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Author Topic: What AV do people use?  (Read 3323 times)

Bowdon

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What AV do people use?
« on: July 08, 2020, 12:49:11 PM »

I'm wondering what other people use or recommend?

I currently use Avast (and I use the free Malwarebytes program to find malware).

It is only once in a blue moon that Avast as actually stopped something.

So I'm wondering if its worth using Avast and instead just letting Windows Defender do the job?
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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2020, 01:02:10 PM »

I used Nod32 from Eset and have found it to be the best balance between minimal impact and effectiveness. Of course, you don't know what you don't know, so it is difficult to judge! I get a few detections per month, mainly websites or ads on websites or dodgy scripts.

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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2020, 05:05:03 PM »

I've been using Kaspersky for many years and always been happy with it. I know it gone out of favour now because of the Russia connection, but I'm still fine with it.
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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2020, 05:13:39 PM »

I use Avira on my Windows 7 PC but dont use anything on my Linux PCs

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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2020, 05:49:44 PM »

I've been using Kaspersky for many years and always been happy with it. I know it gone out of favour now because of the Russia connection, but I'm still fine with it.
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Likewise, I started using it when Barclays Bank provided a free subscription with their online banking and continued with the paid for version when they got cold feet with the Russia connection. I also use the paid for version of Malwarebytes.
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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2020, 12:27:51 AM »

I just use Win 10’s built-in Defender/Advanced Threat Protection/Ransomware protection.  Seems to have done a good enough job for the past few years.

Likewise, I use macOS’s built-in Xprotect.

Third-Party AV seems to be a vestige from the days before OS vendors saw protecting their product as part of their responsibility.
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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2020, 03:32:37 AM »

I have never ever used anything on my Windows boxes. Since Vista, I have left Windows Defender in there as it doesn’t seem to harm performance noticeably. I have gone to great lengths to harden WinNt-family o/s in the past with painstaking steps taken to establish a secure configuration. The result of these radical config changes has been that if malware is copied into the system (meaning any code at all that is not authorised by me, rather than code that is successfully recognised according to some AV’s opinion on whether the code ought to be allowed or not) and an attempt is made to start it, then it will always simply fail to run.
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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2020, 02:27:54 PM »

I agree with Leo - https://askleo.com/what_security_software_do_you_recommend/
that nothing further than Defender is required running in real time - with something like Malwarebytes Free on hand to run if anything looks iffy or a second opinion required.
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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2020, 08:55:54 PM »

I just use Win 10’s built-in Defender/Advanced Threat Protection/Ransomware protection.  Seems to have done a good enough job for the past few years.

Third-Party AV seems to be a vestige from the days before OS vendors saw protecting their product as part of their responsibility.

Same here, but then I spend most time in Linux where I just have the NAS scan any files on there monthly.
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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2020, 11:45:55 AM »

Defender
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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2020, 11:05:08 AM »

Windows Defender alongside its various options is all that runs on my Windows stuff.

The age of traditional antivirus being able to keep up is long gone. All about behavioural analysis as a first course now, with signatures as and when they are available which can be a month or more behind.

Malware has a few behaviour patterns that are somewhat unusual and may be noted by software looking for them.

For more on this I recommend Mastering Malware Analysis published by Packt.
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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2020, 04:08:04 PM »

Been using NOD32 for 20+ years and its never let me down.

Tried Malwarebytes Premium last year but wasn't too impressed...damn thing was killing my laptop battery very quickly d/t RAM usage on my IBM Thinkpad.

Also used to be a huge fan of Outpost firewall but that software was discontinued a few years back.
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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2020, 05:58:22 AM »

I use Comodo Internet Security Premium (the free version) which has served me well for years, with Spywareblaster in the background, and Malwarebytes for emergencies.
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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2020, 12:11:53 AM »

I have been reducing my 3rd party security software as time goes on, for a few reasons.

1 - The security industry are starting to get silly with pricing, the products that will still be genuinely an improvement over windows defender charge silly pricing for consumers.
2 - The issues with various of these software's especially the ones that are always on hooking into programs, have over time caused me compatibility issues, like unexplained memory leaks or crashes.

I still have nod32 but it wont be on my machine once windows 10 is on there in a couple of weeks, nod32 has always been my go to for the reason already stated in this thread, its one of the few a/v that has a very low overhead and you dont really notice it.

Now days its basically my own hardening configuration, combined with utilising built in memory exploit protections, that is one of the good things about windows 10, it has been significantly hardened.  Remember EMET? that's now part of windows defender.
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Re: What AV do people use?
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2020, 04:41:00 AM »

Now days its basically my own hardening configuration, combined with utilising built in memory exploit protections, that is one of the good things about windows 10, it has been significantly hardened.  Remember EMET? that's now part of windows defender.

As I understand it, the 2004 update locked-down how drivers are able to access memory, closing a long-standing security issue that Microsoft were afraid to fix as they knew it would cause exactly the problems that update caused.  But going forward, it closes a TON of security holes in memory allocation.
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