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Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
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ESET internet security 10
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EEK, Herdprotect, HitmanPro
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uBlock origin, HTTPS everywhere
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I've always wondered "what would happen if my AV got hacked?!", and AV companies got hacked before. That's why I thought it was wiser to be on the safe side, and have more than one AV.
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Consider some type of backup solution or at least an external HHDD to store your important files
CCleaner or Privazer
Consider adding an additional Browser and removing both ABD & ABD+ an installing uBlock
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I've always wondered "what would happen if my AV got hacked?!", and AV companies got hacked before. That's why I thought it was wiser to be on the safe side, and have more than one AV.
I think running 2 antivirus programs at once is fine in my opinion, just exclude them from scanning each other
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Nice config, but because you are using the FREE version of avast! I recommend you install a more powerful firewall and or Zemana AntiLogger (free if you want)
Thank you @Anti-Malware Reviewer :)!

As a matter of fact, I started a thread about antiloggers Best R.A.T/Keylogger protection?, and searched for Avast IS (which, unlike the free version, has a sandbox. I need a sandbox) giveaways or even extended trials like this one Extended Trial - Avast Internet Security (2016) [6 months free]. Avast IS giveaway is still open and I'll participate in it. if I don't win, I'll add an antilogger.


Level 4
I have recently upgraded to Avast internet security, and now with 1-year F-Secure Safe license:D, I'm confused as whether I should keep Avast IS, or switch to F-Secure.
As a happy clicker Happy clicker, frequent downloader; how to minimize risks? Avast's sandbox seems invaluable, but as a privacy-freak, F-Secure privacy policy seems intriguing to me.
And judging by opinions on F-Secure Internet Security vs Avast Internet Security it seems to be a close call, both have very good detection rates (slightly higher rates for F-Secure), both have some FPs (more FPs for Avast), deepGuard vs. deepScreen (?), Avast is lighter, Avast offers aggressive hardened mode, F-Secure has a much better privacy policy...... STILL CONFUSED:rolleyes:


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@mal1: For me you may have a test with F-secure, because their concept is straightforward + Deepguard is totally an active against suspicious behavior. A worthwhile to test beyond mainstream products. ;)
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I agree with jamescv7. Why not try F-Secure Safe, and you can use Sandboxie
Sandboxie - Download Sandboxie which is a reliable software, and it's free.;) You may find F-Secure to be everything you hope it to be.. or not.:oops: Either way, it's worth finding out.:):) I'd truly liked Avast!, and was happy with their Premier for an entire year before the release of their own sandbox. I would love to try F-Secure Safe myself ..if Santa had only delivered on that extra computer I asked for!:rolleyes:
As far as I know, Avast! does not have a compatibility mode, although I did try conceptualclarity's suggestion & used Adaware with it's compatibility mode. It was essentially an additional on-demand scanner.
I'd popped over to Avast!'s forums to investigate further.
Here's the discussion:
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