Anti virus recommendations… to replace MS Suite…?

December 20, 2013 at 14:25:04
Specs: windows 7, ???
Hi chaps/chapesses…

Need to get your feelings re' M$ Security Essential package - which seems now to be flagging somewhat. Found this article as a result of some minor research re’ M$ - what it does (or used to…); and to direct my brother to. But the article below has me seriously rethinking my initial advice to him - and also my own reliance on the M$ util…

http://www.howtogeek.com/173291/

and it's “most interesting” to say the least…

There are quite a few hits out there pointing out that M$ is no-longer what it was…

When M$ util first arrived it was generally well regarded, but as the above article shows - that apparently ain’t quite so anymore…?

My main reason though is my brother is looking to replace Avast (freebie) with something else. He has had some problems with it affecting Outlook 2012 functions (specifically outgoing mail - it was preventing it…). We both used Kaspersky in days of yore; but it became top heavy; and also had some minor problems with some versions of Windows…

I was going to suggest the M$ util but having serious doubts now… Having recently installed Sophos freebie alongside the M$ util (they co-exist happily) I found that Sophos detected and stopped a couple of items which M$ didn't. And when a full scan was run with M$ it failed to find two/three pests which Sophos did find...

I seem to recall that several of the cognoscenti (olde timers…) are very keen on Bitdefender…; and also Malwarebytes?

Would you chaps/chapesses be inclined towards installing Bitdefender, and would you also install Malwarebytes too (both freebie versions…)?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated… as I’d like to ensure my brother’s kit is reasonably secure of course; and also the laptops of his wife and daughter…

I run mostly Mac OS (Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion) these days; but do have XP-Pro and Win-7 systems too; one or the other on each of my Macs (boot-camp and/or Parallels installations); and an elderly Acer Aspire running XP-Pro. Have currently Sophos alongside M$ util on the XP systems, but may now drop M$ and replace with Bitdefender at least… Sophos freebie for Mac OS has also been rather useful to date. It detected, and disabled/quarantined and then removed two/three Trojans; these came in via “junk” mail.

The emails carrying them were not actually “opened” fully; but I did click on/highlight one/two of them in the list of messages - as of course they were (apparently) from bona-fide senders; Amazon being one at least…

That alone is now enuff to activate the beggars; at the least to drop them into the system…Whereas not so long ago one had to open the email, click on a link or whatever within it; and then the beggars dropped and activated…

There was a discussion re’ this change in tactics a little while ago on a BBC consumer programme; it was dealing with bank fraud… and junk/phishing/scam emails etc. The chap they rolled in to discuss/advise clearly acknowledged that now one doesn’t have to actually open one of these emails - merely click on it… His advice was to simply dump them - without actually highlighting/click on them… The baddies are getting even badder/nastier…

Thank you chaps/chapesses...


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December 20, 2013 at 14:37:25
Go to any Malware forum & it won't matter what AV you have installed, you will find they all have got infected. It is up to the USER to avoid getting infected, the less messages the better.

Malware Prevention
http://www.malwarevault.com/prevent...
"There is no magic involved. The majority of malware is installed by the user themselves"
What's that message mean? click, click.

I install Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE ) & Windows firewall on every comp I work on.
With W8, keep it simple & just stick to the default programs.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/9be...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/bes...
http://www.microsoft.com/security_e...
http://www.microsoft.com/security_e...
System requirements
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/secu...
Check list for installing Microsoft Security Essentials
http://experts.windows.com/w/expert...
Can Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE ) protect me from online banking and shopping.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...
If you choose to use Security Essentials, please follow the steps in this thread first, especially the part about removing all existing realtime antimalware:
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?pag...

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