What's next?

  • Emsisoft Anti-Malware

    Votes: 10 20.0%
  • Eset NOD32 Antivirus

    Votes: 13 26.0%
  • Kaspersky Antivirus Free

    Votes: 12 24.0%
  • Kaspersky Antivirus paid

    Votes: 13 26.0%
  • Avast Free

    Votes: 6 12.0%
  • Other (write comment)

    Votes: 3 6.0%
  • Total voters
    50
  • Poll closed .
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Pano

Level 1
Hello guys,

My Emsisoft license has expired and i have to buy new one but i'm comfused.
I need an AV with really minimal system impact and stability (with my software enviroment) with good protect. With Emsisoft i had some trouble with behavior module: put my games (paid, not warez) and some softwares to quarantine, flaged with suspicious and it is really
obstructive and uncomfortable to me.
I don't know what changed about last year what AV is good nowadays from my list?

PC: Intel i3 8100, 16GB DDR4, 256GB Samsung SSD.
Windows 10 Pro (1809) 64 bit

Frequent softwares: Google Chrome and Firefox, Total Commander, Spotify, Windows Mail, Skype, Steam, Origin, Microsoft Office 2016, OpenVPN, PHP Storm, Git, Composer, XMPP, TeamViewer, Gimp, VLC, K-Lite Codec Pack, TeamSpeak, Viber, Discord, Google Suite tools.
 
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Robbie

Level 28
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Hi! From the options mentioned in your list, ESET will give you the most light experience, nevertheless I would go with the Internet Security version, it's worth the money. Kaspersky Free on the other hand is great, but Application Control is the core in my opinion, and it's not present on the free version. Kaspersky paid version is the most complete and robust version, but maybe not as light as ESET.

In my honest opinion, I'd go with Kaspersky Internet Security.
 

LDogg

Level 29
Verified
From the option above, for paid software use ESET, for free software Kaspersky or Avast.

If you want the lightest ESET.
If you wish to go free Kaspersky or Avast, with Avast a fantastic setup you can do is settings Avast's Hardened mode on and install Syshardener.


Remember to take your own daily tasks, the software on your machine already, websites you visit, any compatibility issues and other things into account when choosing to.

~LDogg
 
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bribon77

Level 28
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I have used a few security programs throughout my life, there is none perfect all at give false positives at a certain point in time do not detect what they should detect.

Another thing is the impact on your pc because you are a player, well in that case choose Eset or Avast Free.:giggle:
 
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Cortex

Level 11
Just my opinion but if you choose Kaspersky & you use a VPN as your info seems to indicate check your VPN speed with K (a trial?) - The problem doesn't occur with ESET or Emsisoft but the only reason despite having licenses for K I don't use it is it reliably halves my VPN speed on any PC I've tried it around 50% or more down with all VPN's I've tried - People think it's the VPN in my experience it isn't - There may be other AV solutions that do this?
 

shmu26

Level 83
Verified
Trusted
Content Creator
Hello guys,

My Emsisoft license has expired and i have to buy new one but i'm comfused.
I need an AV with really minimal system impact and stability (with my software enviroment) with good protect. With Emsisoft i had some trouble with behavior module: put my games (paid, not warez) and some softwares to quarantine, flaged with suspicious and it is really
obstructive and uncomfortable to me.
I don't know what changed about last year what AV is good nowadays from my list?

PC: Intel i3 8100, 16GB DDR4, 256GB Samsung SSD.
Windows 10 Pro (1809) 64 bit

Frequent softwares: Google Chrome and Firefox, Total Commander, Spotify, Windows Mail, Skype, Steam, Origin, Microsoft Office 2016, OpenVPN, PHP Storm, Git, Composer, XMPP, TeamViewer, Gimp, VLC, K-Lite Codec Pack, TeamSpeak, Viber, Discord, Google Suite tools.
From a quick description of your quest, it sounds like you want a light AV that will do the job without giving you a headache.
To my ears, that sounds like Avast free (choose custom installation, don't install the bloat). And after registration, block AvastUI in outgoing firewall, so you will not be nagged.
I tried ESET a few days ago and I had software conflicts. :( And Kaspersky is famous for software conflicts.
If you want a pain-free experience, and Windows Defender is not for you, go for Avast free. You won't be sorry. The protection is very good, and if you want it to be even better, put it in aggressive mode.
 

shmu26

Level 83
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Content Creator
Installing and uninstalling AV programs is likely to leave remnants on your system that will cause complications when you try future software. Not all uninstallers are created alike. Some are pretty poor.

If you want to try AV programs, make sure you take a system image beforehand, and restore that image before trying the next one, or in the end your system will be like mud.
 

SearchLight

Level 9
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Installing and uninstalling AV programs is likely to leave remnants on your system that will cause complications when you try future software. Not all uninstallers are created alike. Some are pretty poor.

If you want to try AV programs, make sure you take a system image beforehand, and restore that image before trying the next one, or in the end your system will be like mud.
Just getting opinions but from other posts on this forum, I think I found my match in Cf/cs with Forticlient AV Free.
I agree too many installs and uninstalls leave remnants, and I do have multiple system images as backups. Thanks.
 

Bleak

Level 3
Verified
One should not trade usability with security, all the the ones you've mentioned does provide sufficient protection, but each has its own way of doing things, so my suggestion is to try each for a week or two and see how it goes.

In your case as you've stated, if Emsisoft is giving you trouble, drop it and try others. You should not be committed to a single solution, there are other several alternatives.