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fiestaxr2i
I have changed over to Kaspersky internet security 2012 think it's very good.
what do you use?
salsheikh
i use microsoft security essentials - its free and doesnt slow the pc down when running scans/updates.
Stoney871
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i use microsoft security essentials - its free and doesnt slow the pc down when running scans/updates.
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+1
jeebowhite
Kaspersky for me and the household, using Internet Security 2012. The fact that you can buy a release of 2010 brand new, and you get a free upgrade is very enticing!

Its an excellent product, but I am thinking about trialling "Trend Micro" for next year...
Andy 1965
I use AVG and Spybot. C Cleaner is also an excellent cleaning tool. All are free from FileHippo.com.
Paddy H
Each anti virus out there caters well in some area's for what they do. However some are much easier to use (interface/functions etc..) and some are pretty advanced and protect down to the core of the system.

I used, Microsoft Security Essentials and and Kaspersky, however now I'm part of the 'Macbook' club so its no anti virus.

Norton came free on my last laptop, it was pretty good but it doesn't half let you know its there (Pops up random search windows/ updates etc etc)
salsheikh
i used to have norton and when it ended i decided to get AVG but had to download something to remove Norton as it wouldnt let me download another anti virus program and this put me off.
Stoney871
A good mix is AVG free and Super anti-spyware.
johnS
Avast free anti virus. The 2nd best anti virus there is thats free.
andyt54
AVG it dose everything i need it to do and its free
jeebowhite
I tend to protect my computer with all of the below, not running all at the same time, but I tend to try and scan the PC with each in turn)
[list]
[*]Internet Security Package (was Mcafee, now prefer Kaspersky Internet Security)
[*]A-Squared (Now Emsisoft Anti Malware I think)
[*]Malware Bytes
[*]SpyBot Search and Destroy
[*]Lavasoft Ad-Aware
[*]Avast Virus Scanner
[*]Avira Virus Scanner
[/list]
There are a few more that I use, so if I think of the names I will post them. I am one who prefers one app to do most (thats why I buy Kaspersky Internet Security) rather than having the likes of Zonealarm firewall, AVG AntiVirus, then Anitmalware apps running seperately in the process its all run in one process.
Paddy H
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I tend to protect my computer with all of the below, not running all at the same time, but I tend to try and scan the PC with each in turn)[list]
[*]Internet Security Package (was Mcafee, now prefer Kaspersky Internet Security)
[*]A-Squared (Now Emsisoft Anti Malware I think)
[*]Malware Bytes
[*]SpyBot Search and Destroy
[*]Lavasoft Ad-Aware
[*]Avast Virus Scanner
[*]Avira Virus Scanner
[/list]
There are a few more that I use, so if I think of the names I will post them. I am one who prefers one app to do most (thats why I buy Kaspersky Internet Security) rather than having the likes of Zonealarm firewall, AVG AntiVirus, then Anitmalware apps running seperately in the process its all run in one process.
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I don't want sound like a total idiot but I'm surprised that any of them work at their full potential. The saying 'More is less' is widely known in the anti virus software community. Normally when you have multiple Anti Virus software they tend to work against each other and eat your computer process.

I recommend using 1x Anti virus and 1x firewall any more then its overkill. They all search for virus's but if multiple are searching the same area they will miss things because each software will think the other will pick it up. Its pretty much a silly way they are composed.

There are articles somewhere on the web, maybe worth a check. I used to have like 4xAV and 1xFirewall, then minimised to 2xAV, 1xFW
Stoney871
My oppo builds computers as a side business and he swears by AVG and malwarebytes antimalware.
I used to use Norton and Zonealarm but both together were very processor intensive and Norton was horrible to ininstall as it gets everywhere.
Andy 1965
I agree. One anti-virus, one firewall, one anti-malware and one cleaning tool. The most important thing is to make sure they are updated VERY regularly.
jeebowhite
Hi Paddy, you certainly didnt sound an idiot, best to clarify....

Day to day, my PC runs "Kaspersky Internet Security" that has inbuilt firewall and AV, and it works a treat at every day processing, I also run Emsisoft, as it is anti-malware specific, and sits in the background monitoring things, and a lot has slipped by Kaspersky that has been caught by Emsisoft.

The other applications, I run them as an adhoc cleaner. I update the PC, and all the definitions, restart the PC into safe mode, then just scan the PC with one app at a time, I never run them all concurrently. You see, each one is better at catching some things than others. As the virus / malware / greyware / cackware most of these companies play catch up and some play it quicker than others, so some applications will have a definition for that item where it may take others a week or so to develop the same.

As I say, I run them as adhoc scans, just as a routine "has something slipped by" and it has worked perfectly for me for the best part of 10 years, I am an experienced and certified / qualified user of PC's and am certainly no novice. I have been a systems administrator for a solicitor firm for a few years, and even though not with them now, I am still in the PC market! your comments of the conflict of interest is certainly correct, however that is if you run multiples of the same software breed in the background, (multiple Firewalls / Antivurus) then you do in fact cause the conflict, and whilst the two are fighting whose rule should win, the bug just slips in. but if you run one of each dedicated to the task, and then still just routinely clean with other utilities, you can keep your PC in its absolute best condition!
Nathan_M
I have always used norton, i like the network monitor and trusted files which slashes my scan time in half, im suprised no clever git popped in the "i have a mac" gag.
b1g_dav3

Norton 360, came free with the computer :P

Stoney871

Can't stand Norton, It used to slow my computer down like mad.

