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Poll: *** The All New Windows AV Thread - Keep All AV Questions in Here ***

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by TheHitMan-1973, Feb 15, 2014.

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What AV do you use?

  1. Avira AntiVir

    2.9%
  2. AVG

    5.8%
  3. Avast!

    14.8%
  4. BitDefender

    4.7%
  5. Panda

    0.8%
  6. Microsoft Security Essentials

    19.7%
  7. BitDefender

    2.9%
  8. Sophos

    2.5%
  9. McAfee

    1.7%
  10. Norton/Symantec

    3.0%
  11. Eset NOD32

    12.0%
  12. Kaspersky

    10.1%
  13. Trend

    0.3%
  14. Other

    3.5%
  15. I do not run any AV other than OS built in (E.g. Windows Defender)

    15.2%
  1. Valo

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,521

    Location: Livingston

    Can someone recommend me either the best free or best low cost licence AV solution please?
     
  2. wiiija

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 2,340

    Location: Northants

    I honestly don't think its needed anymore if you're not stupid, I just run defender and have never had a single problem, out of curiosity I'll run a scan every 6 months and nothing.
     
  3. Valo

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,521

    Location: Livingston

    I forgot to mention that this isn't for me, but for a family friend who is just your typical everyday user. Just need something that'll run automatically in the background ideally.
     
  4. Elevon

    Mobster

    Joined: Sep 22, 2006

    Posts: 3,013

    Depends what you need, some third party AVs have lighter resources then Defender ie less ram, cpu usage , better virus detection etc, personally I use Bitdefender Free version which IMHO is better then Defender.
     
  5. Deluxe1

    Soldato

    Joined: May 26, 2007

    Posts: 5,303

    I got a 3 year nod32 key for I think about a fiver on eBay not so long ago.
     
  6. mrk

    Man of Terrible Jokes

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 85,106

    Location: South Coast

    Stick to windows 10 AV. It's free and it does the job exactly as it should.
     
  7. V_R

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 17, 2007

    Posts: 8,549

    Location: UK

    Read the post above yours. Though not sure why I'm replying, I can sense the spam in this one.
     
  8. mrbell1984

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 9, 2008

    Posts: 23,230

    Hi,

    Does anyone know a free decent antivirus for windows 10?
     
  9. Jack Gunn

    Associate

    Joined: Jan 27, 2019

    Posts: 12

    Hi all,

    looking for recommendations for best antivirus to use when gaming, If you could give me some advice it would be much appreciated

    Thanks
     
  10. b00merang69

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 27, 2019

    Posts: 2,414

    Get asked a a lot (did you try SEARCH) if you are on Win 10 its own built in Software that is good enough/better than many.
     
  11. LoadsaMoney

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 8, 2003

    Posts: 28,182

    Location: In a house

    I use the free Avira, gets highly rated.

    Most just use Windows own Defender, as thats also good now.
     
  12. kinger8938

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Mar 23, 2011

    Posts: 9,296

    I was wondering the same and think I'll stick with defender as I only use the PC for gaming, wont be using the browser at all really
     
  13. Elevon

    Mobster

    Joined: Sep 22, 2006

    Posts: 3,013

    I use Bitdefender Free version which is lighter on resources then Defender ,no advertising and has great detection rate ( one of the best).

    Gamer here too :)
     
  14. Agamemnon

    Associate

    Joined: Jan 14, 2020

    Posts: 50

    Hmmm bitdefender free sounds like its worth a try. Thanks for the recommendation
     
  15. LoadsaMoney

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 8, 2003

    Posts: 28,182

    Location: In a house

  16. Agamemnon

    Associate

    Joined: Jan 14, 2020

    Posts: 50

    If you are not paying for it then you are not the customer, you are the product being sold.
     
  17. stockhausen

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 30, 2006

    Posts: 10,354

    I was under the impression that BitDefender is only free for the first 30 days :confused:
     
  18. mrbell1984

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 9, 2008

    Posts: 23,230

  19. Elevon

    Mobster

    Joined: Sep 22, 2006

    Posts: 3,013


    No, they do a free version which has no time limit.
     
  20. stockhausen

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 30, 2006

    Posts: 10,354

    I can't say I am impressed by BitDefender; I tried the 30-day evaluation and so far as I can see, there is little opportunity to determine what should happen when a "suspect" file is detected and I can see no report on the actions taken by the software. I am sure that it is all there, just not obvious.

    I think that like the Russian Kaspersky, I will forget the Romanian BitDefender.