Discussion in 'Online Security' started by olivia900, Jul 19, 2017.
Which is The Best Antivirus For Window 7..?
Free or subscription?
That is a really hard question to answer because the tests you see online come out with so many different results. You have to review the tests and make a judgment call for yourself on which anti-malware software typically ranks towards the top of all the different tests.
Keep in mind that none of them are 100% perfect at keeping the bad guys out of your computer. That is why I run more than one on my computer. Supposedly you are not supposed to do this but I have never had any conflicts doing this. If you do have a conflict then run only one...real simple.
Also, look up the various things that you can do to keep malware out of your computer...like never opening attachments in your email from strangers.
I'm happy with Microsoft Security Essentials and free Malwarebytes.
It really comes down to your surfing habits and web sites you visit which is the same thing I guess. You'll get arguments about which is best just as you would on Chevy vs Ford, chocolate vs vanilla, Coke vs Pepsi, etc. There is nothing wrong in having several on your PC but you want a darn good one running in the background to catch anything before it gets on your PC to begin with. Alot of the other ones won't do that in real time but say they will and usually the freebies, and only find something after you've been infected and depending on what it is, could be simple or very difficult to get rid of. We have a forum just for those cases, btw. No one wants to end up there. I've tried many and always end up with Malwarebytes paid version. It's the only one ever to have pop ups saying it's blocking a site and probably are false positives maybe, but I like that.
In the past getting Norton or McAfee or Trend paid versions put to much load on your system.
That is no longer an excuse with flash drives and multi-core CPU chips.
Next comes the cost. A valid reason.
You can use Malware bytes free but it cleans after you click on the wrong thing.
If you are savoy you can avoid clicking on phishing scams or downloading stuff you are not absolutely sure is safe.
I have enough computers where it is cost effective to get a multi user antivirus program.
No need to surf sober.
I had free anti-virus stuff on my Mom's computers - desktops and laptops. I made a sticky type note on her desktops how to update them and run scans regularly, plus how to use CCleaner as an aside. She was a member of so many things and got attachments from everywhere, all innocent sites that sent her pics. However I was always having to bring her stuff home to clean the viruses and many times had to reinstall Windows was so bad. I fussed at her (not too loudly) and finally gave up because she was doing what she enjoyed at age 80. She always rolled those big eyes at me as I lectured. Been 2 years now since she passed. Bottom line - get a good anti-virus and make sure it runs in the background, period.
"Best" seems to change every year. One year it's Webroot, then it's Keperski...etc. It's still a cat and mouse game either way and if any sensitive private information ever gets stolen, chances are good that it's from a companies server somewhere and not your PC.
Medical offices computers are notorious for getting hacked. It's why you never give them your Social Security number. They can't tell you that you are required to provide it either. It's only for bill collection.
AVIRA Free Antivirus
Avast! Free Antivirus
I've been using Kaspersky for over 10 years now.
I've said it many times, it's like comparing Ford to Chevy, chocolate vs vanilla, Coke vs Pepsi. Your favorite will be the one you think protects you. If you never get a virus (malware) you'll think yours is the best when it reality you were lucky and never got one to begin with. If you have one that stops a virus dead in its tracks then that's the best one.
True Sarge. In addition, no anti-malware software is 100% perfect.
I run three anti-malware software packages now, contrary to what some others say you should not do. No problems here. They all get along with each other. My guess is that those who say you should not have more than one have never tried two or three.
Often, one will catch something bad the other two missed. To me, that is better than having only one.
I'm also wondering if the people who write this software are putting out propaganda that if you run more than one simultaneously that bad things will happen.
I'd believe that.
Whats your opinion of Bit defender ? Run it or not ? Bill Gates spyware I think.
Last time I tried Bitdefender (free) I was disappointed in the lack of configuration options and interactions.
I just use Windows Defender and also McAffee.