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I am building a new pc, and I am putting quite a bit of money into this rig. I want it protected. I used to use windows, but I switched over to linux, and then tried apple, and I have to say, I love it. I know most people here probably hate apple, but I think it is amazing, it feels like an easier to use version of linux with better support etc, feel free to disagree. I haven't had to do a single thing to maintain my mac, I don't need a silly antivirus to slow the system down and stuff. However, my mac is getting too old to run some high quality programs (for example, games like crysis 2), but it still runs almost perfectly on anything that isn't so new. I've decided to keep my macbook pro for work related things like programming, and use my windows for games (the only downside to mac for me), 3d animation, etc. So now, I am back at windows, and I have no idea which antivirus to go for, or how to protect my system entirely.

The problem I find with antivirus programs is that they usually slow down the computer a ton. With some old computers, they came with norton, avg etc, and they really sucked. They slowed down the computers a ton, and required a ton of maintenance. When I play around with old computers and stuff, I usually put on the free version of avast and it runs great with barely any slowdown. However, with my new computer, I want to make sure I have the full protection. I would assume that for full protection, a free antivirus wont cover it, and I don't know what the avast paid version is like. I want a security package which will deal with any virus, spyware, malware, hacking and all that with minimum slowdown and maintaining required. I basically want it to run in the background, I don't wanna have to constantly maintain it, and I really just dont want to notice that it is there. Essentially, I want my windows computer to work like an apple in that sense.

Thanks in advance!

tl;dr Good security package that will protect against everything without slowing down the system too much or require maintenance.
post #2 of 10
Microsoft Security Essentials (Free) +
MalwareBytes (Free) - run every now and then to check for malware

Should handle most things. No single program will catch everything
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Microsoft Security Essentials for your Windows machine that you game on. For backup, I'd install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and only use that when MSE says it found something. Just update Malwarebytes and then let it scan. MSE has yet to slow down any computer I have put it on (and I've put it on just about everything short of a Commodore 64!) and Malwarebytes has one of the top detection engines (based on my experience).

BTW For "Full Protection" MSE works quite well. Malwarebytes as a backup (because we all own a broom and a vacuum when they both do the same job!) and you're all set. Go have fun!

EDIT - I really need to hit "refresh" before I start typing, especially if the page has sat for a few minutes!
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Cheers guys, I guess I don't need to pay for one? MSE and malwarebytes is good enough?
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Works for me and all my clients. MSE is very much "set it and forget it" with the rare "Hey I wanna do a scan" nag. A quick scan (about 15-20 minutes on average for low end computers) fixes that nag, and the computer is still very usable during the scan. You can even set how much CPU power the scan will take! Automated scans will eliminate this nag completely.

For free, you can't beat MSE+Malwarebytes. For paid, you can find better, but it's kinda like buying a sports car to drive to the grocery store. Sure, it'll get you there much quicker, and make you popular with the ladies , but is it really necessary? For most users, no, it's not.
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What would a good paid alternative be?
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Originally Posted by mortl8324 View Post
What would a good paid alternative be?
Trust me. I've went from a paid AVG license to MSE and it's better, and faster.
I also use Comodo Firewall.
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Op run this
http://screen317.spywareinfoforum.org/SecurityCheck.exe

Post the log. Plz dont cheat its for yourself
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Op run this
http://screen317.spywareinfoforum.org/SecurityCheck.exe

Post the log. Plz dont cheat its for yourself
I'm sorry, I am not really prepared to open some random exe file from someone I don't know from the internet.
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I'm sorry, I am not really prepared to open some random exe file from someone I don't know from the internet.
Suite yourself then.
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