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Looks like you have the antivirus program advertisers mentality. "I NEED *insert av here* or I'm going to get a virus!". Wrong. If you're smart about how you use the internet, and visit sites you _know_ won't infect your computer or harm it in anyway (spyware, malware, adware, all of that). Just be smart about it smile.gif

Being "smart" doesn't offer 100% protection.
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Looks like you have the antivirus program advertisers mentality. "I NEED *insert av here* or I'm going to get a virus!". Wrong. If you're smart about how you use the internet, and visit sites you _know_ won't infect your computer or harm it in anyway (spyware, malware, adware, all of that). Just be smart about it smile.gif

Being "smart" doesn't offer 100% protection.


Agreed. Even a site you trust could become compromised.

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

built my first pc about a year and a half ago, and im with you^
havent had one single problem, ever
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search and destroy spybot that it.
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just looked it up^ seems too good to be free tongue.gif
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FIRST POST ON MY PART ...
I just read through the 8 pages here.
I have been using PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus for several years now for several PCs. I started because MacAffee (which came with my Comcast Subscription) had let a serious Trojan through. I believe I used Malwarebytes to remove the Virus and then loaded PC Tools and have used it since.
Today my subscription is up and when I went to renew I see it was bought by Norton. I have loaded and unloaded Norton software over the past 15 years at least. My mother now has it on her PC and it is still a hog in my opinion. Every time I log on to her system it wants to add tool bars to my browser or change some other feature, etc. and I find it very annoying in addition to slowing down the system. This is true still for the latest version as far as I can see.
[NOTE: I generally am at least 5 years behind the technology curve since I buy older equipment and upgrade to save $$$ for myself while buying the latest for family that are in school or at a new job or such. I use Ubuntu on one PC and Windows XP on this one with 2GB and 2.8Mhz P4 dual processors on each ]

So I appreciate the suggestions here. I have been happy with PC Tools but with the upgrade offered today by Norton I see they have their software offered in BOLD graphics and and the PCTools is kind of a pale effort advert in comparison. So I guess I am finished with PC Tools ... and will explore the suggestions here which seem to lean towards Avast and ESET ( and Malware bytes). I would like the software to be as lite and invisible as possible plus block spyware cookies ...

... any updated advice is greatly appreciated.

Pete
post #77 of 133
Firefox + AdBlock Plus + NoScript+ Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit+ a fully up-to-date OS will keep you safer than any antivirus program.

Which is best is pretty subjective. Are we talking pure detection of known malware? How about scan time? What about the number of false positives? System resource use? There are so many variables, and ultimately it comes to down to what the user is willing to deal with. Even the lightest antivirus programs will slow down simple operations, and no matter which vendor is at the top of this quarter's antivirus comparatives, they'll always be less than 100%.

Ultimately, if you use the aforementioned setup, and you're intelligent while you're browsing, you won't have any problems.

For the record I use NOD32, but that's more because it's famous for it's low footprint. It's really just a final failsafe in case I do something dumb (or a whitelisted script site gets compromised), but if malware ever makes it far enough to trigger an alert, I'm going to format anyway.

EDIT: Also, there's a lot of group policy stuff you can do to significantly harden your OS. Again, this is probably more effective than any antivirus 'solution', and if you gave me the choice of only being able to use gpedit.msc or any antivirus program, I'd pick gpedit smile.gif
Edited by Rylo - 4/13/13 at 6:56am
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avast free antivirus is the best antivirus in the world. ive seen it pick up viruses that Norton, mcaffee and avg wont pick up. MSE is not the best, but its better then paid solutions. there is NO NEED TO PAY FOR ANTIVIRUS. I protect myself with avast free, malwarebytes and superantispyware. for temp cleaning I use ccleaner and this java script temp cleaner that looks like a bomb. its really thorough when it comes to finding temp files. I work for a pc shop locally and we always recommend and install avast free for home users. their internet security is a little more robust...but avast is very light on the resources and combine it with a decent free firewall and malwarebytes and superantispyware and you should be golden
 
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Rylo and DT_Freak1 ...
Wow, pretty quick responses ...
I do use Firefox on my Linux machine ... haven't switched yet on my XP system.
I think I will switch to Firefox as a browser ... a lot of my friends have done so as well. Since Avast is free I'll try that first and get a paid version if it looks good. I don't mind paying to support productive developers.
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Hi which antivirus is best for laptops that mean low load....?


For desktop computer I use Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is in TOP but on laptops I need something low load....


I never use AV on laptops only Win BitDefender...


On all computers I use Advanced System.

Advanced SystemCare Pro
Advanced System Optimizer
Advanced System Protector
Malware Fighter Pro


I have two partitions for internet and for softwares/games I do not like to have a lot of programs where I play games.... and I never have problems.



Is avast free + Advanced System ok for laptops?
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