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Antivirus for Windows 8 (excluding Avast)


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#1 skizzo

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 03:00 PM

So I have an Acer Aspire E1-527G and I had Avast installed. Recently I have had issues with my wireless connection that kept shutting down, and I asked someone who knows (a lot more) than me about the subject, and he said Avast could be a problem. In fact, when I wanted to uninstall it, it would freeze and I had to reboot several times. Eventually I got rid of it and now I just have Windows Defender and the free version of Malware Bytes. This laptop isnt just used by me, and safe browsing isnt always practiced, so I need something (free) that is more efficient than Windows Defender. What do you guys recommend?



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 03:05 PM

Why not use Windows Defender on Windows 8 which integrates a more robust version of Windows Defender (and uses that name) for its anti-virus and anti-malware protection? Although it uses the same name, it is not the same as Defender in previous operating systems. Windows Defender 8 provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on older operation systems and uses the same daily virus definition updates.Since Windows 8 Defender includes anti-virus protection, it may be disabled by the installation of a third-party anti-virus program. If a trial anti-virus came preinstalled on your computer or you installed one, it most likely turned Windows 8 Defender off (disabled) to avoid conflicts. Windows 8 Defender will remain disabled until that anti-virus software has been completely uninstalled and then Windows 8 Defender needs to be activated if you choose to use it. When uninstalling the third-party anti-virus you may receive a message indicated your system has no protection...click here to turn on Windows Defender. If not, you will need to manually turn it on.If you have not done so already, you may want to read: Choosing an Anti-Virus Program
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Posted 24 April 2015 - 03:08 PM

If you really don't want to use Windows Defender 8 and insist on something free...then I would recommend Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition.

All free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software except Bitdefender Free...see Has the antivirus industry gone mad?!
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Posted 24 April 2015 - 03:36 PM

Great post Skizzo, I have a similar model as yours, but it's an Asus- I downloaded Avast a week ago, and I've been noticing the same thing but thought it was my WIFI-

 

How did you end up getting rid of Avast? I had the same problem with Avira, that still has crap in my laptop... Looks like I'm gonna try Bitdefender also...

 

Thanks Quietman7 for the info, way cool...



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 03:44 PM

Avast and Avira has removal EXEs on their respective web sites.  And, Revo Uninstaller works really well for most programs.


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 03:52 PM

Thanks RolandJS, I do have Revo and uninstalled Avira but it still left stuff behind- There's 2 Program Files ( Program Files & Program Files (86x) and It's under Program Files (86x)



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:00 PM

Instructions for manual uninstallation of Avira

Avira Download Center: Avira RegistryCleaner <- removes all registry entries (remants) created by Avira products
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Anything left behind after that can be manually deleted.
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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:05 PM

quietman, where is that list of uninstallers - there's a link somewhere...


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:08 PM

Also, may I ask who else uses that laptop and for what purposes? We could give you advices on some setups you could consider to protect the system when you aren't the one using the laptop.

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:09 PM

quietman, where is that list of uninstallers - there's a link somewhere...


Do you mean these...?
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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:10 PM

Hi Aura, if your talking to me? I'm the only person to use the laptop...



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:11 PM

I'm talking to skizzo, the OP of this thread.

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:13 PM

I'm sorry



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:19 PM

I'm sorry

No need to apologize...things like that sometimes happens when we get too many members posting in someone else's topic before they have had a chance to reply back.
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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:37 PM

@quietman7: that is the Anti-virus that I was left with, Windows Defender for Windows 8, that is my operating system. But from reading online people seemed to suggest that it wasn't good enough, hence my doubts. You're saying that as an anti-virus its good then?

 

@kikig04: I noticed it was affecting me when I entered in safe mode and the anti-virus was disabled. Then when I tried to remove it on normal mode it froze a few times, eventually I did manage to uninstall it. Not sure if there are any remnants around though.

 

@Aura: my brother. I think he sometimes does go into some iffy sites.






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