Quick help please!

Discussion in 'Technology Talk & Help' started by DrFluffyChicky, Dec 5, 2013.

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  1. So I factory reset my pc which has deleted my paid for security software! FAIL... So I need to know the best,free,awesome shizzly security stuff :D Let me know asap!

    Thanks guys, YOU DA BEST!
     
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  2. Maddog

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    >>>> Whoever deleted my post, thanks, I was getting this together.... ;c



    Avast!

    Avast! Free Antivirus is my new top pick for the best free antivirus software in light of recent developments. Avast has steadily been improving its detection rates over the past few years and now ranks with the some of the best. Avast has the most features of all the free antivirus with full real-time capabilities including web, e-mail, IM, P2P and network shields, boot-time scanning, and a behavioral blocker. Version 6 brought even more features including an internet site ratings plugin, script malware protection and a limited (non-configurable) sandboxing feature. It's arguable whether their ratings plugin offers comparable levels to WOT, but the script malware protection can prevent certain browser exploits, a feature not available in any of the other free AV's. Although the sandbox is a very useful semi-automated security feature, the default settings involves a pop up to ask whether a software should be sandboxed for not - for the typical average user this can be slightly confusing though it can set to sandbox the software automatically. Avast is also relatively light on resources. Note that Avast requires a free registration to function after 30 days, and the default installation installs the Chrome browser.



    Microsoft Security Essentials

    Microsoft Security Essentials has been a perennial favorite of mine; unfortunately however its detection rates has slipped in recent times. Even more impressive is the fact that Microsoft Security Essentials has very few false positives, is light on resources and is good at removal of existing malware. MSE is a great choice for average users because of the minimal user interaction required. It automatically updates and removes threats. No registration is needed, apart from a quick validating of Windows, and there are no nag screens or advertisements.

    The main downsides are the slow scan speeds and the lengthy amount of time it takes to quarantine malware, though in my opinion these are rather trivial concerns, as for example a scan just be run overnight. MSE also is not available in certain countries so users there will have to look elsewhere. Note that Microsoft Security Essentials requires a genuine copy of Windows to install.



    Panda Cloud Antivirus

    Panda Cloud Antivirus is Panda's successful attempt to jump on the free antivirus bandwagon. Along with MSE, it is an excellent choice for average users with a simple interface and completely automated features with automatic updating and removal of malware. The detection level is generally very high. PCA uses 'cloud' technology to provide for a much quicker release of updates as all definitions are stored in the cloud and thus the moment Panda updates their blacklist all users of PCA with an internet connection are protected from it.

    Panda Cloud Antivirus has a behavioral blocker and web protection, which will certainly increase your security. However as you can simply use one of the other free AV's with a separate behavioral blocker (for further details see our Security Wizard) to achieve possibly even better protection, this is not necessarily an advantage.

    One minor reservation I have is that PCA seems to erroneously detect certain browser/system-related applications, for example VideoCacheView, and because of the automatic quarantine this made it a fraction bothersome.



    Avira AntiVir Personal Edition

    Avira AntiVir Personal Edition is another high quality free antivirus, and formerly the Top Pick. AntiVir is still a top notch antivirus scanner with outstanding detection rates of malware, higher than almost every other antivirus according to tests. AntiVir is still a good choice for a free antivirus scanner, particularly for high risk users.

    However, there are some minor reservations. First, AntiVir does not include web or e-mail scanning capabilities; this is only available in the paid version. The lack of an e-mail scanner is not a disadvantage, it just means that AntiVir won't warn you of infected emails before you open them. But should you open an infected email, AntiVir will still spring into action, so it doesn't mean that you're not protected from email-based infections. Also, AntiVir contains a rather intrusive advertisement every time it updates. Although AntiVir had signature updating problems in the past, this issue seems to be fixed now.



    AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

    AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is also a decent choice for a free antivirus. Although this venerable antivirus has had some shaky results in detection in the recent past, it now offers a high level of protection. This is probably due to the inclusion of a fully-fledged behavioral blocker that is the "Identity Protection" protection. This provides a very important additional layer of protection, on the other hand though a similar protection level can be achieved by using one of the free antivirus above alongside a separate behavioral blocker. Unfortunately AVG free has grown considerably in size, has very slow scan speeds and also advertisements (but they can be disabled).



    Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

    Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is a recently released free version of the popular commercial antivirus. This minimalistic and user friendly AV offers a user friendly solution for those who don't wish to tinker around with settings or deal with intrusive popups. The engine is the same as the commercial product and offers excellent protection. Indeed Bitdefender's on-demand protection is one of the best, right up there with AntiVir. The user interface is clean and uncluttered, though more advanced users may be frustrated at the lack of customization. Some users may have qualms with Bitdefender as various bugs and issues are seen quite frequently at the moment, which will hopefully get ironed out as it develops further. Also, a small complaint is that Bitdefender seems to have an incompatibility with CCleaner on my computer.

    These free antivirus programs are excellent software that provide a real alternative to the major commercial antivirus products.
     
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  3. I got up to Avast cba reading which do you recommend XD lol!
     
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  4. Vent

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    Get Spy-bot Search and destroy. It is free and simple to use while reliable. I use Norton now because I got it for free, but before that I used Spy-bot. You can research it but that is what I suggest.
    Website: http://www.safer-networking.org/
     
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  5. Swagijuana

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    I've used Avast! and MSE, but MSE is glitched the fuck out now and don't feel like fixing it. Avast! is for anyone. The new Avast! GUI isn't as user-friendly, but still nice. Does the normal scanning as any software, frequent definition updates, and many other services can come with it besides Antivirus if you do pay such as firewall, a safe VPN, and automatic software updates.
     
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  6. I use Microsoft Security Essentials
    (It's called Windows Defender on Windows 8)
    -I only use this when I want to run a FULL scan.

    Otherwise, I'll use iObit's Advanced System Care 7
    -It simply cleans and increases the performance of your computer
    with the addition of fixing problems and scanning your computer
    for virus/dangerous cookies/etc.

    I do recommend ASC7 if you want a constant Performance Boost/Protection
    Check it out it's worth the try. You can also go PRO, which does allow for 2x more
    the boost, but don't worry the free version does a lot and it WILL fix problems for free
    rather than that pay $$ bull.
     
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  7. I will use Avast! Since it sounds awesome and from what has been said about it! So thanks guys!
     
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  8. CaffeinePizza

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    Best for Windows - Microsoft Security Essentials



    Best Security over all - Linux ;)
     
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