Hi all! Heading to college in a few weeks time and seriously can't decide what AV I should put on the new laptop that I just purchased. I'm a Mac user for the past years and just switched to PC for college. Any and all information is welcome
Hi there. Open to any product. I checked out the links previously and was hoping for some real-world usage and opinions.Latest Windows 10 or..? Hardware in your laptop, to help narrow down your choices? Are you open to other products or product combinations?
You can search MRG Effitas, AVLab, AV Comaparatives for mostly Bitdefender's results. Sophos and Emsisoft have participated in Enterprise testing, one of Emsi's last here back in 2018. Performance is very important. This has been tested, like here for general, broad info but a demo on your machine overrides everything. YouTube has some malware testing videos, but can't vouch for anything there.
I've never used Sophos. It's currently having hang issues following latest Windows KB. I link it. Subjectively, Emsi ran smoother and had a less gluey feel on my gaming machine than BD. I felt that neither Emsi nor BD liked anything else on the system with a real time component--HitmanPro.Alert, for example. Exclusions should work but it's not a guarantee. So, it's always nice to deploy a small UI like Andy Ful's software, or group policy or NoVirusThanks OSArmor for extra protection, with minimal to no user input--the last thing I'd want to be thinking about in school is my antivirus or why is my new laptop so slow, etc.
Would you say it's a resource hog?I quite like Sophos Home Premium. I would recommend that. It has exploit prevention, good web blocking, etc.
IMO it has improved quite a bit from the first version. Sometimes there may be an ever so slight hit on logging into windows and opening a program for the first time, but it's nothing to really write home about. IMHO most 3rd parties have a slight hit on logging into Windows and loading programs for the first time, at least I've noticed that when I tried various 3rd parties and compared it to WD for example.I heard it sort of used to be, but suposably it is not supposed to be too bad now from what I've heard.
Yes, a very good choice in my opinion too. Norton is very good these days, also Kaspersky.Since you are considering paid options I would personally go with Norton or Kaspersky. I found both to be very light on my system and security wise they both do pretty well.
As previously mentioned you should try the 30 day trials and see which one suits your needs best.
Good luck with college
I have used Norton Security Standard in the past and found it to be very light on my laptop. I think it has great protection, never got an infection on my system while using it, didn't notice any weird issues or bugs and it offered the setup and forget sort of experience I want for my system (I don't want to be asked every time I try to run a program whether I'm sure I want to do it or not) and has some of the highest ratings from independent testing labs (not that I trust them). I suggest you try it for yourself, it might not suit your taste and it might not be as light on your system (weird how the performance can change from PC to PC) but I think it's one of the best you can get at the moment.Elaborate if you could please
I used Bitdefender recently for 30 days and my god, it was heavy, bloated, settings randomly reset themselves, waking from sleep froze my PC entirely and I recall needing to turn on and off my PC several times to get past the Windows login screen on one occasion.
This all happened when I was using Bitdefender, and stopped once it was gone. I did run sfc /scannow and it's a pretty powerful gaming PC with an M.2 - it really should be called Bugdefender. No issues before using it, and none after.