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Old 07-18-19, 03:19 PM
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Best Free Antivirus? - 2019 Discussion Thread

Got rid of Avast a long time ago because it was doing a poor job detecting viruses. Installed Kaspersky and it dectected a virus that Avast couldn't. However Kaspersky I noticed was hogging up resources and slowing my PC down. So I decided to get Bitdefender. It picked up a virus that Kaspersky couldn't. Holy shit what an orgy huh?

So far I'm liking Bitdefender because it doesn't appear bloated with so much option shit that Kaspersky and Avast has. Especially Avast which comes with an arsenal of paranoid protection. Kaspersky also installs a Firefox addon without your consent and difficult to remove and requires registry tampering.

What is your favorite Free Antivirus or even paid for 2019?
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Windows Defender and Malware Bytes/

I also run adblockers Ghostery and AdBlock+.
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I don't bother using stuff like Avast, etc ... anymore.

In the past I use to run the mcaffe stinger for a second opinion.

If you're sandboxing the browser + mail reader and don't use any pirated software nor any funny links/files, then most of the time windows defender is good enough.

CCleander or bleachbit can eliminate most of the excess garbage.
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If I was more paranoid, I probably wouldn't be using operating systems like Windows10 or MacOS.

I would be using something like Linux or OpenBSD, and compiling my own Firefox and mailreader binaries by hand. (Back in the early 2000s when I was still using Linux, I compiled my own custom mozilla browser binaries and didn't use the "offiicial" binaries at all).
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and Malware Bytes/
Malwarebytes Premium slows down my browser I prefer the Free version. I actually have a license but I don't use it.
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I've been thinking about running Linux again, though I haven't done much research into it yet.
Probably will run it off a bootable flash drive as a start.

Most of Firefox is largely open source, except for maybe adobe flash. Though I haven't installed flash at all since the FF57 changeover.


Most of my Linux/BSD knowledge is 20 years out of date. Though I strongly suspect the other *BSDs are probably not viable anymore such as NetBSD, due to the low number of people using it and not as much manpower to find and fix security holes. (FreeBSD seems to have fallen by the wayside over the years, though I don't quite know by how much it is prone to security holes).

No idea what antivirus programs are used on Linux or OpenBSD.
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I've been using Bitdefender Free for a couple of years now (also abandoned Avast due to resource issues), I tried Panda Free, wasn't fond of the fact that there were no auto application updates (manual). Tried a couple others, settled on Bitdefender. I like it, no muss, no fuss.
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No idea what antivirus programs are used on Linux or OpenBSD.
But as a start, disable any executation of binary files which are not Linux native binaries.
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Even on windows10, I largely disable any direct execution of files with certain suffixes.

For example for any java/scripting files with a *.js or *.jse suffix, I force them to be opened by a text editor (such as notepad) instead of being executed when such files are double-clicked on.
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It's amazing and really annoying that the computer illiterates in my life, will double-click on just about any file. Various virii are dependent on somebody being foolish/clueless enough to click on it.
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Shit I'm not looking forward to embracing Windows 10 next year. 7 is nearing it's demise. This is terrible.
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A few years ago, I switched from free antivirus to Symantec Norton Security Deluxe and I've been very happy with it. You can usually find it for cheap. Right now it's $32 at Amazon, but I recently got it on sale for $25. And it covers 5 devices which is nice because we have two PCs at home.

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A few years ago, I switched from free antivirus to Symantec Norton Security Deluxe and I've been very happy with it. You can usually find it for cheap. Right now it's $32 at Amazon, but I recently got it on sale for $25. And it covers 5 devices which is nice because we have two PCs at home.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0144NYGJY/
This is what I've been using for the past 3-4 years. I have it on 3 devices & paid $20.
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I have found that the best way to keep crap off of your computer is a good defense. Adblockers keep most of the crud at bay, and then Windows Defender and an occasional Malwarebytes scan do the rest.

I also use gmail, which supposedly scans and blocks executable files.

A scan will maybe find one "threat" every couple of years.
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Windows Defender and Malware Bytes Free
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Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is the best but you can also try Panda Free Antivirus and Avira Antivirus.
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is AVG any good? I am losing my free Norton from Comcast at the end of the year and that is what I used to use before getting antivirus thru Comcast. Any thoughts on a good free or cheap option for someone that needs to cover at least two computers?
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is AVG any good? I am losing my free Norton from Comcast at the end of the year and that is what I used to use before getting antivirus thru Comcast. Any thoughts on a good free or cheap option for someone that needs to cover at least two computers?
AVG (and itís parent Avast) are both good free options. I personally dropped Avast on my personal computer because of privacy concerns and the nagware. Switched to Bit Defender Free. Itís super simple.
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Any thoughts on a good free or cheap option for someone that needs to cover at least two computers?
Norton 360 Deluxe (3 Devices) is on sale for $19.99

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I used AVG Free for a long time. I liked getting it for free, and it usually worked fine. But when it had problems, I'd waste hours trying to get it fixed. At least once a year there'd be a borked update that would screw up my computer.

I'm so happy I switched to Norton. It's worth paying for it. I never have problems. I only think about it once a year when I need to find a cheap renewal code.
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Like many here I rely on safe surfing protocol and Windows Defender for daily protection. I also manually scan with both Malwarebytes Free and SuperAntiSpyware Free whenever I see something odd, or at least monthly. And there's no replacement for frequent backups when it comes to recovering from computer catastrophe.
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Several years ago I dumped all the 3rd party AV apps (I was using AVG but it turned into bloatware/nagware and Norton was more than I wanted to pay and I'd seen both really drag down system performance) and just went with Windows Defender. It gets high marks and is 100% free, doesn't bog down your system like others, and auto updates very regularly. It's also what we've used at work for several years and have had zero issues with it. It just works.
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