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01-05-2013, 04:21 AM #11
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RE: Free or paid antivirus ?
I have used quite a number of antivirus programs and a few years back I just decided to go for the free ones. I currently use AVG, the latest free version and, you know what, I'm very pleased with it. 

When I first 'discovered' computers I was curious to stick my nose everywhere so I used a floppy disk (oh my, haven't used that word in almost 10 years!) to take files home from school, from my friends etc. and I always ended up with Trojan horses and so on. Oh, and there was the curiosity of browsing everything there is to browse on the 'net, so I used paid versions because they had more to offer than a free one.

Now that I know how to stay away from trouble, I could live without AVG at all but I still have it, just in case.

01-13-2013, 03:16 AM #12
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RE: Free or paid antivirus ?
Open-source if possible but most definitely free.
I prefer knowing whether or not my AV has a government-sanctioned backdoor in it. JS.

My Setup:
- Deep Freeze
- Sandboxie
- Truecrypt
- Virtualbox (2 Boxes w/ Deep Freeze & Clam AV / Avira Free)
- Spybot S&D
- Malwarebytes
- CCleaner + Temp File Cleaner (Oldtimer)
- SecurityCheck by screen317
- OldTimer's List-It

01-14-2013, 11:53 AM #13
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RE: Free or paid antivirus ?
(01-03-2013, 07:26 AM)AceInfinity Wrote:  If you run Windows 8, you no longer need an AV, if you like MSE, because "Windows Defender" is actually now "Microsoft Security Essentials" under the defender name.

So, you're saying that Windows 8 has an antivirus already? No need to install anything extra? I know every new version of Windows is more secure than the ones before but can Windows 8 handle this that well?

01-14-2013, 12:23 PM #14
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RE: Free or paid antivirus ?
(01-14-2013, 11:53 AM)Adriana Wrote:  
(01-03-2013, 07:26 AM)AceInfinity Wrote:  If you run Windows 8, you no longer need an AV, if you like MSE, because "Windows Defender" is actually now "Microsoft Security Essentials" under the defender name.

So, you're saying that Windows 8 has an antivirus already? No need to install anything extra? I know every new version of Windows is more secure than the ones before but can Windows 8 handle this that well?

MSE is actually really good, but now, knowing that i'm sure MSE will be the #1 target for hackers because of this, it would be interesting to see how MSE progresses. I'd still say that it would probably be a good solution though. I just have MSE (Windows Defender) on my current Windows 8. I have scanners for other reasons though.


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04-30-2013, 03:15 AM #15
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RE: Free or paid antivirus ?
avira is the most hard to get fud so i prefer avira

07-08-2013, 12:36 AM #16
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RE: Free or paid antivirus ?
I find to like Avast a lot, even worth their paid version.

The only thing I don't like about the program is it's annoying notifications.
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07-08-2013, 06:08 PM #17
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RE: Free or paid antivirus ?
(07-08-2013, 12:36 AM)AnthonyN Wrote:  I find to like Avast a lot, even worth their paid version.

The only thing I don't like about the program is it's annoying notifications.

Notifications aren't bad, but that's what I found with Avast too. The sound notifications are annoying to begin with, but notifications overall, are used way too much.


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07-08-2013, 11:22 PM #18
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RE: Free or paid antivirus ?
I guess the toasts aren't so bad but to announce every single one is just plain irritating.
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07-18-2013, 08:19 AM #19
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RE: Free or paid antivirus ?
Virus Bulletin are well known for testing AntiVirus... mentioning AV, which are discussed in all previous posts ;)

Virus Bulletin Results till date -
Avast - 52 Pass, 25 Fail from January 1998 (11 tests not entered)
Avg - 47 Pass, 25 Fail from February 1998 (15 tests not entered)
Avira - 38 Pass, 5 Fail from February 2005 (8 tests not entered)
Bitdefender - 39 Pass, 10 Fail from July 2000 (24 tests not entered)
ESET - 80 Pass, 2 Fail from February 1998 (4 tests not entered)
Kasperesky - 64 Pass, 22 Fail from January 1998 (2 tests not entered)
MSE - 9 Pass, 1 Fail from December 2009 (12 tests not entered)
Nortan - 1 Pass, 1 Fail between April 2010 and December 2011 (9 tests not entered)

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07-18-2013, 10:28 PM #20
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RE: Free or paid antivirus ?
@Saket - Unfortunately all of that information is too old to really be of any use. Antivirus programs can change dramatically within the period of a single year, and tests are available as recent as a couple months ago...


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