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June 30, 2010 2:40:53 PM

I have been using AVG Free, Malwarebytes and Super AntiSpyware for a while now. I torrent a lot of stuff and my other computer recently died. I took it into bestbuy (still had a warranty) and they ran the diagnostics where they found many viruses that my antiviruses apparently didn't pick up. They want to charge me $130 to clean the computer, and now I'm worried about what might happen to this computer. Is it worth paying for an anti virus? If so, which one? And with which program can I clean the viruses on my other computer and potentially this one?

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June 30, 2010 3:02:34 PM

AVG, according to reviews has fallen out of the top slots for anti-virus. For free, looks like Avira is top, and Nod32 is one of the best for paid, along with Norton believe it or not.
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June 30, 2010 3:33:19 PM

If you're looking for something free, I'd give a thumbs up to trying Microsoft Security Essentials. It is available as a free download, and if for some reason you do not like it, you can easily move on to something else - http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

Cheers,
Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
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June 30, 2010 3:47:01 PM

You've gotta be realistic - no antivirus is 100% effective, and running lots of them has it's own issues. If you're going to run questionable stuff like what you get off torrents then you're going to have these kinds of problems. You're probably better off trying to organize yourself for quicker recovery, such as having image backups that you can restore from.
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June 30, 2010 3:48:17 PM

Yes try the MSE. I posted the other day with a concern over if it was ok to use mse vs kaspersky. Kaspersky was bogging down my system and mse has a small footprint. I did some research and it seems that mse is pretty decent. I have coupled that with the windows firewall and malewarebytes. As for bestbuy charging you $130 to clean your computer...run run run...
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June 30, 2010 4:14:55 PM

So MSE appears to be a winner for a free antivirus, next part of the question is whether or not a paid program will offer more anti virus scanning protection. Is buying an antivirus program a good idea? The guy at best buy told me that free programs, especially AVG, were junk. I've never heard that anywhere else, so I assumed he was just trying to sell me stuff I didn't need. He also told me having AVG, Malwarebytes and Super AntiSpyware was bad, because they conflict. Once again, I heard the opposite was true online, so he lost credibility to me. Anyone know for sure?
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June 30, 2010 4:39:58 PM

The employees at best buy remind me of the ones at the now defunct circuit city...The majority don't know what they are talking about. While AVG maybe junk, the other free virus software like avast and avira use the same virus databases I believe as their not-free counterparts and are pretty higly rated. You may get more bells and whistles with the pay stuff. From what I have researched, it seems that no antivirus is 100%. Some will pick up something whereas another will not and vice-versa. I guess the key is to be an informed consumer and try to avoid bad sites and questionable downloads. So far I am happy with using MSE and not having to deal with the constant system load as I experienced with Kaspersky. Good luck!
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June 30, 2010 4:52:35 PM

whoisme555 said:
So MSE appears to be a winner for a free antivirus, next part of the question is whether or not a paid program will offer more anti virus scanning protection. Is buying an antivirus program a good idea? The guy at best buy told me that free programs, especially AVG, were junk. I've never heard that anywhere else, so I assumed he was just trying to sell me stuff I didn't need. He also told me having AVG, Malwarebytes and Super AntiSpyware was bad, because they conflict. Once again, I heard the opposite was true online, so he lost credibility to me. Anyone know for sure?


His saying that the free ones were junk is wrong, some are, but any of the top 3 free ones will do a good job, as good as the top 3 paid ones.

AVG, Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware will not conflict one bit. AVG mainly does virus scans with some spyware removal although not super good at that. The free version of Malwarebytes does not have a resident scanner (meaning it only runs when you start it to check for issues) so that does nothing at all with conflicts. Super AntiSpyware does run resident (you will see it in the system tray) but it does not conflict with AVG and sure as heck not with Malwarebytes as that does not even run till you start it.

Print this out this thread and bring it over to them :D 
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June 30, 2010 6:50:37 PM

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I used Kaspersky for years and it was one of the best I've used. It certainly did NOT bog down the computer whatsoever. Norton bogs down a computer.


Depends on how you configure it and what other security software you run it with. It can slow your system down quite a bit if setting are set high. But you getting something in return. Its not the old norton slow because of sloppy code thing.

And yes, Kasperski is about as good as an AV gets.
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June 30, 2010 7:32:44 PM

Another factor to bear in mind in this discussion is terminology. BestBuy may have used the word "virus" as a generic term they expect the public to understand. Start talking about Trojans and Rootkits and most computer users simply glaze over. It's highly likely that Whoisme555's system had more than simple virus attacks.

Therefore, it's no use just having an AV if you put yourself in the "at risk" category by torrenting - you need a package and that should include Spybot, MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware and a jolly strong Firewall.


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June 30, 2010 7:47:52 PM

I do my fare share of "risky" downloads and never had any problems with regular free antivirus (I used AVG, Avira, Avast and I'm now using MSE). One thing I usually did, when downloading small but potentially dubious files like cracks from russian sites, is to use VirusTotal; it scans the file with 20-30 antivirus and gives you the result.
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June 30, 2010 8:06:38 PM

I use ESET and have just done a malwarebytes scan (for the first time) and found nothing. not a a comprehensive test, but possibly of interest
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June 30, 2010 8:57:10 PM

Free is better than nothing.

And Paid is better than Free most of the time.

I use Malwarebyte and Avast. Both are free versions.
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June 30, 2010 11:38:22 PM

Just give up your risky behavior and stop using torrents. You will be much safer then.
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July 1, 2010 12:43:16 AM

mcafee is junk!
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July 1, 2010 4:40:31 AM

Try this combo! It'll make you satisfied in all aspects!
Download & Install the following 3 freewares. It forms a free complete security suite for your system!
1. Avira Anvivir - http://www.free-av.com/en/download/index.html .
Avira is best & light solution for excellent overall system protection & internet security with real time updates, .

2. Malwarebytes - http://www.malwarebytes.org/ .
Malwarebytes is one of the best & effective antimalware tool out there.

3. Ccleaner - http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download .
CCleaner is a system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool with an efficient & most useful registry cleaner.

The Best Security & System Optimization combo for all types of systems.

If you need, you can install MSE instead of Avira, Both are free, Lightweight and equal in performance/effectiveness also
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July 2, 2010 12:40:43 AM

the site is updated weekly!
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July 2, 2010 6:01:24 PM

mcafee gave the pc magazine extra advertising revenue therefore a high ranking!!!!!!!
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November 11, 2012 9:13:11 PM

saran008 said:
Try this combo! It'll make you satisfied in all aspects!
Download & Install the following 3 freewares. It forms a free complete security suite for your system!
1. Avira Anvivir - http://www.free-av.com/en/download/index.html .
Avira is best & light solution for excellent overall system protection & internet security with real time updates, .

2. Malwarebytes - http://www.malwarebytes.org/ .
Malwarebytes is one of the best & effective antimalware tool out there.

3. Ccleaner - http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download .
CCleaner is a system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool with an efficient & most useful registry cleaner.

The Best Security & System Optimization combo for all types of systems.

If you need, you can install MSE instead of Avira, Both are free, Lightweight and equal in performance/effectiveness also

hey all i have used all and have nothing bad to say they all provide basic protection and with common sense web surfing i have had very good luck. i go to alot of bad websites i know are infected with something just scan before you open and you should be ok. just my opinion. thanks poorguy
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November 11, 2012 9:31:25 PM

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