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IMO, yes there is, but I want to know what you guys think. I have the paid version of Malwarebytes because of the features that it comes with. I also have the paid version of Avast because it has more features as well, but since I still get pop up ads for other services from them, I am not renewing my subscription. I might go with Microsoft Security but I have not tried them out so I will read reviews online.

But like I said, I think there are many good reasons to get a paid subscription if only for the features alone. I know that the free version of Avast has the same definitions as the paid, but I like the sandbox feature and some other non commonly used features.
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MBAM is one of the few I personally think is worth it, $20~ for a lifetime license is pretty good. I run it with MSE as well but I'm not sure what M$ are intending to do with it since the announcement.
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so my parents stop nagging! haha i told my dad to buy something so he can have peace of mind, im just using free avast and malwarebytes
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Yeah, if you want the premium features. I use Kaspersky, it blocks bad pages along with whatever Chrome can't block. It picks up web exploits very well. Lots of other good virus software:

http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/avc_prot_2013a_en.pdf
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Yeah, if you want the premium features. I use Kaspersky, it blocks bad pages along with whatever Chrome can't block. It picks up web exploits very well. Lots of other good virus software:

http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/avc_prot_2013a_en.pdf

That's what I told my dad to buy smile.gif
Haha so it's on the computer that my family uses
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I got a $15 off coupon on Newegg for MBAM for my neighbor because she is a pain in the rear end since she keeps getting malware. Her kid likes to have a free for all when downloading games. I think the realtime protection will do some good, even though it won't completely stop everything. But they use IE instead of Chrome or Firefox and I told them that they need to have Web Of Trust on their browser because that is good to have as well, even though some people vote down legitimate stuff.
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I don't use antivirus software and would feel pretty terrible paying for it.

Get a good and free antivirus/antimalware pair, don't do anything stupid and that should always be enough.
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I don't use antivirus software and would feel pretty terrible paying for it.

Get a good and free antivirus/antimalware pair, don't do anything stupid and that should always be enough.

So you would feel terrible to pay for a piece of software that someone had to spend time to program? Programmers have to eat too, just because you find the software worthless doesn't mean others will. Not everyone can be tech savvy enough to avoid purchasing anti-virus or anti-malware software. Free anti-virus and anti-malware software are missing real time protection. The premium features are where it counts at as it detects and gets rid of the infections before it does damage. Malwarebytes Pro features aren't free, sure you could scan for malware but by the time you can scan for the infection it's already too late. Same goes for free anti-virus, by the time you can scan for the infection it's already too late. Real-time protection are features only available by paying for it. Computer users are unpredictable, telling them "don't do anything stupid" isn't really going to the change the outcome.
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Oh no !!!
I'm certainly not telling people not to give money to devellopers, clearly not what I'm thinking, but
1 - I'm dubious of the whole antivirus business, not trustwhorty at all for the most part (just what I think of course),
2 - I don't think it is very good to depend 100% on antivivirus software, especially when it is not perfect. So just giving money to say, Avira, and going ot sleep thinking everything is good and there is no risk of any spyware on your computer is silly, at least using free "crappy" ones (as most people see them) makes you think about it and do some research, learn to make this work yourself,
3 - There is tons of good software companies/programmers that deserve your money, considering the above I think it is a bit silly to absolutely seeing an anitinvirus license as a priority. Not beeing a bit tech savy (or not willing to be) on a forum like this is a funny idea to me.
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Oh no !!!
I'm certainly not telling people not to give money to devellopers, clearly not what I'm thinking, but
1 - I'm dubious of the whole antivirus business, not trustwhorty at all for the most part (just what I think of course),
2 - I don't think it is very good to depend 100% on antivivirus software, especially when it is not perfect. So just giving money to say, Avira, and going ot sleep thinking everything is good and there is no risk of any spyware on your computer is silly, at least using free "crappy" ones (as most people see them) makes you think about it and do some research, learn to make this work yourself,
3 - There is tons of good software companies/programmers that deserve your money, considering the above I think it is a bit silly to absolutely seeing an anitinvirus license as a priority. Not beeing a bit tech savy (or not willing to be) on a forum like this is a funny idea to me.

I don't want to be that guy, and I make spelling mistakes from time to time, but there are free spell check add ons for Firefox and Chrome. It was a bit distracting with all of the misspellings.
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