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Old 07-13-2012, 11:42 PM
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Best anti spyware - anti virus?

What anti spyware and anti virus software programs have you had the best results with?

Are the free versions any good?

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Get rid of windows, and run Linux!
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I use and run Malwarebytes, #1 in my book.
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I have used AVG free version for years without a problem.....
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These are the most popular:

1. Avast Free Antivirus 2,042,901
2. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 1,431,445
3. CCleaner 669,523
4. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 455,658
5. TeamViewer 322,904
6. YTD Video Downloader 317,143
7. Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) 278,545
8. Advanced SystemCare 269,731
9. WinRAR (32-bit) 233,701
10. ManyCam 233,054

I've been using two of them, #1 above as well as #8 for several years(these above are not all anti-virus) and to date can only think of one instance when I had a minor problem - and my fault. Did a sweep and it was gone. These are not 100% but have found much better then the home versions of Norton and McAfee paid for versions. You can down load from here: Free Windows PC software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com.

I tried and used AVIRA as well, but it caused some system problems so dumped it and went back to what had 'always worked'
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I am another AVG guy and have had no virus issues..I do use CCcleaner as well..A ups for us in the woods is necessary to me since I lost a system to a power surge..

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Old 07-14-2012, 12:54 PM
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We use Avast, paid for the better version and well worth it.
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Last year my wife’s; laptop was struck by a particularly stubborn virus. It would burden computer resources to 100% preventing any work on the PC. I was running a corporate version (DuPont) of Norton Anti Virus with automatic updates enabled. In spite of repeated scans NAV was unable to find it. I traced the culprit to a particular file I could see by enabling the Task Manager that was using 100% resources. I would delete that file but within several minutes another file with a different file name and a different location would appear in Task Manager. I beat myself silly trying to figure were the file was that was creating the offenfending file, to no avail. Out of desperation I contacted our (DuPont) now retired IT person. He advised me to seek help from Kaspersky Labs. I went to the site purchased and downloaded their anti virus software. I then downloaded the most recent update for the anti virus software, and ran a full system scan. Several hours later I had no less than half a dozen offending files identified. I used the quaranteen feature of that progran to quaranteen those files. Withing a day the laptop was again bogged down. I contacted Kaspersky support via email to seek advice. They had me download and run a file called "getsystinfo" or something like that. I ran it and it created a file that I emailed to Kaspersky Labs tech support. A week later I get a phone call from a tech at Kaspersky Lab no less. She stepped me though a long drawn out proceedure of downloading different programs and running them. One of the programs was "TDSKILLER". I ran that one plus several others and always ran the "getsysinfo" file after each one and sent the tech the file it created. I had no less than six long phone calls from the tech (same one every time) over a several week period and a literal stack of emails advising of what to do. The above procees described was an abbrevation as the actual process would be a book to describe. Bottom line is they worked their butts off with me to get rid of this virus and have sold me on being a customer. I now run full time Kaspersky Lab anti virus and once a week run Malware Bytes. I tried several times to get the Norton Anti Virus people to help me with no response. I will never run anything else on my PC's. Kaspersky Labs's has gone far and above what I would consider normal customer support. Check them out and look up reviews online on them. They were the firm that identified the Stuxnet virus that confounded the Iranians (as reported on Fox News).

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i was going to say that i use kaspersky labs as well. Although i have never had to contact them for help in that way----yet (hopefullly never).


But it seems to be doing a good job. Note that i'm not a computer person.
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Been running the Kaspersky and the free Malwarebytes-anti-malware for years on my computers. Great stuff.
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Not fond of Norton's virus program. Years ago I tested some anti-virus programs, Norton & McAfee was the main ones. I actually downloaded a few viruses to a floppy disk and then scanned it with both programs. Norton did not find even one of them while McAfee found every one. After that I used McAfee exclusively until about two years ago when after an update, my computer started crashing. McAfee could'nt tell me why it was doing it so after jacking around with it more than a week, I uninstalled it and cancelled my account. I now use the full version (Pro) of Malwarebytes and Windows Defender. I have them updated every 3 days and have had no problems.
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I have used free AVG and Malwarebytes for years.. Office and home without a single problem. I tried Avast and it seems very good too. Since AVG has worked for me on 6 computers used everyday..I stay with it..
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:28 PM
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While I will always be weary of all anti-virus programs, here is another vote for AVG. Its free and and it works.
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