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Old 01-28-2014, 09:32 AM   #1
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First, I wanted to thank everyone on this forum so much for their help in my other thread asking about which laptop to buy for someone like me who is not very computer literate on the technical side (those "gig," "mega" and "bit" words really have no meaning for me lol ). This is a very cool and helpful place!!

Now that I've just bought my laptop, I am needing to get an anti-virus program before going online at home. I'll probably be shopping around Target and Best Buy this Friday and thought I'd ask folks a quick question as to which virus protection program you guys find to be best? I'm hoping to spend less than $100, by the way.

Thanks so much for people's input and help at these forums! You guys are awesome!!
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If I were you I would just go with Avast free antivirus for preventing viruses, and Malwarebytes for removing viruses and malware.

There is no real need to buy an antivirus when they have a free version of that same antivirus that is barley any different.
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:39 PM   #3
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Yeh avast is better than anything I have ever used really so I would go with that + it's free
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:17 PM   #4
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Same as above, avast is good and free, and it has a mobile version aswell that has more features like tracking and remote wiping / locking.

However if you really do want to buy a premium one I cant say anything against macafee, every elctronic device that can be protected in my house is on that all for one yearly fee, thats gotta be over 10 devices¬???

And I like all the fetures of it, but even then I combine it with other free tools such as ccleaner and others mentiond on the clean up page for virus removal as no virus protection is 100% guranteed to stop every virus and chanches are you will get one at some point.

But if your more concerend about keeping your data privet, forget it, as no software will do that, the govement spies on us via everything XD!

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I would recommend Kaspersky, it's not free but affordable. Avast is free, yes! Unfortunately, it scans and removes system files/ directories, common problem is OS error! Which you will need to reinstall OS!
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Personally i use microsoft security essentials, great and its free!
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I would recommend Kaspersky, it's not free but affordable. Avast is free, yes! Unfortunately, it scans and removes system files/ directories, common problem is OS error! Which you will need to reinstall OS!
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Have others had this issue? I wouldn't mind paying for something if it meant better protection and less hassles for me! Thanks guys for the recs!
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AVAST!! As said above, also use Malwarebytes

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I would recommend Kaspersky, it's not free but affordable. Avast is free, yes! Unfortunately, it scans and removes system files/ directories, common problem is OS error! Which you will need to reinstall OS!
Disagreed, anything Avast has done to my computer repairs in the directories and deletes anything non essential, and if something is ruined, I run startup repair, then get an update and all is good
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Avast & Avg are the two i recommend, they are both good and work great and are free. The only slight difference i think is that Avg can be a little resourceful but what can you expect for a free software.
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Avast & Avg are the two i recommend, they are both good and work great and are free. The only slight difference i think is that Avg can be a little resourceful but what can you expect for a free software.
I'd agree with this from a third-party point of view, I've always used AVG (on XP) and found them very effective. However...

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Personally i use microsoft security essentials, great and its free!
Now you're in the Windows 7/8 realm you get Microsoft Security Essentials (MSSE) bundled with your OS. To be honest, there is no reason to buy a third party antivirus anymore since none of them are perfect (in terms of virus detection/removal) and many of the third-party ones require more system resource (RAM/CPU time) than MSSE.

As a beginner, I'd recommend you read a post I made yesterday (http://www.computerforums.org/forums...ok-224609.html) to familiarise yourself with email security. I say this because safe browsing/email practices are much more effective than any security software ever could be.

I'm looking to pull together a comprehensive website to help people such as yourself understand the dangers (rationally, not paranoid) and educate others on how to protect themselves. Unfortunately I don't get anywhere near as much time as I'd like to do this, so it's slow going. I will post a thread in these forums when this is ready for a 'test run' (provided it doesn't contravene forum posting guidelines).

Good luck and safe browsing!
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This is from Lifehacker, worth reading:
Microsoft Admits That Third-Party Antivirus Is More Effective Than MSE

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Microsoft has "admitted Windows users should install antivirus above and beyond its own Security Essentials."
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I would go for Nortons
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I would go for Nortons



Sorry I was at a loss for words so I just used Smilies. Ok, I've regained my composure.

1. Norton is an awful resource hog (I haven't used it in a long while but this is really a moot point based on #2).
2. There are plenty of FREE antiviruses that do just as good, if not better

You really should look into AVG (which I use now that Microsoft doesn't even recommend MSE) or Avast which alot of people here use.

If you insist on paying (if it makes you feel safer) then look into ESet/Kaspersky.



