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Luv1another
05-22-2018, 09:37 PM
Hey Guys whatís the best anti virus software?
I got a Lenovo computer and had issues with it ( keeps shutting down randomly)and had to take it back to the store. The women there told me AVG is useless and allows viruses onto the laptop before dealing with them. She told me trend or Nortons. However I have heard Nortonís slows the computers down terribly.
So since there are heaps of knowledgeable people here I thought I would ask opinions

Cow Poke
05-23-2018, 05:00 AM
AVG is not useless. I really wouldn't take computer advice from the Geek Squad at Best Buy.

Are you necessarily wanting something free?

Avast gets pretty good ratings in pretty much any antivirus evaluation (https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp) I see.

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Little Joe is a whole lot more active in the IT world these days than I am - let's see what he says.

Sparko
05-23-2018, 06:36 AM
I just use the one that comes with Windows 10. Defender, Security Essentials, whatever they are calling it now. In addition I sometimes use Malware Bytes to check for malware and spyware.

As long as you are careful with opening attachments and clicking on unknown links, you shouldn't have much to worry about.

Cow Poke
05-23-2018, 06:55 AM
I just use the one that comes with Windows 10. Defender, Security Essentials, whatever they are calling it now. In addition I sometimes use Malware Bytes to check for malware and spyware.

As long as you are careful with opening attachments and clicking on unknown links, you shouldn't have much to worry about.

Yeah, I've had no trouble at all with that - on the machines I don't consider crucial. :smile:

Bill the Cat
05-23-2018, 07:32 AM
Sophos and Panda are good too.

Luv1another
05-23-2018, 09:58 PM
I actually use the paid version of AVG.
{tim} also said he just uses the windows antivirus

Thanks guys
So does AVG actually allow the virus onto the computer?

Chrawnus
05-23-2018, 11:18 PM
I actually use the paid version of AVG.
{tim} also said he just uses the windows antivirus

Thanks guys
So does AVG actually allow the virus onto the computer?

I don't know about AVG.

Personally I use Malwarebytes Premium (Which isn't really a necessity, but I like the active web protection which let's me know if a website I'm on is doing some dodgy stuff) the and Windows Defender (which should be already be active on your computer unless you've manually de-activated it). I haven't had any problems so far.

Cow Poke
05-24-2018, 05:17 AM
Thanks guys
So does AVG actually allow the virus onto the computer?

I think that's a Geek Squad member pretending to be computer savvy. :smile:

Raphael
05-24-2018, 01:57 PM
On Windows 10, I use Windows Defender. In the past I was a loyal Avast user, but as my computer got older, it was often the thing that was hogging the most resources.

AVG is on a par with Avast.

Norton's DO NOT TOUCH. It's a steaming pile of Thirsty's uhhhh, leavings..... It used to be the best, but it, along with McAfee are now the first things I remove from a computer when I'm helping friends. They're resource hungry hogs, that spam the crap out of you and stop working as soon as you stop the money supply.

Littlejoe
05-24-2018, 02:24 PM
I have to echo the Windows Defender. I've been using it on my and my wife's Windows 10 PC for about a year now and have had no issues...and it's free. I used to use AVG Free but I got tired of the constant (and sometimes sneaky) attempts to upgrade me to their premium service.

The company I work for uses Symantec Endpoint Protection. It doesn't seem to slow down the pc's like the old Norton's did. But, it sometimes has issues with the updates that require someone with knowledge and/or skill to resolve. I still don't recommend Nortons/Symantec to anyone on a stand alone pc.

Also, Bill is correct, Sophos and Panda are good choices.

I've never used Malwarebytes Premium, but if it's as good as there Malwarebytes clean up tool, it would probably be a good choice as well.

Sparko
05-24-2018, 04:49 PM
On Windows 10, I use Windows Defender. In the past I was a loyal Avast user, but as my computer got older, it was often the thing that was hogging the most resources.

AVG is on a par with Avast.

Norton's DO NOT TOUCH. It's a steaming pile of Thirsty's uhhhh, leavings..... It used to be the best, but it, along with McAfee are now the first things I remove from a computer when I'm helping friends. They're resource hungry hogs, that spam the crap out of you and stop working as soon as you stop the money supply.

Yeah I used to use AVG, but then it started to suck, so I went to Avast. But then it became a hog and missed stuff that it should have found, and so I went to windows defender.

I never did like Norton's. It used to slow down PCs really badly. I don't know about now. I heard they fixed it. but why pay for something when Defender is free and does a good job?

Cow Poke
05-24-2018, 04:57 PM
Yeah I used to use AVG, but then it started to suck, so I went to Avast. But then it became a hog and missed stuff that it should have found, and so I went to windows defender.

I never did like Norton's. It used to slow down PCs really badly. I don't know about now. I heard they fixed it. but why pay for something when Defender is free and does a good job?

I've had Norton / Symantec mess up other programs, and when you contact support, they make you uninstall their program and reinstall - and it wouldn't reinstall, so then you have to go into the registry, and manually delete some settings, and hunt for some folders to delete... it was a grand pain in the butt.

I think I even had to download a "removal tool" that also failed.

I used to really like Norton back in the day when they were Norton Commander and Norton Utilities and Norton DOS editor, etc....

I don't use any Norton or Symantec anymore at all - ever.

Littlejoe
05-24-2018, 08:06 PM
I've had Norton / Symantec mess up other programs, and when you contact support, they make you uninstall their program and reinstall - and it wouldn't reinstall, so then you have to go into the registry, and manually delete some settings, and hunt for some folders to delete... it was a grand pain in the butt.

I think I even had to download a "removal tool" that also failed.

I used to really like Norton back in the day when they were Norton Commander and Norton Utilities and Norton DOS editor, etc....

I don't use any Norton or Symantec anymore at all - ever.
I wouldn't either if I didn't have to...:rant: It has gotten better in the last 2 years...but I wonder how much some of our issues might trace back to Symantec...:idea:

Sparko
05-25-2018, 05:22 AM
I've had Norton / Symantec mess up other programs, and when you contact support, they make you uninstall their program and reinstall - and it wouldn't reinstall, so then you have to go into the registry, and manually delete some settings, and hunt for some folders to delete... it was a grand pain in the butt.

I think I even had to download a "removal tool" that also failed.

I used to really like Norton back in the day when they were Norton Commander and Norton Utilities and Norton DOS editor, etc....

I don't use any Norton or Symantec anymore at all - ever.

They used to use semantic here at work, but I just checked and now they are using windows defender here too! We also have mimecast to protect our email. It checks any links you click, and screens attachments. I also have Acronis True Image on my machine which does backups but also has some Ransomware protection built in that stops any programs that tries to change any system files or encrypt anything without express permission.