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Free or Pay-for Antivirus protection?


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#1 doresy

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:58 AM

This is my quandary......

 

for years I have used McAfee Internet security - 3 user. Not without it's problems it has to be said but security has never been compromised.

 

I have the need now for 4 pc to be covered so the cost will go up even more so my thoughts go to the free antivirus companies that, it has been said, not only provide their services for free but sometimes even better protection!

 

I am old school in thinking if something is free then it cant be as good as the paid up version.....or is it?

 

I do bank and purchase on line plus all the surfing etc so I need good protection but when reading reviews on both paid for and free there are fore and against all of them!

 

Obviously I greatly value the opinions of the users of this forum so please place your recommendations (and why) and let's see if a pattern appears!

 

Thanks in advance, will check back later............


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#2 doresy

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:28 PM

40 plus views but no replies, guess few people use antivirus.........wink.png


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

Hi,

 

The Issue of Using either paid or free has been discussed many times and the only things that I learned is every person has their own personal preferences.

Some are tech savvy some are not.The antivirus you choose may not be the right one for someone else 

 

My run with MSE has been fine it does blow the whistles when required but when It failed to detect the new folder virus I was really Shocked.

If you keep all Your Softwares and AV up to date and follow a few safety rules(Like stay away from warez,P2P software,Pirated Software,Porn sites) then chances of you getting infected are less.

People who used paid Antivirus also get infected Its not only the freebie users who get infected.......................,

You already know this that Paying for an AV does not mean 100% protection But  paid products do have more bells than free Antivirus.

 

Many of my friends here tried free combinations..... but eventually switched back the reason was they were just too used to an all around suite that did the job for them they were not used to individually updating MalwareBytes,SuperAntiSpyware and run a quick Scan with each monthly.............  

 

I run MSE and MBAM I don`t find updating MBAM manually Every Day irritating at all.....

So the Choice is upto You..........................

 

If you are going to purchase a paid product then I would Suggest Kaspersky Its Cheap(In India atleast) Its highly rated in Many Tests

But it slows down your system a bit.......

Bit Defender is the one that is ranked top in almost most sites but I would advise you to get a trial version of the software before purchasing it 

their was some issue with activating  Bit defender 2013 and System slow Downs high resource usage..................................

 

Eset is Another Great Antivirus its extremely Light its running fine on most of the  Systems in My Hostel

although its not the one that gets high scores in the Indepenent Tests 

 

If you gonna go free then Avast+Malware Bytes is a Good option............................... 


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:23 PM

40 plus views but no replies, guess few people use antivirus.........wink.png

The "view count" is not only related to active members, but also includes "bots" like Google, Yahoo. Facebook, Etc Etc...

 

As there is so much discussion about this subject, it has become a topic that can be found in the Pinned opics at the top of this particular forum area. Mostly these are by quietman7 who has put many hours put into this.

 

If you wish to use only 1 computer for banking Etc, then use one with all the whistles and bangs from your Paid Antivirus and Firewall company and keep it  for banking / finance specific and use the others for general usage with any free Antivirus / Firewall.

Some people purchase a cheap netbook (small laptop) and lock this down as the main banking / finance computer, then use any other computer with paid or free Antivirus and Firewall for general use -

 

The free versions offer 99% (could be 95%) the same protection as paid versions, but often only lack personal support. However every Antivirus company will run a Forum of its own to give you support. The free versions are always active in protection, but the level you require is only decided by you.

 

Personally I find Kaspersky or ESET are usually rated at the top paid antivirus versions and even the old reliable Norton versions still rate in the top 10, but you need to personally decide from the list of about a dozen Free versions if you wish to choose that way.

You do not even mention Paid / active versions of Antimalware programs that are needed more in these days of hackers, and where the problems are not just virus related, but any inserted malware can be found on the Internet. Malwarebytes Anti Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware are 2 main Malware Specific contenders in this market place. They offer Free versions, however they are not Pro-active, rather they are Retro-active in cleaning up after an infection.

 

So you can see that giving you only 1 way is not an option for all the people here to offer.

Pay top dollar and then visit the Forum for that particular Antivirus, and you will still find an area of their forum that is involved in Malware Removal related to their product.

 

I have never paid for any Antivirus program, but I do not do banking etc online, so I just want general protection from most "average" pests that annoy users when browsing.

 

I must also agree with midou1994 as they have given a similar reply -

 

Please read the pinned items listed at the top of this section, and your advice will be found there -

 

Thank You if you took the time to read my long script -



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:55 PM

Keep in mind that there is no size fits all when it comes to internet security. Sometimes a program won't play nice with a system.

 

IF you decide to purchase a security suite do this first:

 

Go to the website of the program. Install the free trial on all computers. This will give you a chance to see if it works well with each system and if it is user friendly. Trial versions are fully functional.

 

You would not want to find out that it doesn't play nice with one of the computers after your buy the product.

 

Sometimes there is a bonus when using trials: if you give them your email address they may send you special offer close to the end of the trial. Also be aware that you may get a "purchase nag" screen which is worth putting up with in order to find out if works for you.



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:44 PM

Like Kaspersky Pure for pay.  I like Microsoft security essentials and Avast for free.

Im using all above and install the free that works well for others.



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:25 PM

Like Kaspersky Pure for pay.  I like Microsoft security essentials and Avast for free.

Im using all above and install the free that works well for others.

On the same computer?


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:33 PM

Have 5 computers.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:48 PM

Im currently not using any AV on any of my own PCs in the house. Though ive been well familiar with the better AV's in my point of view and the worse names.

From my experience these worked best
- Kaspersky 2011
- NoD32 2,3,4,5 Smart Security
- Avast earlier versions when the Alarm bell sound was still active upon found Virus :D

AV's performing bad in my view, and doing more harm than good
- Avira Free
- AVG Free
- Earlier versions of Norton
- Norman
- Panda earlier versions..   2013 are very compact what i know of and feels very unserious

Bitdefender havent tested though

Compare them yourself :)



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:06 PM

tremmor, was just concerned you were running multiple antivirus on the same machine.


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:17 AM

I don't like to pay for an antiviruses because I just don't want to spend the money. After some trial and error I found a free antivirus that I'm really happy with called Unthreat Antivirus, it does a great job of protecting my computer and doesn't slow it down while scanning (which can't be said about a lot of antiviruses). I totally recommend it!






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