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2016 or 2017 AntiVirus?

Good evening.

I see both 2016 and 2017 AntiVirus programs are available for purchase. The 2016 is considerably cheaper than 2017 on Amazon. What will I miss if I buy 2016?

Thank you.

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How about some details.

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Machine, OS, and which AV?
Dafydd.

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All AntiVirus for All Machines

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I'm asking about AVs in general because they have always been sold like this. I have several computers with different operating systems and am wondering why I should pay more for 2017 version when 2016 is good for a year and includes updates.

Thank you.

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We Still Need Specifics From You, Because....

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"All Antivirus for All Machines" gets you only one answer. There is no such thing. We ask for that information for a reason. All antiviruses aren't the same as to how they change from year to year and "ALL machines" includes everything back to some old version of Windows to Linux, or more. An older version of an AV might be the best choice on one machine with an older operating system while the newer version might be needed on the newer, faster Windows 10 model.

Certain antivirus programs aren't compatible with certain older operating systems and need specific computer specs (think processor speed and RAM) to actually work correctly. (Therefore the operating system, amount of RAM, etc. are needed to make an accurate suggestion to you.)

In addition, some antiviruses don't matter as to the actual year/model you purchase because they automatically update to the latest version, no matter which one you buy. On the other hand, some new antivirus program versions aren't like that at all as they include new features, such as a new interface, new scan engine technology, or antispyware properties, etc.

So all of that information from you is indeed important.

Hope this helps.

Grif

Post was last edited on October 9, 2016 7:16 PM PDT

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You know, this made me think about Avast for Android.

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I can't find the article but it was comparing Avast's Antivirus for Android to SoftRAM95.

In an attempt to get onto all platforms it appears that some AntiVirus suites have an app for all OSes even if they do nothing.

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I Have All But Win10

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I have WinXP, WinVista, Win7, and Win8. I need a different AV for each one? The license for the AVs at our local store are for up to 5 devices and the box says it covers all of them.

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Xp

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Maybe.

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Yep, Since XP Is No Longer Supported by Microsoft...

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...many of the 2017 AV companies will stop their support as well. You'll need to check all your preferred AV versions to know for sure.

As an example, like some of the others posted here, at this moment in time, I prefer some of the free antivirus versions like Avast and Avira. (Check their detection stats at some of the test sites, such as AV-Comparitives.) Unfortunately, the Avira system requirements no longer include Windows XP....but Avast system requirements do because it's still using a 2016 model..

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Re: Avira

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Avira antivirus (free version) still runs fine on my XP SP3 PC. It just updated to the latest virus signatures, says that all services are working and I'm fully protected.

That doesn't mean, of course, that it will still install in XP, but it certainly runs perfectly.

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Great ! I Use Avira On Most My PCs, But....

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..since their system requirements no longer indicate XP, I thought I'd post that. Much like you, I ran Avira on all my XP machines, but I no longer have any XP machines to test it with..

Thanks.

Grif

Post was last edited on October 10, 2016 7:48 PM PDT

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