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#31 Princess Katie Pixie

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  • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro/Ubuntu
  • Phone: Nokia Lumia 1020/Moto G

Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:23

So what is the best antivirus that you guys are using?
And what are your scanning times of each of your antivirus?
And do you really need an antivirus?

Let the debates begin.


#32 Reacon

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  • Joined: 12-May 08
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  • OS: Win 7 & Slackware

Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:28

I doubt I need it, but I keep MSE running, because better safe than sorry. I scan once every few months with spybot, but that's it.

#33 +warwagon

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    Only you can prevent forest fires.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:30

Personally I like Avast Free. I've tried MSE just never really been a fan, always seemed to be CPU hog.

#34 Flae_qui

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:33

Kaspersky all the way for me

#35 +kpo6969

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  • OS: Win 8.1.1 Pro x64

Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:35

MSE for me.
Scan with Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware when I feel it needs it.

#36 spacer

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:39

avast! free

Using an anti-virus is like locking the doors to your home. Bad things can still happen whether you lock them or not; but, it's harder for such things to happen if you lock up. No anti-virus will keep you 100% safe, but it's easy and painless to use one. So why take an unnecessary risk?

#37 Deleted Bye

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:53

for the last 4 years i HAVE tried something that has kept me 100% safe. I sure questionable websites, download tons of warez, keys, codes, cracks, play wow, surf porn etc etc etc and not once in 4 years has a virus brought me down... and i owe my thanks to Malwarebytes Pro (realtime version) and google chrome.

#38 +warwagon

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  • Location: Iowa

Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:00

for the last 4 years i HAVE tried something that has kept me 100% safe. I sure questionable websites, download tons of warez, keys, codes, cracks, play wow, surf porn etc etc etc and not once in 4 years has a virus brought me down... and i owe my thanks to Malwarebytes Pro (realtime version) and google chrome.


Yep I also have Malwarebytes Pro. It's a beautiful thing!

#39 PurpleHaze420

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:08

:shiftyninja: ESET NOD32 Smart Security :shiftyninja:

#40 Tom

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  • Joined: 06-October 09
  • Location: Germany
  • OS: Windows 7

Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:10

Best: MSE, Avast, Kaspersky.
Worst: AVG, Norton, McAfee.

#41 CPressland

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  • Location: England
  • OS: OS X Mavericks

Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:10

OS X. :D

But on Windows - MSE.

#42 Seizure1990

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:12

Norton and McAfee are piles of crap. So is Trend Micro.

If you're going to buy AV, then get Kaspersky. I haven't personally seen MBAM in action but I've heard great things about it, and the free manual scanner certainly works well.

As for free, get Avast. The rest are mediocre at best.

Edit: In response to the above post, if OS X is an AV, then that one is crap too. :D

#43 myxomatosis

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  • Location: Montréal (Canada)

Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:14

I'v been using Microsoft Security Essential for about 12 months now. Quite happy with this antivirus, since it's free and made by Microsoft. It's light, non intrusive, fast, updated regularly and won't slow down your system

Was using NOD32 before switching to MSE because I won a license, and I was happy with the product too, but it's not free and my license was expired.


Anyway the best antivirus will always be the user and his/her judgement.

#44 fanel89

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:20

I've been using Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition and currently its successor, Symantec Endpoint Protection. It negatively affects the start-up time of my laptop but once it's up and running, it's fine. Never had problems, I visit questionable sites with malware and it would provide great protection.

#45 COKid

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:21

So, what does the OP use? Me, I use a combo of MSE and Sandboxie.