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#1 Posted by Aegon (7229 posts) -

Currently I use avast, but I'm wondering what other options there are out there. Not that I'm having a problem, but I'm just curious to see if there's some clear "top dog".

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#2 Edited by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

I don't use anything myself. Common Sense 2013 I guess.

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#3 Edited by Levius (1357 posts) -

Kaspersky, it seems to quietly do its job and not fill my computer with unnecessary bullshit.

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#4 Posted by rpgee (775 posts) -

McAfee. It seems to do its job well.

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#5 Posted by RE_Player1 (8007 posts) -

AVG. Don't go on seedy websites or click on random links so it's not like I need anything anyway.

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#6 Posted by MyNiceIceLife (695 posts) -

I use Norton 360, my dad had multiple licenses of it so i got one.

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#7 Posted by Phatmac (5930 posts) -

McAfee for the Lols with the murder and all.

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#8 Posted by Soap (3774 posts) -

@MikkaQ said:

I don't use anything myself. Common Sense 2013 I guess.

Using nothing at all when there are some great free programs out there doesn't sound anything like common sense to me...

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#9 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

@Soap said:

@MikkaQ said:

I don't use anything myself. Common Sense 2013 I guess.

Using nothing at all when there are some great free programs out there doesn't sound anything like common sense to me...

Now why would I waste the bandwidth?

But seriously I just don't encounter viruses, I only use my PC to play games on steam and edit video so there aren't any real risks. So I just kinda don't install them out of laziness/not wanting more things to have to boot up with the OS. Also they can cause weird compatibility issues with some of my video hardware. Not all of them but It's not worth disturbing my PC's delicate "ecosystem".

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#10 Posted by FritzDude (2316 posts) -

@MikkaQ: What operatingsystem do you use? I know Windows automatically use Windows Defender for malicious threats if you don't have anything else.

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#11 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2079 posts) -

Windows actually really stepped up its game with Microsoft Security Essentials. I've had no problems with it ever since I switched from McAfee and it has been really good.

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#12 Posted by jdh5153 (1097 posts) -

I use a Mac.

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#13 Posted by Aegon (7229 posts) -

@jdh5153 said:

I use a Mac.

Is there really absolutely no way to get a virus on those things?

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#14 Posted by Wemibelle (2379 posts) -

I just use a few free programs - Avira, Spyware Terminator, and Malwarebytes. My computer gets reformatted about every six months anyways, so I rarely have to worry about viruses or anything of the sort.

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#15 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1531 posts) -

Microsoft Security Essentials....its really great, lightweight, and free. Now its built into windows like it should be.

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#16 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (5666 posts) -

@EquitasInvictus said:

Windows actually really stepped up its game with Microsoft Security Essentials. I've had no problems with it ever since I switched from McAfee and it has been really good.

Yup I stopped using McAfee after doing a clean install of Windoes 8. They've done some great security upgrades for 8.

@jdh5153 said:

I use a Mac.

And this. My desktop is a Win 8 machine and I use an Air for my laptop.

@Aegon: It's not that Apple is a fortress that can't be breached it's just that nobody bothers that OS when Windows is just more prevalent.

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#17 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -
@Aegon

@jdh5153 said:

I use a Mac.

Is there really absolutely no way to get a virus on those things?

People just don't make virus for macs. But there was a really ugly worm going around Macs earlier this year I remember.
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#18 Posted by Shady (511 posts) -

@Aegon said:

@jdh5153 said:

I use a Mac.

Is there really absolutely no way to get a virus on those things?

There is but they are usually few and far between. It's a lot easier to exploit an OS that mostly everyone uses including businesses. The last noteworthy Mac virus was a while back, but it was a particularly nasty one.

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#19 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (5666 posts) -

@MariachiMacabre said:

@Aegon

@jdh5153 said:

I use a Mac.

Is there really absolutely no way to get a virus on those things?

People just don't make virus for macs. But there was a really ugly worm going around Macs earlier this year I remember.

And like most bad stuff out there common sense is more than enough to avoid that thing. It helps to be smart on both Windows and Mac.

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#20 Posted by CornBREDX (7187 posts) -

I have used AVAST for years. There are no better free ones available, if you're curious, although Kapersky is quite popular. I'll never understand why people use AVG, it sucks IMO.

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#21 Posted by L44 (638 posts) -

@CornBREDX said:

I have used AVAST for years. There are no better free ones available, if you're curious, although Kapersky is quite popular. I'll never understand why people use AVG, it sucks IMO.

The Avast virus database has been updated.

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#22 Edited by CornBREDX (7187 posts) -
@L44: Ya.... they fixed that. You can turn that off now =P 
Was crazy when it used to interrupt any software you are running just to tell you that haha
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#23 Posted by Imsorrymsjackson (866 posts) -

Always Avast.

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#24 Posted by kalmis (1745 posts) -

Open source all the way. Clamwin for virus and Online Armor as fw.

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#25 Posted by banishedsoul1 (342 posts) -

install ubuntu

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#26 Posted by AlexW00d (7473 posts) -

Until Windows 8 I used MSE, and technically I still do, as MSE is built into the defender shit.

