mellowsky

New Member
This isn't actually for me, but for a friend. I need an antivirus for Windows 10 that's easy to use and doesn't require much user interaction. My main issue is that many antivirus suites collect and sell user data and I'm not sure I want to put that on their computer. Ideally I'm looking for a free antivirus, but if that just doesn't exist than they'd probably want the cheapest option available. I should also say that this antivirus will pretty much be the only thing protecting them, so I need to use something that would protect them from most threats without having to worry about poor detection or behavior blocking.
 

Burrito

Level 22
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Most paid AVs don't monetize your data.

I would not be surprised if Avast is an exception to that.. they seem to be sorta scummy.

For that and other reasons.... unless you have the need for free... pay for your AV.

Yes, as Azure indicated -- Emsisoft are the good guys of the industry. They seem to be squeaky-clean.

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oldschool

Level 42
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If you want free AV, then Windows Defender is your easy choice - unless you consider that complicated to use. If you install ConfigureDefender to harden WD your friend can easily select Default, High or Max profile. Very easy. Or you can set it up for your friend using High, and your done. This setting won't cause any problems for you or your friend.

Bitdefender Free is "no-brainer" easy to use and it has one feature > On/Off. Their web filter does send URL data to BD and this feature cannot be switched off. Do they sell that info? I don't know since I never checked their privacy policy. No other free AV is as easy to use as BD.
 
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South Park

Level 2
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Emsisoft has a good reputation for protecting user privacy, and it would be my first choice for a paid AV. Since I'm broke at the moment, I use Windows Defender (with H_C) and Configure Defender set to "high." Over ~2 wk with this setup, I haven't had any false positives.

AVG, Avast, and Avira free all extensively collect browsing data. I would not use any of them.
 

jc135

Level 1
Windows 10's Defender is good. It earned high scores like the rest of the non-free ones. And it is guaranteed to be compatible. Because Windows 10 upgrades twice per year, some of the 3rd party AV don't migrate well and cause compatibility problems.

Take a look at these AV testing sites, they do testing of AV products:

Read through some of the older tests as well, then you will see which ones consistently rank high.

Do not immediately assume that your friend wants a free one. He/she may value security as highly important. Explain the key concepts of what security: confidentiality, integrity and availability. How would she feel if some hacker posted her private files publicly? What if someone modifies her documents? What if a ransomware encrypted all her files and demand payment? When explained, most sensible people would want good security.

Some people feel that they will never be so lucky to get a malware. But when you explain what criminal hackers are doing, and what effort they are putting out to get one infected, most would not want to risk it.

Some folks are technically stupid enough to think that once a computer is infected and runs slow, then they need to buy a new computer. If your friend is in that group of people, then explain that a good security suite is like insurance. They get to keep their computer running longer, trouble free. So if they pay $50 per year and get a middle of the line security suite, they can have their computer running for at least 6-7 years. And after 7 years. there are probably new technologies that they want like USB 5.0 or whatever, then, it is time to upgrade.
 
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Umbra

Level 25
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so all telemetry is sent already :D:D
Probably lol, you know the kind of paranoids that made me laugh the most are the privacy ones, they invest lot of time and resources to eliminate every traces of data mining they are aware of but they forget one big factor, the OS. They keep using Windows...
Let say MaleficSoft is indeed a data mining predator, do you really think by using 3 tools you will eliminate it? there is few system processes that have to call home for the OS to perform as intended (like Svchost.exe, etc...), don't you think, MS wouldn't use them to exfiltrate datas?

So yes WD is good enough, no need to look further.
 

DDE_Server

Level 12
Verified
Probably lol, you know the kind of paranoids that made me laugh the most are the privacy ones, they invest lot of time and resources to eliminate every traces of data mining they are aware of but they forget one big factor, the OS. They keep using Windows...
Let say MaleficSoft is indeed a data mining predator, do you really think by using 3 tools you will eliminate it? there is few system processes that have to call home for the OS to perform as intended (like Svchost.exe, etc...), don't you think, MS wouldn't use them to exfiltrate datas?

So yes WD is good enough, no need to look further.
you are obligated for that .as this OS (Microsoft windows) is dominant as most developed app and software *especially Engineering and productivity also Gaming for the others) is working on it and not compatible for working on the good alternative (Linux OS which respect your privacy due to its opensource nature) so your role is to mitigate the gaps and the flow with any tool you able to use however it is not 100 percent mitigation as you said 100 solution will be using another OS respecting your privacy (would not be satisfied unless it source code are opened)
 

XLR8R

Level 1
Emsisoft, BullGuard, eScan. Possibly, these three are the best when it comes to user data collection policies. BitDefender is also OK. Apart from that, Kaspersky maybe.

Avast/AVG are among the most data hungry products, that doesn't mean you are at much risk using them though.