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Hey, what do you guys think about this software? I've had problems with both Norton and McAfee and wanted to try something else on my new laptop. Thanks.
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Garbage. Pure junk. If you want a great antivirus program, use Avira. It's free and it's awesome at stopping the baddies from getting in your computer. Another great free malware removal tool is Malware Bytes. It too is free, and is also brilliant. Use them together and keep that PC running lean and clean.
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stormseeker75 wrote:
Garbage. Pure junk. If you want a great antivirus program, use Avira. It's free and it's awesome at stopping the baddies from getting in your computer. Another great free malware removal tool is Malware Bytes. It too is free, and is also brilliant. Use them together and keep that PC running lean and clean.


QFT

I also like AVG and Avast for antivirus software. Both are free.
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I've been using it for a couple of months, and it's fine. It's a stripped-down version of their enterprise product, ForeFront. I would say for a free solution, AVG or MSE are good options.
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stormseeker75 wrote:
If you want a great antivirus program, use Avira. It's free and it's awesome at stopping the baddies from getting in your computer. Another great free malware removal tool is Malware Bytes. It too is free, and is also brilliant. Use them together and keep that PC running lean and clean.

OK, I'll bite.
If Avira is such a great a-v program, why do you have a need for an additional malware removal tool?
 
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Because there is no antivirus in the world that stops everything. Except maybe Kaspersky, but that's not free.
 
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Been running it since a while before it went public.

In comparisons, it worked for most viruses and is considered to be good (but not fantastic) protection.

But the best part is that it's invisible, in terms of almost never bothering you, and not affecting performance.

It might not be the choice if you're doing a lot of risky stuff, but for a normal user, it's fine.
 
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No antivirus stops everything. All the antiviruses in the world, running at once, don't stop everything.

In malware, the highest level of defense on Windows is not an antivirus, but a bunch of low level tools, ran often, and by a person that happens to have enough knowledge of his system and how Windows works to both detect everything and avoid false positives. The malware creators are further ahead in the race than ever before, if just because a decade or two ago, viruses were something created by hobbyists for kicks, while now they are made by professionals who can make a whole lot of money out of their work.

For those that don't have to deal with computer internals for work, your best bet is a good free antivirus, MalwareBytes, being very careful about what you download and run, and even then, a 0 day exploit on a browser might still find you infected, and having to post Hijackthis logs on malware forums hoping that a pro will be willing to help you out with your malware problem.

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