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Discussion in 'Computers' started by GodLovesYou, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. GodLovesYou

    GodLovesYou Android Enthusiast
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    Hey hey, what is up!!

    I would like to know what is the actual best anti-virus and what is the one that you recommend to use on PC.

    Have a good day.

    #1 GodLovesYou, Mar 3, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2016

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  2. psionandy

    psionandy Extreme Android User

    For Android... The answer is non of the above.. And keep the install from unknown sources box unticked.

    Then make sure you check the permissions of any app you install... So you don't install a flashlight with the ability to make calls etc
  3. GodLovesYou

    GodLovesYou Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Sorry, I wasn't explicit. I was talking about Anti-virus for PC.
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  4. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Hi, @GodLovesYou I moved your thread to Computer & IT, as this is about PC software rather than Android.

    Any problems PM me. :)

    For my uses with Win 10, I just use what MS provides with Windows, however I use Mac OS X mostly for my computing activities.
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  5. Jhayzone

    Jhayzone Android Enthusiast

    For my laptop I'm using avast. Haven't got any problem with my laptop for I think 3 years now. I think all the big name anti-virus out there(norton, avira, etc) are all good but you can really improve the safety of your computer if you visits sites that is trustful, don't click some obviously shady ads, avoid clickbaits on social medias and just install original software.
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  6. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User

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  7. GodLovesYou

    GodLovesYou Android Enthusiast
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    Ok!! Thank you :)
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  8. GodLovesYou

    GodLovesYou Android Enthusiast
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    I am using Avast for about 3/4 years and for now I haven't got any problem, so I will keep using it
  9. GodLovesYou

    GodLovesYou Android Enthusiast
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    Do you recommend Panda? It is a good choice?
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  11. Grrrrrrrrr

    Grrrrrrrrr Newbie

    I've been using "SecureAnywhere" by Webroot for several months now. It's a different approach that moves much of the overhead off your PC and onto the cloud so it takes very few system resources and completes full scans in seconds, not minutes. The basic account covers 3 devices, PC or Mobile.

    I'm happy with the software though account support is pretty much non exsistant. There is no way to downgrade on the web interface and no intelligent people to contact.
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  12. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User

    Actually, I had Panda before I had AVG but its free version seemed to have disappeared. That's why I got AVG. Kept my eye open, found the free Panda had returned, went right back to it. So yes, I recommend Panda, mostly because I don't even notice it's running in the background. I only use AV apps to prevent something that's never happened to me, so I have no idea what'll happen if and when I really do get a virus.
  13. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    After over a decade of just using AVG Free, I unloaded it and installed Avast....

    AVG got to where it was bugging the hell out of me with all of the advertising, and fake claims of saving my ass, and making my PC boot faster than it ever has.... all bullshit.... so I threw it out with the dishwater.
  14. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    I've used Bitdefender for the past 8 years now. Don't see any reason to switch.
  15. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    I'm not even going to offer any suggestion as to what I think is the 'best' AV/malware utility. That sector changes too much from year to year and there are just too many different variations of PC configurations to take into consideration -- what works well for me probably won't work for someone else.

    The only thing I'll suggest is don't run your Windows computer using an administrator account as your daily set up. The 2016 RSA Conference just wrapped up and one of the dozens of publications and white papers that are being published is an analysis of all of the Microsoft security updates for 2015. There are some interesting numbers on why it's good practice to avoid running as an administrator. It's not just a matter of keeping your own PCs hassle-free but not allowing your box to be turned into a spam- or DDoS-bot.

