I would appreciate a variety of answers from BC people, especially those who routinely try out different AV/AM software. All input is welcome, and a variety from the malware experts is most appreciated!
Here's the short version. Details to follow.
1) What are the top free and paid AV/AM programs?/Where is the most current and up-to-date article on this?
2) If EAM isn't going to work right on my systems (like last time), but it's the top choice, what's the next best?
3) Where is the article that lists BC's sister sites?
4) Is Spybot 2 a superior choice as a supplementary program to my main AV?
5) Is there still a way to get a lifetime licence for MBAM?
6) Would it be better to use a free AV with Sandboxie?
I have two HP laptops:
Pavilion dv2 series, AMD Athlon Neo X2 Dual core L335 CPU 1.6GHz with 2GB RAM using W7 Home Premium SP1;
Mini 210-4000 series, Intel Atom CPU N2800 1.86GHz with 2GB RAM.
I know that on places like BC there are specific articles that have the most up-to-date info on which antivirus/malware programs are considered the best by your team, yet I don't seem to remember where to look for these articles. I did see an article, which I think Grinler wrote, in the forum for AV stuff, but it seemed to be out of date? I noticed that Emsisoft's EAM is now being recommended here in certain places (partially because BC is an affiliate of Emsisoft, MBAM and SAS?), but that some articles I read didn't mention it. I also noticed repeated personal recommendations of Kaspersky and ESET NOD32 by Quietman and others, although these two aren't listed in "official" articles.
Do you happen to have a list of links to the best article revolving around what are currently the best free and paid AV/AM programs? I currently use Avast! Free but it's 5 days away from expiring and I wanted to look at the latest possibilities. I noticed that Quietman questions the use of AVG because of it being linked to Limewire, and I have had disappointing results in the past with AVG and Avira, which I saw are still recommended by BC; even Bitdefender didn't catch everything when I used a paid version - nor has Avast!...But that's the world of computer insecurity, right?
Of course, EAM's emails always show that their test results are better than everyone else's. I tested EAM and EOA on both computers and noticed that they caused trouble on both of them (?due to only 2GB RAM and their dual search engine?), and interfered with the USB wifi router I used to use. Also, both AM and OA had monitoring of software accessing the Internet, so I had to disable the one in AM to avoid having to allow the same program twice (in both AM and OA, I mean).
Given my specs, would I be better off sticking with a free version and using Sandboxie?
I am, as usual, on a shoestring budget. If you know of someone who regularly engages in testing different AV/AM packages and think they might be able to provide me with the info I seek, please ask them to weigh in.
Also, I seem to recall once having seen a list of BC's sister sites that are recommended and safe. Can someone share the link?
If it helps, aside from Avast! and Spybot running, I have MBAM free & SAS 2 free - both inactive and used as-needed only to save on system resources. I have WinPatrol, too, and Panda's USB vaccine (which a virus recently managed to find a way past) running. I had SpywareBlaster but I seem to have deleted it. I didn't see much about Spybot v2 - is it good enough to trust as the sidekick of a main AV?
I had planned to get the lifetime membership for MBAM, but when I went to buy it, I discovered they no longer offer it.
Thanks to everyone in advance, and sorry for a redundant message!