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Old 11-07-2014, 09:58 PM
 
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I am going to be changing my antivirus in five days. I have McAfee, but for a renewal now they want close to $90 for two computers for Total Protection. Can any one suggest a better one for less? Thank you,
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:47 AM
 
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Tbh Windows defender is fairly good. You should also check your routers diagnostic settings as many of them *esp sonicwalls* have good anti virus software built into them.
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Old 11-08-2014, 01:06 PM
 
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Norton Internet Security. Check pricing on Amazon.

Been using it for years and as far as I'm concerned it is the best available.
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:51 PM
 
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Test antivirus software for Windows 7 - August 2014 | AV-TEST

The Microsoft solution mentioned earlier gets a top score in usability. It also scores a perfect zero in protection.
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Old 11-09-2014, 02:56 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Test antivirus software for Windows 7 - August 2014 | AV-TEST

The Microsoft solution mentioned earlier gets a top score in usability. It also scores a perfect zero in protection.
I just ordered a Toshiba Satellite from Best Buy, that comes with six months of Kaspersky Internet Security. It looks pretty good in that article. Does anybody think I need anything else?
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Old 11-09-2014, 04:18 AM
 
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I'm not an expert but I guess just lucky in that I've had very few virus and the like in the 20 or so years I've used them.

I have used AVG free for years, AVAST (was OK), AVIRA (lately and so far is OK) , and occasionally even MS (briefly so little real feedback) with adequate results...each was copiously aided by common sense. There are others that look good too.

Don't forget Malwarebytes.

Try this site AV-Comparatives Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software » AV-Comparatives
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:11 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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Test antivirus software for Windows 7 - August 2014 | AV-TEST

The Microsoft solution mentioned earlier gets a top score in usability. It also scores a perfect zero in protection.
Hehe, so bad, eh?

Anyway, I use it in combination with Malwarebytes (the premium version), but the latter behaves strangely since their big update. It starts despite my saying it should not start with Windows in the context menu. It doesn't start immediately with Windows, but at some time later during the day, for no reason I can think of. And it keeps saying Malicious Website Protection disabled, fixing it doesn't work.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:36 AM
 
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Strange, yesterday I did a little research, trying to find out what is the best solution at the moment. And I came across a recent statement made by a MS spokesman who, confronted with the abysmal results for their Security Essentials in tests, basically said people should go and buy a professional suite because the MS suite is not meant to provide good protection, just very basic protection. How embarrassing is that for one of the richest companies on the planet. After many years they still don't manage to make a good antivirus to protect people using their vulnerable operating system

So I downloaded Kaspersky, which it seems is the best. The odd thing is, after a full scan it found not a single issue or threat. Since I only had the MS crap until now and complimentary Malwarebytes (which I read doesn't really protect well, it is good at removing stuff after infection), I thought my computer must be full of viruses etc. But nothing. So how does that fit together with the statement of that MS guy?!

Now I am wondering if it is worth spending money on Kaspersky when I have not caught anything with MS Security Essentials, either...
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Old 11-12-2014, 01:05 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Strange, yesterday I did a little research, trying to find out what is the best solution at the moment. And I came across a recent statement made by a MS spokesman who, confronted with the abysmal results for their Security Essentials in tests, basically said people should go and buy a professional suite because the MS suite is not meant to provide good protection, just very basic protection. How embarrassing is that for one of the richest companies on the planet. After many years they still don't manage to make a good antivirus to protect people using their vulnerable operating system

So I downloaded Kaspersky, which it seems is the best. The odd thing is, after a full scan it found not a single issue or threat. Since I only had the MS crap until now and complimentary Malwarebytes (which I read doesn't really protect well, it is good at removing stuff after infection), I thought my computer must be full of viruses etc. But nothing. So how does that fit together with the statement of that MS guy?!

Now I am wondering if it is worth spending money on Kaspersky when I have not caught anything with MS Security Essentials, either...
They're not an AV vendor. And all operating systems are vulnerable. In fact, all software are vulnerable. But technically speaking, a vulnerable OS isn't a prerequisite for a malicious software to work. Not defending MS at all, but this is like blaming a car maker because accidents continues to happen.

Having these controls lessens your risk of loss. Of course, this is just one control. Your surfing habits is another. And just because risk is present, it doesn't mean you will automatically be exposed. I've never had my home robbed, but I'm not going to stop locking my doors either.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:17 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I am going to be changing my antivirus in five days. I have McAfee, but for a renewal now they want close to $90 for two computers for Total Protection. Can any one suggest a better one for less? Thank you,
I have used Avast! Free for about the past 10 years on two systems with no problems. Prior to that AVG free for a few years, then the pay for version for a year (or two?), but it got "klugy" and confusing... Quit using McAfee over 15 years ago...

So does that mean I've saved over $1,300 by quitting McAfee when I couldn't figure out in advance what is was going to cost me?
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