• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Best security for free.

Joined
Apr 10, 2010
Messages
1,677 (0.59/day)
Likes
300
Location
London
System Name Jaspe
Processor i7 7800X 4.3Ghz
Motherboard MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
Cooling Silverstone Tundra Lite
Memory 16Gb Corsair 3200mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 1080 SC
Storage PNY M.2 480GB Crucial M500 WD Velociraptor
Display(s) AOC Q2778VQE
Case In Win GRone
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Antec Signature 650
Software Windows 10 Home
#26
I've been using Avira for some time now; AVG has become bloatware.
 

Solaris17

Creator Solaris Utility DVD
Joined
Aug 16, 2005
Messages
19,377 (4.27/day)
Likes
6,291
Location
Florida
System Name Venslar
Processor I9 7980XE
Motherboard MSI x299 Tomahawk Arctic
Cooling EKWB L360 R2.0
Memory 32GB Corsair DDR4 3000mhz
Video Card(s) Gigabyte 1080TI
Storage 2x SG 3TB HDDs (RAID 0) | 1x ADATA 128 SSD (Cache) | 1x Drevo 256 SSD | 1x 1TB Samsung 850 EVO (OS)
Display(s) 3x AOC Q2577PWQ (2k IPS)
Case Inwin 303 White (Thermaltake Ring 120mm Purple accent)
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC 1220 on Audio-Technica ATH-AG1
Power Supply Seasonic 1050W Snow
Mouse Roccat Tyon White
Keyboard Ducky Shine 6 Snow White
Software Windows 10 x64 Pro
#27
Nice! we made it to page 2 I've been waiting for TPUs 2014 AV security audit.
 

icmk

New Member
Joined
Jul 4, 2014
Messages
8 (0.01/day)
Likes
2
#28
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.
MSE works fine and I use it on a couple of my machines but it only has a signature based scanner and a behaviour blocking module. Top of the line antimalware nowadays usually include some form of cloud-based/crowd-sourced black/white list that can respond faster to threats.

I been using Panda Cloud AV Free for a few years on my main desktop without too many problems (I don't know of an AV that doesn't cause a problem or 2 if you use it long and hard enough, it's a nature of the beast), a recent upgrade seems to have caused the occasional slowdown but things are improving and definitely worth a look.

Note that most malwares are pretty tame if they cannot run with ADMIN privileges and web-borne drive-bys don't work without scripting.
 
Joined
May 13, 2010
Messages
4,437 (1.58/day)
Likes
1,621
System Name RemixedBeast
Processor Intel i5 3570K @ 3.4Ghz
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Pro3
Cooling Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo
Memory 16GB Corsair XMS3
Video Card(s) EVGA Nvidia GTX 650 Ti SSC 1GB
Storage 1.5TB Seagate/128GB Samsung 840
Display(s) Samsung SyncMaster P2350 23in @ 1920x1080 + LG Flatron 19in Widescreen 1440x900
Case Antec Three Hundred Two
Audio Device(s) Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 // Fiio E7 Amp/DAC
Power Supply 620w Antec High Current Gamer HCG-620M
Mouse Logitech G700s/G502
Keyboard Logitech K740
Software Windows Server 2012 x64 Standard
Benchmark Scores Network: APs: Cisco Meraki MR32, Ubiquiti Unifi AP-AC-LR and Lite, Ligowave NFT-3AC
#29
Common Sense 2014 Enterprise edition
 
Joined
Jun 28, 2014
Messages
1,686 (1.30/day)
Likes
1,215
Location
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia USA
System Name Home Brewed
Processor i9-7900X and i7-7700K
Motherboard MSI X299 Gaming M7-ACK & ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/ac
Cooling Kraken X41 & Thermaltake Water 3.0
Memory 64GB DDR4-3000 GSKill RipJaws-V & 32GB DDR4-3200GSKill RipJaws-V
Video Card(s) 2X-GTX-1080 SLI & 2 GTX-1070 8GB G1 Gaming in SLI
Storage Both have 2TB HDDs for storage, 480GB SSDs for OS, and 240GB SSDs for Steam Games
Display(s) ACER 28" B286HK 4K & Samsung 32" 1080P
Case NZXT Source 540 & Rosewill Rise Chassis
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Corsair RM1000 & Corsair RM850
Mouse Generic
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Tournament & Corsair K90
Software Win-10 Professional
Benchmark Scores yes
#30
I used AVAST for years. MSE for a while, and now it's WebRoot SecureAnywhere. While it's not technically free, I bought 6 licences on a Newegg sale for about $20.00

You can get three licences at WalMart for $20.00 all the time.

