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Looking for the right Antivirus for my neighbor!


#1
So, I just recently helped my neighbor put Windows 8.1 on her laptop. She has no antivirus on it yet, as she is not computer illiterate. I use Comodo on my Windows 8.1 desktop. What user friendly antivirus does anyone recommend?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire X (AXC-603-UW12)
    CPU
    Intel Celeron J1850 @ 1.99GHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Aspire XC-603G (SOCKET 0)
    Memory
    4.00GB DDR3 @ 551MHz (9-7-7-14)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics (Acer Incorporated [ALI])
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer S200HQL
    Screen Resolution
    ([email protected])
    Keyboard
    Acer Wired Keyboard
    Mouse
    Acer USB Optical Mouse
    Internet Speed
    High Speed Internet
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
#2

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
    Family F
    Extended Family 14
    Model 2
    Extended Model 2
    Stepping 0
    Revision ON-C0
    Instruction
    Browser
    Opera 24.0
    Antivirus
    Avast Internet Security
#3
Okay. Well, her ISP uses Norton. She bought the package where she is to use what her ISP wants her to use. Is Norton okay?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire X (AXC-603-UW12)
    CPU
    Intel Celeron J1850 @ 1.99GHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Aspire XC-603G (SOCKET 0)
    Memory
    4.00GB DDR3 @ 551MHz (9-7-7-14)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics (Acer Incorporated [ALI])
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer S200HQL
    Screen Resolution
    ([email protected])
    Keyboard
    Acer Wired Keyboard
    Mouse
    Acer USB Optical Mouse
    Internet Speed
    High Speed Internet
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

altae

New Member
Power User
Posts
148
#4
It is ok, no the av solution of my choice but definitely ok.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Update 1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    self built
    CPU
    AMD FX-8350
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 Rev. 3
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac GTX 770 Amp 2 GB
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    GDATA Internet Security
#5
I am thinking about going back to Avast! myself. I haven't made up my mind yet. What do you all think?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire X (AXC-603-UW12)
    CPU
    Intel Celeron J1850 @ 1.99GHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Aspire XC-603G (SOCKET 0)
    Memory
    4.00GB DDR3 @ 551MHz (9-7-7-14)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics (Acer Incorporated [ALI])
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer S200HQL
    Screen Resolution
    ([email protected])
    Keyboard
    Acer Wired Keyboard
    Mouse
    Acer USB Optical Mouse
    Internet Speed
    High Speed Internet
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

altae

New Member
Power User
Posts
148
#6
I personally use GData Internet Security together with Malwarebytes. Like one can sense when ready my earlier post I don't particularly like Norton. Avast! is not bad, I would definitely prefer Avast! over Norton, at least on a private PC.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Update 1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    self built
    CPU
    AMD FX-8350
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 Rev. 3
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac GTX 770 Amp 2 GB
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    GDATA Internet Security

rfruth

Member
Member
Houston, Tx

Posts
88
#7
I use Defender, works well and the price is right :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy 700z
    CPU
    AMD 4.1 GHz quad-core
    Motherboard
    MSI
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Radeon HD 8670D
    Sound Card
    Integrated Sound, Envy Audio; Beats Audio
    Hard Drives
    1TB 7200 RPM SATA
    PSU
    460 watt
    Keyboard
    wired USB
    Mouse
    wired USB
    Browser
    IE11 / Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender aka MSE

DustSailor

New Member
Pro User
#8
Windows 8.1 comes with a good antivirus built in called Defender, but it is absolutely terrible at other malware and PUPs (there is a difference between all three). In using some of these AV programs, I've found that they are known to cause many problems with Windows, and if not today, a bad update is on its way down the road. I am sure there are good ones that are well known to be stable, but I can't point to which ones exactly. Currently, I myself use Defender and a very good free scanner called Malwarebytes that I use every week or so to do a quick scan to keep clear. Concerning both Norton and Avast!, they've both wreaked havoc on my systems before, though Avast! is a fair bit more kind (better). If you only had those two options, my vote is Avast!

The main thing to do is never visit questionable or unknown sites, but that is easier said than done. If you search for things, generally you're going to want to open unknown websites in order to find what you're looking for.

You've pretty much opened a can of worms. Nothings gets computer enthusiasts more enthused than discussions about AV programs. :D
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-3820 CPU OC @ 3.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte G1.Assassin2
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator 16GB Quad Channel DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia by EVGA - GeForce GTX 670 4GB
    Sound Card
    On board Creative SB X-Fi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    acer 24" H243H
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Main 500GB Hybrid Drive @ 7,200RPM
    Secondary OCZ SSD Vertex 3 Max IOPS
    PSU
    Silent Pro 1000w gold 80+
    Case
    Azza Hurrican 2000
    Cooling
    Liquid CPU cooler & fans
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000
    Mouse
    Tek Republic Wired Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    5ms Ping 5.15Mb/s Download .64Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer
    Antivirus
    Defender, Malwarebytes
#9
Well, I am thinking about using Avast! again. I currently use Comodo on my Windows 8.1 desktop.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire X (AXC-603-UW12)
    CPU
    Intel Celeron J1850 @ 1.99GHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Aspire XC-603G (SOCKET 0)
    Memory
    4.00GB DDR3 @ 551MHz (9-7-7-14)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics (Acer Incorporated [ALI])
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer S200HQL
    Screen Resolution
    ([email protected])
    Keyboard
    Acer Wired Keyboard
    Mouse
    Acer USB Optical Mouse
    Internet Speed
    High Speed Internet
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

