Good antivirus/malware software - which one?

August 15, 2011 at 06:59:08
Specs: Windows XP, 3.0 Mhz/4GB
On my PC (Windows XP Pro, 2 TB HD, 4 GB RAM) I currently have the following free antivirus/malware programs installed:

- Avira Anti-Vir
- Microsoft Security Essentials
- Panda Cloud Anitvirus
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

My PC recently got infected with the fake Windows XP Security Virus, so I try to be extra cautious. MS Security Essentials and Panda are the latest one's I have installed, but I noticed that my PC is runing consideably slower.

I have read a lot of good things about ACG and Avast as well, thought I would throw this question out there:

Can anyone recommend a good combination of software that will give my PC good proetection without sacrificing speed and usage? My gut felling right now is to install Avast free, keep Malwarebytes, and uninstall the 3 others (Avira, Panda, Windows Essentials). ANY SUGGESTIONS/COMMENTS?


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#1
August 15, 2011 at 07:08:08
You don't want more than one decent security program, they will conflict and, as you've noticed, slow down your machine. Avast is well-rated these days as is MSE, but not together, so remove all except one of them. You can keep Malwarebytes with whatever you choose as it is a complementary security program - it does things differently.

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#2
August 15, 2011 at 07:27:35
Thank you, JohnR. Any suggestions on Avast vs. MSE?

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#3
August 15, 2011 at 08:09:59
avira is really weak, I would suggest you unload that and MSE which is not too good either and just using Avast free:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_a...

This is my line-up:
1- Avast
2- Spyware Blaster
3- Malwarebytes
4- WinPatrol
5- Threatfire
6- Windows Firewall

They are all free and work great together.

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#4
August 15, 2011 at 08:25:58
Thanks. Why Spywareblaster, WinPatrol, and Threatfire in addition to Mawarebytes and Avast? I am curious since I don't want to sacrifice too much speed but do want the best protection.

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#5
August 15, 2011 at 08:34:45
they all find and protect different things. You have 4GB of ram, I'm sure you won't be sacrificing speed.
There is not ONE AV that will stop all viruses, spyware, etc. The above all work well together.

I install that combo on almost ALL of my clients PC's and then I'm like the Maytag Repair Man...I don't many calls for help after I'm done.

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#6
August 15, 2011 at 08:45:45
Thanks! Will try these. I also have Auslogics BoostSpeed. I believe it is a registry optimizer with some other features - any experienice with it?

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#7
August 15, 2011 at 09:42:45
in my opinion, NONE of the registry booster programs are worth anything....using winpatrol you can remove startup programs easily, all you really have to run at startup is your AV and your scheduler...all other items will work fine and don't have to run at startup.

You may also want to use Ccleaner slim:
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...
run the cleaner and remove all it finds and then run the registry icon on Ccleaner and remove all the redundant registry items that are missing, etc.

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#8
August 15, 2011 at 12:33:13
I would recomend a lil different s/w Combination :-
Avast Free antivirus+Comodo Firewall+SuperAntispyware+Malwarevytes+Usb Disk Security= Complete Protection

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#9
August 15, 2011 at 12:46:37
I used Comodo for awhile and found it extremely nagging....the new windows firewall works extremely well and I don't see a use for comodo any more.

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