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Need some advice

by 1785bkc / August 4, 2012 3:15 PM PDT

Which free security tools are the best? I know it's probably a matter of personal choice, but a worker at the local computer store said that Microsoft Security Essentials was no good, and recommended using Avira and spybot s&d. Is he right?

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Clarification Request
Depends
by mchainmchain / August 4, 2012 4:11 PM PDT
In reply to: Need some advice

Spybot S&D is older, now obsolete software. While it still does offer protection, the alternative, Malwarebytes, is better. Even with the free version, up to 10 updates per day come in. Malwarebytes also offers a lifetime license, pay once, and also you get resident real-time protection. Free version works just as well, but no real-time protection is included.

Avira, AVG, Avast!, to name a few, all offer good protection at no cost. While MSE is good, it is not rated as high as the three noted.

Here: http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/mayjun-2012/

Your call.

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Thanks
by 1785bkc / August 5, 2012 3:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Depends

I have used AVG in the past and will now probably go back to using it. I'll also use Malwarebytes. Thanks again.

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by mchainmchain / August 5, 2012 5:40 AM PDT
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You're welcome.

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AV Free and not free
by pgc3 / August 6, 2012 4:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

As the prior poster stated, there are many trains of thought on what to and not to use when it comes to A/V software(s). And there are so many variables a real panacea too all potential issues does not, in all liklelyhood exist. The freebies seem to work fairly well to a point, AVG, AVAST etc. etc. But there are shortfalls, as mentioned, real time protection can be critical for a myriad of reasons. The pay versions while some are pretty pricey. offer features such as real time, phishing options and other features that may preclude malware/spyware intrusions. It is a matter of choice and of course has some to do with how technologically versed/oriented the system user is. Computing can be fun but reloading Operating systems and software because of a bug created by some techie half way around the world can be a little irritating. Personally I opt to pay the stipend having learned several lessons over the years and with as many systems as I run on my network I like to play as safely as I can. It has long been felt by some of us that paying for security software is akin to paying the mob for protection, there is no real proof of this but it sure seems odd, especially since the head of one of the world's largest security software orginizations is a former KGB cryptographer, myself . a former cryptographer, can sort of relate.

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