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#27 Posted by beeftothetaco (437 posts) -

Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free and as long as you're not retarded and click sketchy links it works just fine.

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#28 Edited by DJJoeJoe (1422 posts) -

I can could the times I'd have a serious infection on the PCs I've owned, and the last time was a handful of years ago when I "just had to" download some shady trainer for some game I was frustrated with but still wanted to get some enjoyment out of via cheats (and modern games don't have proper official cheats... fuck the game industry of today.. give me god mode and big head mode you dicks... honestly). I hear more about viruses from family members that don't know computer common sense than I do from my own pc, most of who are constantly sending me those amazingly stereotypical chain email bullshit like jokes or random poems and shit... it's beyond just internet common sense at some point, at some point it's something that makes me question how fucking stupid these people are. How can I have respect for someone that keeps thinking I'd be into hearing about some story that's 20 levels below something in the classified in a tabloid mag, you all know how deep and stupid the internet can go and I get this shit on the weekly from people I 'love'.

..wait this thread is about which softwarez we use right? shit.

Currently I have the software that's available to anyone that owns Windows(defender/firewall plus router firewall), and nothing more. Win8 has it's own stuff that basically just warns me every time I pirate a game, though lately it's pointing at explorer.exe often... not sure about that one.

I look at it this way, a virus on my PC will do nothing to my physical health and mind. I carry nothing on my PC but games and porn, both of which aren't harmed by deletion (they live in the cloud). So what do I care if every 3 years I accidentally do something that ruins my bootloader... I enjoy re-installing Windows anyways, gives me an excuse for clearing junk off my hard drives that I didn't notice before.

EDIT: I'm going to install the previously mentioned ClamWin. Cause I'm one of those people that gets enjoyment from installing software that's new... thanks

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#29 Posted by csl316 (13816 posts) -
@EquitasInvictus

Windows actually really stepped up its game with Microsoft Security Essentials. I've had no problems with it ever since I switched from McAfee and it has been really good.

Yeah, I used to use AVG but SE has been excellent for years now.
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#30 Posted by AjayRaz (12802 posts) -

i'm on a mac so i don't use antivirus on OSX but on the windows portion of my computer, i roll with AVG + malwarebytes

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#31 Posted by SSully (5259 posts) -

@MariachiMacabre said:

@Aegon

@jdh5153 said:

I use a Mac.

Is there really absolutely no way to get a virus on those things?

People just don't make virus for macs. But there was a really ugly worm going around Macs earlier this year I remember.

One of the biggest misconceptions made about computer security is that mac's don't get viruses. And also the belief that mac's dont get viruses because people dont make viruses for them. There are viruses out there for macs, and you certainly can get viruses on your mac computer. They are certainly less widespread then on windows, but the threat is still present.

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#32 Posted by crusader8463 (14757 posts) -

Common Sense

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#33 Posted by BirdkeeperDan (411 posts) -

Common/Computer sense, and I think Microsoft Security Essentials.

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#34 Posted by NegativeCero (3138 posts) -

I also use a Mac and common sense.

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#35 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2167 posts) -

I used to use AVG Free but have since switched to MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials).

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#36 Posted by SoldierG654342 (1899 posts) -

Avast has been doing right by me. So much so that I decided to pay them for it.

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#37 Posted by Vexxan (4633 posts) -

Microsoft Security Essentials together with SuperAntiSpyware.

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#38 Posted by OneManX (1710 posts) -

Avast...

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#39 Posted by Rave (424 posts) -

Used AVG for years but switched to Avast last year and it has been great, a lot less resource intensive then AVG was.

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#40 Posted by ZeForgotten (10368 posts) -

Microsoft Security Essentials and the one that tells me not to click on emails for "dick pills" and links from someone you don't know at all or shortened urls without at least hovering the mouse over it first to find out where it leads. 

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#41 Posted by Giantstalker (2276 posts) -

Avast for antivirus, Malwarebites for antispyware.

I also run the NoScript extension on my browser, just in case.

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#42 Posted by DJJoeJoe (1422 posts) -

To be far I am running Windows 8 currently, and I didn't scan my media drives.

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#43 Posted by Yanngc33 (4551 posts) -

I use my gut, works 60% of the time

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#44 Posted by SmilingPig (1370 posts) -

@thebunnyhunter said:

Microsoft Security Essentials....its really great, lightweight, and free. Now its built into windows like it should be.

same

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#45 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (5666 posts) -

@Yanngc33 said:

I use my gut, works 60% of the time

The other 40% should be more cautious around those porn sites.

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#46 Posted by ShockD (2487 posts) -

Avira Antivir + Malwarebytes.

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#47 Posted by ChadMasterFlash (1000 posts) -

I use Norton because I get for free through my service provider.

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#48 Posted by PerryVandell (2219 posts) -

Microsoft Security Essentials. It's fast, lightweight and free. Other than that, I just use common sense and don't visit sketchy websites.

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#49 Posted by Turtlebird95 (3618 posts) -

None I guess. I do most of my stuff on Macs so I really don't need anti-virus. 
 
Norton is evil though. I remember it popped up and told me I had a virus on my computer when I didn't even have Norton installed. 

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#50 Posted by Meltac (2008 posts) -

Avast virus database has been updated.