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Old 02-18-2012, 02:01 AM   #1
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I'm in need of new antivirus and wondering if anyone has any suggestions. I've been using Kaspersky Internet Security for the past 3 years. Lately though, it has been more miss than hit. Since I've had to reboot the computer a few times. Anyway, looking at VIPRE or Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012. But don't know enough about either. So I'd appreciate some feedback if you've got any. Thanks.
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Old 02-18-2012, 02:18 AM   #2
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I have been using the newest Norton and it has been working great. I have heard from others that Windows Defender or Zone Alarm are pretty good.

You can always check on CNET: http://download.cnet.com/1770-20_4-0...tform=Windows|
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Old 02-18-2012, 02:21 AM   #3
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Avast or Microsoft Security Essentials, paired up with CCleaner and Malware Bytes.
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Avast or Microsoft Security Essentials, paired up with CCleaner and Malware Bytes.
I have Avira antivirus, paired up with CCleaner and Malware Bytes.
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I'm in need of new antivirus and wondering if anyone has any suggestions. I've been using Kaspersky Internet Security for the past 3 years. Lately though, it has been more miss than hit. Since I've had to reboot the computer a few times. Anyway, looking at VIPRE or Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012. But don't know enough about either. So I'd appreciate some feedback if you've got any. Thanks.
Personally I have been using the free versions of AVG, Malwarebytes and CCleaner and have had no problems. You can find them all on download.com
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Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 (1 user license), starting at only $18 on Amazon.

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I used Bitdefender for several years, would highly recommend...but I got tired of paying for antivirus...now I just use free Avast in conjunction with Malwarebytes and CCleaner as others have mentioned. (also spybot)

Can't say I have had any viruses in a long time...knock on wood.
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Best Antivirus is a Mac or Linux...
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Best Antivirus is a Mac or Linux...
Hackers/spammers etc have not gone after Macs because the owner base has not made it profitable yet, but now that more and more people are going to Macs it will be just as flawed if not worse...since Windows has had more time to identify and deal with viruses/malwares.

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Linux still has issues as well, maybe not as many...but I also think the people who use Linux are much more computer savvy than the average user.

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Old 02-18-2012, 10:00 AM   #10
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Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 (1 user license), starting at only $18 on Amazon.
This. Its all you need.
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Avast Antivirus has a great interface and works awesome!
I also run Malwarebytes. I feel this is a great combo.

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 (1 user license), starting at only $18 on Amazon.
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I use a variety of free programs to keep my computer running smoothly that works great for me:
Auslogics Disk Defrag
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:41 PM   #14
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I use a variety of free programs to keep my computer running smoothly that works great for me:
Auslogics Disk Defrag
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AVG Free Edition
CCleaner
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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
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You shouldn't use too many things on your system, especially not those "registry cleaners" and "utility"-programs and such,
they can actually mess up your system with their automated configuration stuff.
It's not without reason I use about 2 programs for anti-virus and stuff, then just a couple for performance-maintenance and monitoring.

I mean, I actually have TuneUp installed, but mostly for the "Disk Explorer" that it has,
but I pretty much replaced that feature with Ashampoo's HDD Control, and the rest of TuneUp is not very much in use.
You know how they say "a little goes a long way". Also, like many things, tweaking things manually works out better.
There's no such thing as magically fixing a computer with software. (Not saying this to you Fragile Line, just general advice.)

Also, I highly recommend Diskeeper, just great. Only it's not free.
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I've used the same combo for the last few years and have no problems.
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I'm in need of new antivirus and wondering if anyone has any suggestions. I've been using Kaspersky Internet Security for the past 3 years. Lately though, it has been more miss than hit. Since I've had to reboot the computer a few times. Anyway, looking at VIPRE or Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012. But don't know enough about either. So I'd appreciate some feedback if you've got any. Thanks.
Can you elaborate on this? Under what circumstances are you initiating reboots? I'm using Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 without any issues on both Windows XP and 7, so it may not necessarily be the culprit (as I've been using KIS for the last three years).
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:55 PM   #17
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Can you elaborate on this? Under what circumstances are you initiating reboots? I'm using Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 without any issues on both Windows XP and 7, so it may not necessarily be the culprit (as I've been using KIS for the last three years).
True, could be something that hasn't got to do with anything "virus" at all.
It could be a bad driver or something like that, that causes you to be stuck or having to reboot or whatever happens with your system.
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I can't really explain it, but apparently a virus got by and crashed the computer and KIS. Which made it impossible to do any type of scan through KIS. Like you, I've used it for quite some time and will most likely go back to it if MSE doesn't work out. I'm going to check out MSE for a week though and see how things go.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:29 PM   #19
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I can't really explain it, but apparently a virus got by and crashed the computer and KIS. Which made it impossible to do any type of scan through KIS. Like you, I've used it for quite some time and will most likely go back to it if MSE doesn't work out. I'm going to check out MSE for a week though and see how things go.
You can also directly try COMODO for free, there's no hassle, it's free forever: LINK

They're also having sales on more extensive software, so maybe also something to look into at this time.

I would just install this, cause COMODO is quite powerful. It's really on top of everything all the time.


They also seem to have a specific Anti Malware program for free: LINK

I've never used this one I think, but maybe something to try if there's already something on your computer, as it might remove that.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:49 PM   #20
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I can't really explain it, but apparently a virus got by and crashed the computer and KIS. Which made it impossible to do any type of scan through KIS. Like you, I've used it for quite some time and will most likely go back to it if MSE doesn't work out. I'm going to check out MSE for a week though and see how things go.
Are you sure it was a virus and not a Javascript exploit or "shellcode" finding its way onto your system via a browser? Even if you take precautions with websites that you visit, there's no way of knowing if a Javascript-based malware exploit was embedded because the source URL was hidden, and this will be missed by just about every virus scanner, not just KIS.

You're free to try other anti-virus software / internet security suites, but keep in mind that there's no silver bullet solution to every virus and malware out there; the best you can do is mitigate their likelihood of happening.
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