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

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sirhawkeye64

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I use a paid AV/Security program (ESET). I'm still a believer in that you get what you pay for. Yes, there are some decent FREE ones out there, like AVG, Avira, and a handful of others, but I still think that when it comes to security, it's not worth cutting corners to save a few bucks. If you want to save a few bucks, trim back on something else (a subscription for a game or a magazine, for example). To me, in doing software development, and overall, just being like everyone else, security is a high priority, and to me, it's worth the $60 or so that I pay, per year ($60 per machine, that is... ESET usually has deals throughout the year where you can get a 5-pack of their Internet Security or Smart Security for $100 or something). I'm not pushing ESET necessarily, but I do think that paid is usually better, unless you don't have anything on your computer you don't mind losing should you get a virus or malware. But most people store their lives, so to speak, on their computers and phones. I also use MalwareBytes on my computer as added protection against malware (which ESET I think does scan for, but it's not necessarily active scanning like MalwareBytes).
 

mdd1963

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"As I stated before, the computer cannot get infected without user interactions, "

Untrue with the 'drive-by' infections of the last couple years or so....; not every infection requires a user to click on "Yes, I'm a moron, please install questionable software immediately" :)

Merely visiting a site infected with 'drive-by' variants can infect the user; this is (or should be) well-known....

'Questionable' web-sites are probably more prone to this than others....
 

lindam8016

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I use Microsoft Security Essentials and it is free. I use this on my laptop and my desktop. I got rid of my paid antivirus through Best Buy because it was interfering with the software that my employer had placed on my computer. I typed highly sensitive information for this company and my thought was if they are using it, then I am going to use it too, and my computers have been fine.

I just wanted to add that I do run the quick scan on the Microsoft Security Essentials a few times a week or every time I log on just to make sure it is updated and running. If you don't check it, sometimes it will stop running and won't be protecting your computer. I also occasionally run the full scan and occasionally check to see if anything is quarantined or has been detected.
 

Ubrales

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I use the same MSE (Windows Defender) and I run full scans per the recommendation of a reputed tech newsletter that I subscribe to. It does take a few hours and the benefits are worth it! Parallel to this I also use Malwarebytes (paid version) My confidence level in Microsoft products has increased after attending the full-day Microsoft Tech Summit in Chicago, last week.
 

Norton72

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I just use Widows Defender in Win10 along with CC Cleaner. I just downloaded AdBlock, we'll see how that goes. I used to use AVG, but after a few years of that I started getting popups wanting me to upgrade several times a day. I switched to Avast, but they started doing the same thing.
 
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After using Sophos for business for years, they have finally come out with a free consumer product, Sophos Home. Granted, takes awhile to install but have no complaints. Have always had good customer service from them.

Malwarebytes. IMHO, the best program out there.

Have used Avast Free for years, and still use the latest on some Window 7 machines. Haven't had the pop issue mentioned by others. If there are pop-ups, not a big enough deal to notice. Haven't tried AVG Free in ages, but seeing how Avast and AVG are now owned by the same company, I expect performance is pretty much the same.

Sorry, been a Microsoft guy since 1988 and just don't trust MS's ability to quickly respond to new threats.

 
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I don't use antivirus on mac laptop. As long as I keep avoiding click questionable links or websites and follow Mac updates, it would be good.
 

activegalaxys

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I use AVG Internet Secutity. Mainly because it was cheap at the time (£15 for the first year w/ unlimited installs) and it does work. It picked up one virus a couple months ago, and its been fine since. Amazingly, It's particularly light on my poor old Dell, which struggles when playing 720p YouTube, so I'm happy with paying the horrific renewal prices that AVG put into place. Every time I scan I do a deep scan, which helps pick up those nasty viruses.

Of course, I do recommend AVG Free Antivirus if you can't afford Internet Security. And, if you don't like AVG at all, try Avast. It is light on older systems, such as my Dell, and can pick up a lot of viruses and malware if you have a badly infected system. Of course, when using free Antivirus, or any at all, get Malwarebytes. I don't use it because it puts a big strain on the CPU. I didn't intend to ramble on like this...
 
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