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I would recommend Kaspersky, it's not free but affordable. Avast is free, yes! Unfortunately, it scans and removes system files/ directories, common problem is OS error! Which you will need to reinstall OS!
I've never heard of this. Avast is one of the most recommended free antiviruses out there.
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Sorry I was at a loss for words so I just used Smilies. Ok, I've regained my composure.

1. Norton is an awful resource hog (I haven't used it in a long while but this is really a moot point based on #2).
2. There are plenty of FREE antiviruses that do just as good, if not better
Haha nice one.
I ofcause agree. F**k Norton


We have had this topic many times. it's always avast that is the most popular.
Followed by the AVG and the paid kaspersky
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+1 for the norton resource hog commentary, completely accurate. +1 also for ESET, excellent behavioural antivirus (rather than the common signature based methods) as a paid alternative. I also prefer AVG to MSE, but I think the configuration out-of-the-box is probably a little closer aligned.

Regardless, my main point stands of using safe browsing/email habits and you'll protect yourself a lot better i.e. you shouldn't rely your AV software and go charing around the internet on a whim, but it's good to have as a last line of defence.

It's also important to note that AV performance rankings do change a lot over the course of a year - what's best now might not be next time. As these rankings change, malware authors will look to evade the 'best' / most popular AV at the time, therefore a flip-flop effect does occur periodically. All the more reason to rely upon yourself, and less on the AV companies.
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For everyone who said Avast +1 and I recommend it. I used to use AVG but now Avast and its excellent although they database and virus definitions are updated every day and notifications get annoying but other than still good.

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I would recommend Kaspersky, it's not free but affordable. Avast is free, yes! Unfortunately, it scans and removes system files/ directories, common problem is OS error! Which you will need to reinstall OS!

I've never ever had this problem, I've formatted PC's and reinstalled Windows then put Avast on and never had this problem.

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Are you crazy, Norton is the biggest piece of bloatware ever made and put on a computer out of the box. As everyone else has said all it is a resource hog and bloatware.
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Regardless, my main point stands of using safe browsing/email habits and you'll protect yourself a lot better i.e. you shouldn't rely your AV software and go charing around the internet on a whim, but it's good to have as a last line of defence.
Hey guys - Thanks a bunch for the comments!

I really appreciate the time and effort you guys put into it.

I am also appreciative of the reminder that using safe browsing and email habits is a good preventative measure to take as well, so as to not put yourself in a position of even encountering dangerous things to start with! Good tip/reminder!!

A quick question I have for you guys. I STILL haven't gotten an anti-virus yet, but will likely do it tomorrow night.

When it comes to what you all refer to as "resource hogging," would that even affect my web browsing? I know I didn't mention this in this thread, but I explained in another thread of mine on advice for being a new laptop that I was primiarly going to be using it for personal email and web-surfing, but nothing involving games or audio/video conferencing or editing, etc. I wouldn't mind an anti-virus using up resources if:

a.) it kept me the safest
b.) it didn't put a huge damper on web-browsing

But, being the super careful person I am, I really would rather even be safe I guess than have extremely fast browsing. I just would want to feel better at night so to speak. From a strictly safety standpoint, do any of the programs stand out as the best in that department (irregardless of how it might dampen computer performance)?

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If I read between the lines, it sounds like you want to know if Norton is the 'safest'. Any oft he other programs mentioned are just as safe (and maybe safer). You will be better off picking any of them beside Norton.

For what its worth, I've never actually gotten a virus on one of my computers, ever. Some I run with AVG, some with MSE, and some with nothing at all. It's all about safe browsing.
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If I read between the lines, it sounds like you want to know if Norton is the 'safest'. Any oft he other programs mentioned are just as safe (and maybe safer). You will be better off picking any of them beside Norton.
Agreed, I understand your question to mean this also (and it is a valid question) - I'd happily sacrifice a little usability for additional security, however in this instance you'd not be getting any, so stick with those mentioned and you should be fine.

It's definitely worth noting that whichever you choose, make sure you familiarise yourself with the configuration options (preferably the advanced ones too) and set it up such that archives are scanned, rootkits are checked for, system files are scanned and anything else which it offers which won't be on by default.

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For what its worth, I've never actually gotten a virus on one of my computers, ever. Some I run with AVG, some with MSE, and some with nothing at all. It's all about safe browsing.
Nor have I, completely agree with the browsing habits, as already stated previously.
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Why would you want the Anti-Virus Virus????????
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