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Old 10-03-2019, 07:37 PM   #1
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Any suggestions?

There used to be a few, but I found many are now useless useless you upgrade. The advertise as free, but aren't free if you want them to do anything useful. Or they just don't update any more.

Are there still any good guys out there?
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Old 10-03-2019, 08:32 PM   #2
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I've been using Kaspersky Free for a while and seems to be ok.
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Does Kaspersky work nicely in the background without being a nuisance? Avast has been okay, but it sure likes to harrass you about things you should buy, and AVG was a horrible resource hog.
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Old 10-03-2019, 09:44 PM   #4
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Yeah I like Avast but can't stand how much it pops up to bug me about something
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Old 10-04-2019, 12:21 AM   #5
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I use Bitdefender. Stays in the background and does what I need it to.
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Old 10-04-2019, 12:35 AM   #6
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Yeah I like Avast but can't stand how much it pops up to bug me about something
You can turn off those popups. Go to Menu -> Settings --> Notifications --> Use silent mode and turn off all popups, etc.
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I would just use MalwareBytes for an on-demand malware scanner, and rely on the built-in Windows Defender for everything else.
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Does Kaspersky work nicely in the background without being a nuisance? Avast has been okay, but it sure likes to harrass you about things you should buy, and AVG was a horrible resource hog.
Pretty much, maybe once every six months it'll mention it has more options than just antivirus that I could buy, but a lot less than others I've tried.
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I use avast as well. I also like how the smart scan helps with a few updates of certain programs (not all though). I definitely recommend turning on silent mode as previously recommended though.

I use Malwarebytes or Nod32 online scanner as a second level double check.
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Old 10-04-2019, 12:24 PM   #10
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I use a combination of bit defender free and superantispyware.
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Apparently Windows Defender no longer sucks and is a viable anti-virus solution. Run ublock and Disconnect. Your primary source of any kind of malware these days are ads.
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Windows Defender is nearly useless

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Old 10-30-2019, 01:18 AM   #13
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That was sobering.
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Old 10-30-2019, 10:32 AM   #14
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Ah well. Never change Microsoft, LOL.
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Avast, Superantispyware and Malwarebytes in combination.

Been running a squeaky clean machine for years. Mind you, I'm not an idiot on the internet, so even without them I'm probably fine. I have caught a few spywares over the years though.

I've streamed the occasional out of market game in an alternatively legal manner, but that was the extent of my risk.
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Old 10-30-2019, 11:53 AM   #16
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For free stuff I've always thought that setting up some kind of Cisco OpenDNS / Umbrella account helps a lot with phishing / malware protection. They have different levels, plus a paid account. Really cheap and easy to manage.
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