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Which Anti Virus Should I Use To Protect Windows 8 ?


Narayan

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#1
Hello Guys, previously I had A trail version of McAfee Total Protection 2013 but now its going to expire. So now I need a premium Anti Virus.

So my question is that which antivirus should I buy? Money is not a factor but I need A very very powerful Anti Virus to protect my both Windows 8 and my Laptop from any kind of Virus,Worm,Hacking,Internet Attack. So please can anyone suggest me the best and the most powerful Antivirus in the market.

Thanks....... :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell® XPS® 15-9530
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7 4702HQ @3.20GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel® HM86 Express Chipset
    Memory
    Dell® 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 750M 2GB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    Intel® High-Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell® LED™ 15.6-Inch QHD+
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    3200 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung® SSD™ 840 Pro 512GB
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    Dell® 91 WHR 6-Cell Battery
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    Dell® Machined Aluminium Chassis
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    Dell® Integrated Keyboard
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    Internet Speed
    Download Speed- 50.0 MBPS Upload Speed- 20.0 MBPS
    Browser
    Mozilla® Firefox® 29.0
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky® PURE® 3.0 Total Security
    Other Info
    Network Adapter- Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 + Bluetooth 4.0

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#2
Narayan,

I have used Avast (free) for years without issue and it always blocks malware "before" it can be auto-downloaded from a website; therefore, I have never been infected; period! Now, you can obviously pay more but even the Avast Premium packages are overkill IMHO. I think if you try it, you'll like it, and you'll save a few bucks in the process. Good luck.

avast! | Download Free Antivirus Software or Internet Security


Kirk out!
 

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    Windows 8
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Narayan

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#3
OK Thank You Very Much,

But I don't want Free Antivirus because my PC is connected to the internet for the whole day and I need A very powerful AV for my PC which will protect my PC from theft because there are many personal information stored on my PC and many other informations are there. So please can you suggest me a good premium antivirus. No matter whether it hogs system resource.

I was thinking about the following AntiVirus:-
=> Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security
=> Quick Heal Total Security 2013

Which one would be better of these?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell® XPS® 15-9530
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7 4702HQ @3.20GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel® HM86 Express Chipset
    Memory
    Dell® 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 750M 2GB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    Intel® High-Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell® LED™ 15.6-Inch QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    3200 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung® SSD™ 840 Pro 512GB
    PSU
    Dell® 91 WHR 6-Cell Battery
    Case
    Dell® Machined Aluminium Chassis
    Cooling
    Dell® Cooling
    Keyboard
    Dell® Integrated Keyboard
    Mouse
    Dell® TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    Download Speed- 50.0 MBPS Upload Speed- 20.0 MBPS
    Browser
    Mozilla® Firefox® 29.0
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky® PURE® 3.0 Total Security
    Other Info
    Network Adapter- Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 + Bluetooth 4.0

SpyderBite

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#4
I used Avast as well until I upgraded to Windows 7. I've used Windows Security Essentials since then. And of course WSE is now Windows Defender and built right in to the Windows 8 install making it unnecessary to install it independently.

It's a split jury on whether or not a second security solution is necessary with Windows 8. If you practice safe browsing and use a little common sense, the MS security solutions should be enough. If you prefer to blindly ramble through the web and play whack a mole with hyperlinks then it can't hurt to build a second fence around your home so to speak.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Professional
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware m14x
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GT 650m
    Browser
    FireFox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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#5
I used Avast as well until I upgraded to Windows 7. I've used Windows Security Essentials since then. And of course WSE is now Windows Defender and built right in to the Windows 8 install making it unnecessary to install it independently.

It's a split jury on whether or not a second security solution is necessary with Windows 8. If you practice safe browsing and use a little common sense, the MS security solutions should be enough. If you prefer to blindly ramble through the web and play whack a mole with hyperlinks then it can't hurt to build a second fence around your home so to speak.
Hi Spyderbite,

The only thing that I don't like about Windows Security Essentials is that it primarily deals with malware "after" it has become resident on your PC. Now, there are many independent test results available that show Security Essentials is "very weak" in the prevention category but "good to excellent" in the identification and removal categories. Cheers!
 

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    Windows 8
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    PC/Desktop

Narayan

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#7
Thank You Guys For your suggestions and I have decided to Get The Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security.

Hope it can do the job which I was wanting.

