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    Posted: 15 Nov 2011 at 9:34pm
title speaks for itself
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Nov 2011 at 10:53pm
Norton is the way to go.
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  Quote Winterhawk Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Nov 2011 at 1:57am
I've used ESET for years, and think its the best out there. Yet, you will find that everyone has their own opinion on the "best" out in the marketplace. So, I guess you just have to do some of your own research on all of them, or just get a feel on what most folks use or recommend.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Nov 2011 at 2:55am
ESET Smart security all the way.
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I haven't tried yet, but I like Avast.


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  Quote Anaskingston2 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Nov 2011 at 2:23am
ESAT NOD32 Antivirus is best !!! I used it
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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Nov 2011 at 12:12am
I've been using Webroot for about 5 years now ever since it was just a spy-sweaper that I combined with my Norton 360. I had Norton 360 for the first year on my old system and I HATED it. Just totally took over my system and I could not stand it. After that first year Webroot expanded into a full security suite, called Webroot Security Essentials, so I went with just that and have never looked back, but that may be changing.

What I like so much about Webroot is it has, or I should say had, a Gamer Mode that disables some of the more resource hungry protections with out disabling the program completely. It also does not annoy me with critical messages prompting me to turn my protection back on or die like Norton did.

But that looks like that is all changing. They have released a new Webroot Secure Anywhere that is getting really bad reviews and longer has the gamer mode that I liked so much. So far I have not been prompted with a forced update to this new version but I unfortunately just renewed my subscription before they released and will be pissed if I am forced to use it for a year. That ESET looks promising when it comes time to renew next year though.

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  Quote ablahblah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Nov 2011 at 1:13am
Norton earned top marks and a Kickass Award in MaximumPC, while ESET dropped down to a 5/10 somehow...I'm looking into this right now. Another contender, Webroot SecureAnywhere (cloud based signature library + some local based) seems to be pretty legit, having good protection, low system space impact, and neglible performance impact (just needs internet).
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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Nov 2011 at 1:35am
I'd like to see that review on SecureAnywhere as I have not heard good things about it. As someone who has been a Webroot customer for over 5 years even I will not touch it because it can not be suspended or disabled with out actually closing the program. Previous versions of Webroot have a gamer mode much like ESET does but SecureAnywhere does not.

I'm also confused about the "(just needs internet)" comment as Webroot has had active internet and browser monitoring for a couple years now.

I never trust any good review of Norton as their measure of "good" is not the same as mine. I don't need my computer locked down like I'm protecting military secrets or anything like that and I will not tolerate any AV program that operates like that. For a business that has lots of sensitive info it needs to protect from targeted attacks it's fine. For a normal user who only has to worry about themselves and is very smart about what they do on-line it is just not needed.

Another side note on SecureAnywhere, it's scan times and performance is actually a cheat. Webroot has had an option to only scan new or changed files in order to decrease scan times for over a year now. SecurAnywhere does that by default and I don't know of a way to disable it with SecureAnywhere like you can with the old Security Essentials. For more frequent scans that option is nice but I for one do a full 100% scan of all my drives once a week. I don't want to chance something getting missed because the AV program skipped it in order to get the scan done more quickly.

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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Nov 2011 at 3:16am
LOL webroots av is a joke this is the problem with reading reviews form places that talk out of their ass, is this the same MaximumPC that gave a ds system a bad mark for not having 16GB of ram for a gaming system? Never trust these sites like MaximumPC, cnet and etc, you never know whats really what behind close doors.

I was a huge fan of spysweeper from webroots but at first they used that to get you to try their sucky av and now they have totally gotten rid of the spyweeper which was the only good thing they had, I don't recommend webroots anymore and I can't take their av seriously.


I would put eset against any other av any day, I used to infect the hell out of may pc then scan it with various av and as to see who is best, eset/spysweeper and malwarebytes always had the best cleanup and least amount of false positives.

now in days I use eset and malwarebytes that and a lot of commonsense is all you need to be safe on the net.