This works really well and uses very little system resources.
Online JAVA crap doesn't stand a chance while using this.
 
Joined
Oct 12, 2008
Messages
1,588 (0.47/day)
Likes
751
#31
Joined
Jun 28, 2014
Messages
1,686 (1.30/day)
Likes
1,215
Location
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia USA
System Name Home Brewed
Processor i9-7900X and i7-7700K
Motherboard MSI X299 Gaming M7-ACK & ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/ac
Cooling Kraken X41 & Thermaltake Water 3.0
Memory 64GB DDR4-3000 GSKill RipJaws-V & 32GB DDR4-3200GSKill RipJaws-V
Video Card(s) 2X-GTX-1080 SLI & 2 GTX-1070 8GB G1 Gaming in SLI
Storage Both have 2TB HDDs for storage, 480GB SSDs for OS, and 240GB SSDs for Steam Games
Display(s) ACER 28" B286HK 4K & Samsung 32" 1080P
Case NZXT Source 540 & Rosewill Rise Chassis
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Corsair RM1000 & Corsair RM850
Mouse Generic
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Tournament & Corsair K90
Software Win-10 Professional
Benchmark Scores yes
#32
McAfee antivirus is best for computer, tab and laptops. Many security packs are available on internet. You can download in free.
McAfee went down the tubes a long time ago. Now that Intel owns them, I thought about trying them out again, but I still don't trust the name enough to risk any of my PCs.
 
Joined
Mar 26, 2014
Messages
5,214 (3.74/day)
Likes
3,887
Location
Washington, USA
System Name Volt
Processor i7-4790k
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X Gaming 5
Cooling NZXT Kraken X60
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4x8GB
Video Card(s) MSI GTX1080 Ti Gaming X
Storage 250GB SSD / 3x1TB + 2x2TB HDD
Display(s) 3x AOC 2425W + ViewSonic VA2855Smh + 2x Dell E178FP
Case Phantec Enthoo Pro
Audio Device(s) LucidSound LS30
Power Supply Rosewill Fortress 750w
Mouse G.Skill MX780 RGB
Keyboard G.Skill KM780 RGB (Brown switches)
Software Windows 10 Professional
Benchmark Scores Technical term is PEBCAK issue, which stands for Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard
#33
McAfee antivirus is best for computer, tab and laptops. Many security packs are available on internet. You can download in free.
Actually. It's one of the worst that I've seen. Big, slow, and bulky. You can never remove the dumb thing easily and most uneducated people pay too much for something they know nothing of.
 
Joined
Jun 4, 2013
Messages
165 (0.10/day)
Likes
46
Location
Switzerland
System Name Upgraded Not-So-Silent-Anymore Black Box That Computes
Processor Intel i7-6700k @ 4.4Ghz / 1.24V
Motherboard Asus Sabertooth Z170S
Cooling BeQuiet Dark Rock 3
Memory 2x 8GB 3000Mhz Corsair Vengeance LP (CL15)
Video Card(s) Asus Strix GTX1080
Storage 256GB Samsung 850 Pro / 500GB Samsung 840 Evo / 3TB WD Green
Display(s) 24" Asus PB248Q (1.920x1.200)
Case Fractal Define R3 / 3x 120mm Corsair AF case fans
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar DX
Power Supply Corsair RM750i
Mouse Logitech G700
Keyboard Logitech G710+
Software Windows 10 Professional / Arch Linux Dualboot
#34
I like Avast!. The detection rates are on par with the other top free solutions, system impact is low and - most importantly - you can switch off any and all notifications except for the usual screen when something was found. I like unintrusive software and Avast! is really good at that.
 
Joined
Mar 26, 2014
Messages
5,214 (3.74/day)
Likes
3,887
Location
Washington, USA
System Name Volt
Processor i7-4790k
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X Gaming 5
Cooling NZXT Kraken X60
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4x8GB
Video Card(s) MSI GTX1080 Ti Gaming X
Storage 250GB SSD / 3x1TB + 2x2TB HDD
Display(s) 3x AOC 2425W + ViewSonic VA2855Smh + 2x Dell E178FP
Case Phantec Enthoo Pro
Audio Device(s) LucidSound LS30
Power Supply Rosewill Fortress 750w
Mouse G.Skill MX780 RGB
Keyboard G.Skill KM780 RGB (Brown switches)
Software Windows 10 Professional
Benchmark Scores Technical term is PEBCAK issue, which stands for Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard
#35
So I just put BitDefender on my laptop and it found something that Avast! didn't. A "bit" surprised..
 
