Which Anti-Virus question.

LuxyBoo

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Hey guys, I've been running Malwarebytes, Avast, and Ad-Aware actively for the past 4+ years without any troubles, even using their full system scans at the same time and never had issues with that. But now my computer has started running a bit slower than usual and all that stuff so I'm thinking of going down to using just one of those three, and I'm really a security freak so I like to keep my PC as safe and healthy as possible with the best anti-virus/malware monitors, so my question is which one of the three should I use for actively monitoring? And should I delete the other two or just disable their active monitoring? I read in some places that I should fully delete them if shortening down, but I really like their scanners and like I said, I've never had problems running the three at the same time.
So yeah, what do you guys think I should do?
 

ronintexas

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Avast does a great job with viruses and Malwarebytes with Malware and spyware....There is always a ton of debate as to which anti-virus program is the best....IMO - they are all really about the same. Every quarter when testing comes out, the leaders change....I run Windows defender actively, and Malwarebytes weekly. I never have problems with the computer.

ALWAYS - make sure the packages you have are up to date....and all updates for the OS installed....this creates the most issues on the computer.....
 

JackNaylorPE

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They each target different things unlike the paid for "suites".....if you are a security freak, do some reading of the test sites and I think you will find that the freebies just don't stand up to the paid for ones. I get a lot of calls to clean out PCs from people using freebies and I'd guess it's a smuch the user's failure to keep it current as it is any weakness in the products themselves. I usually am able to clean it out w. a free trial version of BitDefender, Zone Alarm or Kapersky.

http://www.av-test.org/en/

Avast scored 3.5 in Protection, 4.5 in performance and 5 in useability
AVG Free Scored a 4 / 4 / 4.5

Bit-Defender scored 5 in Protection, 5 in performance and 5 in useability
Kapeersky scored 5 in Protection, 5 in performance and 5 in useability
Intel Security scored 5 in Protection, 5 in performance and 5 in useability
Norton scored 5 in Protection, 5 in performance and 5 in useability
Zone Alarm scored 4.5 in Protection, 5 in performance and 5 in useability (which is odd since the use Kapersky AV)

You can usually get a 30 day free trial for most of them and after it ends you get nag-ware e-mails (about once a month ... at least they used to) which give you offers to buy it at prices that seem to decrease with each mailing.

I think I paid about $13 per seat last renewal .... I buy in multiples of 3 licenses as oddly enough, 5 and 10 seat licenses cost more per seat.
 

JackNaylorPE

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Since I went to renewable subscriptions 6 years ago ... at three sites .... can't say I have experienced any crashes related to AV / Malware. Did have one zero-day (conduit) threat get through thanks to a guest user on one box but removed it manually ....
 

LuxyBoo

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I've decided to just stick with Avast and Malwarebytes, most of those on the site look good but I'm in no position to spend $60+ for anti-viruses.
I might try out Panda Internet Security sometime though, but since I've never heard anything on that or heard anyone talking about it I'm a little sketchy to get something new.
 

JackNaylorPE

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That's perty darn good price....cheaper than BitDefender's 3 pak which just shot up to $80

Went to the site and this got my attention....

http://store.fileforum.com/p30558-bitdefender_total_security_2015_3-pc

A bit of an upgrade to that one and 3 PCs for $11.65 each ...hope these around when my license expires in 88 days

http://store.fileforum.com/p31755-bitdefender_total_security_2015_5-pc_2-yr

$9 per year per seat

http://store.fileforum.com/p30573-bitdefender_total_security_2015_5-pc

$14 a seat ...

Have you used this site before ? .... I'm wondering if I can buy but not install for a month .... no contact information of location given.
 
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