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Microsoft From Cellar to Stellar in New Antivirus Test

  1. #11

    Thanks for the info on emet. That's more work that I really want to do.

    I'm very conservative about where I go on the 'net and have been one of those over the years that hasn't had any malware of any kind.

    Now off to look for cross-platform (OSX/Windows) password managers/keepers. Keychain spoiled me!!

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  2. #12

    I am Woman! Hear Me Roar!
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    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3

    I use MSE and malwarebytes pro in windows 7 , both protect in real time and both can be set up to do scheduled scans. I also use Malwarebytes anti exploit. Free. Sits in startup, uses nothing in memory and gives extra protection. This is enough protection, unless you do not safe surf, then it really does not matter what you use for protection.

    In windows 8 i use WD and the rest i put above.
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  3. #13

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    I am curious where contributors to these threads get their ideas from .

    Hard for me to comment. Never had an infection, and never had an a/v warn about anything that was dangerous. A few FPs, that is all.

    I used Avast for a long while. Now I am using Baidu , because it is is not annoying.
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  4. #14

    Like S!W2.
    I would not care to say I have never had an infection in the past 31 years. But, those I have picked up have been minor inconveniences, rather than damaging.
    I am not naive. Of course I could easily pick up a virus. But, I think the average user worries too much. Make sure any confidential data is safe and you should have no neurotic fears.
    Heavy virus protection, I would suggest, is for the gamers and those who roam around those "doubtful" sites - particularly in the sex areas.
    Last edited by davehc; 21 Aug 2014 at 03:21.
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  5. #15

    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there

    This is WINDOWS 8 or 8.1 so why are we even mentioning MSE which is for W7 !!! Windows 8.1 has built in system Windows defender --based but SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED on MSE.

    For home users this is probably as much as you need -- in any case POST AV report comparisons are always a 100% waste of time since they are usually several weeks out of date -- and a NEW virus could appear at any time rendering the results of the previous report as totally USELESS.

    These days AV isn't actually as big a threat as it used to be -- the money is in scamming people by directing them to bogus sites, making them open email with "nasties" in them which can get at private info or simply by people giving away too much private info on social media sites so that the criminals can get hold of passwords / bank account details etc etc.

    Viruses are still around but the threat is actually much less than it used to be -- there's NO MONEY in it usually in attacking individual computers. There's a FORTUNE to be made (sadly) in identity theft, banking scams etc etc - and that's where you need to be mega careful.

    Even downloading Video or music from torrent sites won't cause any problems if the files are genuine .MKV or .MP3 (or recognized video / audio codecs) type of files - don't open .rar, .exe, .zip etc. Anything say embedded in an MKV video file or an mp3 music file would either be treated as noise and skipped by the media player or wouldn't play at all.

    The best AV system BAR NONE is YOU the user. Use the web intelligently and you'll find the built in Windows security system of W8/W8.1 mega OK.

    (For Corporate / workplace computers different considerations apply - my remarks here are for HOME computers)

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  6. #16

    Almost every single PC I've worked on for the past few years has had browser hijacks, fake AV, adware, toolbars galore, "driver update wizards", "download managers", etc.... that are nothing but garbage and load additional malware and ads on the PC. These people don't know what they're doing, don't have any AV or have expired AV on their PC and they have a ton of "freeware" that they downloaded that was the source of infection. They don't usually surf porn sites, it's mostly from CNet and other shareware download sites that get them into trouble. If you search for "Adobe Reader" on Google, the 1st few entries are malware sites....

    After I'm done cleaning these PC's, they run much better and I install Malwarebytes as well as MSE (Win7) or make sure that Defender is enabled on Win8.
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  7. #17

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    newbie question

    2 newbie questions:

    In the past I've been told to not have more than one antibvirus installed / running at one time. I presently use Windows defender on my windows 8 computer and MSE on and older windows 7. Is it safe / ok to also install another program (ie malwarebytes pro) with real time protection at the same time?

    We have a computer that we share at home with my teens and their friends also use at times with them. I insist that they don't download from web sites onto that computer. Is there still and increased risk visiting potentiallly dangerous sites if they don't download but only browse?

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  8. #18

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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit

    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes run well together, no problem. Whether your browsing or downloading you have to be vigilant there is always a risk. Any sign of trouble you should take corrective action. Nothing is 100 per cent fool proof.
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