How to choose "the best antivirus"?

Discussion in 'General Security Discussions' started by RoboMan, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. low L!fe

    low L!fe Level 3

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    Thank you for advise
    i use McAfee Antivirus plus 2017
     
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  2. carsten ibsen

    carsten ibsen Level 20

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    Hello,if you want sit back and relax security then:Bitdefender,if not then i would go for Kaspersky
     
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  3. sigsag

    sigsag Level 1

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    I was unaware that this can occur !
    Could anyone advise current free AVs that do this please?
     
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  4. RoboMan

    RoboMan Level 17
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    Pretty much any "known" free antivirus software can do it. There are some rogue programs or maybe legit but not-so-good softwares that will ask for the full version in order to clean the system. Avoid them at all cost.
     
  5. sigsag

    sigsag Level 1

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    My apologies, I misunderstood you, I misread "removal" for "uninstall". Stupid of me.
     
  6. HarborFront

    HarborFront Level 34
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    All AV vendors will collect your personal data. The question is more or less.

    So choose one that collects less.
     
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  7. Lockdown

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    How to choose best AV ? is pretty simple:

    1. Try ones that you are interested in on your specific system(s) [use trial if available]
    2. Choose the one that you like best - the one that works for you personally on your specific system(s)
    3. Don't pay any attention to what anyone else says - especially lab test results
    4. Stick with it unless it causes real problems (I don't mean changing because of a few bugs)

    Or you can just use this to protect your digital devices:

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  8. gery79

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  9. Xahl

    Xahl Level 1

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    Nice thread ;)
     
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  10. Sajeesh

    Sajeesh Level 1

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    All AVs are pretty much same when it comes to normal known threats. Any unknown is still a challenge, coz thats why threats is made for. I would say keep windows upto date, Java and Flash update. This will help any AV to keep the system protected to a level higher than normal scenarios. Also clean up the cookies n temps regularly to support your AV software.
     
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  11. RoboMan

    RoboMan Level 17
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    Uninstall Java and Flash*
     
  12. carsten ibsen

    carsten ibsen Level 20

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    I am writing a new post,because i have purchased a new laptop(price about 1000 us dollars)and i have McAfee Livesafe preinstalled on it for 3 years,and I have Malwarebytes Premium and HitmanPro(paid).
    I think McAfee has stepped up,it is a much better AV then it was 7 years ago when i had McAfee Total Protection,it is so good that i almost would recommend it(I said Almost)
     
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  13. ICTSERVICES

    ICTSERVICES Level 1

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    That's would be the best approach, but I have to fight with time. I'm evaluating time to time at VB100 vendor archive, it still show me how much healthy producer is it.
     
  14. ICTSERVICES

    ICTSERVICES Level 1

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    Yes I share this approach, security SW developing is so specialized in many branch, it's impossible to master in every skill. I prefer to evaluate and install different separated products. This is better compliant with the ancient castle multi-level defense strategy, which is still so valiant. I always do my best to avoid SPOF and where suitable adopt redundancy when the matter is security.
     
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  15. ICTSERVICES

    ICTSERVICES Level 1

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    That's the main reason I don't trust in cloud security services........
     
  16. ICTSERVICES

    ICTSERVICES Level 1

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    Almost perfect, I just would add:
    adopt a good password vault
    do not reuse passwords
     
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  17. Windows_Security

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    #57 Windows_Security, Oct 28, 2017
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    I allways read you post with great interest. Now you left me in complete confusion. Does the above advice also apply to your advice? ;)

    Buying cycle always includes an information gathering phase. Information gathering is the OP asking questions on this forum. Since the internet age, most people buy based on reference, reference from other users, reference from independant tests and expert/on-line eviews . You advice him to go back in time. Do you happen to have a second hand Delorean also? :cool:

    Speaking about cars. When you trial or test drive a car, you test it on its primary function (transport). The trouble with any safety system is that you normally don't use it (like safety belt and air bag). Problem with antivirus solutions is that you buy the safety belts/air bag, not the car. Second problem is that 99.99% of the users have no means and knowledge to test an antivirus on its primary function (providing safety by catching malware), so how would you advise to check whether an antivirus lives up to its promise? :unsure:
     
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  18. bribon77

    bribon77 Level 10

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    When my friends ask me for a good antivirus I run out of answers. Why? because they will not know how to configure any Av. and I tell them Panda. because it is easy for a newbie.
     
  19. TerrakionSmash

    TerrakionSmash Level 16

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  20. klaken

    klaken Level 2

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    1- accept your type of malware knowledge and what you can handle.
    2- Analyze your use of PC .. basic (facebook and youtube) or software tests.
    3- You have concepts that is a sandbox, heuritic and BB.

    1- If it is basic or almost nothing = Any AV serves.
    2-If it is medium an av with a good BB or a combo servia = Kasperky, Bitedefender, avast.
    3- advanced or medium = A sanbox or your own suit serves = Combo cloud, Kaperky + comodo firewall, bitdefender + comodo firewall.
    4-advanced = Comfortable suit or comfortable firewall ..
    5- expert = comfortable firewall .. XP
     
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