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TrollBot5000

Yeah I run Win7 inside virtualbox but still feel the need for an antivirus solution and yes avast free combined with malwarebytes is what I always rely on.

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glpeter90

I use Norton Internet security and can normally pickup a copy for around $30 for 3 pc's from Amazon. But I don't renew via online because they want $80. I just pickup another copy from Amazon, uninstall the expired version and install the new copy. Have done this for years with no problems.

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Paul_Lilly

Rather than uninstalling, you can just add the new license key to your existing install. On the main screen, click "Renew" and then "I have a key or code to enter" in the pop-up window that appears.

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Led Weappelin

I've been a Norton guy for a while now and I don't have any complaints except for the fact it's expensive and the scans take a while but they've protected me time after time again.

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elven1assasin

Wonder why they didnt have malwarebytes on for review. I have the pro version of it and it works really well.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I found that "ILLEGAL COPIES OF WINDOWS" are the best antivirus products

Just throw away your retail copy of Windows and replaces it with a non-compliant version that prevents NSA Spyware from infecting your everything

Virus Gone!
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Free software that works for YOU!

What a concept

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Gezzer

You know, now not saying I would do anything like this, but if I was going to infect someone I'd do it with a pirate copy of an OS.
You've got all the time you need to really hide it from, well the OS that you just happen to be cracking. You can test different AV products till you know that nothing can see it. Finally you can hide it in some really important system files so that if someone does find it it'll pretty much destroy the OS when they try to remove it. Then they just install the "free" OS, the malware phones home to find a better way to hide, and it's back to owning the system
IMHO It's pretty much the best method to pown someone's computer.
Just saying.

P.s. Oh BTW PRISM wasn't infecting user computers. It was/is a basic database gopher that different cloud and ISP providers were letting the NSA use to look for keywords, etc. in stored user data. It's one of the reasons why the cloud (IMHO) isn't all it's cracked up to be. Once you put any data in the "cloud" you only have the providers word (which is worth what?) that your data is safe and secure. As for e-mail, skype, cell, land line, etc. Only an idiot thinks those are secure, so the really smart criminals and terrorists would never get caught that way anyway. Like Guantanamo, it's just paranoid hawks convincing themselves that there really are WMD and they need to protect the US from them no matter what the cost.
Sad really.

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chop_slap

Cool man, thanks...so if PRISM is watching us, do you recommend a non-NSA version of XP SP1, or something to that effect?

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The Mac

Your paranoid ranting was conspicuously absent on several previous articles.

were you on vacation or something?

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jgottberg

Paranoia never takes a day off... I'm sure he was reinstalling the bootleg copy of XP :)

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The Mac

lol

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someuid

I've been using Avast for a long time now. It never bugs me, has saved my bacon two or three times on-line (especially the WebRep browser plugin). And they never harass about switching over to being a paying customer (cause I use the free version on several computers.)

I'm pretty surprised at the high prices for the other anti-virus programs. $80 for a year for 3 PCs? Holy cow. It should be closer to something like 5 or 10 devices and $30/year.

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iguana15

Just wondering, I started using Emsisoft Anti-Malware years ago when it was first reviewed and recommended by MaxPC. Great product and worthy of everyone's consideration. But I haven't seen a review by the editors of their products in several years. Why have they been excluded?

EmsiSoft's Internet Security Pack and Anti-Malware programs both include AV protection. I would like to see the editors test the current versions and write a review.

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jgottberg

I can't speak for anyone else but knowing that the NSA (PRISM) has been in bed with some of the biggest vendors out there, I have a real hard time trusting any of these suites.

Right now I'm at the point of "Who cares... have at my shit"

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The Mac

ditto

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John Pombrio

Free Microsoft defender that comes with Win8. I have not had a real, positive hit for a virus or malware in a long, long time. I am getting inured to the A/V companies crying "wolf!" so loud for so long.

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andrewc513

Word up to that. SCEP is a godsend compared to all the other corporate AV's out there.

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TommM

I find that many antivirus products are almost as bad as the malware they pretend to protect you against. They're also resource hogs and slow your machine down. I've seen more than one registry completely screwed and requiring an OS re-install by antivirus software.

Between using Defender, regularly running CCleaner, Spybot and Malwarebytes plus a healthy dose of common sense in dealing with e-mail attachments and suspect websites, I haven't been saddled down with a virus in forever.

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PCLinuxguy

That's what i use as well. though without surfing seedy places it helps.

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John Pombrio

Use the World of Trust (WOT) add-on for Firefox. Just avoid any red sites and you are good to go.

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bittertruth

I think it's called Web of Trust plugin.

AVG has similar service called secure search, but they've not fixed their log file issues yet which expands like galaxy in terms of your hard drive space being eaten up so quick. In a matter of few days, all your hard drive space disappears and thanks to AVG's secure search log file. I could still fix it by manually deleting it but I gave up, it's cumbersome.

Malwarebytes has very effective blacklisted IP filtering which protects anyone from visiting troublesome sites as well.

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The Mac

yeah, MSE is all i ever use, and it rarely alerets me to anything other than the occasional internet cache file.

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severnia

"it rarely alerets me to anything"

There are 2 possibilities then...
1) (possibly) you have some sense to avoid shady sites on the internet

2) (more likely) as it continuously receives some of the lowest scores in independent testing, It simply doesn't actually 'catch' much and lets most of it in.

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The Mac

it cant alert me to something i dont have.

i occasionally run mbam, and it doesnt find anything either, so obviously its doing its job.

I obviously know the difference between a virus and a legit file i clicked on, so minimal security combined with chrome sandboxing is all i require.

MSE resource overhead is infinitesimal, so perfect for me.

BTW: the low scores are only recent, and if you look at the reasons for them, its pretty moot.

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PCLinuxguy

Agreed. I ran the same machine on the same sites for 2 years.. 1 year with AVG (because i liked them) and 1 year on MSE (since it was lighter on resources) and neither of them alerted me to anything other than maybe to run an update or that it's time to run the scheduled scan. I run WOT and ABP on my browser (Chrome), and mbam as a 'second opinion' checker. Zero hits for both years. And with bitdefender/mse built into Windows 8 it's one less download.

On the Linux side I run ClamAV just to ensure i'm not passing along any nasties, with a second barreled scan by avg/mse and mbam once it's on the windows side and no problems.

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jgottberg

Same here. As I said in an earlier post, I really don't trust any of them so MSE is my token piece of software to protect my stuff.

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