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#1 smoke070


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Posted 06 April 2014 - 12:03 PM

hello all, i am currently looking into a paid antivirus program for my pc. i've done plenty of virus cleanouts here at my job and we recommend and install kaspersky for our customers but since the newest version i haven't been satisfied with the program, and i am seeing a lot of pcs coming back with virus issues even with kaspersky so now i am looking into something different.
after reviewing the latest av comparatives (av-test.org) i'm interested in eset smart security or bitdefender internet security. i was considering trend micro but it is very lacking in options and a bit too simplistic for me, not a fan. i'm running a trial of bitdefender at the moment and it seems perfectly fine but people really seem to hate on it for one reason or another. eset smart security i haven't particularly heard bad things about but it seems their detection rates aren't quite as good. i'll test it later if they have a trial.
if the issue with bitdefender is that it's "heavier" but has better detection rates doesn't bother me honestly. another option that could work is malwarebytes premium, but it doesn't seem particularly user friendly and lacks some of the nicer features of the bigger programs.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 02:00 PM

another option that could work is malwarebytes premium, but it doesn't seem particularly user friendly and lacks some of the nicer features of the bigger programs.

Malwarebytes Premium is NOT an antivirus.

Posted by Quietman7 yesterday http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/528645/malwarebytes-20-discussion-topic/page-2#entry3335078

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not an anti-virus program nor should it be used as a replacement. Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like anti-virus software so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute. The following quote is a statement from the Malwarebytes Team.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complementary but essential program which detects and removes zero-day malware and "Malware in the Wild". This includes malicious programs and files, such as viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and rogue applications that many antivirus programs do not detect or cannot fully remove. It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts. In some rare instances, exclusions may need to be set for your specific antivirus product to achieve the best possible system performance.

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Thus, you need both an anti-virus and an anti-malware program...together they provide the most comprehensive protection.


Having said that, I use Eset Smart Security. It does its job and doesn't bog down the 5 systems I have it installed on.

I'm not a big fan of what "THEY" say about the various products. I try something and make up my own mind. Eset has never let me down, despite what "THEY" say about detection rates.

Eset does have a trial. If you use it, make sure to check the option for Enable protection against potentially unwanted programs.
This is my favorite feature of Eset.

Take time to read this, also by Quietman7
Choosing an Anti-Virus Program


Edited by Queen-Evie, 06 April 2014 - 02:06 PM.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 04:32 PM

...after reviewing the latest av comparatives (av-test.org) i'm interested in eset smart security or bitdefender internet security...

There are several labs which test the effectiveness of major anti-virus programs to include AV-Comparatives.org, Virus Bulletin Comparative Tests, AV-Test.org, NSS Labs Consumer Anti-Malware Products Group Test Report, etc.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. There are no universally predefined set of standards or criteria for testing which means each test will yield different results. As such, you need to look for detailed information about how the tests were conducted, the procedures used, and data results.

With that said, I agree with Queen-Evie....Eset Smart Security is the way to go, if you're looking for a quality paid for anti-virus which is not a resource hog.
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