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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Nov 2011 at 12:49pm
Yeah, that's what I was saying because I have not seen good reviews for it. I've used it for so long because I liked it and I'm smart enough and careful enough to limit my exposure to potential threats. They've slowly made Webroot worse and worse to the point that even I won't don't want it any more but like I said I just renewed it recently.

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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Nov 2011 at 5:58pm
Ya mine ran out this past month, and I didn't renew it either, instead I went with Malwarebytes
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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Nov 2011 at 8:07pm
Oh well, it's done it's job for me for the last 5 years but I won't renew with them again. If they try to force me to switch/upgrade to the SecureAnywhere I'll dump them for something else.

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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Nov 2011 at 9:13pm
Oh sorry I thought you said you didn't renew it sorry about that
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Yeah, I got an offer to renew early and get an extra 3 months for free if I did. My sister back in Chicago needed an AV for herself and my nephew has their Macafee ran out and she did not have $60 to renew it. Like a lot of AV programs Webroot can be shared so I renewed mine sent her and my nephew my serial number so they would have something.

My current subscription for this year is actually good until mid December so I would look in to cancelling it and getting a refund if I could except that my family is using it now and I don't want to take it away from them.

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Anyone have anything against McAfee Total Protection 2012? I had got it for free when I had ordered some other things and was thinking about installing it. I'm currently using (and a big fan of) AVG.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2011 at 4:22am
McAfee is heavy and horrible, stay away from it.

I love eset, but I would use avg before I used McAfee.
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  Quote DefineGodLike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2011 at 6:24am
Originally posted by DST4ME

McAfee is heavy and horrible, stay away from it.

I love eset, but I would use avg before I used McAfee.


Thank you! I'll just stay with AVG. :D
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Dec 2011 at 10:22am
@shikhak

Originally posted by DST4ME

McAfee is heavy and horrible, stay away from it.

I love eset, but I would use avg before I used McAfee.


Maybe I was not clear but your system is slow because of McAfee, I suggest you drop it, and get yourself a better one. I do know about anti viruses.

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I have used a variety over the years.  It seems they go in cycles.  Norton was tops for awhile back in the day, then it got huge and clunky.  Then, McAfee... then it got huge and clunky.

I used ESET for awhile... but the cisco verification my University used did not recognize ESET as having its most recent data definitions and I could not access the network from my laptop.  ESET was good; Kaspersky was the 2nd to last I tried.

Finally, I got a bit sick of paying a couple hundred a year (or, like 120-140 anyway) to protect a couple of laptops and a couple of desktops.. switched to Microsoft Security Essentials... like it much!  Does a good job, low resources...

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  Quote Brewtus Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Dec 2011 at 7:50am
In comparison of free AV, what does everyone think about Microsoft Security Essentials.

I have been using it on a couple different machines, and seems to work well.
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i use "Avira AntiVir Personal" it is a great free antivirus only annoying thing about it is it pops an ad for the pro version everytime you leave your pc for 30 mins xD other than that it is great have my small netbook for almost 2 years now and never needed to license or buy or anything :D 

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  Quote chasblock Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 May 2012 at 5:32am
I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials (in combination with Spybot Search and Destroy) on the recommendation of a senior tech at Digital Storm. Seems to work well. With MSE you just have to remember to go to Windows Update and download the latest definitions everyday.
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  Quote josephlee Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 May 2012 at 2:07pm
I agree with the McAfee being way too "heavy". I moved to Norton myself. Been using that for almost a year.
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My laptop has Microsoft Security Essentials and my DS desktop has Norton. Never had a problem with either.
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I've been very happy with Kapersky for several years now. It is definitely a "cleaner" program than McAfee which I used prior to it.
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I use Microsoft Security Essentials on all of my rigs. Six desktop and two laptops.
Never had anything get in.  
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microsoft security essentials and noscript + adblockplus for firefox. that seems to do the trick for me.
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McAfee BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
ESET GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Use as Anti-Virus
 
Malwarebytes Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Use as Anti-spyware/Malware
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Malwarebytes is as good as it gets. The free version is amazing, and it finds everything fast (~4-5 minutes for a full hard drive scan).
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