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What is a good product to buy to protect and remove virus, malware etc...


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#1 Gerry0311

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 10:30 PM

I've been using AVG, and have bought the full version, yet was confused with what I had to do.  Can anyone tell me which product is user friendly, yet a good system choice.  Thanks,

Would be appreciated. 

 



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 05:33 AM

My personal choice is ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus if choosing a paid for program as it leaves a small footprint...meaning it is not intrusive and does not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-Virus is also a good choice if looking for a paid for program. If you don't want to pay then I recommend avast! Free Antivirus.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 02:13 AM

Your choice of AVG is certainly a good choice. My personal favorites are Immunet, AVG and Malwarebytes.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:57 AM

I have been disappointed with AVG ever since they made a decision in April 2010 to partner with LimeWire and promote the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, and exposure of personal information.

Since the release of AVG 2011/2012/2013, there have been numerous complaints about issues and conflicts with other security tools like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Read these related discussions:Even MajorGeeks, a popular download hosting site, had issued a Statement on AVG Free 2011 and removed its Editor's Pick listing at that time.

There have been reports of issues with the computer starting properly on 64-bit Windows sytems for which AVG has had to release these fix instructions.

There have also been numerous reported problems with computers after using features like PC Analyzer and PC Tuneup which purport to fix registry errors in order to make the system more stable and various optimizing tools which can make changes to system settings. I do not recommend the routine use of registry cleaners/optimizers as they are extremely powerful applications that can damage the Windows registry by using aggressive cleaning routines. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from booting properly. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

Please read: Why you should not use Registry Cleaners and Optimization Tools

And finally there have been many user complaints about the lack of adequate AVG Customer Support in addressing issues related to the use of their product.

For these reasons, I no longer recommend AVG as a free alternative anti-virus solution.
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Posted 21 May 2014 - 10:38 AM

As quietman7 mentioned above, I stopped using AVG for personal and business use due to running into some issues with Malwarebytes. This caused issues deploying a business version of AVG (and also with Kaspersky) where other products were used instead.

 

I've primarily used BitDefender for home use and found it to be fantastic and in my case - great with Windows 8.1. For business use though, I have gone back to using Symantec Cloud Endpoint Protection.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 10:49 AM

Thanks queitman7, this has given me something to think about. I have been routinely installing AVG + Malwarebytes for friends and family who are looking for free threat protection...



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:55 PM

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