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Okay, so I currently have MSE & Malware Bytes, but i've had this for over a year. I think around this time last year I asked a similar question and MSE seemed to be okay for back then. A year later I'm wondering if anything is better than MSE. Why would I want to move from MSE if it works fine? It takes sooooooooooooooo looooooooong to scan things. Literally took like 5 hours to scan my hard drive. I'm sorry, that's unacceptable. I don't scan often and I realize I could be sleeping when it scans, but I'd rather have a better faster program that's just as reliable.

I'm not a derp. I almost never get viruses on my computer and when I do I can remove them easily, but I might as well get the best software I can.

AV-Comparatives hasn't updated since 2010.

I've looked at AV-Test.org and they seem to like BitDefender, but I told that wasn't good so idk.

What's the best out right now?

Needs:

1) Needs to be absolutely unobtrusive. I don't want this thing popping up telling me it's blocked some stupid cookie. I HAAATED that with Kaspersky.

2) Needs to have a decently fast scan.

3) Needs to be one of the top 2-3 virus scanners that catches everything and can do a good job removing them.
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Umm.. well.. I personally use Avast(used to be an ESET guy). I'm going to vouch for Avast thumbsupsmiley.png. BitDefender has the top detection rate for AV's right now though rolleyes.gif.. has the "Gamer Mode" for you know.. an uninterrupted gaming experience.. and seems to be rated as the top AV program across several reputable websites biggrin.gif. I'd choose between BitDefender and Avast.
    
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ESET is the best i find, nice gui, not to heavy and it just works. But who am i to judge =p i work at Bestbuy and got ESET antivirus 5 for $10 biggrin.gif:D:D
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Avast for the record. Run's quietly in the backround and is not a system hogg.
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post #5 of 15
Unless you have no common sense (not really joking here), then just uninstall MSE and your good to go.

Maleware Bytes is all you need.

1) It won't do anything unless you tell it to, and even when you run it, it will only notify you of updates (if you want). I would set that to 1 day max. And thats it.

2) MY last scan finished in 15min of all currently known hard drives (almost 2tb worth).

3) Always been one of the top rated virus scanners.

This is genuine advice from me.
Edited by kennyparker1337 - 11/6/11 at 2:42am
post #6 of 15
avast! use that now., Norton Antivirus is okay (not as a hog as before), MSE is fine, used to be a ESET user.

All of the above is good!
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Went with Avast. Have had it installed for a few hours now. No annoying popups every 5 seconds like Kaspersky.

"WARNING WARNING, YOU'VE VISITED A SITE THAT HAS .COM IN IT, COULD POTENTIALLY POSSESS MALWARE."

Seems light. Haven't tested speed yet, but so far so good, thanks.

Didn't like Norton in the least. Felt like it was a slightly better version of McAfee (which was crap).

Maybe that's changed, but I'd rather not go with them.
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ESET Smart Security 5 works flawlessly, so does Avira and AVAST Internet Security.
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post #9 of 15
I like AVG because it seems like a light anti virus and it has never failed me (yet).

I would stay away from Norton at all costs. My parents were using that for the longest time and all it did was move virus to the vault over and over because it was repeatedly attacking the computer. I had to reformat the HDD because Norton wouldn't remove it.
post #10 of 15
AVG hasn't been light-weight in years.

I use MSE and my head.
    
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