gator2013

New Member
Pro User
St. Augustine

Posts
387
#10
I think the main objection most have about Norton is that is resource heavy which it can be "IF" it is running on a system with marginal performance specs and the user does not disable the features that don't have anything to do with protection like pulse updates, disk defrag and temp file cleaning, idle time optimization and all those things that have nothing to do with protection. On the other hand, Norton is among the best or close to it when it comes to protection which is the important thing.

I have been running a version of Norton for about 13 years. From 2001 to 2010 I ran Norton AV on a Compaq XP desktop and from 2010 to current, Norton 360 on the same machine. In 2013 I purchased a new HP Windows 8 desktop preloaded with Norton Internet Security which I converted to Norton 360 several months later and I have updated this desktop to 8.1 with all current updates including optional. Throughout all these years I have never had a conflict with any updates whether it be Windows, Norton, HP or any installed software. Best of all, I have never had a virus or any malware and I surf the net rather recklessly. A couple of months ago I purchased a new HP 8.1 laptop which I immediately uninstalled McAfee and installed Norton 360. Again, no problems whatsoever.

I decided to post this because I get kind of tired hearing Norton get slammed when it is actually a very effective product with many millions of users worldwide and if the user takes the time to get to know the product and disable the features that don't have anything to do with protection I think they will be surprised at how efficiently it runs.

And by-the-way, in all the years using Norton I have never disabled anything to get updates, I don't even turn off tamper protection to do a restore although it may be a good idea.

If the Norton product is free and the users machine has reasonably good performance specs and the user disables the unnecessary features I would have a hard time advising them not to use it.

That's it, I have said my piece. I am sure there are different opinions and I respect that but all I can do is relay my own personal experiences over many years with several different machines and different versions of Widows.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP 500-075 Desktop + HP 15-f018dx Laptop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2 GHz Quad Core/ LT - i3-4030U 1.9 GHz
    Motherboard
    Foxcon Joshua-H61-uATX
    Memory
    8 GB/ LT - 6GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD (DX10.1)
    Sound Card
    Integrated IDT 92HD73E
    Hard Drives
    1T HDD, 16G Sandisk Cache Drive, 2T Seagate 3.0 External
    Keyboard
    Wireless
    Mouse
    Wireless
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Norton 360
    Other Info
    CyberPower UPS, Macrium Backup, Revo Pro, Malwarebytes Premium
#11
I never did like Norton either. I never felt it even did a good job at protecting you from bugs.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire X (AXC-603-UW12)
    CPU
    Intel Celeron J1850 @ 1.99GHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Aspire XC-603G (SOCKET 0)
    Memory
    4.00GB DDR3 @ 551MHz (9-7-7-14)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics (Acer Incorporated [ALI])
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer S200HQL
    Screen Resolution
    ([email protected])
    Keyboard
    Acer Wired Keyboard
    Mouse
    Acer USB Optical Mouse
    Internet Speed
    High Speed Internet
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

caperjack

Just the Janitor
VIP Member
Guru
Posts
2,627
#12
Norton has better online rating than defender ,according to what I read ,I just installed it on a friends new i3 desktop it seems to be fine so far , but I use defender on win8.1 and win7 starter
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win8.1.1 enterprise
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Hinze57
    CPU
    AMD FX 6100 6core 3.30gHz
    Motherboard
    gigibyte ga-78lmy-s2p
    Memory
    4gig ddr3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radon hd5000 Series
    Sound Card
    onboard realtek hd
    Monitor(s) Displays
    19" viewsonic/ 22"Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    128gig ssd Kingston
    80gig WD 10000 rpm spinner
    Case
    micro
    Keyboard
    microsoft curve 200
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless M215
    Internet Speed
    high speed 20
    Browser
    ie 11
    Antivirus
    windows defender
    Other Info
    updated enterprise apr 2/14

seth500

New Member
L.A.

Posts
5
#13
Avast Premier that's what I use can't go wrong.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Me
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7ghz with Turbo Boost up to 2.7
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK Computer INC. A8N-SLI
    Memory
    6GB DDR3 L
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5670
    Sound Card
    Realtek AC'97 Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    IC Power
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    2 80gb SSD's 1 500gb Sata 1 500gb External
    PSU
    600 Watt
    Case
    Antec
    Cooling
    Fan
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Comfort Curve
    Mouse
    Microsoft Basic
    Internet Speed
    6mb

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