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Anti Virus Software.

Advice please.

Are the likes of Norton and McAfee, that you pay a subscription for,
better than the free varieties?



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i've always used the free version of avast. it's hardly ever let me down (my own fault for downloading a dodgy program).

now i use it in conjunction with malwarebytes (also free) and my machines are pretty much virus proof.

the paid-for Anti-virus programs tend offer more "features" but the usefulness of these features is debatable. Security-wise, they're all pretty much on a par..

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i've always used the free version of avast. it's hardly ever let me down (my own fault for downloading a dodgy program).

now i use it in conjunction with malwarebytes (also free) and my machines are pretty much virus proof.

the paid-for Anti-virus programs tend offer more "features" but the usefulness of these features is debatable. Security-wise, they're all pretty much on a par..

check this page out Best free antivirus software 2014 | News | TechRadar

What Stan said, been using the same combination for years
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My only experience with McAfee was bad - it virtually made the machine unusable despite being pre-installed by the manufacturer. I removed it and have stuck with free MS Security Essentials which seems to have done the job OK so far.
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Always remove mcafee/norton straight off and load up free version of Avast. It's unobtrusive, just works away in the background, doesn't clog your machine down, is free, easy to install, no hassle. Avast all the way.
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The best security is education, understanding how to ascertain the authenticity of the connected things we use.
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Always remove mcafee/norton straight off and load up free version of Avast. It's unobtrusive, just works away in the background, doesn't clog your machine down, is free, easy to install, no hassle. Avast all the way.
Unobtrusive? That stupid American woman who sqwuaks "Welcome to Avast" until you switch the sound off is obtrusive. Otherwise Avast is quite good but I still prefer Kaspersky.
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Always remove mcafee/norton straight off and load up free version of Avast. It's unobtrusive, just works away in the background, doesn't clog your machine down, is free, easy to install, no hassle. Avast all the way.
Unobtrusive? That stupid American woman who sqwuaks "Welcome to Avast" until you switch the sound off is obtrusive. Otherwise Avast is quite good but I still prefer Kaspersky.
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As GD says, understand the issues and act accordingly.

I haven't used anything but MS security
essentials/Windows Defender for years.

But I use a non admin account and all sensitive data
is encrypted and has multiple backups.
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Always remove mcafee/norton straight off and load up free version of Avast. It's unobtrusive, just works away in the background, doesn't clog your machine down, is free, easy to install, no hassle. Avast all the way.
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Avoid Mcafee / Norton - Slow machines down nicely and costs money that can be far better spent!
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AVG or AVAST have done me fine for years
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AVG or AVAST have done me fine for years
How do you know you don't have something nasty that hasn't been detected?

Total Reliance on any software to keep you protected from internet based threats is a mistake waiting to bite you in the ass.
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How do you know you don't have something nasty that hasn't been detected?

Total Reliance on any software to keep you protected from internet based threats is a mistake waiting to bite you in the ass.

Interesting question, Sean - how do you know? And for those of us who aren't computer technicians - what realistically should we do.....?
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Interesting question, Sean - how do you know? And for those of us who aren't computer technicians - what realistically should we do.....?
Layer the security, use DNS based security like google dns or opendns, this can stop you actually getting to compromised websites.

I use opendns at home http://www.opendns.com/home-internet...y/premium-dns/ you dont need an account, just change your dns servers in your network adaptor config to.

208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

Then there's desktop Security software, none of them capture everything, it's about time it was made the responsibility of isp's to detect and protect customers from internet threats.

You can use an online scanner occasionally from a different vendor than your desktop security to check for nasties that might get through. If you are the only one who uses the computer you should have a good angle on where you've been on the web.

If there are kids or other family members usng a computer its best to give them individual accounts, understandably this may not be convenient.

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Unobtrusive? That stupid American woman who sqwuaks "Welcome to Avast" until you switch the sound off is obtrusive. Otherwise Avast is quite good but I still prefer Kaspersky.
It's an English accent now...still a little annoying I agree, but only once a day. I can live with that...
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