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I'm building two systems right now, both Win 7 64 (one pro, the other ultimate) and I want something good for these systems.

ESET is nice... but it scores poorly on phishing (compared to IE alone) and missed over 20% of spam in PCMag's tests. A buddy of mine swears by ESET but isn't there anything better? I also need a frirewall for these computers. I'm hoping I can get a suite that has a good firewall as well. I'm going to miss my good old Sygate firewall on my XP system. frown.gif

So what's the best right now as of December 2013?
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You don't need third party firewall software. Both your NAT router and the Windows firewall are enough to keep you protected in that department.

For an anti-virus solution, you may try Panda Cloud, avast!, or F-Secure if you don't mind paying.
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I don't want the cheap free stuff. These are new systems and I want to pay for something good to keep my babies safe. Its okay if its a little pricy. I didn't really care before because it was an ooold system that I was going to replace soon anyway.

Are those what you recommend for good ones I need to pay for? What about phishing?

So yeah, no cheap free stuff. Only the good stuff. biggrin.gif
Edited by Drahadis - 12/18/13 at 1:16am
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I don't want the cheap free stuff. These are new systems and I want to pay for something good to keep my babies safe. Its okay if its a little pricy. I didn't really care before because it was an ooold system that I was going to replace soon anyway.

Are those what you recommend for good ones I need to pay for? What about phishing?

So yeah, no cheap free stuff. Only the good stuff. biggrin.gif

Don't be fooled by "its not free, so its better". The free anti-virus software can stand up no problem to the ones that are non-free.

Both Panda Cloud and avast! are free. F-Secure is non-free.

Phishing can apply to many scenarios, could you elaborate?

To see what is hot now, and what is not - head over here: http://www.av-comparatives.org/

You'll quickly realize the free products are faring just as well as the non-free.
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Since you're referring to poor scores in a specific article, why don't you go with what's highly rated in that article?

Avast isn't too terrid although it enjoys advertising itself to you.
A software firewall is mainly useful for controlling outbound data on particular applications. Otherwise, as stated Windows Firewall and your router's FW + PAT are plenty to defend against uninitiated inbound connections.

Also what probably needs to be said is a regard to user education. If your users are doing moronic crap then there is not much that can save them from themselves as far as installing malware etc.
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Meh... PCMag is recommending Webroot as their #1 and Norton as #2. >.>

Forgetting anything said in this thread, are your opinions of this review? http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372364,00.asp

Also, Is there something good I can get just for phishing? I don't think I need it my self but the other user on the second system I'm building might. I'm hoping something specific like that might be free? If its just $10 or something, that's fine.
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Meh... PCMag is recommending Webroot as their #1 and Norton as #2. >.>

Forgetting anything said in this thread, are your opinions of this review? http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372364,00.asp

Also, Is there something good I can get just for phishing? I don't think I need it my self but the other user on the second system I'm building might. I'm hoping something specific like that might be free? If its just $10 or something, that's fine.

A dose of knowledge will help them the most. Browsers typically have anti-phishing features, although that won't stop everything. You just need to know when to be cautious.
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I'd recommend, in addition to a virus scanner, MalwareBytes. It catches a lot of malware, adware, etc. that virus scanners don't. It's reasonable priced (or free, if you want to manually scan).
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So I guess eset NOD32 64-bit Antivirus is a really good choice? I mean if phishing is the only real problem, then I guess its better than I thought. biggrin.gif My friend will be happy if I get it and if I don't understand a feature, he can explain it to me. I'm thinking of getting the 2 PC 2 Year deal. It seems expensive but if you do the math, its really not. I think its actually a really good deal.
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So I guess eset NOD32 64-bit Antivirus is a really good choice? I mean if phishing is the only real problem, then I guess its better than I thought. biggrin.gif My friend will be happy if I get it and if I don't understand a feature, he can explain it to me. I'm thinking of getting the 2 PC 2 Year deal. It seems expensive but if you do the math, its really not. I think its actually a really good deal.

http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php

NOD32 certainly isn't bad, but some free ones come very close, edge it out or equal it:

- Panda
- Avira
- avast!

Kaspersky also seems to beat NOD32 in the non-free bracket.

If you sort by value, the top five are:

1. Kaspersky (non-free)
2. Panda (free)
3. Bitdefender (non-free, but problematic)
4. F-Secure (non-free)
5. Trend Micro (non-free)

Another thing to look at is performance. The top five there are (albeit from August...):

1. Avira
2. Bitdefender
3. Sophos
4. avast!
5. F-Secure

If you want to get NOD32, then get it. But there's enough free stuff out there to match it.
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