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I'm hoping people will share their personal experiences in recommending an antivirus and malware protection software program. I'm currently using Microsoft Security Essentials.

Thank you for your help.  ::tippinghat::

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Thank you.  ::smile::

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I use Avast. The free version.

I downloaded C-Cleaer- free and run it minimum of once a week.

I downloaded Spybot - free and run it weekly.

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I always liked AVG when I had it, but I had the paid options. Worth it in my opinion. Also had TuneUp cleaner, and it worked very well, but it was through using that I learned to maintain my own pc, and learned how simple it is to do so.

AVG saved my computer before, so it's in good terms with me. By save I mean giving me the edge I needed to prevent the whole system from crashing and becoming unusable.

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I always liked AVG when I had it, but I had the paid options. Worth it in my opinion. Also had TuneUp cleaner, and it worked very well, but it was through using that I learned to maintain my own pc, and learned how simple it is to do so.

AVG saved my computer before, so it's in good terms with me. By save I mean giving me the edge I needed to prevent the whole system from crashing and becoming unusable.

I currently run CCCleaner on my machine. Are you familiar with that?

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I am but never really used it on a PC. I haven't had a PC for years actually... Only tablet and phone.

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I am but never really used it on a PC. I haven't had a PC for years actually... Only tablet and phone.

I'm not familiar with either of those. Thank you for sharing in this thread though. I'll look into AVG and TuneUp Cleaner to see what it affords over CC.

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I am but never really used it on a PC. I haven't had a PC for years actually... Only tablet and phone.

I'm not familiar with either of those. Thank you for sharing in this thread though. I'll look into AVG and TuneUp Cleaner to see what it affords over CC.

One little quirk is it had a firewall option, notifying you when someone is trying to hack into your pc, and put up a defense for it. That actually saved me one time, it really does happen when you don't expect it.

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I am but never really used it on a PC. I haven't had a PC for years actually... Only tablet and phone.

I'm not familiar with either of those. Thank you for sharing in this thread though. I'll look into AVG and TuneUp Cleaner to see what it affords over CC.

One little quirk is it had a firewall option, notifying you when someone is trying to hack into your pc, and put up a defense for it. That actually saved me one time, it really does happen when you don't expect it.
Is that the AVG paid version you're referring to? Or is it the Cleaner?

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I am but never really used it on a PC. I haven't had a PC for years actually... Only tablet and phone.

I'm not familiar with either of those. Thank you for sharing in this thread though. I'll look into AVG and TuneUp Cleaner to see what it affords over CC.

One little quirk is it had a firewall option, notifying you when someone is trying to hack into your pc, and put up a defense for it. That actually saved me one time, it really does happen when you don't expect it.
Is that the AVG paid version you're referring to? Or is it the Cleaner?

AVG paid, I'm sort of a geek to like that stuff...

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Thank you for clarifying. :)
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I use MSE as a real time (always monitoring, running in the background) AV, also free, unintrusive, and lightweight.


For malware and adware I use a combination of Spybot Search and Destroy, and Malwarebytes, both free versions that update upon execution.


CCleaner is useful at times, but for deleting programs from your computer nothing is better than Revo uninstaller, it will seek out every registry entry and every folder/file associated with the program and prompt you to delete them, a must have IMO.


I use nothing on my Mac Pro or my Linux laptops  ::smile::

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Thank you.  ::smile::

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I'm hoping people will share their personal experiences in recommending an antivirus and malware protection software program. I'm currently using Microsoft Security Essentials.

Thank you for your help.  ::tippinghat::

Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes work for me. I also use Firefox with NoScript. If the various websites that offer to scan your P.C. for malware are any indication of the efficacy of those four means, then they work perfectly.

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Sounds good. Thank you.  ::smile::

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Sounds good. Thank you.  ::smile::

Hey, just wanted to follow up. The Malware bytes free version doesn't provide live time protection. I don't know if you knew that but I just thought I'd throw that out there.

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I'm hoping people will share their personal experiences in recommending an antivirus and malware protection software program. I'm currently using Microsoft Security Essentials.

Thank you for your help.  ::tippinghat::

Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes work for me. I also use Firefox with NoScript. If the various websites that offer to scan your P.C. for malware are any indication of the efficacy of those four means, then they work perfectly.


Definitely use NoScript, as well as AdBlock Plus  ::smile::

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I'm hoping people will share their personal experiences in recommending an antivirus and malware protection software program. I'm currently using Microsoft Security Essentials.

Thank you for your help.  ::tippinghat::

Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes work for me. I also use Firefox with NoScript. If the various websites that offer to scan your P.C. for malware are any indication of the efficacy of those four means, then they work perfectly.


