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Which antivirus are ya all using?
Posted: Posted November 21st, 2016
Edited November 21st, 2016 by KnokkelMillennium

I haven't seen one of these threads so why not while I'm here.

I used Avast free with Malwarebytes for a long time but then I found out files that very likely are infected according to virustotal kept going undetected so I became dissasified and moved to Bitdefender free edition after playing around a bit with Avira free.

So far I am pleased with what I see with Bitdefender free.

I personally don't see much point in throwing away your money on a non-free antivirus because even some of the best paid ones out there still make mistakes, sometimes paid ones even make more mistakes than free ones.


(inb4 Linux/Mac users saying they don't need one)

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I used Avast free with Malwarebytes for a long time but then I found out files that very likely are infected according to virustotal kept going undetected so I became dissasified and moved to Bitdefender free edition after playing around a bit with Avira free.

This is why you don't mix antiviruses. They rarely work well together.

Which antivirus are ya all using?

Malwarebytes.

(inb4 Linux/Mac users saying they don't need one)

I should probably put some antivirus on my linux box...

Posted November 21st, 2016 by Ghowilo
Ghowilo

This is why you don't mix antiviruses. They rarely work well together.


To be fair, I use BitDefender for active and MBAM for on-demand.

Posted November 21st, 2016 by nullfather
nullfather

This is why you don't mix antiviruses. They rarely work well together.

That wasn't the problem, the problem was Avast's (and also Malwarebyte's, but I don't expect too much from it anyway) detection capabilities which you can see by comparing it with others on virustotal.

Edited November 21st, 2016 by KnokkelMillennium
KnokkelMillennium
The machiavellian menace

Been considering getting BitDefender myself. It seems to be highly rated and consistently getting top scores in tests. Something I keep telling myself I should do but I am just soooo lazy about it.

I actually just use the built in Windows Defender junk as my Anti-Virus (yea I know, I'm asking for trouble) and then do regular scans with the free version of MalwareBytes for anything else.

I think it's worth noting (unless this has changed in recent years) that MalwareBytes isn't really an antivirus, it's an Anti-Malware (even though a virus is malware it doesn't count for this type of software for some reason, it's weird I know), and won't detect certain things as a result. It's designed to complement AntiVirus, not replace it. So anyone who is exclusively using MalwareBytes is leaving themselves open on the AntiVirus front.

tl;dr- use MalwareBytes with an anti-virus and not on its own.

Posted November 22nd, 2016 by Moonray
Moonray
 

I used Avast free with Malwarebytes for a long time but then I found out files that very likely are infected according to virustotal kept going undetected so I became dissasified and moved to Bitdefender free edition after playing around a bit with Avira free.

I am not a big fan of Avira. It have seen some fakeware try to imitate it, and I have also seen performance issues due to it in my past life.

I still use Avast! anti-virus to this day. I used it when it was like version...1?

I also have Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Another good set of tools to use is Adwcleaner, TDSSkiller and SuperAntispyware (which is sitting somewhere on my computer.).

tl;dr- use MalwareBytes with an anti-virus and not on its own.

I agree with this. They even recommend you do this if you happen to purchase their Premium version.

Posted November 22nd, 2016 by Forte Lambardi
Forte Lambardi

Norton

*sprints for the bunker*

My folks pay for a 5-user license and always give me a spare key, so I figure why not. It's come a long way from its reputation of 'basically as bad for your PC's performance as real malware'. I basically never have to mess with it and barely know its running. And, knock on wood, haven't had a virus under it's watch yet.

Posted November 22nd, 2016 by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

Same as Moonray - the stuff Microsoft baked into Windows 10 + Malwarebytes for on-demand scanning. I did use Avast in the past and I really liked it.

Norton


It has a stigma, and one that it totally earned, but I have read that they really stepped up their game and turned it into a decent product in the last few years.

Posted November 23rd, 2016 by Jo Nathan Joestar
Jo Nathan Joestar
 

Webroot. It was what they threw in with the computer when I bought it, so. Made sense to go with it.

Posted November 23rd, 2016 by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

It has a stigma, and one that it totally earned, but I have read that they really stepped up their game and turned it into a decent product in the last few years.

They have. Before I went to work for Dell, we had new copies of Norton we were installing on clients systems who purchased it. Was cleaner, faster, and did a better job of not making your computer run like garbage. This was late last year.

Posted November 25th, 2016 by Forte Lambardi
Forte Lambardi
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