In your opinion, what is the best antivirust/antimalware software? I have been testing some. Not impressed with TrendMicro, AVG, Avast or MS Essentials. Right now I have a trial version of Webroot SecureAnywhere and Malwarebytes Pro. I have used Malwarebytes for years and will keep it, but tests show the real time protection is not good so I'm looking for something that does have good real time protection.
I have Windows 7 Home Premium.
As quietman7 mentioned, this topic will generate many diverse recommendations. I've been running MBAM Pro simultaneously with Norton 360 AV for about 16 months with good results.
Norton is my 3rd AV product since I began home 'net PC use back in 2004. I like to grade an AV's performance after about 2+ years of use to determine how it performed on my PC.
In my opinion, the best approach to protection plans is to select any of the mainline AV tools mentioned here and in many other discussions, along with an antimalware-specific product, and to maintain a reliable tested backup plan since no AV or antimalware tool can guarantee a 100% success rate of blocking all intrusions into one's PC.
I'm using 2 backup routines:
- Full HDD backup plan, Cloning or Imaging. That provides protection from several scenarios,
- HDD failure
- Nearly all malicious intrusion scenarios
- User mistakes, bad downloads, Registry-edit mistakes, etc.
- Incremental backups, for those "must-have" items. In that way, you can restore your entire HDD fairly quickly and preserve your important items.