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Manuela Junghans  Identity Verified
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Jan 10, 2017

Hi everyone

I´m currently using Trend Micro as anti-virus software (don´t know if anyone ever heard of this), which is due for renewal in the upcoming month. It would cost almost €50/year, which seems rather expensive to me.

Does anyone have a recommendation re an anti-virus software they have good experience with.

Also, any thoughts on antimalwarebytes are welcome.

Thanks in advance.

Manuela


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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NOD32! Jan 10, 2017

My recommendation is to go for ESET's NOD32 antivirus. It has kept me clean and safe for about five years now. You do not even notice that it is there (no performance lost at all) and it is good value for your money, I would say.

If you have your email in a desktop client (as opposed to keeping it online), another piece of software I totally recommend is Firetrust MailWasher, which helps you spot and delete/block spam and dangerous email even before they reach your computer. This is
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My recommendation is to go for ESET's NOD32 antivirus. It has kept me clean and safe for about five years now. You do not even notice that it is there (no performance lost at all) and it is good value for your money, I would say.

If you have your email in a desktop client (as opposed to keeping it online), another piece of software I totally recommend is Firetrust MailWasher, which helps you spot and delete/block spam and dangerous email even before they reach your computer. This is another way in which I have kept my email clean of any hazards.
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Selcuk Akyuz  Identity Verified
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Kaspersky Jan 10, 2017

I used Nod32 for some years and I was happy with it until... you know, it can protect you from 99,9999 viruses but one fail and you are infected. Then I switched to Kaspersky Internet Security, this is my 9th year with Kaspersky and I still feel safe.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372364,00.asp
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I used Nod32 for some years and I was happy with it until... you know, it can protect you from 99,9999 viruses but one fail and you are infected. Then I switched to Kaspersky Internet Security, this is my 9th year with Kaspersky and I still feel safe.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372364,00.asp
https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-antivirus,review-2588-4.html

Kaspersky is listed in top 3 in all reviews.
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Vitals  Identity Verified
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Kaspersky Jan 10, 2017

Kaspersky is listed in top 3 in all reviews.


I would recommend the same.


 

Recep Kurt  Identity Verified
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ESET Nod Jan 10, 2017

Kaspersky had been hogging my relatively "old" PC, so I switched to Nod last year - happy with it

 

Roxana G. Pirvu
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Avast Jan 10, 2017

I successfully use the free version of Avast.

 

Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
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I have been using Jan 10, 2017

G DATA (Internet Security) for the last few years. Quite happy with it.
A mere antivirus product is also available.


 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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Loyal to Bitdefender AV Jan 10, 2017

renewed for the past 10+ years without disaster.
Light on resources, non-intrusive, silent daily updates, currently about €30/year for 3 devices. There are also more extensive versions than AV alone, with full Internet security and what-not.

Philippe


 

CafeTran Training (X)
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ClamXav Jan 10, 2017

Manuela Junghans wrote:

Does anyone have a recommendation re an anti-virus software they have good experience with.



On my Macs I use ClamXav:

https://www.clamxav.com


 

Harry Blake Paz Bonzano  Identity Verified
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Protection against ransomwares Jan 10, 2017

Anything that has a solid protection against ransomwares is a solid antivirus.
I am using K7 antivirus.

You can see a list of the best software out there: https://www.virusbulletin.com/testing/dates/vb100-antimalware


 

DZiW
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AV vs IS + free vs paid Jan 10, 2017

Manuela, first you have to consider either an anti-virus (AV, as single component) or a complex Internet security suit (IS, as a set of security measures [including AV]), then it's hight time to evaluate free and paid editions, and what makes the difference for YOU.

There're very many (including sponsored) "top-best" offers, including 'clouds', but it really depends on the user's habits and experience, and what common threat types are there. Nowadays it's very difficult to mitigate
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Manuela, first you have to consider either an anti-virus (AV, as single component) or a complex Internet security suit (IS, as a set of security measures [including AV]), then it's hight time to evaluate free and paid editions, and what makes the difference for YOU.

