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Top 10 Best Anti-Viruses of 2014


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#1 Laith225

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 01:21 PM

Hey Guys!
I have been looking for some anti-viruses. I came across so many that i want to ask you guys "What is the top 10 anti-viruses of all time?"
 
Leave your suggestions!

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum.~ Animal

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 01:36 PM

As has been said many times regarding AV's and said best by our very own quietman7:

There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-virus. Every vendor's virus lab and program scanning engine is different. Each has has its own strengths and weaknesses and they often use a mix of technologies to detect and remove malware. In many cases choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference and what works best on a particular system. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs.

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 08:44 AM

Laith225

 

As mentioned by Animal, referencing quiteman7's post, this is one of the most diverse topics on the 'net.

 

I'm currently using Norton (N360 version).  It's my 3rd AV product since I began using WIndows home 'net PC's in 2004.

 

So far, it's been my best choice for several reasons: User Interface, track record since installing it on 3 PC's in December 2012.

 

This is only my opinion, but I believe you'll be in good shape if you select one of the more popular mainline AV products ( ESET, Kaspersky, MacAfee, Bitdefender, etc).  Those are some of the paid AV products.

 

There are some good free AV's available as well, such as Avast.

 

 

Many experienced users have mentioned the following recommendations about overall PC protection:

 

It's a combination of using an updated AV, updated plug-in's, add-on's, etc, and following safe 'net usage practices.

 

I'm also using MBAM (MalwareBytes) Pro (paid realtime antimalware product) with my Norton AV.

 

I like the idea of a dual-layer protection plan with an antimalware-specific product working simultaneously with an AV product.

 

Whatever choice you make, best of success in choosing and installing your AV.

 

 

This tip is off-topic but I'd also recommend implementing a backup plan if you haven't already done so.  You'll have a fast PC recovery plan with backups in the event of a malicious intrusion or other unforeseen unwanted occurrences with your PC[s].

 



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Posted 01 September 2014 - 02:13 PM

Scoop, I was using Avira until i hated completely the UI. So now i just have MBAM Pro. Thats why i want suggestions.

Animal, Im gonna take a read at quietman7's post.



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Posted 01 September 2014 - 02:51 PM

Scoop, I was using Avira until i hated completely the UI. So now i just have MBAM Pro...


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.
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Posted 01 September 2014 - 06:08 PM

I use Microsoft Security Essentials with Malwarebytes 


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Posted 02 September 2014 - 07:51 PM

I forgot to mention that there are several reputable labs which test the effectiveness of major anti-virus programs and security suites 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.

* Anti-virus Testing Websites: An overview of testing sites by AV-Comparatives.

Further, if you're dealing with zero-day malware it's unlikely the anti-virus testing is going to detect anything. It takes time for new malware to be reported, samples collected, analyzed, and tested by anti-virus researchers before they can add a new threat to database definitions.
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Posted 03 September 2014 - 10:03 AM

Quietman, I know that. But MBAM acts like a real antivirus program,

It scans and it help with webprotection.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 10:16 AM

"Acting like an anti-virus" and actually being an anti-virus when it comes to computer security are two entirely different things. When it comes to security you don't want something to pretend to be something. You want it to actually do it's job. So I strongly suggest you avoid generalities and be more specific when describing what products you are referring to and their targeted function. Especially when it comes to computer security.

Yes MBAM adds a layer of protection and thats exactly what you need for, protection and security 'layers'. Anti-virus AND Anti-Malware applications working together.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 11:55 AM

Animal:Just to ask, what specifically does malwarebytes(paid) do that a normal antivirus does not(and what does it not do that a normal antivirus does?)? I use the free scanner version so i can see how that isn't an antivirus as it provides no real-time protection but as the paid version gives real-time protection what part of a normal antivirus program's functions does it not do? and as "Virus" and "malware" are usually used to mean the same thing what is the difference between an "antivirus" and "antimalware" program? I would like to know.

 

Laith 225: i use AVG free antivirus alongside malwarebytes free scanner, they are a good combination together. Avg for real-time malwarebytes for second opinion and i use it from the right click menu to scan any file i download (except images(png,jpg,jpeg,gif), they apparently cannot get infected). As far as i know they have worked well to protect me, plus a few "today something looks fishy with my system" uses of some of the tools on this site for third and fourth opinions.  I don't use it all the time but when i think the site i am about to visit has even a small chance of containing some kind of exploit i use the noscript plugin for firefox, blocking scripts is probably the only way to reduce (although still not eliminate) risk from zero-day attacks.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 12:50 PM

Rp88, I dont like AVG too much. Im not sure if i want to download it or not.

The thing that have come to my mind is to install a good antivirus with a good UI.

I've been thinking to install Kaspersky. But the Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 i wanted to install it but i didn't work out well i couldn't get into the internet.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:09 PM

Quietman, I know that. But MBAM acts like a real antivirus program,
It scans and it help with webprotection.

Expanding on Animal's comments...Anti-virus and anti-malware programs each perform different tasks as it relates to computer security and threat detection. Essentially, they look for and remove different types of malicious threats. In simplistic terms, Anti-virus programs generally scan for infectious malware which includes viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkis and bots. Anti-virus software is inherently reactive...meaning it usually finds malware after a computer has been infected. Further, if you're dealing with zero-day malware it's unlikely the anti-virus is going to detect anything.

Anti-malware programs generally tend to focus more on spyware, adware and PUPS (potentially unwanted programs)?. However, there can be some overlap in functionality and detection features depending on the program's scanning engine, how the vendor defines a specific threat and what Naming Standards are used.
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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:42 PM

Animal:Just to ask, what specifically does malwarebytes(paid) do that a normal antivirus does not(and what does it not do that a normal antivirus does?)? I use the free scanner version so i can see how that isn't an antivirus as it provides no real-time protection but as the paid version gives real-time protection what part of a normal antivirus program's functions does it not do? and as "Virus" and "malware" are usually used to mean the same thing what is the difference between an "antivirus" and "antimalware" program? I would like to know.

 

 

The full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Premium) includes a real-time Protection Module that uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent the installation of most new malware, stopping malware distribution at the source. This technology runs at startup where it monitors every process and helps stop malicious processes before they can infect your computer. Keep in mind that this feature does not guarantee something will not slip through as no product can detect and prevent every type of malware. The database that defines the heuristics is updated as often as there is something to add to it. Also keep in mind that Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like an anti-virus program so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute.

Malicious Website Blocking (IP Protection) is part of the Protection Module and works after it is enabled. When attempting to go to a potential malicious website, Malwarebytes will block the attempt and provide an alert. IP Protection is also designed to block incoming connections it determines to be malicious. For information about Malicious Website Blocking, please refer to:



Those who purchase the full version receive a license key via email to activate the protection module. Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as it utilizes few system resources and should not conflict with other scanners or anti-virus programs.
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