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Best Antivirus for Windows 7 64 bit Home Prem


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Posted 24 October 2015 - 01:21 PM

Using MSE but ? wonder how safe it is keeping me due to AV testing show it is low on the list. Avast free is only for 32 bit. I have paid for other antivirus programs in past and waste of $$ as they slowed my laptop so badly or had warnings pop up that were not warnings. Paid antivirus in past I did not like or they did not like me ( Eset,Webroot,and others) 
Can someone recommend a compatible antivirus.

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 03:36 PM


You ask a common question for which you will receive varying opinions and recommendations. 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. Please read:Here are links to some recent BC discussion topics with opinions from other members:Here are links to BC polls:I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-virus is also a good choice for the same reason. If you don't want to pay then I would recommend avast! Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition.

Keep in mind that an offer of free anti-virus software is essentially a marketing technique...a way of advertising and enticement to get folks to try a product and if they like it, to purchase the full (or Pro) version which typically provides more features. Marketing and promotional strategies are built into the vendor's business model as part of their operating costs. Bottom line...it's all about generating revenue and finding new and creative ways to do so. As such, users may have to deal with occasional nagging pop-ups or nuisance advertising and prompts to upgrade to the paid version.

By using such free programs, you are essentially agreeing to the terms of the vendor's service which includes those ads. In some cases you may be able to disable annoying pop-ups through the anti-virus settings if the vendor included an option to disable them. If the vendor does not have such an option listed, then your only alternative is to switch anti-virus software if the pop-up ads annoy you that much.

Also keep in mind that many anti-virus vendors are bundling toolbars and other software with their products as a cost recoup measure. In fact, all free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software except Bitdefender Free.ESET and Emsisoft Anti-Malware also have the added advantage of blocking the installation of most Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) (such as adware, spyware, unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers) if you enable that feature.

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See my comments in Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools as to why I recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium and Emsisoft Anti-Malware.

I know you said you tried ESET in the past but the vendor has recently released version 9 with many significant changes.
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Posted 10 November 2015 - 06:57 PM

It makes me wonder if Microsoft Windows and these antivirus/antimalware companies are in co-hoots with one another just to make  $$. I bought a new Apple MBP mid 2012 13" Intel i5 thinking easier and not having to deal with this subject but I have had problems since day 1 with this machine, they did have to replace 3 faulty (logic board,HDD, and something else) just got it back and now video issues and non functioning. I know I wrote this in wrong area , I am just spouting



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Posted 10 November 2015 - 07:25 PM

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 02:04 PM

Just out of curiosity, why do you think Avast free only runs on 32 bit?  According to their system requirements it works on Win7 64 bit.  Plus I installed it on my system not long ago with no problem and I'm running both a 64 bit processor and OS.  I finally had to give up on my long-time favorite, Avira--it was slowing down all of the computers I had it installed on.  I had not liked Avast when I tested it previously, mainly because its web shielding caused problems without letting you know why--so this time I have disabled that.  I also don't ever install email scanner modules in an AV--it's really not necessary if you have your on access protection enabled.

 

I don't recommend everyone do the same.  I have enough knowledge of infection vectors and how to prevent that I could almost get away with no AV at all.  Depending on your situation and how much risky behavior you engage in, you might be just as well off staying with MSE.  When I removed Avira from two of my family members' computers, I replaced it with MSE.  They don't have the knowledge I do, but I know that their surfing and other behavior is low risk and if something does happen it won't be very serious and can be handled pretty easily.


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