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#1 thenewshour

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 05:36 PM

I glanced through the subforums and wasn't sure where to put this post, but since I do use Windows 8, I figured I'd put it here. If this is the wrong place to go, just redirect me to the right place, please and thank you. I also pre-emptively apologize for not knowing too much about computers.
 
I'm looking for some sort of anti-virus tool that doesn't run 24/7 so that I can run it every now and then to scan for viruses, spyware, etc. I'm currently using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware but I've read that it isn't too reliable performance-wise (missing a lot of viruses and false positives). I used to use to Avast but couldn't figure how to turn it off (not sure if I could). Does anyone have any recommendations for such a program?
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 8 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 05:46 PM

So that you can arm yourself more intelligently, and make better informed decisions on how to proceed. May I suggest a read though a very comprehensive post by our very own quietman7: Answers to common security questions - Best Practices

It's a lot of information, it's always available as reference material so don't try to memorize it. If you need further explanations to something you might not understand please ask and we will do our best to explain in a way you can understand.

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#3 thenewshour

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 07:34 PM

Thanks for the help. 



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:04 PM

I glanced through the subforums and wasn't sure where to put this post, but since I do use Windows 8, I figured I'd put it here. If this is the wrong place to go, just redirect me to the right place, please and thank you. I also pre-emptively apologize for not knowing too much about computers.
 
I'm looking for some sort of anti-virus tool that doesn't run 24/7 so that I can run it every now and then to scan for viruses, spyware, etc. I'm currently using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware but I've read that it isn't too reliable performance-wise (missing a lot of viruses and false positives). I used to use to Avast but couldn't figure how to turn it off (not sure if I could). Does anyone have any recommendations for such a program?
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 8 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Color me confused. Why would you want AV software that doesn't provide continuous, real time protection? I'm sorry, but I think your approach of just wanting "on demand" protection would leave you really exposed. A bit like putting on a condom after the act. Effective real time protection doesn't have to be a huge drain on system resources. Also, I think your source for info on Malwarebytes AntiMalware is wildly inaccurate. MBAM isn't a traditional AV  program, and it's really targeted at providing protection against Trojans, Adware, keystroke loggers, and junkware like all those annoying and useless toolbars that keep trying to find their way onto your system. MBAM tends to be pretty conservative about the items it flags for deletion, and certainly doesn't generate a lot of false positives.

 

At the same time, MBAM certainly isn't meant to replace a traditional AV program. I would suggest running MBAM Pro (one time fee of $24.99) plus an AV program that offers strong site blocking features.   Keeping your system secure requires a proactive approach. Running reactive scans just isn't adequate.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:12 AM

IMO, not having an anti-virus working in real-time in the background defeats much of its intended purpose...to protect a computer and prevent malware infection BEFORE it can damage your system.

Further, using unprotected computers on the Internet is a security risk to everyone as they are prone to attack from hackers, Botnets, zombie computers and malware infection. Using anti-virus software will help minimize the risk and help to prevent the computer from being used to pass on infections to other machines. When infected and compromised, malware spreads faster and more extensively, distributed denial-of-service attacks are easier to launch, spammers have more platforms from which to send e-mail and more zombies are created to perpetuate the cycle.

How do folks who claim they do not use an anti-virus and never get infected know for certain that their computer is malware free? Many of today's attackers employ advanced techniques which involve sophisticated Botnets, Backdoor Trojans and rootkits to hide their presence on a computer. Without proper security tools including an antivirus which can detect such malware, you can never be absolutely sure your computer has not been infected.

With that said, ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner...you need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.
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Posted 24 June 2013 - 01:03 PM

And welcome to Bleeping Computer. Thanks for choosing us when so many other choices are available to you.

IMO, Bleeping Computer is deffo one of the better sites for less knowledgeable folk like me to learn & get help.

 

@ OP - Like slgrieb says, MBAM (Pro) is a great tool but not an AV, more specialised.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:50 PM

In my original post, while mentioning the desirability of an AV program with strong site blocking, I really should have mentioned that the site blocking feature in MBAM Pro is one of the strongest reasons to buy it.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 01:52 PM

If you're willing to pay Webroot is light on the system; it installs in abut 7 or 8 seconds, so dont blink. I still use my old XP Pro SP3 2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 5000 Dual-Core, one GB RAM and it doesn't slow system one jor or tittle.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:23 PM

The OP is looking for an anti-virus tool that does not run in real-time protection.
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 12:01 AM

The OP is looking for an anti-virus tool that does not run in real-time protection.

"IMO, not having an anti-virus working in real-time in the background defeats much of its intended purpose...to protect a computer andprevent malware infection BEFORE it can damage your system.

Further, using unprotected computers on the Internet is a security risk to everyone as they are prone to attack from hackers,Botnetszombie computers and malware infection. Using anti-virus software will help minimize the risk and help to prevent the computer from being used to pass on infections to other machines. When infected and compromised, malware spreads faster and more extensively, distributed denial-of-service attacks are easier to launch, spammers have more platforms from which to send e-mail and more zombies are created to perpetuate the cycle."

 

That's a quote I'd trust. All the earnest  recommendations for WebRoot; not so much.


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