    ● Of the 251 vulnerabilities in 2015 with a Critical rating, 85% were concluded to be mitigated by removing administrator rights
    ● There has been a 52% year on year rise in the volume of vulnerabilities since 2014
    ● 86% of Critical vulnerabilities affecting Windows, mitigated by removing admin rights
    ● 99.5% of all vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, mitigated by removing admin rights
    ● 82% of vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Office, mitigated by removing admin rights
    ● 85% of Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities, mitigated by removing admin rights
    ● 82% Critical vulnerabilities affecting Windows 10, mitigated by removing admin rights
    ● 63% of all Microsoft vulnerabilities reported in 2015, mitigated by removing admin rights

    Link if you want to read through the entire report:

    RSA Conference

  16. GodLovesYou

    GodLovesYou Android Enthusiast
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    Bitdefender isn't free right?
  17. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Reading through everyone's preference it's pretty clear there's no real stand-out winner. Seems like if you ask five different people what their favorite AV/malware utility is, you're going to get ten different answers. I'll toss this article from last month into the mix and I'm not going to agree or disagree with any of it, I just think there's plenty of relevant links in it for anyone to make a decision on what might work out best for their own situation:

    And this article is from a more business/corporate viewpoint but it does point out that again, there's not a 'best' utility package that ranks above the others:
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  18. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Android Expert

    Svim has it right in his posts. As for me, I don't run as administrator in Windows. I do use the included AV in Win 10 just because it's there. It's lame, but all AV is lame. For real AV protection install Linux.
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  19. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Lame they are, but one good sign Microsoft is still supporting Win10 Defender is an upcoming update that's supposed to expand it's functionality quite a bit. After MS for the most part just gave up on Microsoft Security Extensions I was wondering what direction it was heading as far as security utilities.
  20. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    Linux is okay as a browser device, but it don't even come close to Windows for all of the applications most folks use...
    I have it on my laptop, and trying to get used to it, but finally just said "forget about it", it is now just a browser device.

    I do all of my serious work on Win7..... just too many years of records, apps, etc.... that don't have an equivalent, or easy to use replacement.....

    One primary example is Quicken Checkbook.... there isn't anything close to it under Linux....
    I will not use a Double Entry accounting program, the Linux boys have already tried to get me to do that.....
    nope! Quicken dials into the banks I use, downloads everything, and puts it in the right Categories....
    no muss, no fuss, just there for me to take a peek and see if everything is alright.

    I tried "Wine" but it crapped out big time, won't load the Win apps at all.
  21. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    There's a free AV only version without the other features.
  22. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Android Expert

    This doesn't inspire me with confidence.
    The same old tired arguments. I went all-out, full-on cold-turkey 100% Linux on my daily desktop back in 2001. Just decided.if I had to do it, I could do it. Been the best decision I could have made.

    There are Linux versions of most common apps. If no direct replacement, often a Linux replacement is better.

    I hate anything Quicken. Too.expensive and fundamentally broken. GnuCash follows basic accounting principles thousands of years old. My tax account is overjoyed that I use it for our businesses are private finances. And I don't want a bank dialing in and messing with my most critical files. A long-standing conspiracy between banks and Intuit prevents others from offering Quicken's level of integration.

    Oh, well, same old arguments. Bottom line for me is I've found Linux to be easier, more powerful, more reliable and I sure miss it when I have to use something else,
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  23. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Same here, Slackware has been my primary desktop and laptop OS since 2003 at home. Not having to cope with proprietary licensed software on a stable and reliable computer is a great relief. I work at places that have a mix of volume licensed applications with per-seat restrictions tied together with pay-per-core Server services -- license management is a project itself. Windows being Windows it pays the bills but for my personal use there's no reason to unnecessarily complicate things.

    As for Quicken, I just saw Intuit sold it off to some financial firm. Never really saw the attraction to it, and linking a program like that to my bank accounts seems like a high risk issue. It's one thing to use an online accounting service that you trust on its own, and its another thing to just use a program locally and isolated on your own computer, but tying the two together and on a Windows box?
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  24. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    GnuCash, will not download direct from my bank, and that ended the argument.
    Tried it, won't use it.
    and they are not "tired old arguments"... they are current, and Linux will not do what I want, when I want it....
    the replacement apps don't work the same, and that negates their use.
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  25. Jimmy Dev

    Jimmy Dev Lurker

    For PC? if you are using Windows OS then go for Avast. Its one of the best antiviruses. I also use this..
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