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avast paid + syshardener
bitdefender total security + another program to plug any BD insufficiencies.
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shmu26

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Well, why not Bitdefender + syshardener, then?
If the price and the heaviness of BD doesn't bother you, I think that's a pretty solid setup.
BD is more intrusive to the system (and thus more likely to conflict with other softwares), and will probably leave more remnants after uninstalling, but in terms of protection and usability, BD + syshardener should be great.
 

RoboMan

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BitDefender plus nothing, it's a full suite and it's enough. If you want to rest assured, then Hard_Configurator or SysHardener will help you to tweak Windows configuration, but in terms of real time protection do not add anything else.
 
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Andy Ful

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Both Avast and BD TS will be OK in practice, as a default-allow protection - except scripts and macros. SysHardener would be the simplest way to add such a protection.

For the advanced hardening NVT OSA or H_C would be appropriate, too.

Avast set to Hardened Aggressive mode + H_C, would be the simplest way to apply strong & usable default-deny protection in the home environment.
 

Spawn

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There's very little advantages to upgrading to Avast Pro/Suite/Premier, over Avast Free Antivirus - except for in-app upsell Ads. Bitdefender Free and Total Security have a few differences, so something to look into. But don't buy into Avast, it's a waste of time.
 

Spawn

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what would stop PUP's? a web extension?
You're going overboard with this and that.

PUPs are easily avoidable without relying on an Antivirus / Antimalware program to do so.

If you are unsure, use Unchecky which automatically de-selects any pre-checked boxes that would install unwanted software.

Download this: Unchecky - Keeps your checkboxes clear
 

LDogg

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Over the two I'd choose Bitdefender, you can even utilise Syshardener alongside BD. BD should also stop PUPs, another web extensions would be unneeded.

When you have to think about computer security, think about what's better and runs smoother on your device. Asking on here via a thread was a fantastic idea. Gives you the knowledge of what solution(s) are good for you, to make a better informed judgment.

~LDogg
 

Nightwalker

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Bitdefender has a better testing record, but personally I would recommend Avast Free (with Harderned Mode) + SysHardener.

It is free, lighter and less bug prone, at least in my experience; Bitdefender has massive signatures (with slow database updates) and always slowdown the browsing too much.

Avast with Hardenerd Mode (agressive settings) is close to default deny setup and yet is very friendly, pairing it with SysHarderner and you get a very very safe environment.
 
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