Joined
Jun 28, 2014
Messages
1,686 (1.30/day)
Likes
1,215
Location
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia USA
System Name Home Brewed
Processor i9-7900X and i7-7700K
Motherboard MSI X299 Gaming M7-ACK & ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/ac
Cooling Kraken X41 & Thermaltake Water 3.0
Memory 64GB DDR4-3000 GSKill RipJaws-V & 32GB DDR4-3200GSKill RipJaws-V
Video Card(s) 2X-GTX-1080 SLI & 2 GTX-1070 8GB G1 Gaming in SLI
Storage Both have 2TB HDDs for storage, 480GB SSDs for OS, and 240GB SSDs for Steam Games
Display(s) ACER 28" B286HK 4K & Samsung 32" 1080P
Case NZXT Source 540 & Rosewill Rise Chassis
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Corsair RM1000 & Corsair RM850
Mouse Generic
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Tournament & Corsair K90
Software Win-10 Professional
Benchmark Scores yes
#36
I like unintrusive software and Avast! is really good at that.
Agreed, and WebRoot SecureAnywhere is even better. (the best that I've ever used) WalMart has it for three computers at a cost of $19.99 and that's a steal.
 
Joined
May 13, 2010
Messages
4,437 (1.58/day)
Likes
1,621
System Name RemixedBeast
Processor Intel i5 3570K @ 3.4Ghz
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Pro3
Cooling Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo
Memory 16GB Corsair XMS3
Video Card(s) EVGA Nvidia GTX 650 Ti SSC 1GB
Storage 1.5TB Seagate/128GB Samsung 840
Display(s) Samsung SyncMaster P2350 23in @ 1920x1080 + LG Flatron 19in Widescreen 1440x900
Case Antec Three Hundred Two
Audio Device(s) Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 // Fiio E7 Amp/DAC
Power Supply 620w Antec High Current Gamer HCG-620M
Mouse Logitech G700s/G502
Keyboard Logitech K740
Software Windows Server 2012 x64 Standard
Benchmark Scores Network: APs: Cisco Meraki MR32, Ubiquiti Unifi AP-AC-LR and Lite, Ligowave NFT-3AC
#37
I got 40 copies of WSA so if anyone wants a copy I'll be holding a contest soon !!!
 
Joined
Nov 1, 2008
Messages
3,665 (1.09/day)
Likes
953
Location
Vietnam
System Name Gaming System / Laptop / HTPC / Miner
Processor i5 8600K @4.5Ghz / i5 540m / i7 970 / i5 2500k
Motherboard Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming / Acer / Shuttle sx58j3/ P67 Pro 3
Cooling CM Seidon 120 XL / Laptop Cooling / SE-903 / Stock
Memory 16Gb Nighthawk 3000 MHz/ 4GB DDR3 / 16gb DDR3 / 12 GB DDR3
Video Card(s) Colorful 1080Ti / G210m / 7870XT / 2x1060 + 1080
Storage 750G MX300 + 3TB HDDs / 250G Ultra II /250G 850 EVO/ 250gb Mechanical
Display(s) Dell U2515H + Asus VX239H/ 15.6" Laptop Screen / 720p 42" Plasma TV/ None
Case Cooler master HAF 922 / Laptop Case / Corsair Air 240 / Custom
Audio Device(s) On Board Realtek
Power Supply Andyson N700 Titanium / Laptop Power / ACBell 700 W / FSP 850 W
Mouse Logitech G700s
Keyboard CM Quickfire XT (Cherry MX Reds)
Software Windows 10 x64
Benchmark Scores 3DMark Firestrike = xxxxx Timespy = 9097 Heaven = xxxx
#38
Why not just get Kaspersky AV? It's only $5 and works better than every free one I've seen.
 

