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Which Antivirus/AntiMalware/Anything combo would you recommend?

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#1 iamzaidan


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Posted 21 September 2016 - 07:27 AM

This is the first time i'm posting here on Bleeping Computer, so please excuse any mistakes i make. For the past few days i've been trying to improve the security of my laptop.

Here's my current setup:

1. Eset Nod32 (trial)

2. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (trial)

3. Malwarebytes Anti-exploit Free

4. COMODO Firewall

5. CryptoPrevent Free (set on default)

6. Chrome with uBlock and HTTPS everywhere

7. SUPERAntiSpyware Free

8. Hitman Pro


Out of these, 1-6 are running at all times, and 7 and 8 are used for weekly (or whenever im bored) scans.

All these programs are upto date


How would you rate this setup?

Any other program I can use?

Any program I don't need?

Should i purchase Malwarebytes Anti-Malware once the trial runs out?

Is eset nod32 good enough, or should I use another one?


Sorry if i've asked too many questions


(Note: I am an experienced user and generally browse safe, however sometimes I tend to be careless)

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#2 Sintharius


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Posted 22 September 2016 - 10:31 AM

I would drop Comodo Firewall. It's too much hassle to use, and if you are not familiar with the HIPS module then it is going to be quite annoying. Windows Firewall will do for most home users.

If you are using uBlock, I recommend switching to the uBlock Origin fork, as it is maintained by the original author and still getting regular updates.

ESET NOD32 and MBAM should be fine, although I do recommend buying Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium because the real-time protection is worth the cash.

IMO SUPERAntiSpyware is a bit redundant with HitmanPro and MBAM. You can keep it if you want since there is no conflict.

The rest of your setup is fine.

Edited by Sintharius, 22 September 2016 - 10:31 AM.

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 05:51 PM

Is eset nod32 good enough, or should I use another one?

ESET NOD32 is a trustworthy and effective antivirus solution which leaves a small footprint...meaning it is not intrusive and does not utilize a lot of system resources. ESET Antivirus and Smart Security uses a Host-based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) to monitor system activity and uses a pre-defined set of rules to recognize suspicious system behavior. When this type of activity is identified, HIPS stops the offending program from carrying out potentially harmful activity. ESET Antivirus (and Smart Security) includes Exploit Blocker which is designed to fortify applications that are often exploited, such as web browsers, PDF readers, email clients or MS Office components. Further, it does not conflict with other security programs I use on my computers. You may want to read the following.ESET also has the added advantage of blocking the installation of Potentially Unsafe Applications (PUAs), Potentially Unwanted Application/Unwanted Content and most Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) (such as adware, spyware, unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers) if you enable that feature.

With that said, Emsisoft Anti-Malware is another effective alternative to consider. See my comments at the bottom of Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools as to why I recommend Emsisoft Anti-Malware.

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 06:40 AM

Hi all!


There is also SpywareBlaster and WinPatrol FREE / PLUS, both of which have free as well as paid versions, i.e. the latter with extra functionality.


In addition there is Ghostery and Secunia PSI, which both are free.




Edited by midimusicman79, 23 September 2016 - 07:00 AM.

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