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#1 +ultimate99

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 15:26

Do you guys use any antivirus, firewall or anti-malware software with win8 or just rely on the built in ones?

I'm thinking installing a 3rd party if you guys recommend or find it useful... 




#2 sc302

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 15:59

The built in is ok.  It all depends on what you want.  best is bitdefender or kaspersky according to av test and av comparatives, many here like eset (I am currently using eset).  Use what you are comfortable with and what suits your life style...casual surfing, the windows built in is fine. Clicking on every porn site that google brings up, you may want something a bit better.  Torrent and what have you, you may want a dedicated pc to test installs with/dissect installls with so you don't infect your main pc. 



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:10

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#4 COKid

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:14

Sandboxie.



#5 Top Qat

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:18

As well as anti-virus (free versions of AVAST or AVG are ok) I use this http://www.microsoft...s.aspx?id=39273

 

 



#6 i_was_here

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:55

I'm relying on the built-in security. Seems less resource-intensive than alternatives.



#7 Gotenks98

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:06

Just use the built in AV. It hasnt failed me yet. Either way the best AV product is going to be your browsing habits and what you click on. Also not running the machine as admin all the time helps with this a ton.



#8 +theblazingangel

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 05:13

Third-party here, I'm running (all at once on every machine):
- NIS
- Malwarebytes Pro - seems awesome and a cheap one off payment!
- Also installed EMET v4.0 just the other day (free utility from Microsoft)

I had also been running Spybot S&D and SpywareBlaster free editions for a very long time but recently finally decided it was time to given them up.

Pro-tip with NIS: I happen to always renew my subscription just around the time that they release their yearly new edition (sometime in November I think), but I avoid the new one and instead buy a 3-user-license copy of the previous edition from amazon for around £20. They offer a free downloadable upgrade to the latest software and the license key is perfectly valid in it. Much better than the ridiculous £50 renewal fee through their website ;)

Just noticed actually that they seem to currently have an offer on, the price is slashed from £50 to £30, and currently at £22 on amazon!

#9 articuno1au

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 05:18

I use Norton 360, but would prefer just the Internet Security version. Given I got it for free though, I can hardly complain.

 

I'm not a fan of running anti-malware tools in the background. I'd rather trust myself and run scans to be sure.

 

I use Super AntiSpyware and MalwareBytes for scans when needed.



#10 Gotenks98

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 10:46

Third-party here, I'm running (all at once on every machine):
- NIS
- Malwarebytes Pro - seems awesome and a cheap one off payment!
- Also installed EMET v4.0 just the other day (free utility from Microsoft)

I had also been running Spybot S&D and SpywareBlaster free editions for a very long time but recently finally decided it was time to given them up.

Pro-tip with NIS: I happen to always renew my subscription just around the time that they release their yearly new edition (sometime in November I think), but I avoid the new one and instead buy a 3-user-license copy of the previous edition from amazon for around £20. They offer a free downloadable upgrade to the latest software and the license key is perfectly valid in it. Much better than the ridiculous £50 renewal fee through their website ;)

Just noticed actually that they seem to currently have an offer on, the price is slashed from £50 to £30, and currently at £22 on amazon!

You do know that running multiple AV products at the same time cancels them out right? You need to stick to one. Also there is a huge performance hit from doing that too.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 16:37

You do know that running multiple AV products at the same time cancels them out right? You need to stick to one. Also there is a huge performance hit from doing that too.

I do hope you are joking... While I would agree that running multiple anti-virus products (say NIS & ESET) at the same time would not be a good idea (unnecessary performance hit and potential for conflicts) your notion of them in some way cancelling each other out (if you're serious) is ridiculous, but furthermore is not at all what is even going on here.

- NIS provides my primary anti-virus/malware and software-firewall protection.
- Malwarebytes (MBAM) is an anti-malware tool that COMPLIMENTS an anti-virus product.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complementary but essential program which detects and removes zero-day malware and "Malware in the Wild". This includes malicious programs and files, such as virus droppers, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and rogue applications that many antivirus programs do not detect or cannot fully remove. That being said, there are many infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware does not detect or remove which any antivirus software will, such as file infectors. It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts. In some rare instances, exclusions may need to be set for your specific antivirus product to achieve the best possible system performance.

https://malwarebytes...ivirus-software
- EMET is not an anti-virus/malware product like the above, it is a security utility that can be used to enhance the security of applications running on your machine by providing you with a means of enabling the use of Windows security measures such as DEP and ASLR with them.
- Spybot S&D and SpywareBlaster provide preventative blocking measures to help prevent malware getting onto your machine, partially by blocking your machine from communicating with a set of known malicious IP addresses. I no longer consider these two necessary.

All of the above compliment each other and work well together.

#12 Ironman273

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 20:25

Not to be snarky but compliment ≠ complement.



#13 TheExperiment

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 20:54

I keep thinking about grabbing one but as few times as I've ever had virus problems it seems kinda unnecessary.  My brother on the other hand...

 

I'll probably get him Kaspersky for Christmas I imagine.



#14 sc302

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 21:07

malwarebytes is meant as a complimentary antimalware option, not to be a standalone product even in the pro form.  As to being able to detect rootkits, it has the ability to detect rootkits as well as you are able to detect a stealth plane before it drops a bomb on you.  Their anti-rootkit is still in beta, and has been for at least a year.  If it were in RTM it would have been incorporated into their pay for software.



#15 Gotenks98

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 23:41

I do hope you are joking... While I would agree that running multiple anti-virus products (say NIS & ESET) at the same time would not be a good idea (unnecessary performance hit and potential for conflicts) your notion of them in some way cancelling each other out (if you're serious) is ridiculous, but furthermore is not at all what is even going on here.

- NIS provides my primary anti-virus/malware and software-firewall protection.
- Malwarebytes (MBAM) is an anti-malware tool that COMPLIMENTS an anti-virus product.
https://malwarebytes...ivirus-software
- EMET is not an anti-virus/malware product like the above, it is a security utility that can be used to enhance the security of applications running on your machine by providing you with a means of enabling the use of Windows security measures such as DEP and ASLR with them.
- Spybot S&D and SpywareBlaster provide preventative blocking measures to help prevent malware getting onto your machine, partially by blocking your machine from communicating with a set of known malicious IP addresses. I no longer consider these two necessary.

All of the above compliment each other and work well together.

No I am not joking. It has been shown when running multiple av products they do not scan as well, hence why I said canceling out. If you run MWB as the pro version it runs as an AV product not as standalone scanner. Thats why I said this. If you werent running the pro version I would not have even made the comment.