HammerON

The Watchful Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Mar 2, 2009
Messages
7,458 (2.30/day)
Likes
4,776
Location
Up North
System Name Cruncher / Cruncher 2
Processor i7 6900K / E5 2683 v3
Motherboard X99A Gaming Pro Carbon / ASRock X99 Extreme 4/3.1
Cooling EK Supremacy EVO Elite 2011-3 / EK Supremacy
Memory G.Skill Trident Z 32GB 3200 / G.SKILL Trident Z 16GB 3200
Video Card(s) EVGA 980 Ti Classified / ATI 3650
Storage Samsung 960 Pro 512 GB + Mushkin Reactor 1 TB / OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB
Display(s) Dell UltraSharp U3011 30"
Case Corsair Obsidian 800D / TT Core V51
Audio Device(s) On-board
Power Supply Corsair AX1200 / EVGA 500W
Software Win 10 Pro/ Win 10
Benchmark Scores Always changing~
#40
MSE/Defender.
 
Joined
Jun 28, 2014
Messages
1,686 (1.30/day)
Likes
1,215
Location
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia USA
System Name Home Brewed
Processor i9-7900X and i7-7700K
Motherboard MSI X299 Gaming M7-ACK & ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/ac
Cooling Kraken X41 & Thermaltake Water 3.0
Memory 64GB DDR4-3000 GSKill RipJaws-V & 32GB DDR4-3200GSKill RipJaws-V
Video Card(s) 2X-GTX-1080 SLI & 2 GTX-1070 8GB G1 Gaming in SLI
Storage Both have 2TB HDDs for storage, 480GB SSDs for OS, and 240GB SSDs for Steam Games
Display(s) ACER 28" B286HK 4K & Samsung 32" 1080P
Case NZXT Source 540 & Rosewill Rise Chassis
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Corsair RM1000 & Corsair RM850
Mouse Generic
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Tournament & Corsair K90
Software Win-10 Professional
Benchmark Scores yes
#41
I got 40 copies of WSA so if anyone wants a copy I'll be holding a contest soon !!!
once they try it out for a year, they'll be hooked. :rockout:
 
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
114 (0.08/day)
Likes
39
System Name Babby's first build
Processor i5 4570
Motherboard MSI H87M-G43
Cooling Phanteks PH-TC14PE
Memory Crucial Ballistix 1600 MHz, 2x4 GB
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 760
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1 TB, WD Blue 500 GB, Kingston HyperX Savage 240 GB
Display(s) Dell U2515H & BenQ G2420HDB
Case Aerocool DS Cube
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar DGX
Power Supply Cooler Master V750 SM
Mouse Razer Deathadder Respawn
Keyboard Tesoro Durandal G1N
#42

hat

Enthusiast
Joined
Nov 20, 2006
Messages
18,569 (4.55/day)
Likes
3,190
Location
Ohio
System Name Starlifter :: Dragonfly
Processor i5 2400 :: Athlon II x4 630
Motherboard MSI H67-G43-B3 :: GIgabyte GA-770T-USB3
Cooling Corsair H70 :: Thermaltake Big Typhoon
Memory 4x2GB DDR3 1333 :: 2x1GB DDR3 1333
Video Card(s) 2x PNY GTX1070 :: GT720
Storage Plextor M5s 128GB, WDC Black 500GB :: Mushkin Enhanced 60GB SSD, WD RE3 1TB
Display(s) Acer P216HL HDMI :: None
Case Antec SOHO 1030B :: Old White Full Tower
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro - iLive IT153B Soundbar (optical) :: None
Power Supply Corsair CX600w :: Unknown
Software Windows 10 Pro - Plex Server on Dragonfly
Benchmark Scores >9000
#43
I'm giving this Panda Cloud a try. It claims to be very light on resources, because most of the processing is done off in the Panda Cloud. Evidently, the cloud runs a realtime AV protection and is constantly scanning your system. Of course you can use it to immediately start a scan of your own whenever you want, either a "Full Scan", "Critical Scan", or a custom scan. These scans however did appear to use my own resources and not the cloud's.

Has anyone else used Panda? Any thoughts on it?
 
Last edited:

hat

Enthusiast
Joined
Nov 20, 2006
Messages
18,569 (4.55/day)
Likes
3,190
Location
Ohio
System Name Starlifter :: Dragonfly
Processor i5 2400 :: Athlon II x4 630
Motherboard MSI H67-G43-B3 :: GIgabyte GA-770T-USB3
Cooling Corsair H70 :: Thermaltake Big Typhoon
Memory 4x2GB DDR3 1333 :: 2x1GB DDR3 1333
Video Card(s) 2x PNY GTX1070 :: GT720
Storage Plextor M5s 128GB, WDC Black 500GB :: Mushkin Enhanced 60GB SSD, WD RE3 1TB
Display(s) Acer P216HL HDMI :: None
Case Antec SOHO 1030B :: Old White Full Tower
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro - iLive IT153B Soundbar (optical) :: None
Power Supply Corsair CX600w :: Unknown
Software Windows 10 Pro - Plex Server on Dragonfly
Benchmark Scores >9000
#44
Anyone got anything to say about Panda? So far I can't say anything about it other than so far it's been unobtrusive, quietly and constantly scans in the background (albeit very slowly), seems to do quick scans when I initiate one myself... I suppose the cloud idea is neat but I'm not sure even my computer would take a big enough hit from other AVs I would use to notice any difference anyway.
 
