Help Me Decide Avast Premier vs. F-Secure Safe

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Avast Premier vs. F-Secure Safe

  1. Avast Premier

    26 vote(s)
    52.0%
  2. F-Secure Safe

    24 vote(s)
    48.0%
  1. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    List of products to compare:
    Avast Premier (11 yrs. Subscription) vs. F-Secure Safe (1 yr.)
    What I am most interested about:
    • Exclusive Features & Functionality
    Why I want to compare:
    Which is lighter and more efficient?
    I have a 11-year subscription to Avast Premier, and F-Secure SAFE (5 devices) for 1 year subscription.

    Please don't mind the time subscription I have for Avast. What I am after is the lightness and efficiency of the product. I have one gripe for Avast: the GUI is slow to load. But Avast has boot scan.

    Yet, FSafe has parental controls and its GUI loads fast. Avast takes some time to load upon system startup, but FSafe loads almost instantly. But both seem to be light when fully loaded.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
     
  2. amico81

    amico81 Level 6

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    Do you wanna install your antivirus on an older hdd or a modern ssd?

    i think with a ssd you don't feel any difference between both. Otherwise F-secure could be lighter.
    I would go with avast...very good antivirus and offers stronger protection with tweaks

    but yes, the GUI from avast lags terrible
     
  3. bribon77

    bribon77 Level 10

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    Well, since you're 11 years old from Avast Premier.
    I'd try F-Secure SAFE because it's only for 1 year. And you still have 10 years of Avast left.
     
  4. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    HDD :) Yes, I noticed that F-Secure could be lighter, but only tested it for one hour because the antivirus component always crash, have to do reboots and reboots. Maybe I have not fully uninstalled Avast, so F-Secure won't install correctly.

    But, Avast should be lighter because it is more cloud-based than F-Secure that uses BitDefender engine.

    Thought about that too :)
     
  5. Sunshine-boy

    Sunshine-boy Level 22

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    #5 Sunshine-boy, Dec 5, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017
    Avast provide better real-time protection but f-secure has better privacy and decent web protection! I vote for F-Secure! Avast is a buggy product.not to mention how bad their forum and support is!
     
  6. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    You said F-Secure has decent web protection...is it better than Avast's Web Filter?

    How is Avast buggy aside from the UI?

    Thanks
     
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  7. Sunshine-boy

    Sunshine-boy Level 22

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    Much Much better than Avast.
    Isn't GUI important?! I don't like buggy Gui... if you search the Avast forum then you will find bugs that are alive since 1 year ago and Avast refused to fix them.Avsat cant even shows you the malicious URL that blocked by real-time web-filtering!! you have to dig through logs to find what was that URL!!( idk if they fix it? )
     
  8. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    Ok, pls confirm me, is F-Secure really lighter on CPU and HDD than Avast? Thanks.
     
  9. Faybert

    Faybert Level 10
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    I would choose F-Secure, great protection and much lighter than Avast, F-Secure is the lightest antivirus along with ESET.
     
  10. Sunshine-boy

    Sunshine-boy Level 22

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    F-secure is lighter but im not sure about the usage. doesn't matter how much ram and CPU fs use because it is light!if you want smth light then Eset is the best!
     
  11. Emanuel Tomasin

    Emanuel Tomasin Level 3

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    F-Secure Safe is the best option.
     
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  12. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    About scanning, I read in some reviews that FSecure's scanning is quite slow.....
     
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  13. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    Well maybe Webroot is the lightest... but I don't like it.
     
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  14. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    Ok! I'll be uninstalling Avast to try out FSecure. But is DeepGuard enough for ransomware protection?
     
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  15. DeepWeb

    DeepWeb Level 9

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    DeepGuard is enough. Often too much. It will flag anything that is suspicious. A very powerful behavior blocker.
     
  16. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    Wow! F-secure would like to uninstall my Shadow Defender! But, can I later reinstall Shadow Defender after installing F-Secure? Will that cause no issues?
     
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  17. askalan

    askalan Level 9
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    In this topic you can see that antivirus software is almost like religions. One of them will say, "This s*cks!" and the other "Take this software!".
    None of you know that the Bitdefender engine is the engine with the most critical bugs.
    But the GUI is of course more important! Okay, fun on the side.
    What prevents you from using Microsoft Defender? Hard disk access would of course increase, but AV software is not designed to make your computer faster. If your computer is just too weak for Defender, you need to upgrade it. Sooner or later the moment will come anyway.
    Defender is easy to upgrade. You can either add Hard_Configurator (it enables the best-est-est-est cloud protection: SmartScreen) or Dr. Web KATANA if you are a beginner. And yes, support is included with the purchase of Katana (you pay for the support for one year ~5$ but you can uncheck it and save this money if you want).
    Just choose one of the two (Avast or F-Secure). I don't care about that. I gave you my recommendation.
     
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  18. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    Now using F-Secure... During updates of the Aquarius Engine (BitDefender?), noticing slowdown of system. Overall, seems light too. Will observe for a week if it becomes totally optimized for my system.

    GUI is much faster to load and fancy to the eyes :) Though less less options to tweak :(
     
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  19. amico81

    amico81 Level 6

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    yes faster gui, but the blue color from f-secure is sure a matter of taste.... i need :cool: to watch their gui :D
     
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  20. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    Doing a full scan... found two items! Later I'll see if it's False Positive. Avast never detected those
     
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