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Antivirus / Antimalware Recommendation Thread (May 2011)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,535 ✭✭✭ flutered


    vicwatson wrote: »
    Norton sub up soon

    Any free Anti virus going around? checked out AVG free (and the full one is €49.96) do I need to spend €50.00 on this or...?
    TIA
    plenty, more than you can use, my preference is forti client, check out cnet.com,tucows.com, majorgeeks.com,


  • Registered Users Posts: 28,363 ✭✭✭✭ vicwatson


    flutered wrote: »
    plenty, more than you can use, my preference is forti client, check out cnet.com,tucows.com, majorgeeks.com,


    Are all fairly much recommended by boardsies?

    I noticed when I had Norton I got very little spam, then with the free trial of AVG I noticed that I was getting some spam...

    Anti V up tomorrow so any top recommendations for free cover would be much appreciated.

    TIA


  • Registered Users Posts: 13 Ichabod Chrane


    Very interesting thread on Antivirus and Antimalware software. I have been computing for quite awhile now, I am not an expert! I was happy to go along with pre-installed Window`s software, Security Essentials and Window`s Defender. Now both of these are in my opinion, unique, in that they never find anything malevolent. Many moons ago, lacking knowledge, I clicked on a link that took me to a very generous website. My computer was freely given all the viruses and malware that it could hold. After 4 hours of head scratching I swallowed my pride and rang Microsoft. A "techy" took control of my PC, he advised me to go on a coffee break, I stayed watching. I wondered what I was doing wrong with my pre-installed software. Much to my surprise, this guy did no use any Microsoft antivirus products. He used Malware Bytes and another piece of software called Hitman Pro. These 2 removed everything in less than 30 minutes and I marvelled. Why did he not use a Microsoft product? why did he use these particular two? To me it was a damming indictment of Microsoft`s wares. Since then, I have been using Malwarebytes Pro and Hitman Pro. A once of payment of 25 Euro for lifetime use of the former and about 20 Euro per year for the latter. In my opinion, I have the best protection available, then again, it is only an opinion.


  • Registered Users Posts: 833 ✭✭✭ Ganymede Glow


    Bit Defender + Malwarebytes.

    Thou shall not pass!


  • Registered Users Posts: 261 ✭✭ kig


    I have been using McAfee for years, but tht is about to change. I am disgusted with their service. Last year I had a problem that my laptop was getting very slow, and I suspected that i had some malware on the system. I contacted them, and was convinced to buy another program to sort out the problem - which it didn't. A few weeks ago our service provider contacted us to let us know we had a virus, I checked with McAfee, and they assured me that a full scan would sort out the virus, well it seems it didn't. programs started crashing, I contacted them 3x, now they tell me I need to buy another one of their products to get rid of a virus which their virus protection is suposed to protect me against.
    Is there anything anyone can recommend because I am definitely not using McAffee ever again, and I would warn everyone else to stay away from them.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,535 ✭✭✭ flutered


    kig wrote: »
    I have been using McAfee for years, but tht is about to change. I am disgusted with their service. Last year I had a problem that my laptop was getting very slow, and I suspected that i had some malware on the system. I contacted them, and was convinced to buy another program to sort out the problem - which it didn't. A few weeks ago our service provider contacted us to let us know we had a virus, I checked with McAfee, and they assured me that a full scan would sort out the virus, well it seems it didn't. programs started crashing, I contacted them 3x, now they tell me I need to buy another one of their products to get rid of a virus which their virus protection is suposed to protect me against.
    Is there anything anyone can recommend because I am definitely not using McAffee ever again, and I would warn everyone else to stay away from them.
    amiti antivirus works beautiful for me, btw i use the free version, add malware bytes and superanti spyware, oh yeah private firewall compleates my line up.btw you will need to download a program to remove the mcafee schite, google is your buddy here,


  • Registered Users Posts: 261 ✭✭ kig


    Thanks flutered,
    I'll try to get all that set up, it's only when you have a problem that you realise how useless McAfee is, they have been frustrating me for a while now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,535 ✭✭✭ flutered


    kig wrote: »
    Thanks flutered,
    I'll try to get all that set up, it's only when you have a problem that you realise how useless McAfee is,

    watch the superantispyware, they asked me to try the pro version, it eats memory on my old dell, i cannot use the internet while it runs, i am changing back this evening to the free one.


  • Registered Users Posts: 52 ✭✭ doubie


    Quick question - I have malwarebytes installed. Do I need to install another software for antivirus?


  • Registered Users Posts: 840 ✭✭✭ jsa112


    yes, malwarebytes isn't an anti-virus


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2 Taylor Evans


    Reasons of Choosing Malwarebytes:

    It detects and removes malware that your antivirus is not able to.
    It prevents access to known malicious websites.
    It provides real-time protection against malware.
    It removes rootkits and fixes the files have been damaged.
    It scans quickly by only seeking for active threats.
    It enables you to schedule automatic scans and database updates.
    It prevents malware from disabling itself or modifying its processes.
    It employs industry-leading technology to remove malware code.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,535 ✭✭✭ flutered


    an update from me, i have started using a different antivirus it is of chinese origion called Biadu, they also have a web browser, the browser is fast, it has a built in downloader, i download from a torrent at times, stuff for android, the antivirus picks up the adware and quarantines it immediatly, the antivirus has a built in cleaner, which if ran daily is very effective, my two cents folks


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,821 ✭✭✭✭ Galwayguy35


    Had my laptop in for repair as it was infected and the guy in the store installed avast free anti virus, I assumed it was free but noticed it telling me I have x number of days left and need to register.

