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Which is the best antivirus for Windows7 Os?


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#16 drobtoy

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 09:23 PM

As far as I know, it's Spyhunter. 

 

 

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Why Spyhunter?  Not much info about it on the internet, except form the manufacturer. Have you ever used it?



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 09:31 PM

What's your current AV of choice Quietman7?



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 09:40 PM

ESET NOD32...I have been using it for years.
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 09:53 PM

It's a top package... I just checked out last months results

 

http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php

 

Kaspersky and Trend back on top again for now. Funny how it changes from month to month.



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Posted 14 November 2013 - 08:32 AM

Yes, these kinds of comparative testing results will vary depending on a variety of factors to include but not limited to who conducted the testing, what they were testing for (type of threats, attack vectors, exploits), what versions of anti-virus software was tested, what type of scanning engine was used, and the ability to clean or repair.

That's the primary reason the results also vary from month to month.
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Posted 14 November 2013 - 03:07 PM

Totally, if you look in that link I posted they also have about 6 different tests they do also. I think these guys are pretty comprehensive, and the AV companies keep submitting their software to them for analysis, year after year...

 

EDIT: We need a global AV authority, sort out all this murkiness in the topic.


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:44 PM

And they also submit their software to several other reputable labs year after year....yet we get different results.

EDIT: We need a global AV authority, sort out all this murkiness in the topic.

I agree.
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Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:28 PM

I have windows 8.1 and use defender of course. Not being totally sure of the effectiveness of defender, I use Malwarebytes Pro, in that it has constant protection enabled. It has prevented me from going to malicious websites by blocking them. Is this anti-virus scheme sufficient? If not, what then?



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Posted 18 November 2013 - 08:21 AM

This topic is for the Windows7 OS.

Windows 8 integrates Windows Defender on Windows 8, a more robust version of Windows Defender (and uses that name) for its anti-virus and anti-malware protection. Although it uses the same name, it is not the same as Defender in previous operating systems. Windows 8 Defender provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and uses the same virus definition updates.

For more information, please read Windows Defender on Windows 8 - Introduction and FAQss.

See Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools for using programs like Winpatrol and Spywareblaster.


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:19 PM

Thank you for the links Bleepin' Janitor. I think I have a reasonable anti-virus defense after reading this information, especially your contributions concerning supplementing various anti-virus programs with anti-malware tools as I have done. Very well written, comprehensive and easy to understand expose on this subject. Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 21 November 2013 - 08:40 AM

You're welcome.
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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:17 PM

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It shows how diverse this AV topic is, and how experiences differ with PC's.

 

For example, when I first had Win 7 installed on my new Desktop PC (custom-built at a local PC store), I installed ESET AV and ran it for about 2.5 years with mixed results.  It didn't completely block all effects of intrusions but that may have been due to a user issue (me), where I may not have had the tool setup efficiently.

 

Prior to ESET, I ran "Trend Micro" for a few years with XP with similar results.

 

I switched to Norton 360 about a year ago with good results to date.  However, I know that only time will tell with this AV.

 

I'm running Norton simultaneously with MBAM Pro.  I mention that because it's not recommended at the Norton Forum to run the Pro version alongside Norton or any other AV.  Based on my experiences at the one-year mark, I disagree with that recommendation as I've not encountered any issues as a result of conflicts and have read numerous posts at the MBAM forum from Norton AV users with the same results as myself.

 



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 04:27 PM

I do believe that Norton 360 is no longer the "incompatible bloatware" that it was.

The current versions are more suited to mix with other programs also.

 

Once you would call them Good, but then add all of the Bad extras that mde it a Slug.

These problems seem to be reducing with each new model.

 

Just as an Extra, the site Administrator at MBAM forum runs Norton on one of his computers with MBAM Pro Version.

He has said that there are "generally no problems" with the 2 programs together.


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 09:07 AM

No two systems are completely alike and Norton may have issues with MBAM on some. I think its more the exception than the rule but apparently Norton is not wanting to leave anything to chance so they are recommending against using it. That is not the same as saying do not use it.

Further, the Norton forums are filled with volunteers just like most forums so everyone has an opinion.
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Posted 26 November 2013 - 07:44 PM

No two systems are completely alike and Norton may have issues with MBAM on some. I think its more the exception than the rule but apparently Norton is not wanting to leave anything to chance so they are recommending against using it. That is not the same as saying do not use it.

Further, the Norton forums are filled with volunteers just like most forums so everyone has an opinion.

 

I agree about the opinions but they also post opinions as facts, ie to new members over there about the question of MBAM Pro's scanner and Norton AV products:

 

"It's a good thing that you weren't running MBAM Pro.  Otherwise, you'd have been infected"...

 

...meaning, the conflict with a Norton AV and MBAM Pro's real-time scanner would conflict when trying to take ownership of a detected threat, thus allowing the threat into the member's HDD.

 

The only thing I disagree is they're not supplying test data to substantiate that claim to fact and have not replied to the MBAM staff Admin when requesting said data.






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