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  1. Abhishek P's Avatar
    I used windows defender till now, and I regularly updated virus definitions. But recently, a friend of mine said that windows defender doesn't detect all malware and advised me to use an antivirus. So, I'm confused which one is good. Avast, avg, avira etc
    Please suggest me a good free antivirus
    02-03-2015 04:12 AM
  2. dKp1977's Avatar
    They don't differ too much. But even though your friend is right, the best Antivirus you could use is common sense. Just don't click every link you happen to come across in emails, on Facebook or other user driven sites. And stay away from questionable, dubious sites as well. This combined with Windows Defender (which is only one part of the security essentials baked into Windows 8 and above) and you're absolutely fine.
    While dedicated antivirus and malware tools may give you an additional safety, their impact on your device's performance is considerable.
    02-03-2015 04:15 AM
  3. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    ^^^ Well said.
    dKp1977 and Harrie-S like this.
    02-03-2015 04:17 AM
  4. Harrie-S's Avatar
    Anyhow also check this article.
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp

    I use the build in windows defender and scan my system regularly with the free version of malwarebytes.
    This free version has no real-time protection but you can scan your system manual. So no "daily" impact on system resources.
    02-03-2015 04:25 AM
  5. Richard Culverhouse's Avatar
    Me to... Windows Defender and Malwarebytes on Windows 10.
    02-03-2015 04:29 AM
  6. Abhishek P's Avatar
    Thanks for the suggestions guys 👍
    02-03-2015 04:56 AM
  7. Travis Liew's Avatar
    Windows Defender seems to work just fine for me.
    02-04-2015 04:29 PM
  8. vinscg's Avatar
    Nod32
    02-04-2015 04:41 PM
  9. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Stay away from Google.
    eddieDOTexe likes this.
    02-04-2015 05:09 PM
  10. Yazen's Avatar
    Kaspersky is user friendly and works well.
    I don't pay for AV, use Comodo Defense+/Firewall. I also upload suspicious exes to virustotal
    02-04-2015 05:18 PM
  11. GrandGerminator's Avatar
    Defender for me too. Using it for few years right now (It was "Security essentials" on W7 ans had no problems. I know few people having viruses while using Avast...
    Yazen likes this.
    02-04-2015 05:18 PM
  12. Yazen's Avatar
    Defender for me too. Using it for few years right now (It was "Security essentials" on W7 ans had no problems. I know few people having viruses while using Avast...
    Defender is pretty good at finding common viruses. Removing them is another story haha
    02-04-2015 05:28 PM
  13. vsmh96's Avatar
    I used windows defender till now, and I regularly updated virus definitions. But recently, a friend of mine said that windows defender doesn't detect all malware and advised me to use an antivirus. So, I'm confused which one is good. Avast, avg, avira etc
    Please suggest me a good free antivirus
    There is no best antivirus, it depends on your needs (eg: do you want an antivirus that notifies you or takes care of issues on its own?)

    for most users common sense as as stated by dKP1977 is the best, because no antivirus catches them all,

    I use Avira as the first layer of protection and an extra scanner like Malwarebytes (unfortunately certain people will have itchy fingers and download or click on crap links, then there we go again scanning and deleting)
    now that i dont let anyone simply click on crappy links or download stuff, its been doing fine.
    04-02-2015 04:53 AM
  14. etphoto's Avatar
    Its not free, but Webroot has always been good to me. Its never failed to find and/or get rid of something on my computer. Doesn't work, however, with Windows 10, so . . . I'll have to wait for it updating after 10 is officially released.
    04-02-2015 06:36 AM
  15. BackToVoid's Avatar
    I think the main feature of an antivirus is offering you a little comfort.
    04-07-2015 09:15 AM
  16. ads13's Avatar
    Avast antivirus(free) is another great option...
    04-23-2015 08:46 AM
  17. Kraljo's Avatar
    AVG AntiVirus.
    04-24-2015 08:14 AM
  18. ankitj4060's Avatar
    In free I have always trusted and benefited from Microsoft Security Essentials/Windows Defender (win8,8.1) and In paid you can buy Kaspersky without thinking so much
    v535 likes this.
    05-01-2015 06:47 AM
  19. v535's Avatar
    MSE/WD along with MBAM free version won't hurt PC performance at all. Not all AV are foolproof. Also consider keeping a copy of Kaspersky Rescue Disk for worst case scenario just in case some Malware slips into your PC somehow.
    09-20-2015 10:13 AM
  20. Beta Aprikartika's Avatar
    I bought my Kapersky for 6 months licensed time. I think that is the best antivirus with the efficient price.
    10-16-2015 07:24 AM
  21. jeffoffline's Avatar
    Tried posting this earlier but it didn't go through for some reason. For security on Windows:

    If you're on Windows 7 update to 10, there's a lot going on behind the scenes that makes it much more secure.
    Use 64 bit Chrome with adblockers and Click to play enabled for plugins
    Install EMET (google it, i think adding the link is what kept them from approving my post... or might have been the adblocker comment...)
    Don't install random crap! ha
    10-20-2015 09:03 PM
  22. AlexT09's Avatar
    You can just cycle through the top rated ones. They ask seem to have 30 day trials. Panda has my favorite interface, but I think Kaspersky and BitDefender usually get the top nods.
    10-22-2015 08:28 AM
  23. rollindice's Avatar
    They don't differ too much. But even though your friend is right, the best Antivirus you could use is common sense. Just don't click every link you happen to come across in emails, on Facebook or other user driven sites. And stay away from questionable, dubious sites as well. This combined with Windows Defender (which is only one part of the security essentials baked into Windows 8 and above) and you're absolutely fine.
    While dedicated antivirus and malware tools may give you an additional safety, their impact on your device's performance is considerable.
    This pretty much sums up what I was gonna say
    10-22-2015 10:27 AM
  24. jeffoffline's Avatar
    This pretty much sums up what I was gonna say
    That really isn't the best advice.... I mean yes definitely do what is mentioned, but you should also do more. Current virus kits are exploiting flash zero day's and they're distributing them through ad networks. People can literally be infected just by visiting a site that has an infected ad. They're deploying cryptolocker type viruses which leaves everything on your computer encrypted unless you pay them a ransom. Major sites have unknowingly hosted those exploits. That's why i really recommend doing what I mentioned in my post above and also keeping flash, java, and windows updated.

    This is just one example Huge malware campaign used Yahoo's ad network

    And as far as antivirus goes I like Avira, it scores well in testing and has fairly low impact on the system.
    10-23-2015 10:58 PM
  25. ikjadoon's Avatar
    This thread needs some data...

    Search for "AV Comparatives" on Google (I'm under 10 posts)

    They actually test detection rates, performance impact, false positives, etc. I think the best free option is Avira; crazy high detection rate (98%, I think), much better than MSE's (which I think was last hovering in the upper 80s).
    11-04-2015 08:52 PM
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