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#1
Eset or kaspersky for pc, don't forget malwarebytes too
#2
Back your files up on USB sticks or free cloud storage. You will get so many different answers to your question though. Any of the popular free programs will be fine for the home user.
#3
I am looking to replace Microsoft security essentials as it is not doing at all well this year in tests.
I already have Malwarebytes but I do not fully understand what is needed or best to keep me fully protected.

All comments are very welcome please.

Edited By: landros1 on Dec 04, 2016 12:13: Update
#4
Used to be an AVAST fan but too intrusive now with pop-ups etc

gone for Bitdefender Free and all good so far
#5
For Windows i'd go for Malwarebytes....

For a Mac you don't really need an anti-virus software
#6
landros1
I am looking to replace Microsoft security essentials as it is nod doing at all well this year in tests.
I already have Malwarebytes but I do not fully understand what is needed & best to keep me fully protected.
All comments are very welcome please.
I refuse to play the game. Switched to Linux many years ago where any threats/risks are far less to the point where there is no market for commercial anti-virus software.
#7
wayners
Back your files up on USB sticks or free cloud storage. You will get so many different answers to your question though. Any of the popular free programs will be fine for the home user.
My daughter regularly backs up my computer up to a 5TB ex hard drive which is never (except to backup) connected to my laptop.
#8
adz2010
For Windows i'd go for Malwarebytes....

For a Mac you don't really need an anti-virus software

Thanks,I am on PC.
#9
I run malwarebytes and Avast free (athough like others said currently a bit intrusive with pop ups)

Never had an issue, never paid for antivirus as you shouldn't need to. Best protection is common sense and not click on suspicious links or attachments.
#10
chocci
Used to be an AVAST fan but too intrusive now with pop-ups etc
gone for Bitdefender Free and all good so far

Does adblock plus solve this problem?
#11
You should not read to much with these tests. Microsoft... Much as I don't like them have a army of hackers and research people doing what they can to offer computer protection. If you are sensible. If you back your software up then just run with the free software. It's perfectly good. Just because you pay don't mean its better.if you got the time then listen to some security podcasts. Security now is a good one. Don't listen to folks that have been paid to show one product is better than another. We all know about the sponsored research and marketing when the truth is, they all do a ok job but none offer 100% protection.
#12
wayners
You should not read to much with these tests. Microsoft... Much as I don't like them have a army of hackers and research people doing what they can to offer computer protection. If you are sensible. If you back your software up then just run with the free software. It's perfectly good. Just because you pay don't mean its better.if you got the time then listen to some security podcasts. Security now is a good one. Don't listen to folks that have been paid to show one product is better than another. We all know about the sponsored research and marketing when the truth is, they all do a ok job but none offer 100% protection.

Thanks, I was basing me question on results from the Which magazine which is as near as I can find to unbiased.
#13
Just pick a free one and run it for a few months then change it for another. They all try to out do each other and each have its own strengths, by changing you might discover malware the last one missed. Also you can run online scans from many of the antivirus companies if you think the installed scanner has missed a virus. As someone earlier said, most effective antivirus is to stop using MS Windows.
#14
Being aware and careful is probably half the battle.
#15
landros1
wayners
You should not read to much with these tests. Microsoft... Much as I don't like them have a army of hackers and research people doing what they can to offer computer protection. If you are sensible. If you back your software up then just run with the free software. It's perfectly good. Just because you pay don't mean its better.if you got the time then listen to some security podcasts. Security now is a good one. Don't listen to folks that have been paid to show one product is better than another. We all know about the sponsored research and marketing when the truth is, they all do a ok job but none offer 100% protection.

Thanks, I was basing me question on results from the Which magazine which is as near as I can find to unbiased.


10+ years ago I knew a chap that worked for which. I was sworn to secrecy til now. He was given specific tasks and money. His recent jobs at the time were. Buying computers. Buying over the counter drugs and when I called to his house there were bedding plants everywhere. It was more like a garden centre. Lol. Which, sent transport to pick up for testing.They do good work.
#16
wayners
landros1
wayners
You should not read to much with these tests. Microsoft... Much as I don't like them have a army of hackers and research people doing what they can to offer computer protection. If you are sensible. If you back your software up then just run with the free software. It's perfectly good. Just because you pay don't mean its better.if you got the time then listen to some security podcasts. Security now is a good one. Don't listen to folks that have been paid to show one product is better than another. We all know about the sponsored research and marketing when the truth is, they all do a ok job but none offer 100% protection.
Thanks, I was basing me question on results from the Which magazine which is as near as I can find to unbiased.
10+ years ago I knew a chap that worked for which. I was sworn to secrecy til now. He was given specific tasks and money. His recent jobs at the time were. Buying computers. Buying over the counter drugs and when I called to his house there were bedding plants everywhere. It was more like a garden centre. Lol. Which, sent transport to pick up for testing.They do good work.

I go to my local library (whilst it is still open) and view the mags & view online recent editions.
It is unfortunate that subscriptions to Which are (for all three) after £1 month promotions are very expensive.
#17
kaspersky and eset are the ones I most commonly see when I'm out and about at work clients. however, I currently use mcafee as I get it free with my credit card company. I'd check whoever you bank with or have a credit card with and see if they offer something free, barclays used to do kaspersky if I remember correctly.
#18
Avast - although as mentioned, it has nagware issues.