Definitely use NoScript, as well as AdBlock Plus  ::smile::
Yes, I've added those. Thank you.  ::smile::

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I used AVG for years, I watched them slowly get worse with offering less options for their freeware and adding more stuff to hassle users of the free version to upgrade to the paid version.

These days I use a combination of Avast and Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes is hands down the best free anti-malware scanner out there. The only down side is that it isn't "active" in the sense that it will automatically protect you without you doing anything. You have to start up the software and tell it to update and scan. If you wanna scan for root kits you have to go to custom, choose which drives you want to scan and then remember to check the box that says scan for root kits. So obviously it's not the best choice for less experienced computer users but with a little practice and reminders to run it about once a week anyone can use it.

I use Avast because it offers a lot of extra features in the free version that I haven't seen other top leading scanners offer. It offers a web shield with the free version as well as statistics and a whole slew of different options. I also like that the free version allows you to email results so I can keep track on my mom and sisters computers and make sure they're not getting any nasty viruses.

I've heard really good things about panda, never used it myself. And of course kaspersky is good and has been on the top ten lists since they came out.

I work in IT.

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Panda is great, as is Eset (Nod) but the drawback is that they do not offer a free version. For some of us that need a much lighter security suite for our Windows partitions, a paid version is not a requirement. I'd rather clean the drive off than pay more money to protect Windows. That said, I've not encountered a problem with MSE that was beyond it's capability.


I should also mention that Hirens Boot Disk is also a very valuable tool for the IT or PC specialist. A bootable DVD that contains a plethora of tools including partitioning tools, AVs, antimalwares, recovery, MBR recovery, PW recovery, a network capable version of mini Win7 and XP as well as a few mini Linux OSs.....and much, much more, all from a bootable disk.


http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

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Panda is great, as is Eset (Nod) but the drawback is that they do not offer a free version. For some of us that need a much lighter security suite for our Windows partitions, a paid version is not a requirement. I'd rather clean the drive off than pay more money to protect Windows. That said, I've not encountered a problem with MSE that was beyond it's capability.


I should also mention that Hirens Boot Disk is also a very valuable tool for the IT or PC specialist. A bootable DVD that contains a plethora of tools including partitioning tools, AVs, antimalwares, recovery, MBR recovery, PW recovery, a network capable version of mini Win7 and XP as well as a few mini Linux OSs.....and much, much more, all from a bootable disk.


http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd


Alan, I don't know where you got your info but MSE has failed more than one AV test in the past couple of years(google mse fails av test). I would not trust it to protect my flash drive let alone my entire computer which also puts other computers and NAS on your network at risk as well as any other computers you plug your flash drive into.

Eset was a horrible AV from an enterprise perspective. My company bought a license with them and everything was a nightmare from the support to the actual poor job the software did with helping to protect our networks.

Also, when you're in an enterprise environment one computer getting a virus isn't just a wipe and re-install simple-as-that solution. That infected computer can get ransom-ware which will then spread to the file shares and other computers on the network. And at home, what if people aren't tech savvy as you and they don't even know what a wipe and re-install is? If they don't know what that is then my money is also on the fact they probably don't have their files safely backed up to a drive that isn't susceptible to getting the virus or malware or know what in the world a boot disk is. My advice is for the average user since we're not on a pc enthusiast forum.
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Panda is great, as is Eset (Nod) but the drawback is that they do not offer a free version. For some of us that need a much lighter security suite for our Windows partitions, a paid version is not a requirement. I'd rather clean the drive off than pay more money to protect Windows. That said, I've not encountered a problem with MSE that was beyond it's capability.


I should also mention that Hirens Boot Disk is also a very valuable tool for the IT or PC specialist. A bootable DVD that contains a plethora of tools including partitioning tools, AVs, antimalwares, recovery, MBR recovery, PW recovery, a network capable version of mini Win7 and XP as well as a few mini Linux OSs.....and much, much more, all from a bootable disk.


http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd


Alan, I don't know where you got your info but MSE has failed more than one AV test in the past couple of years(google mse fails av test). I would not trust it to protect my flash drive let alone my entire computer which also puts other computers and NAS on your network at risk as well as any other computers you plug your flash drive into.

Eset was a horrible AV from an enterprise perspective. My company bought a license with them and everything was a nightmare from the support to the actual poor job the software did with helping to protect our networks.

