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Anti Virus needed

Can anybody recommend a good anti-virus , I used AVG for years but I feel it is just bloat-ware these days sadly Sad
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Re: Anti Virus needed

I recommend Kaspersky (free if you bank with Barclays I believe) but I pay for it
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Re: Anti Virus needed

Kaspersky?  Not too expensive if you shop around and not bloated.
Or Microsoft Security Essentials if you want a free one (and are beyond XP).  You probably need to back that up with Malwarebytes Antimalware run manually every so often, to get rid of those 'Potentially Unwanted Programs'.
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Re: Anti Virus needed

Avira or Avast are free   ...updates daily,....
Used to have AVG but like you, think it is bloated now... ( last used it about 6 years ago !)...
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Re: Anti Virus needed

I've been using MSE in conjunction with SpyBot S & D v1.62 (do not go for v2 or above), Malwarebytes and CCleaner.
Never had any issues with these nor any virii, etc.

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Re: Anti Virus needed

I get told off for saying MSE !! is ok
but you cant go wrong with it in conjunction with MBAM  Wink
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Re: Anti Virus needed

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium is excellent and not expensive. I paid £17.50 for annual protection that covers three computers. It scans for every type of malware, rootkits included (go through the settings). I use the default settings plus rootkit scans. I also changed from AVG that uses far too much of system resources such as memory and processor cycles. Malwarebytes has a small system footprint.
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Re: Anti Virus needed

I use MSE - no problems here but I do tend to be quite careful with what I download and open anyway Smiley
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Re: Anti Virus needed

I agree - vigilance is important.

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Re: Anti Virus needed

I have widows 8.1 which has windows defender built in, but I installed AVG out of habit I suppose, but I have found out that with the AVG running, defender is turned off.  So I think I should uninstall AVG and just go with the windows defender.  Would others agree?  I am also very vigilant while online.
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Re: Anti Virus needed

Avast! for me, got it on all the windows computers in the house, used to be an AVG fan due to it's simplicity and lightweight footprint back in it's youth, but as mentioned it got too bloated and slowed down the computer too much for simple tasks like browsing the web and looking at files on my computers... Smiley
Also run MBAM on occasion too, usually if I'm not paying attention and get routed to a dodgy site, though with the AdBlockPlus addon installed under PaleMoon (firefox derivative) with it's popup blocker, that also helps to keep unwanted downloads down... Smiley
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Re: Anti Virus needed

I use the free version of AVG and not had any problems with it.
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Re: Anti Virus needed

The problem I've found with AVG now is that when it does a routine scan, once a week, I can't do anything else online, it's too slow, so I'm having to wait an hour until the scan is complete.  Reading about windows defender, it sounds like all I need, though I'm no expert.
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Re: Anti Virus needed

I used Avast! until recently.  I had issues a few weeks ago with poor interactions between Avast! and javascript performance so I replaced it with Defender (8.1's name for Security Essentials ***), plus occasional scans with Malwarebytes free which is somewhat orthogonal.
There have been huge issues with Avast! in the last few days because of bad interaction with update KB3000850 (see http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,134147.0.html and many other places on the web).
*** I hate the way Microsoft keep changing names, often renaming and old feature with the name of another different old feature; so a feature has multiple names, and a name can refer to multiple features.  (as Security Essentials/Defender and Outlook Express/Windows Mail//hotmail/@Outlook.com email addresses)
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Re: Anti Virus needed

Avast for me (but I'm on W7).
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