I use AVG in conjunction with Malwarebytes on my laptop and Microsoft Security Essentials in conjunction with Malwarebytes on my PC and have no problems at all, also get no false positives either.

b1g_dav3

I have an SSD, so I'll never notice Norton slowing anything down :P

Stoney871

Toyed with fitting an SSD as primary boot drive and only running the OS off it but as my PC is a bit old I don't think the system would really do the drive justice.

I see that the prices for SSD have come down massively recently.

mintalkin

used to use Norton untill it let a Trojan through (fun times) now used Panda for years with no problem.

b1g_dav3

Toyed with fitting an SSD as primary boot drive and only running the OS off it but as my PC is a bit old I don't think the system would really do the drive justice.

I see that the prices for SSD have come down massively recently.

 

You'd be on a lot quicker if you did. I was surprised on how much quicker it makes a new computer, I have mine good for my laptop and my PC, on both it makes massive differences.

SeanW
I use Comodo, have done for a couple of years - kept me safe. It isn't too intrusive, and it's really easy to use. Only thing is, they've started bundling other Comodo freebies with it.
Stoney871

You'd be on a lot quicker if you did. I was surprised on how much quicker it makes a new computer, I have mine good for my laptop and my PC, on both it makes massive differences.

I do appreciate that the SSD would speed up a computer but on my steam driven thing it would be a bit like feeding caviar to swine.

alexp999

I do appreciate that the SSD would speed up a computer but on my steam driven thing it would be a bit like feeding caviar to swine.

 

Even an old single core machine could benefit.

 

If it is running Vista or newer it can make a massive difference, the HDD is often the slowest thing on a computer for general use.

b1g_dav3

Made a giant difference to a 6 year old Vista computer I'd robbed the harddrive from years back :P 27 seconds til I could load up Skyrim. 4 hours for the graphics processor to catch up >_>

salsheikh

so this SSD talk has got me interested, could i install this in a laptop? My PC is used by my kids and it can stay the way it is but i would love my laptop to be quicker as its a few years old now and could do with some Shell Nitro!

alexp999

Yeah should work fine in a laptop, you will just want to double check what size drive is in it - usually a 2.5".

jeebowhite

yeah, just bear in mind that the smaller drives are better value, but a large one to ultimately replace your other HDD is much more expensive, you may want to invest in an external 2.5" USB powered HDD that you can use for other storage, but its less of a problem if your laptop supports 2 x hard drives.

Stoney871
Try a hybrid drive, it has a standard platter drive and a smaller SSD mounted in it so you get a large amount of storage and SSD boot rate for one package.-

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=161024274149
b1g_dav3

so this SSD talk has got me interested, could i install this in a laptop? My PC is used by my kids and it can stay the way it is but i would love my laptop to be quicker as its a few years old now and could do with some Shell Nitro!

 

What would your price range be and how much storage do you need? 

 

128ish will net you around 108GB in total, which is enough for you OS and a few files (OS takes like, 20GB at most really) so you'll have plenty of room, but you may need an external hard drive. 

 

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-sandisk-ultra-plus-7mm-slim-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-read-530mb-s-write-290mb-s-80000-iops-3max

 

The Sandisk has a quick read speed and a good write speed, and is one of the best for the price.

 

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb-sandisk-extreme-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-read-550mb-s-write-510mb-s-23000-iops-83000-iops-max

 

If you can do with about 100GB, then that is definitely the pick, a very quick SSD, and again Sandisk so a very good brand.

 

 

256gb is what you want if you do a fair bit on your computer, have movies, music, games and pictures. Probably around 218 - 220GB on this.

 

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/256gb-sandisk-ultra-plus-7mm-slim-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-read-530mb-s-write-445mb-s-82000-iops-max

 

This is the extreme version, marked up at 240GB, you'll probably get more like 210ish.

 

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/240gb-sandisk-extreme-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-read-550mb-s-write-520mb-s-83000-iops-max

 

 

Now you need a way of cloning your hard drive, best thing to do is research on the internet for this, there's about 500 ways to do it, if you want then ring Scan, they're fantastic with the information they give you. They'll sort you out start-to-finish.

 

If you want more storage then you're going to pay, £250+ for 500GB storage, and then you're going slower than the cheaper ones (to drive down price), for an equivalent, you're on £300+.

 

Now those are only really recommendations, I really would give Scan a ring, I've gone a few times with a list of bits where half are overkill, and saved a fair penny as a result.

 

 

Try a hybrid drive, it has a standard platter drive and a smaller SSD mounted in it so you get a large amount of storage and SSD boot rate for one package.-

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=161024274149

 

Hybrid's are good for small bits of things, but to truly speed up you want an SSD. Hybrid's make fantastic external storage though, and they do help pick up your system if it's a bit slower, but I'd only use one of these if you're looking at replacing a hard drive with another larger one.

salsheikh

i was thinking of a hybrid:

 

http://www.ebuyer.com/480284-seagate-1tb-solid-state-hybrid-drive-sshd-st1000lm014

 

but if it doesnt really speed up my laptop then i will leave it for the time being

b1g_dav3

It'll help, and you can store your OS on the SSD part for quicker start up, but that's about it. The dedicated SSD is much better, and if honest not really much more expensive.

Nathan_M
Hybrids dont actually let you access the SSD part of the device as its used for caching this is what makes it quicker, if you have the money you would be better to just buy a corsair accelerator for your current hdd if desktop. Well thats how the Seagate XT drives work anyway, definately a handy performance increase over a standard drive anyway, but whether it will help you is another matter depending on what you do with your machine.
Daelpix

I have changed over to Kaspersky internet security 2012 think it's very good.
what do you use?

 

AVG



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