There're very many (including sponsored) "top-best" offers, including 'clouds', but it really depends on the user's habits and experience, and what common threat types are there. Nowadays it's very difficult to mitigate sensitive data leakage for even when it's spotted and the threat is removed, the data is *already* at the hands of perpetrators--ID's/logins/passwords, credentials, email address books, dates/contacts, whatever--and NO software would help, perhaps immediate login/password changing might be of some use, but it won't bring your photos and papers back, so it can be abused.

As for me, I still prefer Comodo (IS) with a custom firewall rules, auto-sandbox & intrusion prevention ("zero-day") features and VPN, because I want to control how my system works and which software does what. Indeed, it requires some exp, but my system hasn't been compromised for some three years--literally since I bought the notebook.

By the way, the system also requires certain tweaking'n'tuning (especially autoruns/services and security/group policies), let alone the user habits)

Working with plenty documents (including NDA), not to mention online payment, it does make sense to consult a specialist and consider some back-up option (Acronis Home and like).

Take care
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Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
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Are you using a recent version of Windows? No need to worry Jan 10, 2017

Starting from Windows 8, one can rely on the built-in Windows Defender. It is just about the least obtrusive of all antivirus software for Windows, being neither resource-hungry nor paranoid. It is quite reliable and gets database updates on a daily basis. In the browser (Firefox in my case), I supplement it with Noscript and Adblock Pro extensions, which weed out 99% advertising, user tracking and web analytics. I am a happy camper.

 

DZiW
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proof or just IMHO? Jan 11, 2017

Anton, as a specialist dealing with heaps of info, could you provide a proof link that "one can rely on the built-in Windows Defender"?

"MacOS has no viruses!", "Linux is impenetrable!", "WebOS is immune!", "64bit OS is virus-free!", "Windows XXX is more secure than ever!", "some OS/software/hardware is the solution to all your problems!" and other at least naive and misleading blah-blah-blah myths...
HOW exactly, to WHAT extent, against WHICH vulnerabilities, HO
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Anton, as a specialist dealing with heaps of info, could you provide a proof link that "one can rely on the built-in Windows Defender"?

"MacOS has no viruses!", "Linux is impenetrable!", "WebOS is immune!", "64bit OS is virus-free!", "Windows XXX is more secure than ever!", "some OS/software/hardware is the solution to all your problems!" and other at least naive and misleading blah-blah-blah myths...
HOW exactly, to WHAT extent, against WHICH vulnerabilities, HOW long, I wonder? Does it really matter, when it's very user as Admin who clicks 'YES' to run a malware?

Considering restrictions vs. functionality, by default every OS is somewhat optimal (neutral-oriented), and as far as *most* users keep this policy, then most systems have very similar security and other settings, what gives a good chance for malware to play: the more popular OS/settings, the more popular they are with cyberscams, and the more vulnerable it gets.

You're right that default (built-in) AV and firewall are getting better, yet they still lack many comprehensive features even from third-party (even free) software and, what I mentioned before, the big problem is default countermeasures are the default targets for malware.
That's why there's no "best" OS or "best" AV, let alone some cure-it-all.

As for browsers, I often work at the public places, so I prefer Opera/Vivaldi with VPN and uBlock in the SandBoxIE, but it's more about one's likings, needs, and skills.

Cheers

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ATIL KAYHAN  Identity Verified
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Avast + Online Backup Jan 13, 2017

Roxana G. Pirvu wrote:

I successfully use the free version of Avast.


Me, too. I would not pay for any antivirus software when there are some very good products out there that are totally free. You just need to register it.

I would also recommend using an online file backup service, such as Dropbox or Mozy. Those are also free unless you need a tremendous amount of storage.

As far as I remember, Windows Defender is not an antivirus program. I think it is a malware program though I may be mistaken. Anyhow, it is definitely nice to have.


 

Manuela Junghans  Identity Verified
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Many many thanks... Jan 15, 2017

...for all your insights, views and suggestions.

I´m really spoilt for choice here now.

Anton, if I understand you correctly: if I do have Windows 8 on my machine (which I do) then I can just forget about buying any additional anti-virus software? That sounds almost too good to be true.

Might as well check out the ad blocker you´ve recommended.

Lots of thanks again to everyone and a happy Sunday.

Manuela


 
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