    Does this mean I have to pay for the service when I register?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,359 ✭✭✭ Access


    I have Microsoft Security Essentials (Win 7) and i also run Spybot S&D.

    I take it MSE handles the virus side of things where as Spybot Search & Destroy handles the malware side of things?

    Would i better off replacing spybot with malwarebytes? is spybot old hat now - i dont see anyone on here mentioning it anymore?


  • Registered Users Posts: 840 ✭✭✭ jsa112


    get malwarebytes its far better


  • Registered Users Posts: 76,723 ✭✭✭✭ JP Liz V1


    What is best free antivirus


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,907 ✭✭✭✭ Kristopherus


    JP Liz V1 wrote: »
    What is best free antivirus

    Microsoft Security Essentials.

    If you cannot get it, try Avira. www.free-av.com.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,544 ✭✭✭ EndaHonesty


    Microsoft Security Essentials.

    If you cannot get it, try Avira. www.free-av.com.

    I was using MSE and it seemed to be working fine until recently where it won't download updates.
    It says something about a connection issue but the pc is connected to the internet and everything else is working fine.
    I've tried reinstalling it several times but no luck.

    Windows Defender will not downloads updates either and says it's a connection issue too.

    I've uninstalled MSE and installed Avast which is doing a Boot Scan at the moment. It's taking ages.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,535 ✭✭✭ flutered


    I was using MSE and it seemed to be working fine until recently where it won't download updates.
    It says something about a connection issue but the pc is connected to the internet and everything else is working fine.
    I've tried reinstalling it several times but no luck.

    Windows Defender will not downloads updates either and says it's a connection issue too.

    I've uninstalled MSE and installed Avast which is doing a Boot Scan at the moment. It's taking ages.
    it appears you got a bug, see if you can start it in safe mode with networking, download and run malware bytes, then do as it says, shut down the pc and re start, see if mse will up date, get rid of avast, then download and run 360 security, that will keep you safe as you can run it with mse, which in my opinion is nearly useless, download and run lava soft, that will alert you as regards any funny buisness


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,688 ✭✭✭ ItHurtsWhenIP


    flutered wrote: »
    it appears you got a bug, see if you can start it in safe mode with networking, download and run malware bytes, then do as it says, shut down the pc and re start, see if mse will up date, get rid of avast, then download and run 360 security, that will keep you safe as you can run it with mse, which in my opinion is nearly useless, download and run lava soft, that will alert you as regards any funny buisness

    I wouldn't bother paying for 360 security. I've been well served by Avast for the last 8 years or so, never had a problem. Don't use MSE (POS).

    +1 on Malwarebytes though.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,535 ✭✭✭ flutered


    MMFITWGDV wrote: »
    I wouldn't bother paying for 360 security. I've been well served by Avast for the last 8 years or so, never had a problem. Don't use MSE (POS).

    +1 on Malwarebytes though.
    360 is free and takes up little room


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,688 ✭✭✭ ItHurtsWhenIP


    flutered wrote: »
    360 is free and takes up little room

    Apologies. I thought you were referring to Norton 360. I was unaware of 360 security. :o

    I must take a look for myself.:)

    Thank you.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,562 ✭✭✭ pajor


    October 2016.. suggestions please for free anti-virus. I've been using avast for about 2 years or so and have been pretty happy with the anti-virus aspect. But not happy that it has installed the web browser and VPN on my laptop without being informed. Sorta seems like the opposite of what an anti-virus should be doing.

    Some googling suggests Avira. Good choice?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,688 ✭✭✭ ItHurtsWhenIP


    pajor wrote: »
    October 2016.. suggestions please for free anti-virus. I've been using avast for about 2 years or so and have been pretty happy with the anti-virus aspect. But not happy that it has installed the web browser and VPN on my laptop without being informed. Sorta seems like the opposite of what an anti-virus should be doing.

    Some googling suggests Avira. Good choice?

    With Avast, always select the custom install options and unselect all the bloat crap.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,562 ✭✭✭ pajor


    With Avast, always select the custom install options and unselect all the bloat crap.

    They just installed by themselves, not when putting it on my laptop. But I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. Just got rid of a few things from avast in Programs and Features. Might just stick with avast for another while so.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,658 ✭✭✭ old boy


    i am using 360 anti virus, its working fine, you need a little other ammunition also, i cannot praise priviza enough, get the paid version, €6 is the minimun fee, i run it daily,adw is another i run weekly, also malware bytes and anti malware are others, common sense is the best out there, many seem to forget that


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,688 ✭✭✭ ItHurtsWhenIP


    pajor wrote: »
    They just installed by themselves, not when putting it on my laptop. But I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. Just got rid of a few things from avast in Programs and Features. Might just stick with avast for another while so.

    If you did a "Program upgrade", it probably didn't give you the option of the custom install. On my main PC I had some issues with the program upgrade with Avast in the past, so I tend to download the latest version, uninstall the old and install the new. It's a little awkward, but I'm used to Avast at this point and it's as good as any others out there.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 9,275 Mod ✭✭✭✭ seligehgit


    Malwarebytes should allow you to remove them all at once.Its a great program.

    Is there any longer a free version of this software?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,434 ✭✭✭ MOH


    seligehgit wrote: »
    Malwarebytes should allow you to remove them all at once.Its a great program.

    Is there any longer a free version of this software?

    Yes?
    https://www.malwarebytes.com/trial/#trial


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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 9,275 Mod ✭✭✭✭ seligehgit


    MOH wrote: »

    No that does'nt appear to be free.Trial,licence....


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