Antivirus

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by John S, Dec 21, 2018.

  1. John S

    John S n00bie

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    Can you guys recommend an AV that is light on resources and uses minimum amount of memory. I have tried suites but they tend to slow web pages loading. Is it best to use just an AV without the suite with windows firewall.?.

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  2. thebufenator

    thebufenator [H]ard|Gawd

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    Lightweight == Windows defender
     
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    FNtastic [H]ard|Gawd

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  4. Mazzspeed

    Mazzspeed [H]ard|Gawd

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    You're not going to get any lighter than Windows Defender..
     
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  5. Executioner

    Executioner Limp Gawd

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    You did not mention cost - if you wanted free or a paid program. Defender is free and will work only if you are smart where you surf. You can also get Malwarebytes and perform manual scans so it does not run in the background.

    For me, I can't take a chance and I have ESET Internet Security and Malwarebytes that I paid for. Why, because I may go to risky sites. I'll leave it at that. ;)
     
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  6. SvenBent

    SvenBent 2[H]4U

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    i use malware bytes and dr web cure it as scanners
     
  7. stolikat

    stolikat n00bie

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    Bitdefender free.
     
  8. pendragon1

    pendragon1 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    dr.stevil [H]ardForum Junkie

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    ESET NOD32

    reliable and fairly lightweight (compared to others at least)
     
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  10. B00nie

    B00nie [H]ardness Supreme

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    NOD32 used to be the top choice but I've read its quality has dropped.
     
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  11. Jim Kim

    Jim Kim 2[H]4U

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  12. fightingfi

    fightingfi Look at Me! I need the attention.

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  13. B00nie

    B00nie [H]ardness Supreme

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    I haven't run an active AV or malwarebytes in years. Sometimes I wonder why people tolerate having to live in uncertainty and see all this trouble.
     
  14. KG-Prime90

    KG-Prime90 Limp Gawd

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    I use AVG free right now, Bit Defender before, and Avira before as well as pretty much tried every other one in the last few decades. But those three are light enough, no performance impact worth mentioning, basically because it's set to not not really actively scan every exe or file that i already know is safe on my machine. It's in the lightest setting and it's really simply a backup to addons for web safety ( it does actively scan the web) and for downloads/occasional torrent.

    And where does it pop up and terminate connection 99.999% of the time? Google Images. And no not porn. At all, actually, hardware or maybe nature images/wallpapers, "harmless" shit like that. And i'm not searching google images daily, but it seems every time i do, it happens at least once. So yeah, false positive or not for what it's worth, just the fact that it does pop up like that and terminate a connection on occasion even though i also run ublock, no script, an anti miner, https, i keep it.

    You could certainly raw dog it if you have addons and your browser "mostly" locked down. But i don't see any pluses to it, and any decent pc in the last 10 years it's not degrading your performance, especially if you run it basically mostly "off" for what it's worth, just get one that has those kind of options.
     
  15. B00nie

    B00nie [H]ardness Supreme

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    Antiviruses are like a broken condom. Kinda protects but there's always a hole.
     
  16. Jim Kim

    Jim Kim 2[H]4U

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    I use free Kaspersky with pro malwarebytes.
    FYI Had to enter ~15 exceptions in Kaspersky for it to play 100% nice with malwarebytes.
    It kept turning off malwarebytes real-time protection, the exceptions fixed it.
     
  17. Jim Kim

    Jim Kim 2[H]4U

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    Not everyone has your index finger, maybe you should clone it.;)
     
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  18. B00nie

    B00nie [H]ardness Supreme

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    It's easy, the magic fingers don't use Windows.
     
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  19. Spartacus

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    Use Defender but then setup a VM for the internet combat zone.
    If your VM gets blown up, just restore it and you can get back to your "research".

    Performance is NOT up to par with Hyper-V. I use the free VMware player and
    network, streaming video, and sound all work fine.

    Password protect the VM and call it something like Win-7 Test so your family
    won't find your donkey-midget pr0n when you die.

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