Thank You All Very Very much.......... :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell® XPS® 15-9530
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7 4702HQ @3.20GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel® HM86 Express Chipset
    Memory
    Dell® 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 750M 2GB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    Intel® High-Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell® LED™ 15.6-Inch QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    3200 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung® SSD™ 840 Pro 512GB
    PSU
    Dell® 91 WHR 6-Cell Battery
    Case
    Dell® Machined Aluminium Chassis
    Cooling
    Dell® Cooling
    Keyboard
    Dell® Integrated Keyboard
    Mouse
    Dell® TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    Download Speed- 50.0 MBPS Upload Speed- 20.0 MBPS
    Browser
    Mozilla® Firefox® 29.0
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky® PURE® 3.0 Total Security
    Other Info
    Network Adapter- Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 + Bluetooth 4.0

Narayan

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#9
Thanks.......... :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell® XPS® 15-9530
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7 4702HQ @3.20GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel® HM86 Express Chipset
    Memory
    Dell® 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 750M 2GB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    Intel® High-Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell® LED™ 15.6-Inch QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    3200 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung® SSD™ 840 Pro 512GB
    PSU
    Dell® 91 WHR 6-Cell Battery
    Case
    Dell® Machined Aluminium Chassis
    Cooling
    Dell® Cooling
    Keyboard
    Dell® Integrated Keyboard
    Mouse
    Dell® TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    Download Speed- 50.0 MBPS Upload Speed- 20.0 MBPS
    Browser
    Mozilla® Firefox® 29.0
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky® PURE® 3.0 Total Security
    Other Info
    Network Adapter- Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 + Bluetooth 4.0

XweAponX

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Eset NOD32, it actually finds and kills most virii. But it is a little too aggressive, you have to set it up to exclude what actually is not a virus, many tweaks and tweak apps show up as an exploit, which in fact they are else they would not work. If you think you've got something bad, try that. If not, Windows Defender should work fine. The problem with 3rd party and even MSE, is that they slow the system down by a noticeable rate.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
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    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
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    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
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    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

azasadny

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Narayan,

Don't assume that "free=bad" and "expensive/paid=good" when it comes to AV products. I test and evaluate AV for a major auto manufacturer and although we use Symantec Endpoint Protection, I use the built-in Microsoft AV in Win8, as well as CCleaner and MalWareBytes, which I paid for. Good luck!
 

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System One

  • OS
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built Intel i7-3770k-based system
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770k, Overclocked to 4.6GHz (46x100) with Corsair H110i GT cooler
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 OC Formula 2.30 BIOS
    Memory
    32GB DDR3 2133 Corsair Vengeance Pro
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce GTX 980ti SC ACS 6GB DDR5 by EVGA
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD, Corsair SP2500 speakers and subwoofer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 27EA33 [Monitor] (27.2"vis) HDMI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB (system drive)
    WD 6TB Red NAS hard drives x 2 in Storage Spaces (redundancy)
    PSU
    Corsair 750ax fully modular power supply with sleeved cables
    Case
    Corsair Air 540 with 7 x 140mm fans on front, rear and top panels
    Cooling
    Corsair H110i GT liquid cooled CPU with 4 x 140" Corsair SP "push-pull" and 3 x 140mm fans
    Keyboard
    Thermaltake Poseidon Z illuminated keyboard
    Mouse
    Corsair M65 wired
    Internet Speed
    85MBps DSL
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, MalwareBytes Pro and CCleaner Pro
    Other Info
    Client of Windows Server 2012 R2 10 PC's, laptops and smartphones on the WLAN.

    1GBps Ethernet ports

biggdog

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For me only, I use Kaspersky Pure. I did a lot of reading on Anti-Virus programs a few years back. They said Kaspersky was the best at that time. Lots have changed since then but I do not wish to try my luck with another AV program.
I feel pretty much to each his own.

JMO.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Enterprise "Tech Net Edition"
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    I built it.
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator CMP16GX3M4A1333C9 - 4 GB DDR3-1066 DDR3 SDRAM (9-7-7-20 @ 533 MHz) (8-7-7-2
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA e-GeForce GTX 580
    Browser
    FireFox 19
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Pure 3.0

DoctorA

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I am using Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 that came as free download with my PC purchase from Costco. Have not had a problem and seems to not have slowed down my PC.
 