Malwarebytes

and most importantly NoScript (Firefox only); since this blocks all active scripts by default, very few infected websites can infect you. Avast has only warned of one site in the last two years, because NoScript stops most of it all on its own.

Yeah, you need to ditch the MS crud ASAP, any detection rates below 98% in real world tests and it isnt worth having - the MS crud scored 74%!!

For worst case, use something like Acronis, and make a back-up copy of your OS disk and any Data disks every week-month or so.
#19
Sophos Home https://www.sophos.com/lp/sophos-home.aspx

and Malware bytes https://www.malwarebytes.com

both have free versions.
#20
adz2010
For Windows i'd go for Malwarebytes....
For a Mac you don't really need an anti-virus software
Windows antivirus, Malwarebytes........... erm....NO


Edited By: Ellie Phant on Dec 04, 2016 15:54
#21
Bitdefender and Malwarebytes
#22
bearcat
Sophos Home https://www.sophos.com/lp/sophos-home.aspx
and Malware bytes https://www.malwarebytes.com
both have free versions.

Thanks.
#23
Surprised no one has mentioned Panda, has one of the best detection rates, on par with paid products, and you can turn the pop ups off unlike others. Have used Avast and Avira and AVG in my time but have moved over to Panda.
#24
AVG Free version as long as you're not an organisation.

Suffer the offers that pop up, it's the price you pay for free.

IMPORTANT: Always put important stuff somewhere like Dropbox or Drive... Antivirus is a small part of keeping your stuff safe!
#25
I was hoping for a consensus but everyone has very different views.
#26
landros1
I was hoping for a consensus but everyone has very different views.

You won't get that here. We all have are favourites and views on what is best/good. You are better off using a comparison website or an online PC magazine or forum that has done a recent comparison. However, they don't seem to review/test all that is available and tend to stear clear of free programs, possibley because thay won't make money from any click throughs to free software like they may do with software you have to pay for.
#27
Avast free with malwarebytes and windows defender (just because it's there) scans ran once a month.
Commonsense will stop 99.9% of **** in the first place though
#28
landros1
I was hoping for a consensus but everyone has very different views.
After several years of trying all of them, personally I keep going back to AVG.

I've recently been trying Avira and Avast but one of them has an annoying taskbar Icon (spinning blue and orange thing) and I Think I wasn't happy with messages the other displayed in pop-ups.

As an IT tutor I must offer choice - I suggest the 3 that begin with AV.

I promote things I can support practically - I find AVG a handy lesson on what pop ups are, what to do with them and what happens if you accept the offers (nothing particularly nasty).

I also heartily recommend ADWCleaner and KVRT as one-shot tools to clean a computer up.

As a computer fixer I can say uninstalling Mc**** fixes computers and as a sheep I can say nobody says use Nort**

Let us know when you've made up your mind and installed something!


Edited By: wide on Dec 05, 2016 07:51
#29
avira for free (pretty brilliant IMO). i bought kapersky - didn't work well with my Win10 PC (know issues) -- kept crashing it...

Edited By: cifa on Dec 05, 2016 10:43: add
#30
Avast and enable silent mode (to stop it nagging), malwarebytes and adblock plus :- all free and do a good job.
#31
bearcat
landros1
I was hoping for a consensus but everyone has very different views.
You won't get that here. We all have are favourites and views on what is best/good. You are better off using a comparison website or an online PC magazine or forum that has done a recent comparison. However, they don't seem to review/test all that is available and tend to stear clear of free programs, possibley because thay won't make money from any click throughs to free software like they may do with software you have to pay for.

This is why Which is good.They buy all their products so test results so no doctored (like the VW emissions scandal) & no commision and they will promote a free program if it scores well.
#32
wide
landros1
I was hoping for a consensus but everyone has very different views.
After several years of trying all of them, personally I keep going back to AVG.
I've recently been trying Avira and Avast but one of them has an annoying taskbar Icon (spinning blue and orange thing) and I Think I wasn't happy with messages the other displayed in pop-ups.
As an IT tutor I must offer choice - I suggest the 3 that begin with AV.
I promote things I can support practically - I find AVG a handy lesson on what pop ups are, what to do with them and what happens if you accept the offers (nothing particularly nasty).
I also heartily recommend ADWCleaner and KVRT as one-shot tools to clean a computer up.
As a computer fixer I can say uninstalling Mc**** fixes computers and as a sheep I can say nobody says use Nort**
Let us know when you've made up your mind and installed something!

Thanks, but many diverse & differing opinions.
#33
landros1
wide
landros1
I was hoping for a consensus but everyone has very different views.
After several years of trying all of them, personally I keep going back to AVG.
I've recently been trying Avira and Avast but one of them has an annoying taskbar Icon (spinning blue and orange thing) and I Think I wasn't happy with messages the other displayed in pop-ups.
As an IT tutor I must offer choice - I suggest the 3 that begin with AV.
I promote things I can support practically - I find AVG a handy lesson on what pop ups are, what to do with them and what happens if you accept the offers (nothing particularly nasty).
I also heartily recommend ADWCleaner and KVRT as one-shot tools to clean a computer up.
As a computer fixer I can say uninstalling Mc**** fixes computers and as a sheep I can say nobody says use Nort**
Let us know when you've made up your mind and installed something!

Thanks, but many diverse & differing opinions.


From myself, only bitter, bitter experience...
banned#34
KIS is by far the best. No contest.

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