Also, when you're in an enterprise environment one computer getting a virus isn't just a wipe and re-install simple-as-that solution. That infected computer can get ransom-ware which will then spread to the file shares and other computers on the network. And at home, what if people aren't tech savvy as you and they don't even know what a wipe and re-install is? If they don't know what that is then my money is also on the fact they probably don't have their files safely backed up to a drive that isn't susceptible to getting the virus or malware or know what in the world a boot disk is. My advice is for the average user since we're not on a pc enthusiast forum.


I use MSE exclusively for myself and my customers computers and have been using it since it was Live OneCare, haven't had a complaint or an issue that was attributed to a poor AV as far as I know. My statement regarding cleaning off my drive before paying out money to protect it was not a recommendation, I was simply attempting to make a point. I guess it didn't go over well  ::giggle::

I work for a school board, we have in excess of 10,000 computers, all to which are protected by ESET. The IT department is quite happy with the product. I've used it myself with satisfactory results, but I prefer the free MSE.

Of course there will always be flaws with software, especially freeware. Some may offer better protection while others may use fewer resources yet offer adequate protection for the average user.

Lastly, I hope you were not mistaking my pointing to Hirens Boot Disk as an option to format or take control of a partition, Hirens is a "Live" disk that just happens to contain a multitude of tools. It's not difficult.

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What do you all think of Norton? It comes standard on my machine.  ???

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What do you all think of Norton? It comes standard on my machine.  ???


Not a fan at all, was very heavy on resources and constantly alerted with false positives. Apparently 360 was somewhat better in terms of protection and resource usage but I believe they (Symantec) had already lost a lot of respect for their prior invasive software. I see they've dropped the 360 moniker in favour of Norton Security, reviews appear to be much better than previous versions.


If it's already installed and active on your machine it will likely serve your purposes just fine, but if Norton is asking for $$$ for a subscription I'd begin to look elsewhere.

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What do you all think of Norton? It comes standard on my machine.  ???


Not a fan at all, was very heavy on resources and constantly alerted with false positives. Apparently 360 was somewhat better in terms of protection and resource usage but I believe they (Symantec) had already lost a lot of respect for their prior invasive software. I see they've dropped the 360 moniker in favour of Norton Security, reviews appear to be much better than previous versions.


If it's already installed and active on your machine it will likely serve your purposes just fine, but if Norton is asking for $$$ for a subscription I'd begin to look elsewhere.
Thank you.  ::smile::  The very first computer I had I bought the Norton software. I agree that even then it would churn out false positives just at about the time the subscription needed to be renewed. They escalated as time went by and drew closer to expiration.
The one that is on my machine now isn't active. It's the Norton Safe Web version. I wonder if that would conflict with MSE if I ran them together for extra protection.

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What do you all think of Norton? It comes standard on my machine.  ???

I love Norton...I've used it for years and it has saved our computers many times over.  Every computer in our house has it.  It is very thorough...and while sometimes it gives false positives, more often than not it detects actual viruses.

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Thank you for that endorsement of Norton via your personal experience. Very comforting.  ::hug::
Do you think it would conflict with MSE?

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It's always been said that running two A/Vs simultaneously is a bad idea, especially if one of them has quarantine files, isolating dubious files from interacting with the operating system, the other A/V may well look to the first A/V as the source of those isolated files and begin to react against it, in short they'll work against each other rather before they'll compliment each other. That's just one example.


The other problem is linked to over exertion of apps running in the background making for sluggish computer use. This is why I often refer to MSE as capable A/V since it plays well with other protection essentials such as malwarebytes which can be run weekly to inspect for malware/adware/spyware which the majority of A/Vs will bypass when scanning, and browser plug-in essentials such as No Script and AdBlock Plus. If you can't see the malicious ads you can't very well accidently click on them, nor can they execute code from the browser with No Script.


That said, there is certainly no harm in running them independently, but you'll have to know when they are or are not active.

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Thank you.  ::smile::

It's always been said that running two A/Vs simultaneously is a bad idea, especially if one of them has quarantine files, isolating dubious files from interacting with the operating system, the other A/V may well look to the first A/V as the source of those isolated files and begin to react against it, in short they'll work against each other rather before they'll compliment each other. That's just one example.


The other problem is linked to over exertion of apps running in the background making for sluggish computer use. This is why I often refer to MSE as capable A/V since it plays well with other protection essentials such as malwarebytes which can be run weekly to inspect for malware/adware/spyware which the majority of A/Vs will bypass when scanning, and browser plug-in essentials such as No Script and AdBlock Plus. If you can't see the malicious ads you can't very well accidently click on them, nor can they execute code from the browser with No Script.


That said, there is certainly no harm in running them independently, but you'll have to know when they are or are not active.