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What's a good antivirus?

#21SinisterSlayPosted 12/3/2013 9:34:33 PM
k debonair posted...
wildog2006 posted...
Even microsoft has said to stop using MSE, why would people still recommend it?


you didn't read what I posted, did you?


MS reversed that statement anyways.
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#22SinisterSlayPosted 12/3/2013 9:39:24 PM
Kerr Avon posted...
SinisterSlay posted...
I gave Avast a try a week ago.

It cut my system speed in half and decided that nearly every program I had was a virus, then it would hang the system.
The uninstall did not work either because it thought it's own uninstall was a virus.
uninstall in safemode did not work either.
I had to use my tablet to download a cleaning tool, then transfer to my cell phone via bluetooth, then use cell phone to plug into computer and get the remover tool.

A lot of effort.


Nothing even remotely like that has ever happened to me, or to anyone I know who uses Avast!, and the fact that it thought a part of it's own program set (the uninstall) suggests it wasn't Avast! as such at fault, it's much more likely that either Avast! (or a system file(s) that Avast! calls) has become corrupted or an infection had existed on your machine prior to you installing Avast!, and the infection had infected Avast! before it was run for the first time (and so before it could detect and remove the virus).

You really should run scandisc, then (on a machine you know to be uninfected) download a bootable anti-virus disc (AVG or similar) and boot it on your PC either from DVD or USB stick, and scan every singlefile. Doing this from a bootable media will negate any virus that might already be in your system.


Crazy extremely unlikely it's infected. malwarebytes and avira come up clean every time, same with spybot, not even a tracking cookie. The system is rock stable.

Far as I can tell, Avast blacklists any program that is not in its database, so it got really mad when I tried, for example, using my media player I wrote, or using my tool to edit id tags on mp3 files.
And it horribly slowed the system down. Boot time went from 1 minute, to 8 minutes. Doing anything at all with disc access ground the system to a halt, and way to many times did the message "Deepscan" pop up then close whatever I was running then hang explorer.exe.

AVG is the worst virus scanner ever, every system I've had to clean, had AVG on it. Just last week I cleaned a machine that had AVG, it detected nothing, whereas malwarebytes found over 1000 items on the machine. AVG was happily blocking home page changes, but wasn't trying to stop the virus causing these changes, it also had no problem with the random popups and random porn showing up on the persons computer.
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#23TiamatKillerPosted 12/3/2013 9:44:12 PM
ESET
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#24PraetorXynPosted 12/3/2013 9:45:45 PM
jokujokujoku posted...
http://www.av-comparatives.org/

That will tell you how all the top anti-virus software compares.


This. MSE + Common Sense is usually enough, but Kaspersky generally tops these lists.
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#25dunebeetlePosted 12/3/2013 9:55:41 PM
Norton, of course you can disable the full system scan. If the "quick scan" (which should take maybe 10 seconds) is giving you issues, then you need a better computer, and you shouldn't be running any antivirus if you want a usable machine.
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#26TiamatKillerPosted 12/3/2013 9:56:27 PM
dunebeetle posted...
Norton, of course you can disable the full system scan. If the "quick scan" (which should take maybe 10 seconds) is giving you issues, then you need a better computer, and you shouldn't be running any antivirus if you want a usable machine.


lol?
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#27Po-RayuPosted 12/3/2013 9:57:37 PM
An Apple computer.
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#28electroflamePosted 12/3/2013 10:31:35 PM
From: roos1046 Reborn | #012
Norton

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#29doctoglethorpePosted 12/3/2013 11:05:40 PM
The Triforce. AVG + Malwarbytes + SuperAntiSpyware
#30doctoglethorpePosted 12/3/2013 11:11:29 PM
I tried Avast recently to see if I liked it better then AVG, which Ive been using for several years now. I didn't like it's whole UI set up. Seems to be designed with the expectations its users are complete incompetents. I understand why, theres a lot of those and god knows of all PC users they need an AV program the most. It's not for me though.

I also didn't like that it automatically went and dug itself into my Firefox browser without asking me.