Need an antivirus!!

Discussion in 'Windows & Other OS Discussion & Support' started by Ishank, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. cstX

    cstX Member

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    Apparently a Windows-side issue, antivirus apps are currently blocked from installing.

    Some may work but i can confirm avast still doesent.
     
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    As reported, they ignificantly updated "Security Essentials". I guess this will be enough?
     
  3. Klueh

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    I am planning on grabbing windows 8 for my new build tomorrow. After reading this I feel a bit sketchy about the security issue. to be honest, I really want windows 8 because I think it looks great. Light on resources, its pretty, and its fun to learn a new OS imo. Sure its not intuitive but that's only a problem for the first few days for most of us.

    So now that its officially released do any of you have suggestions on what security options I should aim for on my new naked build? Feel free to use me as a lab-rat for some of your ideas about keeping windows 8 safe.

    Also if it is your opinion that I should just grab windows 7, let me know that too, and why =)
     
  4. malmental

    malmental System Builder > Hardware Specialist

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    I used Avira Antivirus on W7 but it is not compatible with W8, having checked the Avira webby they are working on the "fix" for this, hmm I wonder if we will get any money back or extension on the end date due to not been able to use it???
     
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    malmental System Builder > Hardware Specialist

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    never used MS Security Essentials..
    I get enough of MS with Windows and Office.
     
  7. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    I'm still a hardcore fan of MS security essentials .....

    Everything else I've tried.. has always been murder and totally counter productive... capability issues.... massive resource hogging.... slow downs.... failure to be able to do even simple tasks... And still allowing viruses and bad things to happen...

    So why pay or get a free headache from something that does all that... when the ms security essentials basically eliminates ALL of those issues, and gives as good or comparable if not under some cases better protection... for free.
     
  8. mkk

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    I was having a look at professional reviews at the sites av-comparatives.org and av-test.org. Noticed how Bitdefender had been scoring really high over this year so I gave their trial a chance. Looks really nice, probably a contender(*). But I also noticed that the free version of Panda Cloud Antivirus got pretty good scores in both detection and removal, so after having skipped over it previously for the mere reason of having Cloud in the name..., I gave that a shot too. The interface is a bit different than most, but it mostly stays in the background so that might not matter much. My previous favorite for higher protection free antivirus, Avira, tended at least in the past to throw up big ad notices during updates. Panda stays silent here. Really like it so far and it's light on resources. If it keeps behaving I'll probably not install Microsofts decidedly lower protection alternative on any more systems.

    (*) Bitdefender did one odd thing though. During installation it reported to have found some malware that needed reboot to remove, which without more information to go on I accepted. Well enough it completed the installation and all went well, but for that one over-installation cleaning there was no history info to go back to see what it was, so I have no clue how serious that might have been. Not holding it too heavily against the software, just a one-off oddity that shouldn't have been so mysterious.
     
  9. mkk

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    I'll share my updated experience on Panda Cloud Antivirus. Unfortunately they've had some intermittent performance issues and problems with language mixing in the interface, that has been going on for long without fixing. So it's probably a low budget operation in spite of the seemingly sound core which gets high test scores. Among the free AV I'd presently rank Avast highest on its security test scores and how it's running so neatly all the time, making the once-a-day reminder that there is a pay version possibly bareable. Not quiet sure about what to install as a fire-and-forget solution on regular home user systems. They may be wise to invest in some commercial version after all, as some home users can really use a top notch AV solution too.

    For myself I'm leaning towards getting an Avira one year license cheap through an offer they show when downloading the free client. They don't seem to have localised languages though which can be a problem recommending that to others.
     
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    AVG "was" an excellent option... now it's as useless and full of shit as norton and mcafee are.

    Bloated beyond their intended purpose... resulting in them completely neglecting what their intended purpose really was to begin with.

    So many of these "A/V" companies and products start out as a viable option and then venture into firewalls and performance tuneups and blah blah blah.... oventually getting so far out there that they are not the HINDERANCE of the machine rather than the betterment.

    It's pretty sad when you remove mcafee/norton/avg/etc and so forth from a machine... THEN you have to download and run the removal tool utility just to clean up the garbage they didn't finish removing. Afterwhich the computer suddenly starts responding and performing as it should.

    Stick in a relatively half decent A/V ONLY and let the windows firewall and other parts of the OS's security (namely UAC cranked to max) and you'll be quite well off.

    So many machines.... with so many different AVs...... just a false sense of security for majority of the population... i still can't beleive how many people waltz in and go "I have this AV and they want my money" when it's in fact a malware ransom program... that managed to completely shutdown and quarantine the AV programs on the machine... be it norton/mcafee/avg/karaspersky/etc without breaking a sweat..

    Some of these people just willingly run through TOTAL trashy websites and click/run/allow everything... i'm sorry but if your doing that.. it doesn't matter how many levels of AV you have.. your going to screw yourself.

    I've been Virus free for years.... without having been running an AV for most of it. I only recently started using AV when Microsoft Security essentials came out and basically doesn't remotely touch my performance in the least bit. And recently i've found it to outperform the others in detection.... usually..
     
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    I was using Eset Nod32 but it gives me more troubles then defending and now i'm on avast (old school).
     
  12. mkk

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    I've noticed a small trend for including optional ad blocking in some new suites. Since we're getting some Kaspersky licenses in at work I'm running their Internet Security package, and the ad blocking was better than I would have guessed. Better than the typical browser plugins but not quite as advanced as Ad Muncher than I have on my primary system. Though I've only used it for a week the overall experience with KIS has been nice, with good performance and a sensible amount of program interaction.
    The included firewall part is especially user friendly in how it doesn't bother the user about programs that it can identify on its own. So the user won't accidentally block "the internet" and then call you for fixing it.
     

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