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    What is your favorite anti virus?

    Or what anti virus is best for a home user who is not too computer savvy?


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    The one that comes with Windows - Windows Defender. If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 10 it should be already enabled by default.

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    Whatever one your ISP provides free of charge. In my case, McAfee from Shaw.

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    A/V software is a racket. Most are useless, here's proof...

    https://youtu.be/PvfrS6_nyyM?t=77

    Th built-in Windows Defender is all that's needed - and doesn't cost anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotnet_nerd View Post
    A/V software is a racket. Most are useless, here's proof...

    https://youtu.be/PvfrS6_nyyM?t=77

    Th built-in Windows Defender is all that's needed - and doesn't cost anything
    This may be true for those using (heaven forbid) Win 8/8.1 or Win10. But not true for the many using Win7 or earlier. There is a Windows product called Windows Security Essentials (WSE) that has some, but not all, of Defender's protection, but it's days are likely numbered. By the way, Defender received less than stellar ratings in some tests done in (hopefully) independent reviews/tests that can be found on line. But still probably best choice for those using Win10 (I use it on two machines)

    I switched my Win7 laptop and my wife's Vista laptop to the free version of Panda (link below). It has very good reviews and unlike WSE does not seem to hog resources. Hard to tell it is there. I also have a lifetime license for Malwarebytes Premium (it otherwise has an annual fee). They recently released a new version that they say eliminates the need for any other AV software. There is a free version, but it does not provide real time protection.

    I have used free Avast, Alvira and AVG in past. Tried them again, but for various reasons chose Panda.

    http://downloads.techradar.com/downl...free-antivirus (Read carefully when installing and avoid browser add-ons as well as any upgrade offers.

    Reviews:
    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-ant...ew-2588-5.html
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp
    Many more on line.
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    Owning a Mac!
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    Quote Originally Posted by indexxx View Post
    Owning a Mac!
    Ding ding ding

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    Run Linux?

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    My favorite is Bit Defender. If you consistently buy your Virus Scanner near the end of the year, between Christmas and New Year you can pick it up for $20. This year I got together with family and bought a 10 computer license, and everyone put in $5/computer to buy it (was $40). Could go free, but I like the product.

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    Just curious why anyone would pay for security software. Don't you get it free from your ISP? I didn't think there would be an ISP that would not include a security package as part of its service. Here in Winnipeg one chooses Shaw or MTS. Shaw has McAfee, MTS has ZoneAlarm.


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