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Mobile phones, PDAs, desktops, peripherals or anything else which doesn't fit in the laptop category

Which anivirus are you currently using?

Bullguard
2
5%
Avast
5
11%
Antivir
1
2%
Kaspersky
2
5%
Norton
0
No votes
AVG
8
18%
McAfee
3
7%
Other (state)
3
7%
FREE
15
34%
PAID FOR
5
11%
 
Total votes: 44
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Postby EviL Ras » 20 Sep 2009, 13:24

i never used to turn mine off. but since i'm using f-secure beta for win 7 64, i have to disable it! otherwise games wont run at all!
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Postby mrtoddie » 20 Sep 2009, 16:36

no need to turn antivirus or firewall off for me...

works fine :)
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Postby Replicant » 20 Sep 2009, 19:45

I was just wondering as I have always kept mine on but several gamers I know/have known used to religiously disable theirs.
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Postby Roadshow » 20 Sep 2009, 21:23

Avira Premium Security Suite.
It is the PCPRO A-listed choice, it has a good deal for 3 licences, been using it for the last 2+ years with less problems than I have had with any other suite.
On a PC I was recently given to resuscitate, it cleaned it after Kaspersky (free trial) has failed and locked up repeatedly.
Small footprint too.
Only downside would be if you are using it in a corporate environment, it has a German developer, so I am not sure how good it's support will be.

On disabling firewall for games - we had to disable our router's firewall in order to play UT3 lan and online games. Never turn off the PCs security software though.
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Postby EviL Ras » 20 Sep 2009, 22:12

you can actually get gamer versions of virus scanners now. That will block or allow all attempts at the firewall. And will suppress all alerts so as not to close down your game. as kept happening to me on vista 64!!!
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Postby sayed » 21 Sep 2009, 00:56

If you've got a natwest online banking logon, U think you get McAfee free & Kaspersky 3x computer license with a Barclays online account.

After my Bullguard ran out, i started using Kaspersky on all systems at home and had no problems. Just have to play about with permissions e.g. on training mode, whether to allow/blocks apps from running/accessing web - steam or COD4.
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Postby Replicant » 29 Dec 2015, 10:38

No need to vote but interested to see what people are using nowadays and whether they use paid or free versions
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Postby EviL Ras » 29 Dec 2015, 11:29

I'm still on avast free! Does me fine!
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Postby robbo » 29 Dec 2015, 12:17

Free Microsoft security Essentials.
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Postby Replicant » 29 Dec 2015, 13:38

And which firewall do you all use.

I have been using Bullguard for 7 years and have been buying licences on eBay for about £10. I wondered if there was a better 'suite' that didn't break the bank.
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Postby Tappy » 29 Dec 2015, 15:01

I'm almost embarrassed to say that I still use McAfee... but actually it has risen significantly in the ratings compared to last year - I wasn't going to post anything if it was still rated the worst!

I pay for it, about £15 a year for three licences. It still seems that a pay for version (or at least one that costs money but you get for free) is better than the free options (except for McAfee for about the last three years, but loyalty, innit!)
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 30 Dec 2015, 02:39

I use Microsoft's tools for both antivirus and firewall, I think their antivirus product has lost quite a lot of ground over the last year or so but I find these days the main threat to a system is 'optional' software which is bundled with normal software. It sits in a grey area as technically it was the user that installed it therefore some AV products allow it but in reality it's malware, I've seen machines riddled with that type of software some of which can be extremely intrusive as it installs its own browser (a crappy branded version of Chromium), hijacks all the browser start pages, adds in its own crappy extensions, hijacks the start pages etc.

To this end I'd recommend being extremely careful when installing software as even the likes of Sourceforge can no longer be trusted as the new owners are finding projects that have been abandoned on Sourceforge (But still developed elsewhere), re-mirroring the software and adding malware to the installers. Also I've noticed this crappy software being installed if you choose a normal/standard install, to stop it you have to select custom and then uncheck the malware on a separate page. I've almost been caught out a couple of times until I've noticed an odd user license page that turns out to be for the addon software and not what I've chosen to install. When this happened a few days ago I decided it was time to try Unchecky which is a piece of software that sits in the background and when you run an installer it automatically unchecks the option to install the additional software, I tried the same install again and this time I didn't even see the dodgy software license as Unchecky blocked it.

Probably not that useful for technical users like ourselves but I'm going to get it on my Mum's machine and any other PC's I have to clean up for people as I think that will stop a lot of the malware getting in.

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Postby Tappy » 30 Dec 2015, 10:52

Whenever I fire up someone's computer that "is really slow these days", invariably I open up the internet explorer and find a million toolbars and addons which have been installed in the manner John discusses above.

Have to wonder, if these toolbars are on there, what else has been inadvertently installed?
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Postby csteff » 02 Jan 2016, 11:57

Microsoft security Essentials + Unchecky + Malwarebytes (cheap keys on ebay)
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Postby robbo » 04 Jan 2016, 01:42

I've just the free Malwarebytes and do a manual check every now and then.

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