Joined
Nov 19, 2012
Messages
750 (0.40/day)
Likes
430
System Name Chaos
Processor Intel Core i5 4590K @ 4.0 GHz
Motherboard MSI Z97 MPower MAX AC
Cooling Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 + MX4
Memory 2x4 GB Kingston HyperX Beast 2400 GT/s CL11
Video Card(s) Sapphire HD7950 Vapor X, 800/1400 @ 1.075V/1.45V
Storage 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD + 1 TB WD Green (Idle timer off) + 320 GB WD Blue
Display(s) Dell U2515H
Case Fractal Design Define R3
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Seasonic SS-380GB
Mouse CM Storm Recon
Keyboard CM Storm Quickfire Pro (MX Red)
#45
I have MSE installed with real-time protection off. It's there just for the sake of context-menu scans for when I'm not entirely convinced something's safe, and I can't be bothered to upload it to virustotal or jotti. Been meaning to try out the VT Hash check tool, but I suppose I'm just too lazy.

As for entry points, disabled autorun for all drives, have an autorun.inf folder with all permissions removed on all NTFS volumes (local disks and portable storage), use a hosts file from here, use firefox 28 with Java disabled (via quickjava extension), and adblock plus present.

Haven't had an infection in years.

I'm planning on building a small router (probably one of those Atom-based SoC mITX mobos in a mITX chassis with a pico-PSU) using pfSense or maybe IPFire if FreeBSD won't play ball with the newest hardware... The idea is to use host blocking, ClamAV realtime checking, rogue Java and ActiveX applet blocking and context-sensitive ad blocking at the internet entry-point, specialized for the task and centralized for any machine used in the house.

If and when I do this, I'll probably make a post about it on the forum, explaining as much as I can be bothered to.
 
Last edited:

hat

Enthusiast
Joined
Nov 20, 2006
Messages
18,569 (4.55/day)
Likes
3,190
Location
Ohio
System Name Starlifter :: Dragonfly
Processor i5 2400 :: Athlon II x4 630
Motherboard MSI H67-G43-B3 :: GIgabyte GA-770T-USB3
Cooling Corsair H70 :: Thermaltake Big Typhoon
Memory 4x2GB DDR3 1333 :: 2x1GB DDR3 1333
Video Card(s) 2x PNY GTX1070 :: GT720
Storage Plextor M5s 128GB, WDC Black 500GB :: Mushkin Enhanced 60GB SSD, WD RE3 1TB
Display(s) Acer P216HL HDMI :: None
Case Antec SOHO 1030B :: Old White Full Tower
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro - iLive IT153B Soundbar (optical) :: None
Power Supply Corsair CX600w :: Unknown
Software Windows 10 Pro - Plex Server on Dragonfly
Benchmark Scores >9000
#46
A little more experience with Panda...

Firstly, the typical false positives. Panta thought Battlefield 2 was a virus! (something about cdcheck.exe or somesuch during install...)

Panda cleaned my fiancee's computer successfully. She complained about "ads" all over the game site Pogo. At first I thought "well that's real ignorant" considering not only does Pogo effectively force you to disable adblock to use it, but we paid for their subscriber service with which ads weren't supposed to be present. I got mad too because she is an epileptic and a lot of ads tend to flash! I thought it was odd, though, because I wasn't getting ads there... and then she showed me what was happening. Strange popups, some of them featuring the typical "your computer is infected" nonsense... yeah it sure was. Panda succeeded where MSE failed here... although to be fair I never ran a scan with MSE (and I didn't bother looking to see when the last scan was), I just uninstalled MSE, installed Panda, did a full scan, and it found 11 objects... it cleaned them and this eliminated the "ads".

Again, I didn't bother scanning with MSE, or check to see when the last scan date was... I wanted to put Panda on her computer anyway because it's supposed to be ultra-light on resources. I say MSE failed because whatever it was however it got on there it snuck past MSE...