Solved free or paid best antivirus choices

February 18, 2014 at 11:45:49
Specs: windows 8, i7 4820k/ 4gb two 2gb sticks
Whats the best antivirus software i can get for my pc that is user friendly and isnt quite so obnoxious. Free would be best but ill pay if i have to

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#1
February 18, 2014 at 13:04:09
✔ Best Answer
Check out this article:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,281...

Personally, I like Malwarebytes for a free program, and have had good experiences with McAfee and Norton (paid versions).


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#2
February 18, 2014 at 14:10:40
I use MSE with Windows firewall & a strong password on my router.
Go to any Malware forum & no matter what AV was installed, they got infected.

It is up to the User not to ignore the warning message, no more Click, Click.
Google the EXACT message if you don't understand it.

Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE )
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...

Change the Default Password on a Network Router
http://compnetworking.about.com/od/...

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#3
February 18, 2014 at 14:56:18
What is the obnoxious AV that you are using? That would be a good yardstick for us.

Microsoft Security Essentials and Bitdefender are both unobtrusive. Avast used to be but I gather that the latest version produces annoying popups.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
February 18, 2014 at 15:48:11
mmm I'm running Avast on my Mac (one of them at least) and it doesn't produce popups etc. But it does slightly slow down initial access to Yahoo messenger - when that opens up.

And on my elderly/olde… Acer Aspire with XP-Pro it definitely takes a while to check for and install latest definitions at logon… But haven't noticed any popups there either. Also have M$ SE on the Acer and it runs fine - as Derek comments almost invisible; and no conflicts with Avast either.

Bitdefender freebie is sitting alongside Avast on my Mac and no conflicts between the twe either.


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#5
February 18, 2014 at 17:10:36
trvlr
"it does slightly slow down initial access to Yahoo messenger (Avast)"
Maybe because it is handling all your email. There is a school of thought that says this feature is unnecessary and can/should be switched off:
http://thundercloud.net/infoave/tut...
EDIT:
I note Outlook Express being mentioned in the above so the origin must be old. Having said that I still generally subscribe to the view given. MSE does not do this.

"haven't noticed any popups (Avast)"
Only something I'd read in the past. Just Googled and found this:
http://www.getavast.net/disable-pop...

It's general considered that running two A/V's in the background at the same time risks conflictions but maybe you can sometimes get away with it. Having an A/V with something else on demand (such as MalwareBytes) is a different matter of-course.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
February 18, 2014 at 17:45:04
Derek: I think that first ref - email scanning - is a good read, and the emailnreferences and recommendations made do sound valid. I did drop Avast scanning option recently when I found it completely blocked/disabled access to Outlook 2011 on my Mac. Contacted Avast support and they are in discussions with me about it. I use a bt pop3 account - allows access via the web, and of course is enabled in Outlook as such.

The only pop up I get in Avast are to say definitions updated, or advising it's found/blocked something (usually dodgy emails in my spam bos(e) as they arrive there. Those latter popups are now less though since i disabled mail scanning; not that spam arrive into my Outlook spam folder - but may in the Apple mail system equivalent...

I agree re' two virus utils may often conflict - as like you I've read assorted reports to that effect. Sophos claim they can coexist with most happily; and I think someone here a wee while back advised they ran M$ SE and Avast together with no problems...

fiw... I have those two on my elderly Acer and they do appear to be quite happy together,,,?

Since you pointed me to Malwarebytes and adwcleaner they have become de-rigeur for me; and are now successfully in use on a friends garage workshop pc that was serioulsy junked up... Will be running junkware removal too - as per johnw' posts.

Also taking my brother through the same routines... as one of his family laptops is serioulsy junked and slow.

Incidentally Sophos doesn't like Chrome in some situations, especially with some versions of Flash - as used in some chat rooms. I have a chum who was having problems in that regard, and when he disabled Sophos he could use the chat system/room he wanted. Sophos was replaced by Avast as a result...

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#7
February 18, 2014 at 17:56:38
Thanks - interesting reading.

As you probably know, if you are keeping your XP, MS are now going to provide the MSE package and updates available until June 2015. I rather fancy Bitdefender for my XP when the time comes.

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#8
February 19, 2014 at 03:18:43
Mmm.. Wasn't aware of that June 2015 MSE date... Much appreciated snippet - tak...

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#9
May 17, 2014 at 10:49:57
Microsoft has removed the download links for Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP, even though they claim to support it until July 2015.

There are two ways on how to get it, utilize the Wayback Machine, see my how-to here (Pay attention to whether you need the x86 32-bit installer or AMD x64 installer!):

http://www.computing.net/howtos/show/how-to-download-microsoft-security-essentials-mse-after-april-8-2014/912.html

Alternate method: you can download it directly from my FTP; I knew this day was coming so I archived the files in advance. Simply install and update from within the interface:

http://sdfox7.com/mse.htm

http://sdfox7.com


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#10
May 17, 2014 at 11:50:28
Also get latest XP version (4.4.304) here:
http://filehippo.com/download_secur...

EDIT:
I've found FileHippo to be a trustworthy site.

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