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Free Anti-Virus Software
« on: November 04, 2011, 09:51:44 AM »
There was an older topic about this, but it's pretty outdated so I am making a new one.

I've done a bit of research myself since I want to switch. I love NOD32 2.x, but they are shutting down support in February so I basically have to get something else. Even though AVG seems to be often in the higher rankings on the top lists, I don't like it. I've once tried it and it was really weird, detecting a lot of false positives (especially modified executables aka cracks). I've also heard of a lot of people similar things. Personally I wouldn't recommend it. In comparison Avast is apparently good, but I've also heard my share of rants about Avast. Another one that a collegue at work recommended was Avira. He says he's quite satisfied so this is one of my two top choices. My other top choice is Microsoft Security Essentials. If you have a legal version of Windows (yay, I do), apparently Microsoft's own software seems to be working well. I remember back in the days *gets ranted on by Dr. Cox for that* Windows Defender was an utter piece of crap, but I've heard a lot of good things about MSE and even a friend (and collegue at work) of mine uses it and agrees that it's working well.

Basically my personal recommendations are Avira and Microsoft Security Essentials (if you have Windows legally). What are your experiences and recommendations?
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Re: Free Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2011, 02:14:01 PM »
Malwarebytes is good if you just want to get rid of something malicious quickly, although I am not sure how extensive it works.

Also, what does MSE do if you run an illegal Windows? Does it not work? Or would it send proof of you pirating the OS, or?

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Re: Free Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2011, 02:23:36 PM »
MSE comes with an actual Windows update. So I'm guessing it doesn't even get downloaded.

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Re: Free Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2011, 05:29:52 PM »
MSE is pretty decent, but it's a bit basic. No behaviour monitor and such. I like avast. Avira was pretty weird when I tried it long ago, maybe I should check it out. My favourite right now is avast!
Apparently, Avira has better detection rate than avast!, but so far I haven't had the need for aggressive malware detection. In any case, I'll try it out.

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The site also has a pretty good security guide including firewall recommendations and what not.
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Re: Free Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2011, 11:19:43 PM »
I think that they mentioned that Avira also has heuristic detection.
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Re: Free Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2011, 09:08:20 AM »
MSE comes with an actual Windows update. So I'm guessing it doesn't even get downloaded.

Well your guess is a pretty bad one, just sayin'. Can someone please tell me what it does? I have gotten it on multiple occasions with Windows Update but do not know if it does anything, or fucks me over.

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Re: Free Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2011, 09:20:19 AM »
the update is actually the malicious software removal tool Microsoft releases a new version every month, it isn't a anti virus, it is a targeted removal tool designed to find and remove the worst, hardest bugs at the time of release. when you get it in an update it runes once and gets removed. they also release a standalone exe every month. it's actually very useful i've had to use it to get rid of a virus that got onto my comp via a flashdrive. was actually at a lan party where the flash drive was being passed around. ended up with just about everyone having it. because it copies itself into the autorun inf of any removable file system  so we had 20 odd externals with the dame thing on it by the end of the night. I noticed something was wrong first and found out that the stupid thing blocked access to security sites. in the end I had to use hidemyass to access Microsoft's website and download the exe version to remove the dam thing it was the only way listed on all the sites i found that actually worked. go microsoft.

tl;dr Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool is a blessing and not something you need to worry about. and Microsoft Security Essentials is their free antivirus and is great for a free antivirus
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