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Sorry to bug all of you

I have been dealing with the fun of AV software and to this day i cannot find any A/V with the flexibility, simplicity and just no frills setup that the like really old version of norton used. Something about it was just nice and easy

I liked being able to setup mutiple scheduled custom scans, like the simple progress and dialog ui, and also like the very minimalist UI.

I don't exactly like where Norton has gone, Avira is too ad heavy, MSE is just meh

Any suggestions from anyone here

I would like to avoid AVG, Bitdefender(lol, no x64 support???), and at this point Norton(unless whatever the **** happened in 2012-2013 with the awful performance and everything has been corrected)

Thanks!
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Has avast improved over the last few years, I remember it being a bit to heavy for me previously
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Has avast improved over the last few years, I remember it being a bit to heavy for me previously

https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/
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IMO Malware Bytes is one of the best, and the real time protection is really good.
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have you considered no active scanner?

I've been without one for over 2 years now. I fire up malwarebytes and spybot for monthly system scans and that's it. I've yet to find any infections.
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have you considered no active scanner?

I've been without one for over 2 years now. I fire up malwarebytes and spybot for monthly system scans and that's it. I've yet to find any infections.

I've considered it but thanks to the fact I bring in a lot of outside variables including team member flash drives and local peer 2 peer networking, and ftp/svn push pulls. I'd rather have something in real time, just takes one moron

Retried avast but was to heavy for me x.x MSE is lighter and non intrusive and doesn't spew ads but... It also is pretty bad from testing, Avira was really good but the ads. How is malwarebytes on the transparency?
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I just ditched AVG free because of the popups even though I had turned off notifications. After doing alot of research from reputable sources I came to the conclusion that no free AV would provide good protection without hassling me (AVG used to be good about this but suddenly started bombarding everyone with popups even on their paid version).

I found that Kaspersky and Bitdefender were the 2 consistently top and highest scoring AV software across all of the reviews and comparisons. These being backed up by the handful of independent labs that most of the reputable articles also mentioned or refer to. I looked at cost, features, etc and eventually chose to go with Kaspersky Internet Security. I am using the free trial for now until I am back from vacation but I will then purchase the 3pc 1 year download. Its like $22 from Amazon. I figure I can afford $7.33 per year per PC.

I had used Kaspersky a long time back and liked it (I fell on hard times and couldnt afford it back then). They consistently scored at the top in most testing. Having used the trial for a week or so on my desktop its easy enough for me to use and hasn't interfered with my home network (consisting of a Server (plex/backups/file history/etc), desktop, laptop, and other devices). I was also impressed the other day when it was running a full scan and I opened a game (Overwatch) and it immediately paused the scan. As soon as I tabbed out of the game it would continue and pause when I'd go back. This happened seamlessly.

Overall id say Kaspersky would be a good choice. I will probably do some brief research each year prior to renewing in case things change but as long as they keep their standing and reputation and do not piss me off like AVG ill keep them around.
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