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I've seen several threads asking for free anti-virus, but not much conversation about premium ones. I'm very interested if there are any that are clearly superior to the free options.

I know that the best virus prevention is common sense, but there are two people in my home that also use my computers. They're older and don't really understand how computers work. They like to download videos and such from e-mails and don't know how to tell the difference between a video file and an executable.

I'd like to get some good security software that won't be intrusive and stop them from from their day-to-day activities. It doesn't have to be free since having it work well is well worth the time I'd have to spend fixing the viruses.

Thank you.
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Best Free : Microsoft Security Essentials
Best Paid : Kaspersky AV - Quite Superior to MSE.
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Last Year NOD32 was top dog...looks like Norton 2012 took that over:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372364,00.asp#
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Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post

Best Free : Microsoft Security Essentials
Best Paid : Kaspersky AV - Quite Superior to MSE.

I concur on both accounts. thumb.gif
post #5 of 12
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I was leaning towards Kapersky since that's what they use at work. Just the antivirus version? Are the added features from internet security, etc. not worth the extra cost?
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Last Year NOD32 was top dog...looks like Norton 2012 took that over:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372364,00.asp#

I would say NOD 32, personally i hate norton...
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there is no best...every few months the rankings/ratings change...believe me...

ESET, Kaspersky, Norton..stick with one of those 3.... personally, I have a soft spot for ESET (tho it's probably the least protective of the 3)..been using it for 3 years with no problem. It's super simply/clean and light. However, recently changed to Norton...since I got it for free..and ESET was asking for money for renewal (I have 5 PCs!! it adds up!!). Will try it out for a while and see how I like it...so far it's been good...will try some gaming with Norton tonight...

PS: Webroot...also looks very light and effective...might want to research it.

Best Sources:

http://www.av-comparatives.org/

http://www.av-test.org/
Edited by malikq86 - 2/3/12 at 7:09pm
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Didn't like Norton couple years back, Kaspersky bothered WAY too much about stuff it blocked. MSE was nice for freeware and Avast seems to be fine for paid.
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Didn't like Norton couple years back, Kaspersky bothered WAY too much about stuff it blocked. MSE was nice for freeware and Avast seems to be fine for paid.

I use Avast free and it works pretty well. Kaspersky is almost like net nanny it blocks so many things, I'd stay away from that one.
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post #10 of 12
microsoft security essenstals i don't see why so many people recomend, i had it on my computer for months, and then i installed my isp's program f-secure or something like that from charter, and it picked up like 5 of my exe files in my download folder, that i downloaded from questionable sites that mse dindn't think to tell me about.
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