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post #1 of 33
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i just got my new system up and running. i need some kind of protection against virus and spyware. can someone recommend some free ones and maybe a good one to buy?
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post #2 of 33
Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free.
     
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APPLE SSD SM0512F 500GB macOS Sierra 15" Retina Display (2880 x 1800) Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) keys 
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85W Magsafe 2 Precision Aluminum Unibody Multi-Touch Trackpad Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 2nd Gen 
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Intel Core i5-3317U @ 1.7GHz (Turbo @ 2.6 GHz) Intel HD Graphics 4000 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM APPLE SSD TS128E 
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macOS Sierra 11.6" LCD/LED Backlit IPS Display (1366 x 768) Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) keys 85W Magsafe 2 
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post #3 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by EpicPie View Post
Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free.
This.

if you're really worried I install/run Malwarebytes every month. but MSE does the job for me.
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Dell Ultrasharp™ U2410 Rev A04 Ducky DK 9008-BELLB CherryMX Browns OCN Edition! Corsair HX620W Corsair 350D 
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post #4 of 33
Are you looking for a free one? I really like Avast antivirus. I got a rootkit once because I was looking for a noCD key on my netbook to play my copy of age of empires 2, and installing Avast seemed to block rootkit entries as opposed to AVG. Also, I don't think Avast uses that many resources on the computer.
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Windows 7 Pro X64 BenQ BL2410 Noppoo Choc Mini (MX Blue, POM keycaps) Seasonic M12D 850W 
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post #5 of 33
Dont know much about microsoft stuff but my spyware doctor rips those suckers apart
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post #6 of 33
Thread Starter 
im looking into some of theses now.thx
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i5 4690k msi z97i-ack MSI r9 290 2x8 corsair 1600 
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m4 128  wd 1tb black noctua u9s win7 64 
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benq 2420z corsair  coolermaster v650 rosewell neutron 
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rival 300 razer  corsair sp2500 
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post #7 of 33
microsoft security essentials or avast. I have used them both. MSE is a tad lighter but not by much. Never gotten one bogus false positive with Avast and I use it on all computers. Just started using mse as a test for myself.

Get malwarebytes if you do alot of cracked programs as Its a great scan to use before you install anything iffy.
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post #8 of 33
I've been using Spybot Search & Destroy for years, and it's got an additional program called Teatimer that you can also install within it, it prevents system changes without your authority, so Trojan's have a harder time changing system settings as the popup will ask you for the okay or to deny permanently.

It's nothing like UAC by the way, that's just annoying, this isn't.

I use that in conjunction with AVG Free, and my system's been as healthy and speedy as anything, Spybot releases very regular updates aswell, and they're not massive in size, so don't take long to download. (Kb's mostly, biggest is like 1-3MB on occasion)
 
