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Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:47 pm
by Supreme
Currently use free version of AVG but interested to hear what people use and if anyone recommends anything different.

Not interested in paying for anything (hence the free option I'm using). Not really clued up on AV software so no idea how good/bad AVG, not having any real problems with it but wouldn't mind trying out a few others.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:52 pm
by OverFienD

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:54 pm
by OverFienD
another good program Malwarebytes
https://www.malwarebytes.org/

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:02 pm
by Supreme
Thanks mate - will try both of them.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:33 pm
by FullMetalTony
If you have a legit copy of Windows then Microsoft Security Essentials
If you have a hooky copy then you won't be able to use MSE and in that case I'd recommend AVG Free.
Use Malwarebytes only when you have an issue, I think you need a pro copy of this for the AVG/MSE style live scanning (though I need to check to be sure). Malwarebytes picks up far more than MSE or AVG and is my go to Antivirus for nasty ones like the Met virus (safe mode though for that, then restart, update and scan again.)

Definitely MSE if you can, it's much less of a resource hog than AVG.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:51 pm
by jh30uk
MB is Antimalware so does not do or claim to do the same as AV.

I run ESET ESS 8.0 and MB 2.3, I was lucky (for once) to get the lifetime deal right before they ended it) and then new version 2.0 came out so I am on that.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:06 pm
by Frenzic
I use Microsoft Security Essentials, if you have Windows 8\8.1, I think it's built into the os, Windows 7 will let you install it, Windows 8\8.1 will just say theres a newer version or this is already installed when you go to install it, My vote is MSE, not ever had a problem with it :)

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:17 pm
by jh30uk
I agree MSE is best free option IMO for all round use vs less of a resource hog.

Windows 8 built in Defender is exactly the same as latest MSE and for this reason you cannot install MSE on Windows 8.

I would never touch free or paid for AVG or Avast.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:24 pm
by Supreme
Thanks everyone - looks like MSE is the clear winner so will download tonight.

I have a legit copy of Windows (8.1 I think) so should have no problems.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:26 pm
by jh30uk
You do not need download or do anything in that case, Windows 8.1 has Defender (MSE for non Win 8 OS) built into it.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:08 pm
by Supreme
jh30uk wrote:You do not need download or do anything in that case, Windows 8.1 has Defender (MSE for non Win 8 OS) built into it.


Ah ok - does it need 'turning on' or activating or anything then?

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:50 pm
by jh30uk
It is on by default until you install a 3rd party AV then it disables itself.

It updates with Windows Update (so each time you start your PC) and I assume it will update while PC is running periodically.

You can also check for updates manually within its GUI.

Just check in the Windows Action Centre > Security and make sure all options are showing as ON/OK.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:53 pm
by huddy
Up to a while ago I would have said avast but that's gone all weird as they have started to push their free edition towards buying and got on my nerves. Currently use MS security essentials.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:57 pm
by Supreme
Thanks guys - uninstalling AVG now and will start using MSE.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:21 pm
by SuffolkBoy
MSE for the win ;)

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:11 pm
by Gregster
Also MSE for me. I have used it since Windows 7. Great program and runs very quietly and uses very little resources.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:24 pm
by Arne Saknussemm
Yes, I just run windows defender and stay off dodgy sites...I also regularly secure erase and clean install my OS so I don't need to spend money or worry really... :)

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:16 pm
by kkn_
AVG free version

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 2:15 am
by Bigmender
Anti virus currently using is ESET NOD32 did pay for it but they are really good
If you want a free anti virus I can recommend Panda cloud anti virus also very good
For malware & spyware Super anti spyware is awsome
A friend of mine who fixes pc's for a living says that malware bites no longer pics up alot of the latest stuff and he uses super anti spyware

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 2:49 pm
by Gregster
I agree about malwarebytes. I had some spam virus that took over chrome and bombarded me with spam adverts and Malwarebytes picked it up but didn't clean it. I had to manually remove the bugger and touch wood, that sorted it. Might have to try that Super Anti Spyware next time.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:24 pm
by jh30uk
Did you bother to send info to MB so it can be fixed by next update?

They all miss some things that others do not and vice versa.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:32 pm
by Gregster
Yer I did bother.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:32 pm
by jh30uk
Good and would be even better if all did :)

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:13 am
by pgi947
Nod32 for me, been using it since I was on xp, always been absolutely faultless.

Re: Anti Virus software - reccomendations

Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:00 am
by twisted1
Not running any antivirus, perhaps I should. Reinstall a few times a week anyways :)

Used to run nod32, worked great.