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#1
Name kinda says it all. I'm looking around for the "best" antivirus/malware/spyware program that won't give me issues or use too much resources. I tried Avast! for a while but just kinda, bogged stuff down.
 
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#3
Bitdefender free is very good and completely automated and in the background. Occasionally use malwarebytes as an additional scan. I use this combo on my HTPC.

that said, Avast shouldnt be bogging you down. Ive used it for ten years, from back in the 2gb RAM days, and its never slowed things down.
 

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#4
+1 for Avast but I also love bitdefender Iv used and currently have the paid for both. I have to say Avast is odd though I think bitdefender is way more heavy. I've used avast since like version 2 and back when it was blue not orange its always worked great.
 
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mse/defender
mbam
sas
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#6
Has Microsoft Security Essentials improved much? I used it two years ago and it just didn't pick up things in my old rig.
 

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#8
So I just plopped in Bitdefender and so far so good. I'll give it a little time and run MSE on my laptop.
 
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#10
I think MSE is on the level of other AV programs.
It is nice because it doesn't lag my computer up.
Has Microsoft Security Essentials improved much? I used it two years ago and it just didn't pick up things in my old rig.
 
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I use Avira+Comodo Firewall+some custom hosts file+some common sense+ghostery addon + no play for scripts=light+free...
 
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Another Avira user here.
 
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I was using avast aswell,but then i understand that I dont need antivirus program,have no issues for 4y now without any antivirus programs.
 
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From what you know...it is not healthy to stay without av on pc/smartphone, like it is not healthy to walk shoeless on street, even if it is summer...
 
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#15
using avira too ,after having problems with avast and using for a lot avg i find avira to be much light and no problems so far xd.
 

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#16
When I read the thread title, I intended to walk in here and tell you the best security can be offered by a trusty twelve gauge.

Then I saw AV, and recommend all the free ones; Avira, Avast, AVG, whatever. Anything except Norton and McAffee are pretty reliable in fairness.
 
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#17
Avira has one of the best Real-world protection of free products.
I would recommend to use Avira with Malawarebyts and EMET. Perhaps the best combo u can have for free.
 
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#18
I like avira but their ads were getting way too annoying. I'm using Avast now.
 
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MSE user here
 
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#20
you can compare those AV-products here any of those isnt free, but I bet it will help you decide
 
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#21
MSE and Malwarebytes are great. If you want a little extra you can try the new Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit.

If you feel like you have to pay for one then go with Bitdefender. Its tough as nails. Avast is a close second.
 
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#22
I use comodo internet security works well for me :)
 
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#23
Running for the last three years AVG Free with Malwarebytes Anti-malware. No issues.

MSE is a close second but I believe WinXP support has been pulled for it [if anyone is running XP still].
 
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#24
Days of AV being relevant are dwindling - they all work to a certain degree. I use MSE and Malware Bytes like a ton of folk here. Frankly the best AV or anti-exploit strategy is to not be naive on the web or with attachments.

TBH, last hack i had wasn't even from my side..... It was that Ebay slip up that happened. Most hacks these days are from phishing and socially engineered exploits, using peoples lack of common sense against them. I might have been on a site that might have flashed up a "The Police have seized your info and you need to proceed to 'x' to pay a fine" message. I used Task Manager to kill Firefox but i can see people panicking and clicking the dialogue box that it kindly opens for you. In fact, I know folk at work that have done that, tee hee. I shouldn't laugh at the less savvy but it is amusing when people come into work saying things like their company has 100 adverts when they boot up and all you can think of is, "how's your wrist?"

Net's not as dangerous as it used to be. Unless you're just plain negligent.
 
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#25
Days of AV being relevant are dwindling - they all work to a certain degree. I use MSE and Malware Bytes like a ton of folk here. Frankly the best AV or anti-exploit strategy is to not be naive on the web or with attachments.

TBH, last hack i had wasn't even from my side..... It was that Ebay slip up that happened. Most hacks these days are from phishing and socially engineered exploits, using peoples lack of common sense against them. I might have been on a site that might have flashed up a "The Police have seized your info and you need to proceed to 'x' to pay a fine" message. I used Task Manager to kill Firefox but i can see people panicking and clicking the dialogue box that it kindly opens for you. In fact, I know folk at work that have done that, tee hee. I shouldn't laugh at the less savvy but it is amusing when people come into work saying things like their company has 100 adverts when they boot up and all you can think of is, "how's your wrist?"

Net's not as dangerous as it used to be. Unless you're just plain negligent.
Java hit and runs are still very nasty and they do not reply on you clicking anything. You just have to get the wrong ad on a legit site and BOOM you are infected.