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Antivirus software choices
I've used AVG for years and while I like it, it can be an annoying memory hog. Even for components I don't have on (like phishing) those components are still on and still hogging.

So I'm shopping around (ie procrastinating actually working) and trying to find a replacement. I don't use "free" antivirus because nothing related to the internet is free. If you aren't the consumer, you're the product.

- TrendMicro's Titanium - huge marks on various tests (their Android version is also highly recommended)
- Bitdefender - decent marks but well loved (I like their "sphere" version which allows unlimited installs, including Android, for the life of the contract)

Any others?

Any recommendations?

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09-12-2013 10:11 AM
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(09-12-2013 10:11 AM)PaulaO2 Wrote:  I've used AVG for years and while I like it, it can be an annoying memory hog. Even for components I don't have on (like phishing) those components are still on and still hogging.

So I'm shopping around (ie procrastinating actually working) and trying to find a replacement. I don't use "free" antivirus because nothing related to the internet is free. If you aren't the consumer, you're the product.

- TrendMicro's Titanium - huge marks on various tests (their Android version is also highly recommended)
- Bitdefender - decent marks but well loved (I like their "sphere" version which allows unlimited installs, including Android, for the life of the contract)

Any others?

Any recommendations?

McAfee but it isn't free.
09-12-2013 10:58 AM
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When I used McAfee, I got more spam email from them and more popups than I was willing to tolerate. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

My brother is a fan of Norton but it has let several viruses through.

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(09-12-2013 11:32 AM)PaulaO2 Wrote:  When I used McAfee, I got more spam email from them and more popups than I was willing to tolerate. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

My brother is a fan of Norton but it has let several viruses through.

Hmmm.....I don't get anything from McAfee. I have popups turned off on my laptop so I don't get any of those either. Lot of ppl like Norton....I am not one of them lol

Hope you find a good solution.
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Microsoft Security Essentials is now my favorite anti-stupid people program. It is free and it does work good.
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"Anti stupid people" - I love it! LOL Now, if only I could carry one in my pocket or as a badge on my shirt. It could repel all the stupid people around me.

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(09-12-2013 12:08 PM)Sevensox Wrote:  Microsoft Security Essentials is now my favorite anti-stupid people program. It is free and it does work good.
Lee

Ditto to MSE. Works great and is free!!!!
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I use Bitdefender on my Win 8 laptop as well as my Mac (yes I use AV on my Mac because of all the Windoze users who send me stuff). On the laptop I also run Malware bytes which works quite well with the Bitdefender. Microsoft Security Essentials is still pretty good especially for free.
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I have MalwareBytes and Spybot. But they only run when I do the once a month checks.

On my browser I run an addon called Self-Destructing Cookies. I heart that one muchly.

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This is one of those things where if you ask 10 people you'll get 11 different answers. Having said that, I personally use Avast!. Yes, it has an exclamation mark in its name and it's not that I love it that much Smile Well, actually, I do. The free version is limited but does what I need and does it well. I've been using it for several years. For a fee you can upgrade.

At the end of the day they can all be defeated. I think it just depends on the particular attack and which anti-virus programs the attacker took counter measures against.

On a related note, I just set up a computer at my parents' house and am trying to teach them. My biggest challenge will be teaching them how to protect themselves from attacks in the first place: knowing how to spot suspicious messages, not clicking on e-mails that you aren't expecting and don't recognize, not installing things from untrusted websites, not filling out forms on untrusted websites, not following links but instead typing in URLs directly, etc. ... on second thought, maybe I should've gotten them a typewriter.
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