Posted 26 November 2010 - 04:58 PM
Right then, on to business. I've come on here to recieve a personal opinion from all of you for some things. The reason as to why is that trying to find a "reliable" source for information has become an impossibility on collecting information. So far, I'm very concerned if this labtop o' mine is even secure in the first place, with the random stuff that's been happening. So, I'll cut to the chase and list everything nice and bulleted for you folks.
-Number One - The Bastion of Security
So far, I've been using McAfee Antivirus Plus as my means to combat viruses. In the beginning it worked so far, but after the 2010 update that changed the entire inteface and features that it provides, I've seen evidence that McAfee no longer suits my needs for security. Reasons are as follows:
1. The new interface is rather clunky and navigation is supposed to be clear, but I find it bothersome to find the page where it even shows what virus infected me in the first place. I did eventually, but the time I had could have been invested elsewhere.
2. Starting my labtop now takes a bit, and when my Action Center pops up (usually 10 minutes after the initial startup) it says that I do not have any virus protection, citing McAfee is off. I check in with McAfee while this message displays and indicates that this is indeed on. I guessed that this must be because my computer was unable to find McAfee in the first place and then tell me it is on, but everytime I turn my labtop on, the message always displays.
-Investigation into this problem was plausible. Some said the computer didn't find McAfee scanners, so they pointed to slow start up. So I fixed Start Up programs turning off many that didn't need to be on (found one that could have been a virus -QuickSet- as pointed out to BleepingComputer's blacklisted startup programs) and found things to run rather faster. But still, McAfee still does not appear to be on my computer's radar until another minute has gone by.
This has led me to believe that McAfee isn't doing its job on Startup, leaving me vulnerable to attack. I poked around on McAfee's internet forums and indeed found the same question. However, the answer given clearly and the reason did not make sense. So I'm asking around if someone else has had the problems.
3. McAfee's virus protection seems low key to me. It keeps picking up false Java Variables now and then, and scan time are slightly longer than with Malwarebyte's full scan, Malwarebyte's ranging from 1 hour and 30 minutes : McAfee taking 1 hour and 55 minutes. What makes me question McAfee's effectiveness even more is due to the fact that SiteAdvisor does not work right from the get go. Meaning as I open a website the SiteAdvisor Bar within the Internet Frame is grayed out, but then usually turns Green. May seem harmless, but I'm gathering all the information I can.
There's some trouble getting Updates for McAfee maunally. I click the Update button, choose to update now and wait. The screen shows the searching for updates, but then cancels out requiring me to click the update button again and search for updates. Sometimes it does go through, but when downloading updates it will cancel out as well. Sometimes it just works and I don't need to do anything. It's rather bothersome and I find it suspicious sometimes.
5. General Appeal to People
I've read the reviews. I've read all of them. Mostly 3.5 starts out of 5, some just plain saying it's terrible. I've talked to my online friends about it, and they too agree that McAfee is ineffective and "clunky" compared to other anti-virus systems. I'm starting to agree too as I continue to experience more than my fair share of problems.
And that's why I'm asking for a personal opinion on a possible new Anti-Virus product. So far I've heard...
1. Bit Defender - Has gotten high results, good reviews, and is said to be a very all around product.
2. Kaspersky - I was recommended by this to a friend of mine, and was impressed what it had to offer, was going to a trial but realized it had to remove McAfee because of compatibility.
3. Avast! - This too recommended to me by a friend. Says it's free and does the job.
4. Malwarebytes Full Version - Very impressed by simplicity, great results and information it provides along with general good reputation.
5. AVG AntiVirus - Heard about this from a friend, little input rather than it's possibly better than McAfee.
I'd like to hear what people have to say along with the tech-people here, knowing experience in the field of AntiVirus Software helps them to make a decision.
McAfee came with this computer, and the same with our family computer, although more buggy. Our family computer used to work great with McAfee, but then an attack rendered it useless and to this day I question its effectiveness, seeing as we can't update it without getting definitions manually. To counter this, we got Stopzilla which got rid of the problem, but then we questioned Stopzilla's effectivess as it slowed everything down along with scans that showed little success in catching what we had. So then I got Malwarebytes on there, scanned, found the viruses, and hopefully got rid of them. Still suffers from blue screens when trying to scan, but I guess it's nearly time to reformat it, seeing as it is bogged down with sooo much junk. This may be an issue for another time.
Everything passed accorinding to the new Dell Action Center's performance Scan. I'm reasonable with the results that everything is fine.
Disabled what I could, and researched things I didn't. QuickSet was one of these, seeing if a SafeMode scan will catch something later. Will post results at a later time.
According to UniBlue Registry Booster, I have over 200 registry errors. And looking at them I see many with word McAfee in it. Does anyone else use this program and can I judge its relibleness before I consider it a rational purchase? It seems this may be the biggest problem with my computer so far.
Generally, I'm happy with my current labtop, but I'm starting to realize that there's stuff better than what I have and it seems what I have just doesn't cut it anymore. After much fustration, I find relief knowing this site is dedicated to finding out what's wrong and what's best for the computer user of today. My apologies for such a long read, but I hope someone else could make good use of this information to help themselves.
If you need any additional information, just let me know. I'm not savvy with computers, but I'm doing the best I can with the resources I have.