all user data

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2015/07/31/bitdefender-hacked/

    told you bitdefender is a piece of garbage

     

    BTW, the hackers say the passwords weren't encrypted..

     

     

  • FdzzaiglFdzzaigl Member UncommonPosts: 2,433
    edited August 2015
    I have Bitdefender. One of the first antiviruses that I feel like I got my money's worth for. It's lightweight, doesn't bother you with constant messaging or updating. Plus even the cheapest version comes packed with some nice utilities that assist you in getting the necessary security updates and cleaning out the trash off your PC (on par with something like CCleaner).

    I also use Revo Uninstall to regularly do a sweep of my installations. Keeping them to a minimum if possible.

    Most important thing is being critical of your installs yourself though.

    Feel free to use my referral link for SW:TOR if you want to test out the game. You'll get some special unlocks!

  • MikeBMikeB Community ManagerAdministrator RarePosts: 6,510
    edited August 2015
    ESET NOD32. No contest. People send me viruses all day and it's kept me virus free for like six years now (knock on wood). It's incredibly light, focuses on heuristics, and is super effective.

    Michael "MikeB" Bitton
    Community Manager
    Twitter: @eMikeB

  • FdzzaiglFdzzaigl Member UncommonPosts: 2,433
    I can imagine that you get tons of malicious shit showered over you every day managing a site like this. So that's probably good advice from MikeB.

    Feel free to use my referral link for SW:TOR if you want to test out the game. You'll get some special unlocks!

  • PyndaPynda Member UncommonPosts: 855
    edited August 2015
    Another thing I believe in using is a firewall that will monitor and regulate outgoing traffic. And not many of them will (that is, at least the last time I tried to find a good free one 3 or 4 years ago). I settled then on "Privatefirewall'.

    Yes, it's a bit of a hassle to learn how to use it. And to have to okay (once) every programs outgoing stream. But on the other hand, it is a real pleasure to nix the outgoing communications of some programs and certain  Windows Services after they have no good reason for calling home anymore. Also, for example if you see an unknown program called something like "iloveyou.exe" or "#^23*&k**.exe" trying to contact an IP address in Russia etc., you can probably be sure you've got trouble. No matter if you've had an alert from your antivirus software or not.

    Post edited by Pynda on
  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard Member LegendaryPosts: 8,096
    A firewall is built into windows since a long, long time now...
    "The ability to speak doesn't make you intelligent" - Qui-gon Jinn in Star Wars.
    After many years of reading Internet forums, there's no doubt that nor does the ability to write.
    CPU: Core I7 9700k (4.90ghz) - GPU: Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming - RAM: 16GB Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4 3000 - Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra - PSU: Antec TruePower New 750W - Storage: Kingston KC1000 NVMe 960gb SSD and 2x1TB WD Velociraptor HDDs (Raid 0) - Main display: Samsung U32J590 32" 4K monitor - Second display: Philips 273v 27" gaming monitor - VR: Pimax 8K headset and Razer Hydra controllers - Soundcard: Sony STR-DH550 AV Receiver HDMI linked with the GPU and the TV, with Jamo S 426 HS 3 5.0 speakers and Pioneer S-21W subwoofer - OS: Windows 10 Pro 64 bits.

  • PyndaPynda Member UncommonPosts: 855
    edited August 2015

    A firewall is built into windows since a long, long time now...

    I realize that. But it has an extensive set of permissions built in (anyone with a certificate?), and I'm also pretty sure it trusts by default any .exe being run on your system. Ask yourself, when was the last time the Windows Firewall ever asked for your permission to allow communication? I'd say the answer was never, for me.

    I am sure you could manually write rules for the Windows Firewall if you really wanted to. But how do you write a rule for an .exe you aren't even aware is installed?

    Edit: Afraid I might be saying something stupid, I took a (another) look at the built in firewall in Win7. It can't regulate or monitor outgoing traffic at all. And that's its problem.
    Post edited by Pynda on
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