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I currently have AVG (free) and malwarebytes on my desktop. I was wondering what everyone else was using and if they had better suggestions.
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I run Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes. Has kept me safe so far. Just don't download anything stupid and you should be fine.
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Ive been using computers for 17 years now. I stared at windows as it evolved (from crap), and watched linux grow to become a viable competitor, after getting exposure/support, saw the genius of apple.
I've understandably weathered many virri/malicious code over this time, the majority of which took place with the OS I used predominantly (windows).

Here's my humble opinion, formed through my own experiences: many programs can get the job done.

My father has been into computing longer (far so) than I have. He swears be avaast now. ( tried it, its nice, its stable, its not resource hoggy, WHICH BECOMES a CRITTICALLY IMPORTANT consideration very quickly, after a real virus attack begins to unfold.

I personally like the NOD/Eset32 Family. They have a great database/definition library/environment going on, in that their threat-sense system works along anonymously with other "suspicious" program activity from other PCs/computers around the world. Things get picked up pretty quickly (so is the theory).

ESS smart security has the nod32 Antivirus program/engine built into a firewall/suite. Ive had great great service from this software.

I also used nod32 alone for a time in my computing, in conjunction with the firewall software (zone alarm). This accomplished the principle of a security suite. This stood up very well to all the...ahem, software testing, that I did (from...various internet sources), the nature of which sees the host system exposing itself to a variety of ....data scum out there.


Before I used the above, I used Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition (with zone alarm)

It ("SAV") was the BEST thing Norton (veterans in the realm of computing really...) could offer, in line with the persistent light-weightedness I demand of antivirus software. They had GOOD definitions, and offered patches where their software met up on malicious code which couldn't be tackled directly by their engine.
I dont know how SAV is doing currently, but if they continued on the footing they were upon, they should have a great program by now.

Avira is decent, but it can be annoying and isnt customizable enough for me. (nod32 / ess are better in this regard).


What you want to do (in principle) to secure a windows based system, is:

1.Get a software that will MONITOR/controll all programs accessing in any form, a network.
2.Get an antivirus software that is lightweight, has good definitions, and whose interface you find is effective. (keep it updated)
3.Keep abreast of application software vulnerabilities. This is your job as a human, system administrator.



Happy Computing.
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Just wait for chinesekiwi to get here.

Tl;dr: Ditch MSE. Ditch Norton. Go with AVG, avast!, or Kaspersky Internet Security.
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Do you think free avg and malware is enough? FYI, I'm not really up to date on pc antivirus since i've been using my mac air up until recently. I was reading about comodo and that seemed pretty good.

Completely off topic: I ran ccleaner on my pc, and after, i had to reactivate windows. Odd?
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Just wait for chinesekiwi to get here.
Tl;dr: Ditch MSE. Ditch Norton. Go with AVG, avast!, or Kaspersky Internet Security.

Why ditch MSE? I have been using it for at least the last 2 years. Low resource usage, it works great and its free. I was skeptical when I 1st started using it because it was microsoft but I have been surprised and how good it really is. I've used Avast, AVG, Norton, and quite a few others but MSE is the 1 I prefer. With Kaspersky 2nd (it was good when I used it last anyway). I always recommend MSE with Malwarebytes.
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I never thought to use MSE. I was thinking that since it came with Windows, it probably wasn't as good as a stand alone anti virus like avast or comodo
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Why ditch MSE? I have been using it for at least the last 2 years. Low resource usage, it works great and its free. I was skeptical when I 1st started using it because it was microsoft but I have been surprised and how good it really is. I've used Avast, AVG, Norton, and quite a few others but MSE is the 1 I prefer. With Kaspersky 2nd (it was good when I used it last anyway). I always recommend MSE with Malwarebytes.

MSE had the worst detection rates out of any free antivirus. AVG Free and avast! were at the top for free AV's while Kaspersky Internet Security was at the top for paid. It's recommended to use AVG Free paired with Comodo and MBAM.
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Comodo and MBAM? Would that be redundant to use all three?
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Not really. AVG or Avast scan in real time while MBAM is an on-demand scanner that you manually use once every X days/once you think you've been infected depending on how paranoid you are. Comodo would be your HIPS (if it still has a HIPS in the free version; been a while since I've used Comodo) and firewall.
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