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03-08-2012, 10:53 PM
My Kaspersky anti-virus software license is coming up for renewal and I would like to consider effective, but less-expensive alternatives. What are your preferences?

03-08-2012, 11:01 PM
MIcrosoft Security Essentials (MSE) is really good, really lightweight, and really cheap....as in free. I've used Norton's security suite (NIS) for ages....I buy a multi-volume license every year so it's pretty cheap for each computer. I'll probably stick with that because I'm familiar with it and it works well....but if I needed a cheaper alternative, I'd go with MSE. I have started installing that as the default AV program on systems I set up for other people.

Area 66
03-08-2012, 11:05 PM
Microsoft in their crusade to nuke all the utility software vendors, and in another attempt to get more grip on us, release on the market a good anti-virus, it's free, but one day we gone pay the price. I'm doom because I use it too.

03-08-2012, 11:10 PM
I use these AV programs to stay clean on my notebook :)

Microsoft Security Essentials (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials) (Microsofts official download site)
SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition (http://download.cnet.com/SuperAntiSpyware-Free-Edition/3000-8022_4-10523889.html?tag=mncol;1) (Cnet download site)
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=mncol;1) (Cnet download site)

I got one more, if you're really stuck on a difficult virus and don't want to reinstall the notebook to get rid of it :) (Called Combofix, and if you would download it you need to find "A guide and tutorial on using ComboFix" (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix) on google)


03-08-2012, 11:12 PM
I use Avast and it's free.

03-08-2012, 11:30 PM
microsoft security essentials all day ... i never fight with Bill.

03-09-2012, 12:00 AM
I'm now using BitDefender which got top marks in a recent MaximumPC paid-for AV round-up review. The BD Internet Security suite is good for 3 PCs for two years which is great. I only buy AV software when I see it on sale. I also MSE on a couple of other laptops in the house and it works good too, especially for a free one. In the past I've used Kaspersky, ESET, and Norton.

03-09-2012, 01:37 AM
I've used all forms of Norton including Symantec Endpoint. The free version of AVG is better but I use MSE also (I like free).

03-09-2012, 02:41 AM
Eset Smart Security is by far the best AV I have ever known, but it is 60$ a year. I highly recommend it. Worth every penny.

03-09-2012, 02:42 AM
Microsoft Security Essentials here too as well as Malwarebytes in safe mode :)

03-09-2012, 05:21 PM
I use Avast! Anti-virus, but I also use McAfee's Stinger, which targets and remove Trojans. You should use Stinger once a week, maybe twice a month. It helps.

03-15-2012, 10:26 AM
I use ESET. I've probably tried all of them except for Microsoft's own.

Area 66
03-15-2012, 01:04 PM
MSE is very good, if you want to browse some risky man stuff, do it in a VM with a Linux :cool: