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Unread 12-30-2015, 11:39 AM   #1
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Guys, it is probably not new to learn that I am not very adept when it comes to technology stuff.

Recently I learned that I actually don't have a proper anti-virus. I have been relying on Malwarebytes for everything for a long time.

What should I get? I remember people on here recommending Avast really highly. But, I just know that I don't want to go through the heck of having McAfee or Norton on my computer. They are both horrible, slow everything down, and just all around suck.

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Unread 12-30-2015, 11:44 AM   #2
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I most likely will be rebuked for this response.

I use Malwarebytes, SpyBot, CCleaner, and AVG. I scan daily and have never had a serious issue.
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Unread 12-30-2015, 12:10 PM   #3
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Unread 12-30-2015, 12:38 PM   #4
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In terms of free antivirus options, Avast is the best route to go.
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Unread 12-31-2015, 11:59 PM   #5
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I agree with Ben and Lee. If you are somewhat conscientious with your Internet activity MSE is safe, but I don't trust it for most end users.
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Unread 01-01-2016, 01:21 AM   #6
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AVG and Avast have become adware themselves...

I recommend MSE and Malwarebytes since MSE on it's own still won't stop you from downloading SuperCoolMovie.rar.exe.torrent.com.safe.zip.exe
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Unread 01-01-2016, 01:35 AM   #7
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AVG and Avast have become adware themselves...

I recommend MSE and Malwarebytes since MSE on it's own still won't stop you from downloading SuperCoolMovie.rar.exe.torrent.com.safe.zip.exe
While it's better than nothing, I've seen A LOT of stuff get past MSE that gets detected by AVG and Avast (and most other products). While it's fine for generally safe Internet users, there's no way I'd recommend it to an average end user anymore.
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While it's better than nothing, I've seen A LOT of stuff get past MSE that gets detected by AVG and Avast (and most other products). While it's fine for generally safe Internet users, there's no way I'd recommend it to an average end user anymore.
From my experience it misses stuff that borders the line between malware and virus... Hence the Malwarebytes.

But I don't have a lot of experience
I use OS X 90% of my computer time :P
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Unread 01-01-2016, 08:59 AM   #9
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FWIW, ads in Avast can be turned off in the settings. It's not adware.
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Why don't you people use things like Norton or McAfee? I've been using Norton for like 20 years and I usually get it free or nearly free when I watch for sales with awesome rebates.
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Unread 01-02-2016, 07:23 PM   #11
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I have had really negative experiences with Norton, McAfee and lately Trend. They seem to have major impacts on performance and miss a lot of stuff in my experience.

When I was doing repairs, I usually found that computers with Norton had more viruses and ran slower. That said, that was an observation that I didn't exactly run scientific tests to prove, and will differ from person to person.
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Unread 01-09-2016, 11:09 AM   #12
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FWIW, ads in Avast can be turned off in the settings. It's not adware.
Yeah, but stuff like this should not be an on by default setting...

https://i.imgur.com/oWGDVun.jpg

That's on a sent email.
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Unread 01-09-2016, 11:16 AM   #13
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I use Avira. Has worked fine for me for many years.
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Unread 01-09-2016, 03:45 PM   #14
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Yeah, but stuff like this should not be an on by default setting...

https://i.imgur.com/oWGDVun.jpg

That's on a sent email.
True, but as far as ads go that's not insanely intrusive. I mean, most emails have so much crap at the bottom ("Sent from my iPhone") that most people ignore what's in the footer anyway.
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Norton always seems to think that it is the main program on the computer, as if the computer is designed for it.
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