Solved Opinions/comments on Staples proprietary anti-virus, SOPHOS?

April 30, 2015 at 16:20:59
Specs: Windows 7
I recently had my computer "tuned-up" at Staples and they immediately knocked my Norton 360 and pushed hard (commission sales???) several times for me to buy their proprietary anti-virus SOPHOS. No way am I going to give in to a sales pitch, I'm more interested in a Certified Geek's opinion. Comments anyone? Greatly appreciated!

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#1
April 30, 2015 at 17:29:00
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Sophos is a well known name. Most of the helpers here don't use either, finding various free AV's quite adequate. Watch out for a storm of helpers excluding themselves from that comment LOL.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
April 30, 2015 at 22:46:22
I use the AV & firewall that comes with W7 > Microsoft Security Essentials.

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#3
May 1, 2015 at 05:48:20
I'm fully anticipating a "storm of helpers" (Staples employees perhaps?)! I'm hesitant to consider anything "free" since I would question the quality and reliabiltiy. Do you personally recommend a free AV that you have been satisfied with in the past? Thank you for your time.

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#4
May 1, 2015 at 07:30:02
Everyone seems to have their favorite so you'll be getting varying opinions. I've used most of the freebies at one time or another - AVAST, AVG, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), etc. Although a lot of helpers in these forums seem to prefer AVAST, I was never a fan. AVG was my go-to until it became overly bloated, so I switched to MSE. I used that for several years when I was running XP & for a while with Win7, until an infection "got past the goalie". I then settled on BitDefender Free Edition & have been running it ever since. It's extremely light on system resources & so far, I haven't had any issues.

http://www.bitdefender.com/solution...


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#5
May 1, 2015 at 10:31:03
As often as not what you get from the "paid for" versions is largely support. The free versions still catch (or do not catch) nasties at the same rate. Many AV website give a comparison with their Free -v- Pro versions. As I have not needed support for over 15 years I never pay for an AV.

Whatever you opt for it will still let certain things through - no one package catches them all. You still have to use ADWCleaner and Junkware Removal Tool to remove browser malware, which few AV's seem to catch. MalwareBytes free version is handy if anything else gets through, so maybe if you want to shell out money their real-time version is worth a thought..

To a large extent being a safe browser is still top of the pile. Not picking up pre-checked goodies (often download with free programs and Apps for this that and the other), also watching out for scams. Avoiding websites that have reputation for malware and viruses helps and Google is your friend.

Nobody is immune but I'd bet most helpers on this and similar computer forums collect less nasties than the average user - also they are more likely to spot them quickly, which helps. My AV is Windows Defender (Win8 version of MSE) but to my mind you need more than an AV in your armoury.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
May 1, 2015 at 14:15:45
Go to any Malware forums & no matter what AV they have installed, they got infected.

Most users get confused with messages from their AV/Security programs & instead of googling the message, they click, click.

A lot of programs, now give you the choice to install toolbars & other during the install. Either uncheck these items during install, or use Custom install. No more click, click during an install, you have to read after each click.

WARNING: CNET Download.com downloads now come bundled with opt-out crapware and toolbars ( Same applies to Softonic & Brothersoft )
http://www.groovypost.com/unplugged...

I use Softpedia & FreewareFiles.com, they make you aware what Ad-supported programs the author of the program has included.
http://win.softpedia.com/index.free...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/new_fi...
Sample pages
http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD...
First and foremost, extra attention needs to be paid during installation as ImgBurn offers to create desktop shortcuts to third-party apps, as well as install a browser toolbar onto the host computer, which are not required to ensure the smooth running of the app.
SS of above.
http://i.imgur.com/jgGYNsP.gif
http://i.imgur.com/rqSpp1e.gif
This is what ImgBurn tries to install.
http://i.imgur.com/ms4DzE9.gif
http://i.imgur.com/vVkd39a.gif
http://i.imgur.com/rqFVaHs.gif
http://i.imgur.com/sm1T7h6.gif
http://i.imgur.com/vhkKLYo.gif

Use Unchecky to help prevent these third party installs. Nothing is perfect, the badies are always ahead of the goodies, so be vigilant.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Unchec...
http://unchecky.com/
A reliable application that aims to protect your computer against third-party components often offered during software installations.


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