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#21
Windows defender is a nice approach for normal security but I would prefer avast free security for a one setup up security level.
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(2017-07-18, 3:10:56 pm)NickTehUnicorn Wrote:  Doesn't it slow your computer down a little?

Avast or any other AV will slow down your PC slightly​ if you don't have the extra resources to devote to it. The only way to get around this is by using an "on-demand" scanner like MBAM that only runs when you tell it to. The drawback here is that on-demand scanner won't catch malware trying to install itself.
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#23
nah, i never use Anti-Virus ever. i don't think it detect virus. it's only detect all file which it not allowed. like .tar any thing .zip .png .rar these file are normal and every PC have it. it only detect unknown files even it's useful for us. s-it.
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#24
I used to use anti-malware called malwarebytes. Now its all in one package and its awesome but i personally don't use any since i never got any, i use linux Tounge
#25
a free antivirus? let's say if you want to have a good antivirus but free, it is not possible. yet, you said that you need it for a mean time because you need to replace your computer soon. well, why do not give a try for several options on it? Kaspersky Internet Security or ESET Smart Security? those two example have a month for trial mode anyway and i think it is enough for you to get an experience of a professional antivirus.

so when you already replace your computer with the new one, you have a choice for the professional antivirus. remember, there is always a price for a security. more secure, more cost of value. so stop hidding behind a free antivirus in your life since today.
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#26
@Desperado

I respectfully disagree. For a good *antivirus* you don't need to pay a dime. All those extras in internet security suites? For the most part they're just bloat that slows down your PC. All you need is a basic real-time av and an anti-malware scanner
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(2017-07-20, 5:28:19 am)Ignis Wrote:  @Desperado

I respectfully disagree. For a good *antivirus* you don't need to pay a dime. All those extras in internet security suites? For the most part they're just bloat that slows down your PC. All you need is a basic real-time av and an anti-malware scanner

Agreed in spades!  I'd recommend Malwarebytes for the anti-malware scanner.  I'd get the free version as with the free version one is in total control and can scan when one chooses to.  Otherwise the premium version of Malwarebytes can be a bit of a pain in making surfing full of hurdles.  Almost every other page it blocks one from entering it when it picks up on scripts and stuff.  For now I've got it turned on on "trial" as I'm using public WiFi, but if one is using secure Internet, one doesn't need the paid version of Malwarebytes.

For anti-virus for Windows 7 and below I'd go for Microsoft Security Essentials.  It's "light" and not perfect, but if one behaves oneself and doesn't do silly things, then it should do what it is set up to do.  I have Kaspersky and Kaspersky is doing exactly as @Ignis said.  It's HUGE bloat - meaning for me that Kaspersky is only good when one has a completely up to date high-end computer system with up to date software - Kaspersky is commercial and its livelihood depends on being up to date for high-end systems - meaning it's too big and aggressive for older computers with old programs.
#28
You could also do a MalwareBytes scan now and then just to remove the adware(if any) because most antivirus software ignores some adware apps(which are installed with the user's permission anyways). I've been using Kaspersky before 2009 and MSE, then i decided to try MSE and never looked back since. And now they integrated MSE into WD which no longer requires you to do anything other than install Winblows. Cheese Just be sure to uncheck that "send us samples of unrecognized files" or whatever it says because it may use that as an excuse to send all sorts or stuff to microsoft for "analysis". Cheese

For people complaining that the antivirus is slowing down your machines: Buy a SSD. It will blow your mind away. 2009 PC will boot in under 5 sec and most jobs will finish so much faster if the cpu doesnt have to wait for the drive to spin.

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#29
(2017-07-20, 5:28:19 am)Ignis Wrote:  @Desperado

I respectfully disagree. For a good *antivirus* you don't need to pay a dime. All those extras in internet security suites? For the most part they're just bloat that slows down your PC. All you need is a basic real-time av and an anti-malware scanner

indeed, but you have to remember the pc's intruder is not only about malware. there are several type of it. virus, trojan, worm or spyware. and in every single day, there are million of new virus released and every antivirus needs to update their database to recognize every of those viruses. so, it is about the two side of a coin. it depends on you, if you think the malware is the one and only virus in pc world.

no offense :happy:
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#30
@Desperado

I think you have an incorrect definition of malware and an incorrect idea of what a security suite includes. However, this thread isn't the best place for us to bicker over that. Let's get back on topic.
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