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#1 trevorcork

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 02:51 PM

which is the best free AV i usually use MSE or AVG,

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 03:49 PM

I like Bitdefender Free, but I've heard Sophos Home is good as well. Personally haven't used Sophos though. I also liked Avast, but it took up a bit of resources and had some features I didn't need.


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Posted 26 April 2016 - 04:24 PM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/407147/answers-to-common-security-questions-best-practices/?p=2316629

 

Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability and experience....



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Posted 26 April 2016 - 11:52 PM

I use Avast for several years. This is a good AV and works without problems.



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Posted 27 April 2016 - 06:15 AM

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, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, availability of quality/prompt technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs.

Here are links to some 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 either Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if you prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender.

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 07:49 AM

I think Norton is the best antivirus for your pc's or laptops....



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Posted 28 April 2016 - 10:06 AM

Although Norton (Symantec) is as good as any other well known anti-virus program, it is costly, there have been complaints about lack of sufficient support, and it requires numerous services and running processes that consume system resources which often results in complaints of high CPU usage. Anti-virus software components insert themselves deep into the operating systems core where they install kernel mode drivers that load at boot-up and create files/folders/registry entries in various locations.

I have read from other users that Norton has made improvements in newer versions of their software so they are not as resource heavy as past versions...while others still say differently. Those issues plus the cost factor are the primary reason many folks look for a free alternative. IMO, Norton is better utilized in an Enterprise system environment protecting many client computers. With that said, there are a lot of folks who prefer using Norton (especially if it came preinstalled) and there is nothing wrong with staying with a product you are satisfied with.
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