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Time to renew my anti virus or go elsewhere?

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by Techtu, Jan 3, 2012.

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Which do you use?

  1. Avast

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    27.3%
  2. AVG

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  3. Bit Defender

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  4. Kaspersky

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    18.2%
  5. McAfee

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  6. Microsoft Security Essentials

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    36.4%
  7. NOD32

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    18.2%
  8. Panda

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  9. Norton

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  10. Webroot

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  11. Other, Please Specify

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  1. Techtu

    Techtu

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    Just want to know what I'm asking in the title, I currently have McAfee 2011, an was curious to yes and no's to why I should keep or even change from this?
  2. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    We use mcafee at work and it sucks something fierce! We tested a infected thumb drive on my personal laptop using free AVG and our company's up to date mcafee and mcafee would not detect the virus.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  3. AthlonX2

    AthlonX2 HyperVtX™

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    Microsoft Security Essentials best free AV.
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  4. cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    I just don't do things to get virus's been working great since 09.
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    +1
    Been using for over a year now without any problems.
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    kenkickr

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    +1 to this one. Avast Home(Free) is pretty good.

    Working in PC repair I see people that purchase AV software just to get infected over and over. If your a rambling browser type of person, or like to save money for goodies:D, then I'd say save your money and go free.
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  7. Crap Daddy

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    another +1. Avast free is also pretty OK but MSE is very discreet and efficient.
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  8. Paulieg

    Paulieg The Mad Moderator Staff Member

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    This. MSE works really well. Not worth spending money on any AV these days.
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    Damn...this is the quickest consensus I have ever seen on TPU. I think this should answer your question OP.

    Oh, and +1 to MSE. :toast:
  10. Techtu

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    Look's like I'll be saving a couple of pennies then.

    Thanks for the quick replies guy's <3
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    DRDNA

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    Yes Sir, MSE is probably the best free option there is and maybe one of the best period.
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    I run Microsoft Security Essentials x64 (and btw the beta version) and it's awesome. Gets updated frequently and it's pretty fine, not a resource hog at all. It gives false positives every now and then but it's not critical. It always warns you so if it deletes something you can always restore it.


    Another good option for those who don't need real time protection is Windows Defender Offline by MS.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2484061&postcount=86

    It gets updated and it's totally free, effective and has bootable cd/usb option. You can just put it on usb boot with it and run it on infected machine.
  13. digibucc

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    never renew unless it is consistently rated the best. if it's an every year thing anyway, you should be looking for the best every year. from reviews and ratings, Bit-Defender was the best last year, i've been using since november and i do like it. simple and to the point, does the job.

    I don't agree with MSE, simply because of how often I use and what I do on my computer. I did try just using MSE, but had multiple infections over that week long period, which is when i bought BitDefender.

    If you are going free, I agree MSE is best - no other will do automatic updates and scanning for free - but if you can afford a subscription, a paid av(not all, only 2-3 are any good) will be better than MSE, imo.
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    expired Kaspersky does me just fine. no updates but scans like normal... been like this for a year or so
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    Don't think it's a good idea.
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    I know, but if you hardly download or never visit dodgy websites it blocks most things
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  17. qubit

    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

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    Yeah, McAfee is sh*t, as others have said on here. Just read any a/v review roundup and you'll see this. I cancelled my sub with them years ago and never looked back. How such a big company manages to be so rubbish for years and stay in business beats me.

    I use Kaspersky Internet Security and it works great. It's highly configurable, very effective at picking up nasties, doesn't take too many system resources and is very reasonably priced. You can now get the "booster edition" with extra utilities from Amazon for a mere £18 - and that includes a 3 PC 1 year licence. On top of that, you can try it for 30 days for free by downloading it off the Kaspersky website, here.

    If you want to go the free route, then Microsoft's MSE is worth a go.
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    theubersmurf New Member

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    Malwarebytes is excellent and you never have to renew once you buy. You do have to buy a license for each computer you use it on, but the licenses themselves are about 25.00 U.S.D. and usually you can find a discount on the site.
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    My personal top three AV with their verdict and quirk :

    MSE : Seems to have good detection rate, average false positive, slow on scanning folder with a lot of exe, even on 2600K@4.5GHz, tested with latest version and update (which means it's been like that since the first release).
    Avira : Fast, real time folder scanning is fast even with lots of exe, but paranoid AV with high rate of false positive, though I have not tested recent version.
    Avast : Fast, maybe a bit below avira, very low false positive, real time guard lag is unnoticeable. Install and forget AV, my personal favorite and what I use now.
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    I'm with this, that being said I have Avast free, peace of mind and all that.
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    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    McAfee is terrible on the resources. Switch to Kaspersky.
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    Solaris17 Creator Solaris Utility DVD

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    I use Avast IS and install Avast free on PC's I work on. MSE is good too imo. My personal fav is Avast.
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    I personally use NOD32, it's not heavy on resources and finds almost everything :)
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Do you still get annoying ads when using Avast?

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