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| Samsung PM951 M.2 PCI-e NVMe 512GB | l Samsung 840 Evo 500GB l l Toshiba X300 4TB 128MB Cache l l Toshiba MD04ACA400 4TB l 
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l Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB (x3) l l Samsung F3 1TB l l Pioneer BDR-209EBK l l NZXT Kraken X61 (2x Noctua NF-A14-2000-IP67) l 
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l Phobya MaxGuide 6 Controller l l Windows 7 x64 Customised. l l Acer Predator XB240H 144Hz G-Sync l l LG M2380D 1080p l  
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l Logitech G19s l  l EVGA SuperNOVA G2 850w l l CM Storm Stryker™ l  l Logitech G502 l  
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l Razer Vespula l l Logitech Z506 5.1 l l Steelseries Siberia V2 MSI Gaming Edition l l Creative Fatal1ty HS-800 V2 l 
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l Phenom II x4 960T BE (@x6 3838MHz) l l Asus Crosshair IV Formula l  l MSI GTX 570 PE/OC l l 8GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical 1600MHz (@170... 
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l Samsung 840 Evo 500GB l l Samsung F3 1TB X2 l l Maxtor DiamondMax 750GB 32MB l l Samsung F4 2TB l 
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l Toshiba DT01ACA300 x2 l l Pioneer BDR-209EBK l l Scythe Kama Angle Rev.B (With Scythe GT 1850R... l 4x120mm, 2x140mm Case Fans (CM + Scythe) l 
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l Aerocool Cooltouch R l l Windows 7 x64 nVidia Ed. l l LG M2380D 1080p l l Logitech G15 l 
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l XFX Pro 650W Core Ed. l l CM Storm Scout™ l l Logitech G502 l l Steelseries QcK l 
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l Creative Fatal1ty HS-800 V2 l l Logitech LS21 l 
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G3258 @4Ghz MSI Z97I Gaming AC MSI GTX 460 Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600MHz 8GB 
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Samsung 840 Evo 128GB Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB Optiarc 7170S Corsair H60 
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Windows 7 x64 Logitech K400 Wireless Touch Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 520w Modular Cooler Master Elite 130 
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l Intel® Core™ i7-5820K l l MSI X99A SLI Krait Edition l l MSI GTX 980Ti Gaming 6G l l Corsair Dominator® Platinum (4x4GB) DDR4 3Ghz l 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
| Samsung PM951 M.2 PCI-e NVMe 512GB | l Samsung 840 Evo 500GB l l Toshiba X300 4TB 128MB Cache l l Toshiba MD04ACA400 4TB l 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
l Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB (x3) l l Samsung F3 1TB l l Pioneer BDR-209EBK l l NZXT Kraken X61 (2x Noctua NF-A14-2000-IP67) l 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
l Phobya MaxGuide 6 Controller l l Windows 7 x64 Customised. l l Acer Predator XB240H 144Hz G-Sync l l LG M2380D 1080p l  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
l Logitech G19s l  l EVGA SuperNOVA G2 850w l l CM Storm Stryker™ l  l Logitech G502 l  
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
l Razer Vespula l l Logitech Z506 5.1 l l Steelseries Siberia V2 MSI Gaming Edition l l Creative Fatal1ty HS-800 V2 l 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
l Phenom II x4 960T BE (@x6 3838MHz) l l Asus Crosshair IV Formula l  l MSI GTX 570 PE/OC l l 8GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical 1600MHz (@170... 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
l Samsung 840 Evo 500GB l l Samsung F3 1TB X2 l l Maxtor DiamondMax 750GB 32MB l l Samsung F4 2TB l 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
l Toshiba DT01ACA300 x2 l l Pioneer BDR-209EBK l l Scythe Kama Angle Rev.B (With Scythe GT 1850R... l 4x120mm, 2x140mm Case Fans (CM + Scythe) l 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
l Aerocool Cooltouch R l l Windows 7 x64 nVidia Ed. l l LG M2380D 1080p l l Logitech G15 l 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
l XFX Pro 650W Core Ed. l l CM Storm Scout™ l l Logitech G502 l l Steelseries QcK l 
AudioAudio
l Creative Fatal1ty HS-800 V2 l l Logitech LS21 l 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
G3258 @4Ghz MSI Z97I Gaming AC MSI GTX 460 Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600MHz 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Evo 128GB Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB Optiarc 7170S Corsair H60 
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Windows 7 x64 Logitech K400 Wireless Touch Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 520w Modular Cooler Master Elite 130 
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Logitech M187 
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post #9 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by EvoBeardy View Post
I've been using Spybot Search & Destroy for years, and it's got an additional program called Teatimer that you can also install within it, it prevents system changes without your authority, so Trojan's have a harder time changing system settings as the popup will ask you for the okay or to deny permanently.

It's nothing like UAC by the way, that's just annoying, this isn't.

I use that in conjunction with AVG Free, and my system's been as healthy and speedy as anything, Spybot releases very regular updates aswell, and they're not massive in size, so don't take long to download. (Kb's mostly, biggest is like 1-3MB on occasion)
spybot is good but malwarebytes is better. I have used spybot for years but malwarebytes is just lighter weight and is faster. ymmv
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c300 SSD rando Corsair H50 Windows 10 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell S2209W 22" TTe Sports Challenger Pro Corsair AX850 CM HAF 932 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Death Adder desk samsung makes a good soundbar 
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i5 3570k Gigabyte Z77x-UD5H Gigabyte hd 7850 Corsair Vengence 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
c300 SSD rando Corsair H50 Windows 10 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell S2209W 22" TTe Sports Challenger Pro Corsair AX850 CM HAF 932 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Death Adder desk samsung makes a good soundbar 
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post #10 of 33
If you were to buy one, I would go with GData. It uses both Avast's and BitDefender's engines in tandem and consistently scores highly in comparatives.



Trustport scores slightly higher for Dec, but I don't like it cause of both the UI and the fact that it uses AVG + BitDefender instead of Avast + BitDefender. I know AVG has improved since their start, but I just can't shake not wanting something else.

If you went the free route, I'd go Avira for sure.

I also recommend MalwareBytes Pro.

Edited by Kaldari - 1/24/11 at 6:44pm
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Asus VG236HE XArmor U9BL-S Enermax Galaxy Evo 1250W Corsair 600T 
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256GB Samsung 840 Pro + RAID1 2TB 7200 Hitachis LG 6X Blu-ray Burner Corsair H100i Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VG236HE XArmor U9BL-S Enermax Galaxy Evo 1250W Corsair 600T 
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