Do you use : No Antivirus , FREE Antivirus , or PAID Antivirus and why?

Paul NZ

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No, I just use the Window's one.

Because most of the others are crap / crash / slow the system down and die when you get infected anyway. So whats the point in paying for one

And this has already been discussed / posted in here
 

Craffinho

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Malware bytes for me, seems very light on the system. My friend uses it at work in conjunction with norton, he says it stops things norton doesn't even see! Yes he works in IT for a very large company.
 

mamamia13

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No because I never do anything shady that would require it. In day to day tasks, it is completely not worth it as it will just slow down your computer even if it is "light on your system." Also, some of us aren't rich and have jobs to get a super fast computer so the "light" load is not noticed. At the lower end laptop level, we have to suffer with crappy AMD A4 processors that have no value. Also, antivirus that is good is pretty expensive and I don't like paying per year for a piece of crap that will only slow down my computer more. If you have a virus, just reset windows and get over it.
 

Rapajez

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Some of the best AV software is free, and has little to no system impact. AVG and Avast come top mind. Maximum PC ran benchmarks with and without the AV running, and the results barely changed.

Malewarebytes can be ran as a second layer of defense, if it's on-demand only.

Just because you don't visit shady sites, doesn't make you invincible. Secured routers still have vulnerabilities, banner ads could hide things, a program could execute via email or IM, you could mis-click...etc...
 

Rapajez

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Despite it's shady history, Norton now has one of the best detectio rates, and a lower system impact than most of the paid AV. Based on the same Maximum PC benchmarks.
 
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I'm using MSE here.
I used to be really hot on virus protection. Spent countless years investing in paid versions - Norton, AVG, Kaspersky etc...

Right now, I'm in the mindset of just watching where you go online. It's really that simple - However, as someone above mentioned, sometimes things slip through.
If experience is anything to go by, adverts, be it on the page or in a pop-up, are generally the main cause of involuntary virus-downloading.

I'd bet if you went to even a mainstream porn site without an ad blocker you'd get yourself some digital aids pretty darn quickly. Pop ups that appear when clicking on something, or anywhere on the page. Banner ads - etc... An ad blocker is useful in more ways than just removing annoyance.
Also worth mentioning is to set your browser to ask before downloading - I've come across a few instant-pop ups that immediately download something without consent in the past.

After that, it's just a case of watching what you download really. Not the hardest thing in the world to do.
 

mamamia13

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Just saying, I have adblock installed and I'm blocking websites that track me.
 

Matt Lazar

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AVG free with Malwarebytes paid.
 

Turb0Yoda

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Free. I use adblock, Ghostery did not let me log into Tom's and other sites. Got avast, Malwarebytes, Spybot SSD, and my own firewall and IP/ DNS set up.
 

USAFRet

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The included free Windows AV.
An occasional MalwareBytes scan, and even rarer Spyware S&D scan.

But this is behind a whole house Linux firewall/AV box. Currently running untangle. May move to pfsense in the near future.

And of course, that which exists between the ears.
 

Paul NZ

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Adwcleaner is also good for removing things. Since it can pick up the folders for adware etc as well as the registry.

But you have to be careful you untick whatever if it isnt nasty, before you tell it to clean
 

mamamia13

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I only need windows Security Essentials as that is what suits me best. It doesn't slow my computer down and it comes preinstalled so I don't have to worry about it. It also is a not bad suite with some pretty good options. I also defragment my computer a lot as I feel it makes it faster.
 

mamamia13

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No, but I still have it just in case. Also, why do you write in bold?
 
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