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AV hierarchy changes monthly, so it's hard to pinpoint which AV is the best right now.
However, I can share my experiences. as I've tried out most of the things mentioned here.

Let's preface this that since MSE is most popular, it is quite good. But it has let through a couple of really nasty trojans - I forget the names from top of my head, but they were the masquerading as AV programs kind. Nasty buggers those were - needed to run Combofix and manually clean registry.

I switched to Norton when it started gaining popularity / higher ratings (last yr).. and it sucked - big time. It did find some old and "less than legal" files on my machine (old cracks and mods to really old games).. but it also let through virtually every single piece of spyware that tried to say hi. I wasn't impressed and promptly switched back.

AVG lost its luster a few years ago, and right now should be thrown in the zonealarm category - something that used to be terrific, is still lightweight and user friendly, but it's a cash cow now with much lower efficiency.

Kaspersky I didn't like. It needed a lot of configuration - which is both a blessing and a curse, but I got tired of getting interrupted on every corner. If you want high level of protection, it's very annoying.

Avast failed me. It actually let through a real virus that almost ate up one of my hard drives. This was ~2 yrs ago, so maybe I got unlucky?

Eset is still my favorite. It offers great all around protection, and along with some script blockers, it works wonderfully and provides a lot of feedback on your machine's activity.

Another program that goes unmentioned is PC Tools Spyware Doctor. To my experience, it's better than MWAB and preventing and catching spyware. Since I started using it, I havent needed to run a combofix.
    
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Uh sorry no, There is no better tool then MBAM bro, everyone knows that biggrin.gif

If you would said, Emsisoft Anti Malware, its comparable since versions 1.6 is amazing, but Spyware doctor : /

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Uh sorry no, There is no better tool then MBAM bro, everyone knows that biggrin.gif
If you would said, Emsisoft Anti Malware, its comparable since versions 1.6 is amazing, but Spyware doctor : /[/URL]
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There are other (better) options depending on different people's needs. MBAM doesn't even include a firewall. It's a great program, but no single program suits everyone's needs.
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There are other (better) options depending on different people's needs. MBAM doesn't even include a firewall. It's a great program, but no single program suits everyone's needs.

MBAM is not so much of a program but a removal tool... Install, scan, uninstall, win.
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MBAM is not so much of a program but a removal tool... Install, scan, uninstall, win.

I can't speak for everyone, but I'd personally rather not get a virus at all redface.gif
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I can't speak for everyone, but I'd personally rather not get a virus at all redface.gif

In order to not get a virus, you need Antivirus/Internet security, not second hand removal tool which should be run along with antivirus not on its own, so no its not antivirus replacement its on demand scanner - Malwarebytes, second hand of protection.
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Microsoft Security Essentials is by far the best free software. I have used it for like 3 years now or something, and have very good results with it.
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don't buy anti virus, such a con. Norton has the same 'database' as all the decent AV, such as Avast...
For antivirus: MSE + AVAST.
For removal: MALWAREBYTES.
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don't buy anti virus, such a con. Norton has the same 'database' as all the decent AV, such as Avast...
For antivirus: MSE + AVAST.
For removal: MALWAREBYTES.

Running two antivirus programs at once is a bad idea. They come in conflict with each other.
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Running two antivirus programs at once is a bad idea. They come in conflict with each other.

AFAIK Malwarebytes is just an on demand scanner thing, and it's not running all the time. So It's okay.
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