Antivirus software

Discussion in 'IT & Internet' started by Richard Cole, May 11, 2020.

  1. Richard Cole

    Richard Cole UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I currently have AVG Ultimate but this is due for renewal soon, should i be looking at alternatives and if so what?
     
    Posted: May 11, 2020 By: Richard Cole Member since: Oct 31, 2016
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  2. Tin

    Tin Just an SEO { Moderator }

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    I've been using Kaspersky for a good few years now and it's been very good but for some odd reason it can have a tendency to prevent some emails from known sources coming in. Because that's become quite annoying I'm now testing Bitdefender out which seems really good and is similarly priced.

    To be honest I don't think there's much between them at all.
     
    Posted: May 11, 2020 By: Tin Member since: Nov 14, 2005
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  3. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Malwarebytes no 1 option, Kaspersky no 2 option
     
    Posted: May 11, 2020 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  4. Alex Calinov

    Alex Calinov UKBF Contributor Full Member

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    I've done some research awhile back on this, and after using all sorts of different paid software, Norton, Bitdefender, etc.. I found out a very good combo, backed up by many others, in different articles and forums.

    And that is. Windows Defender + Malwarebytes. I've been using this setup for about a year now, and I'm pretty happy with it.
     
    Posted: May 12, 2020 By: Alex Calinov Member since: Jan 19, 2017
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  5. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Ace Free Member

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    The best alternative is already on your machine; it's called Windows Defender

    Most anti-virus software is nothing more than a virus itself.
     
    Posted: May 12, 2020 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  6. alan1302

    alan1302 UKBF Ace Free Member

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    That's just nonsense
     
    Posted: May 12, 2020 By: alan1302 Member since: Jun 2, 2018
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  7. SteveHa

    SteveHa UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Best AV I use is Linux rather than Windows or MacOS.
     
    Posted: May 12, 2020 By: SteveHa Member since: Jun 16, 2016
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  8. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Ace Free Member

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    There's always one. :rolleyes:
     
    Posted: May 12, 2020 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  9. Richard Cole

    Richard Cole UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hi Chris and Alex, thanks for your replies, I currently use Malwarebytes on my home computer, free version, but looking for my business, its just for my laptop and mobile phone, do you use the home version or the business editions?
     
    Posted: May 12, 2020 By: Richard Cole Member since: Oct 31, 2016
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  10. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    I have the premium version Home edition as now retired also have defender running, when I had a company used the business version for my network for many years and never had a hint of trouble and Bytes always found out dodgy emails etc first, Also never any interference with other software either on loading or running
     
    Posted: May 13, 2020 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  11. Financial-Modeller

    Financial-Modeller UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    I checked this out last year, and collective wisdom from those who know much more about the subject than I do suggested (for a couple of laptops):
    Windows Defender is excellent. Microsoft objected to everybody buying expensive AV software that then caused problems for Windows so decided to make the best product and include it with Windows.
    MalWare Bytes is a no-brainer.
    Viruses are more likely to appear during surfing than normal office work. Choice of browser matters. Firefox (and its derivatives) was recommended, with Adblock Plus and NoScript and uBlock Origin, which seem pretty clever.
    Tools are available to check/clear any viruses that get past that lot. CCleaner and Privazer seemed to be the recommended ones.
     
    Posted: May 13, 2020 By: Financial-Modeller Member since: Jul 3, 2012
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  12. Richard Cole

    Richard Cole UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Decided i will get Malwarebytes when my present licence expires in a couple weeks backed up with Defender, thanks everyone for your help.
     
    Posted: May 13, 2020 By: Richard Cole Member since: Oct 31, 2016
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  13. Nico Albrecht

    Nico Albrecht UKBF Enthusiast Full Member - Verified Business

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    Depends how important security is to you. Top performers are Bitdefender and Kaspersky. I'd lean towards Kaspersky as having a slight edge with some of their tech. Windows defender and Malwarebytes are in the sub poor performing category and more aimed at entry level protection. They work but fail very quickly for unknown threats and fishing.
     
    Posted: May 13, 2020 By: Nico Albrecht Member since: May 2, 2017
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  14. alan1302

    alan1302 UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Agree - have used both and do find Kaspersky slightly has the edge and will have less false positives.

    Using Windows Defender is very basic and I'd not want to trust all my security to it.
     
    Posted: May 13, 2020 By: alan1302 Member since: Jun 2, 2018
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  15. Nico Albrecht

    Nico Albrecht UKBF Enthusiast Full Member - Verified Business

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    My concern is that Malewarebytes always chickens out when they do the testing benchmarks and refuses to take part. I'd use Malewarebytes only on a 2nd run for the jiggles.
     
    Posted: May 14, 2020 By: Nico Albrecht Member since: May 2, 2017
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  16. Aleksander_Gramm

    Aleksander_Gramm UKBF Regular Free Member

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    If you use Windows, Windows Defender is the only solution.
    Many years ago I used ESET NOD32 Antivirus + Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro after I had tried AVG, Kaspersky, Dr. Web, Malwarebytes, etc. But now Windows Defender provides a perfect protection.
    Of course, if your device will be attacked by a hacker, you will need a special depatment to protect your data.
     
    Posted: May 25, 2020 By: Aleksander_Gramm Member since: Dec 14, 2018
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  17. alan1302

    alan1302 UKBF Ace Free Member

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    In what way? No virus protection is perfect.
     
    Posted: May 25, 2020 By: alan1302 Member since: Jun 2, 2018
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  18. Alan

    Alan UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    Make that two :)
     
    Posted: May 25, 2020 By: Alan Member since: Aug 16, 2011
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  19. Aleksander_Gramm

    Aleksander_Gramm UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Of course, if your device will be attacked by a hacker, you will need a special depatment to protect your data.
     
    Posted: May 26, 2020 By: Aleksander_Gramm Member since: Dec 14, 2018
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  20. alan1302

    alan1302 UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Don't understand what you mean
     
    Posted: May 26, 2020 By: alan1302 Member since: Jun 2, 2018
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