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    I am in need of advice of a decent free or paid anti virus. I would like to know what you all use and recommend to use.

    I have used avg for years but after a recent issue with it breaking windows 10 installations I decided to change to something else.

    Bitdefender seemed perfect, it was nicely hidden in the background and did what it was supposed to but now I get a pop up every 5 mins or less to sign up and log in to some service of theirs which has become more than annoying. I refuse to make an account for a free product or put up with constant pop ups while trying to use the computer.

    So what would you recommend?

    26 Comments

    Windows Defender and MalwareBytes is all you need. We no longer need pointless bloatware antivirus applications on modern Windows machines.

    a3lawy

    Windows Defender and MalwareBytes is all you need. We no longer need … Windows Defender and MalwareBytes is all you need. We no longer need pointless bloatware antivirus applications on modern Windows machines.



    This ^^ I can;t remember the last time I had a virus and I haven't had a standalone anti virus in years.

    Microsoft security essentials if free & gives reasonable protection but has not done quit so well in comparisons recently.
    Pop down the library and log onto the Which magazine as the give an unbiased facts.

    Original Poster

    a3lawy

    Windows Defender and MalwareBytes is all you need. We no longer need … Windows Defender and MalwareBytes is all you need. We no longer need pointless bloatware antivirus applications on modern Windows machines.


    I have used malwarebytes before and was quite good but not sure I would want to depend upon windows defender, I shall have to google some tests to see how good it is

    ESET is pretty accurate

    Avast and put it in gaming mode so no pop ups does the job

    I use McAfee. Covers all computers and mobile devices. Unlimited. Had no problems and can normally get a renewal deal. Don't renew on first reminder from them. If you are on quidco, they offer 26% cash back.

    As suggested above, just go with Microsoft Defender and install Malwarebytes. If you haven't already got it, add ccleaner also. There is no need to subscribe to an antivirus if you do opt for a third party program.

    I use Avast free, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Advanced Systemcare 9 and CCleaner, keep them up to date, use them properly and haven't had any problems (for years).
    All available form here.
    download.cnet.com/win…ws/

    Original Poster

    Thanks all, I shall try out windows defender and malware bytes and see how it goes

    +1
    for Malwarebytes CCleaner(despite the endless updates)
    it seems all free anti virus has some sort of 'popups'
    Avira at least only does so on start up

    StevenBrown

    Thanks all, I shall try out windows defender and malware bytes and see … Thanks all, I shall try out windows defender and malware bytes and see how it goes


    Windows Defender is built in to Win 10 - you'd have to disable it if you wanted to install a third party AV
    I agree that Windows Defender with Malwarbytes is all you need - so long as you are competent when browsing the web (know where and what to download etc).

    The good thing about Windows Defender that not many utilise and remember is that once you have completed a full scan of your system you only need to protect download locations and external media (usb drives/cd drives) and with Windows Defender you have the option for it to ignore folders/processes which reduces physical process usage.

    If I had teenage kids then I'd contemplate on evaluating the level of common sense with levels of security

    Why not just use Windows Defender? I've never had a problem with it on my laptops etc.

    When my subscription to Kaspersky runs out later this month i'm going to switch to Sophos Home. Its free sophos.com/en-…spx

    I also use Malware Bytes.

    I use Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes and never had any problems.

    I use Panda plus Malwarebytes - Panda has good reviews and you can disable the messages/panic ads unlike other free AV - Settings>Panda News> click to turn off

    Comodo for me. Have been using for 5+. firewall/antivirus all in 1. Get a pop up maybe once a week but I
    can live with that.

    bearcat

    When my subscription to Kaspersky runs out later this month i'm going to … When my subscription to Kaspersky runs out later this month i'm going to switch to Sophos Home. Its free https://www.sophos.com/en-us/lp/sophos-home.aspxI also use Malware Bytes.



    Another vote for Sophos, never had a single nag from it!

    Avast & Malware Antibytes and learn what to click and what not to click!

    Another vote for eset here - they do pretty good student discout, or you can get it cheap on ebay usually

    Here's a review of Panda and its (class leading) performance pcmag.com/art…asp
    Edited by: "jazzuk777" 4th Nov 2016

    philphil61

    Windows Defender is built in to Win 10 - you'd have to disable it if you … Windows Defender is built in to Win 10 - you'd have to disable it if you wanted to install a third party AV



    I thought Windows Defender turned itself off when another AV was installed. You don't need to manually disable it.

    guilbert53

    I thought Windows Defender turned itself off when another AV was … I thought Windows Defender turned itself off when another AV was installed. You don't need to manually disable it.


    correct

    whatever you do just avoid AVG

    If you bank with HSBC or Barclays, you can download a free fully AV.

    HSBC offers McAfee® VirusScan Plus
    Barclays offers Kaspersky internet security 2017
    Edited by: "j484rkh4n" 4th Nov 2016

    j484rkh4n

    If you bank with HSBC or Barclays, you can download a free fully AV.HSBC … If you bank with HSBC or Barclays, you can download a free fully AV.HSBC offers McAfee® VirusScan PlusBarclays offers Kaspersky internet security 2017


    Pretty certain it's only for a year
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