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Help me buy a good AV/AM software package?


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#1 Haagendaz

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 09:05 PM

Hey guys, 

 

Need help from the experts.  Whats the best anti-virus and anti-malware software suite out there for a home user? 

 

Not looking to break the bank.  Just something reliable that does the job. 

 

 



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Posted 02 November 2016 - 09:35 PM

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 related discussion topics:Here are links to BC polls:Just like with anti-virus programs...there is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-malware solution to supplement your existing security protection.

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 11:49 PM

Hi, 

Not really wanting to spend 50 hours researching a million different software packages in excruciating detail? 

How about just a short list of recommendations? 

 

Thanks 



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Posted 04 November 2016 - 07:02 AM


I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware if choosing a paid for program as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources which slow down performance. 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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