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  • Started 4 years ago by Eddiebug1
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Eddiebug1
Posts: 160

what anti-virus should be used with Windows 7 i was told that the worst one to have is Avast is this true and if so which one should i put on and what is the average price of it?

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jmeeks49
Posts: 631

Hi Eddie,

Most of us on here use this http://windows.microsoft.com/e.....s-download i haven't had any trouble so far. Avast is a good one but tends to not to catch all of the viruses but it's all of choice here.

John

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Superevil
Posts: 175

IMO I would say McAfee is the worst. Remember, there is no antivirus software that is going to catch everything as they are constantly playing a game of catch-up with the virus/malware developers.

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bubbatie1
Posts: 1322

Also avg scares me as there is counterfit copies made by hackers loaded with malware. anymore ya never know what youre getting only if ya buy the disk or get it straight from a secure website .

yes i know its rare ( like avg being hacked/rogue) but it can and does happen.

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hArLtRoN
Posts: 766

I personally use avast! on all of my machines. So far it hasn't let anything malicious in. I have the free version.

An AV that I would avoid is AVG. It is an extreme resource hog.

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silhouttejames
Posts: 20

The new user interface of BitDefender Antivirus was designed to look right at home in Windows 7. The software is effectively organized and designed in a way that is both aesthetic and easy to use. BitDefender antivirus is rock-solid security software, and it's our preferred antivirus software for Windows 7.

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afuhnk
Posts: 309

The new user interface of BitDefender Antivirus was designed to look right at home in Windows 7. The software is effectively organized and designed in a way that is both aesthetic and easy to use. BitDefender antivirus is rock-solid security software, and it's our preferred antivirus software for Windows 7.

That sounds like a self promotion ad.

Personally, I don't like BitDefender. Caused too many problems in too many of my customers' systems.
Free antivirus I use MSE and Avast (not both on the same pc tho! never 2 av in one pc!).
But if you REALLY insist on giving your money away and pay for an AV, GDATA or Kaspersky if you have a good pc, NOD32 if you have an average to low PC.

I'm with superevil and bubbatie as far as McAfee and AVG are concerned. I would add Norton to that list, despite what many here believe.

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Xhi
Posts: 6298

It definitely was not original. See The Best Antivirus for Windows 7, By Taylor Thomas

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bubbatie1
Posts: 1322

Quoted from the free dictionary .com

Plagiarism

The act of appropriating the literary composition of another author, or excerpts, ideas, or passages therefrom, and passing the material off as one's own creation.

Plagiarism is theft of another person's writings or ideas. Generally, it occurs when someone steals expressions from another author's composition and makes them appear to be his own work

Gotta love copy & paste !!!!!!

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

silhouttejames, ball in your court.

I can see this as a very short membership

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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

I saw a report recently showing Avast being slightly better than MSE at catching viruses. The downside is Avast, even the free version, is becoming a bit top heavy. I used to use Avast and I was happy with it but I switched to MSE just to try it out when I got this machine last summer and I've been happy with it. For simplicity and ease of use, especially for novices, MSE with the Win7 firewall is unbeatable (although I prefer ZoneAlarm's free firewall, it does require some user interation, especially when first installed). In addition to an anti-virus program, the free versions of antimalware programs such as MBAM (Malwarebytes AntiMalware) and SAS (Super-AntiSpyware; don't let the Mickey Mouse name scare you off) are excellent choices that are easy to use, don't slow down your computer all the time, and are very effective.

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GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

I can see this being one of those topics that are gonna run on and on as everyone gives their preference. LOL

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Hermitt
Posts: 1310

@vistamike - Silhouttejames could at least have spelled Silhouette right. LOL
Silhouette \Sil`hou*ette"\, n. [F.;

MSE all the way!!

Jim

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seanbean
Posts: 21

After years of playing around with both free and paid for AV, I've settled on MSE in combination with Malwarebytes. Both "light" and seem to compliment each other.

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gowthamgutha
Posts: 169

I personally use avast! Free Antivirus because it of it's rock solid real time protection. I've also used MSE on my machine and that worked pretty well, it is light weight when compared to that of avast! but is not as strong in real time protection as avast! does.

Finally, if you want the best protection for your PC no matter whether it slows down a bit, avast! Free Antivirus could be the best choice, if you want a good protection that does not slow up the PC much, go with MSE

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Eddiebug1
Posts: 160

I can see this being one of those topics that are gonna run on and on as everyone gives their preference. LOL
GuiltySpark
that is what i'm wanting is peoples personal preferences then I'll tally them up

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CompWiz
Posts: 864

Would have agree with seanbean, MSE and MalwareBytes.

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GuiltySpark
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afuhnk
Posts: 309

It's all a matter of perception.

^That's my quote.

So, yes.. everyone has it's preferences.
I LOVED Avast, but with version 7 I didn't like a few things so I decided to try MSE. I was happy. Now with Windows 8 it's all part of Windows Defender. Sadly, there's no contextual menu to scan a file or folder "on the fly". You have to open up Defender, select custom scan, pick file(s) or folder(s) and hit scan.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

MSE, SAS, MBAM, Spywareblaster, Rapport, W7 F/Wall

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GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

LOL. a shadow? :D

Just seen it sorry.

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Eddiebug1
Posts: 160

so what's a shadow?

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GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

Go back to the first screen and see a members status.

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Eddiebug1
Posts: 160

My friend was told by a computer Dr. that her Toshiba can only have Norton for an anti-virus or her computer or the laptop will have a butt load of viruses
that's one reason for the post the other i already posted

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

That "Dr" is talking a load of rubbish.

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CompWiz
Posts: 864

wow, so much for a 'Dr.'

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Eddiebug1
Posts: 160

that's what i said Lh

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Eddiebug1
Posts: 160

the name or the shop she took it to is The Computer Doctor

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CompWiz
Posts: 864

Ahh..

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afuhnk
Posts: 309

the name or the shop she took it to is The Computer Doctor

Probably a proctologist.

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CompWiz
Posts: 864

xD

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edmenje
Posts: 279

Medical doctors get kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies, maybe this "Computer Doctor" gets a kickback from Norton?
Anyway, to the issue, I've been happy with a combo of MSE and Threatfire (uses heuristics to catch zero-day threats and doesn't conflict with MSE) on my own machines, and Panda Cloud AV and Threatfire for family and friends who probably will never bother to update their definitions database. I also use Malewarebytes for the occasional on-demand scan prior to making a backup image of the system for my peace of mind to know that the image is malware-free.

I once checked out a computer a friend had just gotten back from the repair shop. I found that along with a re-install of Windows they included a dodgy AV with keystroke logger and password sniffer included, just goes to show you can't trust some of these computer repair places.

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Eddiebug1
Posts: 160

What is an antivirus that is as good or better than avast without being a resorce hog and in the same price range

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misdaroc
Posts: 110

MSE,SAS and Malwarebytes all free and work with Windows 7 on my laptop..no issues.

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misdaroc
Posts: 110

Sorry.. forgot about CCleaner

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