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#14
It doesn't matter if you are connected 24/7 or not. I also use the Free Avast. And if the free version works for everyone, it should work for you as well. And if you are really that paranoid about viruses, Avast can be upgraded to premium version with more security features. Cheers!
 

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    Win 8 (64) : Win 7 (64) : Vista (64) : Android JB 4.2 : iOS 6
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    Acer AX Series & HP i-5 2400s
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    Main PC - 2x Sony PS3 3D LED Displays + 1x 22" Philips; HTPC - 47" HDTV w/ 17" LCD secondary display
    Hard Drives
    Internal- 1TB on each system; 1x120GB SSD on main PC
    External (network attached)- 1x2TB Seagate backup; 1x1TB ext. storage; 1x500GB,
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robinb9

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I use WD, and Malwarebytes Pro or free depending what machine, I have 4 window 8 computers, I also use Ccleaner, spywareblaster, and again depending on the machine, Superantispyware pro and or free
 

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    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Optiplex 390, 380, 3 Vostro Laptops (7 computers in all)
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    desktop/laptop
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    4gigs
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    atm randioum
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    350,250
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#17
Apparently, according to some comparative testing done recently, Bitdefender is the best.
Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 Is the Best Windows 8 Anti-Virus ? AV-TEST - Softpedia

The testing organisation's website is here if you want to read up in more detail:
AV-TEST - The Independent IT-Security Institute: Jan/Feb 2013
Yeah I totally agree.
In some cases, some of these antivirus program are so difficult to work around with it and sometimes gives you more problem within your own system like when you are installing other stuffs or accessing network, etc. For large corporation using multiple machines with sensitive data, it is ok to go the "Best" way. But for personal and home use, personally I just go the simplest and free way. :)
 

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  • OS
    Win 8 (64) : Win 7 (64) : Vista (64) : Android JB 4.2 : iOS 6
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer AX Series & HP i-5 2400s
    Screen Resolution
    Main PC - 2x Sony PS3 3D LED Displays + 1x 22" Philips; HTPC - 47" HDTV w/ 17" LCD secondary display
    Hard Drives
    Internal- 1TB on each system; 1x120GB SSD on main PC
    External (network attached)- 1x2TB Seagate backup; 1x1TB ext. storage; 1x500GB,
    Other Info
    http://tinyurl.com/br4uxrk

    http://tinyurl.com/cwj93pj

mbratch

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#18
Thank You Guys For your suggestions and I have decided to Get The Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security.

Hope it can do the job which I was wanting.

Thank You All Very Very much.......... :)
Just turn on the firewall, which it also provides. If your concern is security connected to the internet, then the firewall is just as important as the anti-virus. :)
 

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  • OS
    Win 7 / Win 8
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    Lenovo T510 / HP ProBook 4540S
    CPU
    Intel i5-510m / Intel i3-3110m
    Memory
    4GB / 8GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6"
#19
To anyone still looking into what AV I use Avast free and Avast Internet Security and the are almost identical! the only differance is the pad has a safe virtual machine for you to shop in and that's about it!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Centre X86
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    IBM ThinkPad X41 2525-F8G
    CPU
    Intel Pentium M 778 @ 1.6GHz
    Motherboard
    IBM 2525
    Memory
    2.5GB DDR2 (2GB Usable)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel GMA900 which is unsupported :(
    Sound Card
    Sound MAX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ThinkPad LCD 1024 X 786
    Screen Resolution
    1024 X 786
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M4 mSATA 64GB SSD with a mSATA to PATA adapter which achieves 87MB/s
    PSU
    IBM Original
    Case
    IBM Case, lol
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    ThinkPad Original
    Mouse
    TrackPoint
    Internet Speed
    30MB/s down 3MB/s up Virgin Media Fibre optic
    Browser
    COMODO Dragon (Chromium based)
    Antivirus
    Avast! Anti-Virus Free Edition

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#20
Gibson

Test your current ability to block unsolicited inbound attacks here:

GRC*|*Gibson Research Corporation Home Page**

Click the "Shields Up" link to proceed with testing.
>>>I tried the Gibson site including the router and all was ok for me, thankfully.
I trust I picked up no bugs.
I use Defender which was MSE and the Win 8 native firewall behind my router - WPA-2.

It seems MS/Windows is doing a pretty good job.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro x 64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8300, Dell Inspiron 15 R N5010
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GE force 420
    Hard Drives
    1TB
    Browser
    Edge, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender, MBAM, Router

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