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Best AntiSpyware + Anti Virus Programs

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Viper10, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. Viper10

    Associate

    Joined: Dec 6, 2019

    Posts: 16

    Hi,

    I'm just wondering what the best programs to use at the moment are ?

    In the past few years I've used AVG, HijackThis, Spybot, Malwarebytes Free + Adcleaner, SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition + Windows Defender. Are these programs still good to use or would you recommend any other ?


    I used to like HijackThis but it looks like it's been discontinued or at least there is nowhere to analyse log files ? Can you do that here ?

    Thanks

    Viper10
     
  2. smogsy

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 9, 2006

    Posts: 7,799

    Location: @ManCave

    all you need is Windows Defender amd run malewarebytes once a month job done

    Windows Defender has almost the same detection rate as most top AVs now days
     
  3. theforce

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 5, 2005

    Posts: 2,129

    Location: Larnaca, Cyprus

    Malwarebytes Free is good for on-demand scanning for malware. While Windows Defender is better than nothing there are several free solutions from many antivirus companies. I would do some research and see what better suits your needs.
     
  4. Viper10

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    Joined: Dec 6, 2019

    Posts: 16

    I used to use McAfee but it was too expensive and a resource hog. A few years ago Kaspersky was recommended but there was some scandal about it. I suppose most programs have a trial period where you can test them out. They might pick up threats that others don't...

    Windows defender seems to be decent and MB Free as well...
     
  5. HecFam

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 18, 2011

    Posts: 4,184

    Location: London

    I use windows defender plus Malwarebytes premium, I get it free with my Natwest account, so if you have Natwest, see if you can get it free under the security area of your account. I believe it does a few devices too.
     
  6. Destination

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 31, 2009

    Posts: 19,884

    this
     
  7. Viper10

    Associate

    Joined: Dec 6, 2019

    Posts: 16

    Sounds Good. Do any of you use anything for your smart phones ?
     
  8. Dave Burton

    Gangster

    Joined: May 8, 2018

    Posts: 406

    Been using AVG for a long time, was a Kaspersky user for a bit then it was revealed it was riddled with hideen spyware, pesky Russians!! For on demand stuff, as others have said, Malwarebytes free is as good as any.
     
  9. LOAM

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 20, 2004

    Posts: 12,003

    Location: Nottingham

    Been a Nod user on PC and phone for years, never had any bother with it nor ever had any malware. I do think though that the Min Defender is probably ok though
     
  10. Rannoch

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 15, 2012

    Posts: 5,298

    Location: Rannoch

    Depends if you download hacks and cracks lol.
     
  11. Rannoch

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 15, 2012

    Posts: 5,298

    Location: Rannoch

    source for Kaspersky spyware?
     
  12. LoadsaMoney

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 8, 2003

    Posts: 28,886

    Location: In a house

    I just use the free Avira.
     
  13. Dimi

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 10, 2008

    Posts: 1,662

    Location: London

    All I use is Windows Defender, common sense is all you really need these days. If I do download something dodgy then I run it through VirusTotal. uBlock Origin in hardened mode pretty much gets rid of most junk found on the interwebs for browser protection.
     
  14. ic1male

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 28, 2003

    Posts: 27,436

    Location: Westchestershire

    Woah, first time ever this morning - Chrome reloaded last night's web pages on startup, which I like but YouTube adverts started playing on my Digital Foundry video! uBlock Origin failed for the first time. Anyone know what to do or has YouTube found a way around it?
     
  15. LoadsaMoney

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 8, 2003

    Posts: 28,886

    Location: In a house

    uBlock still working fine on YT for me.
     
  16. ic1male

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 28, 2003

    Posts: 27,436

    Location: Westchestershire

    Could you try with this specific video? I'm on uBlock Origin v1.27.10 and Chrome 83.0.4103.116

     
  17. LoadsaMoney

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 8, 2003

    Posts: 28,886

    Location: In a house

    Saw no ads at all on that video, on the latest FF with uBlock (it blocked hundreds as usual), which i noticed got updated yesterday, to v1.28.0
     
  18. opethdisciple

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 18, 2010

    Posts: 20,026

    Location: London

    windows defender and common sense
     
  19. Stoner81

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 8, 2010

    Posts: 2,253

    Location: Derbyshire

    Another vote for Eset here, been using it for years without issues.

    Stoner81.
     
  20. Ayahuasca

    Capodecina

    Joined: Apr 23, 2014

    Posts: 20,924

    Location: County Durham

    I ran my old machine with windows security and firewall disabled with no third party AV or malware software for around 4 years, I did a few thorough scans out of curiosity before I got rid including those ones that are ran outside of the OS and nothing was found.

    As above, common sense and leave defender enabled for a bit of peace of mind. Make sure remote assistance/connections are fully disabled if you don't use the feature as this is how most attackers get in.