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Norton has expired (finally). Which virus software do I get?

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  1. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    Preferably something that is not a RAM hog and top tier. I have Win10 on one comp, Win7 pending conversion on another, and XP on 2 others which are rarely used. We have our phones on Norton as well. It's a tank and I would like to take advantage something that will let my comp run better, as they are all struggling for speed because they have the Adobe Design Suite as it is.
     

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    HAB Chelsea from Seattle

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    I've been very happy with Avast.
     
  3. johnbryanpeters

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    For Windows 8 and up just use Windows Defender.

    Your XP machines are fucked by definition.
     
  4. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    Isn't that just malware, or does it include virusware too?
     
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  6. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    Is it a pre-installed app? Like go in and uninstall Norton, then activate pre-installed Defender?
     
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    rockofullr confused

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    I've been running AVG's free software for about 10 years and never picked up a bug. I am fairly cautious about my browsing though.
     
  8. johnbryanpeters

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    Yes, Windows Defender is part of the operating system. Run the uninstallation on Norton, and you will be prompted to turn on Windows Defender.
     
  9. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    Thanks JBP!
     
  10. Jm_

    Jm_ Turbo Monkey

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    And then it probably won't work, because it's Windows.
     
  11. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I run Avast, AVG *and* Malwarebytes on our Win 7 PC. But I have kids. :D
     
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  12. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    It is done. I'm not sure if things move faster, but at least it's not eating up my memory or space anymore. If only I could convince Wifey to take the Adobe Design Suite off the non-work comps now.
     
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    canadmos Mater Slayer

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    Why need to take it off? Stick an SSD in there and prevent any of the garbage from starting with the computer and you'll be golden.
     
  14. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    MSE/Windows Defender is terrible (significantly worse than any other free AV), disable it and install AVG, Avast, or Avira instead (top three free AV):

     
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    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    I don't know what that means.
     
  16. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    I used AVG but still got Herpes. 1/10, would not buy again.
     
  17. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    Two different bank accounts I have give their customers free paid AV clients which can be better than the free ones, but very few clients are good against zero day exploits.
     
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    canadmos Mater Slayer

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    1. Open the Start Menu
    2. Type "msconfig" in search box
    3. Go to Startup tab
    4. Uncheck anything that you don't want to start, when the computer boots up (ie, any Adobe crap)
    5. Enjoy a beer
     
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    4a. Make note of what you checked.
     
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  20. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Those numbers are dramatically off from the more recent evaluations of Defender. The most recent evaluation shows Defender picking up 95% of released malware.

    Still under the industry standard but a lot better than 79%.

    I'm never sure exactly how much to trust 0-day evaluations. Primarily because it requires 0-day exploits to be in the wild but not patched/included, which means the type is going to vary a lot depending on the selection out at the moment.
     
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    syadasti i heart mac

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    He has only one Win 10 machine with the improved version of MSE. The Win 7 and WinXP machines certainly need something far better than the older MSE available on those OS version. AVG, Avast, or Avira would be the options if he's going with free.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2480487,00.asp
     
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    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Fair enough.

    Anyone running Windows XP should just run with no scanner and use the inevitable virus as an excuse to upgrade.
     
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  23. neboboro

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    I use AVG AntiVirus and so far i'm satisfied.. they have good and user friendly interface and very good protection for the Internet..
     
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    Virtual machines people, Virtual machines.
    If ya gets a problem, dump it and load the next instance from a backup copy.

    But for the host machine, Bit-Defender has been good.
    Had too many issues with Avast and AVG...
     
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    Avast=Fuck you W10, I will destroy you.