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PC Security - Revisit

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by ethics, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

  2. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old School Conservative

    Whenever I have to clean a system, I use Avast, Malwarebytes and Spybot. Then I put Comodo on it and show the user what to do with it.
  3. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Ya know? That REALLY pisses me off to no end. MSE has been something we've been recommending to WoW users for some time as well, mainly because of its light footprint on a computer system.

    Avast? Nope. Unless they've gotten better with their adware trying to con users into purchasing the "Pro" version, I won't be going back to them, either.

    Guess I need to search for a new AV program that fits in nicely with Malwarebytes.
  4. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Comodo is another package that can burn in hell. If they can't secure their own SSL Certificate servers, there's no way in hell I'm going to trust their software.
  5. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Avast is crap, bro, has been for a while now.
  6. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    I've been hearing good things about Bitdefender and they have a free version. Going to give this one a whirl and see how it stacks up.
  7. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Tom, please post your recommendations here when you decide. I've been using MSE too. Thanks.

  8. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    First impressions.

    It's a noisy sumbitch! Freakin' popup notice from the system tray every time it does something. Not seeing anyway to turn that crap off, either. We'll see how bad that gets. >.<
  9. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Which program are you referring to. I would hate whatever is doing this. I like them to do their thing in the background.
  10. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

  11. Sir Joseph

    Sir Joseph Registered User

    I'm using Ad-Aware Free, it got decent reviews. I read that the BitDefender free might not be the same "engine" as the paid program which got top scoring.
  12. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    That makes absolutely no sense at all, especially from a development standpoint. Whoever stated that didn't know what the hell they were talking about.
  13. Sir Joseph

    Sir Joseph Registered User

    It was a review magazine, which made me wonder as well.
  14. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    I wonder if the the link in the OP explains the barrage of emails I've been getting from McAfee lately. I haven't had their software in years but just started getting email spam from them in the last two months after not getting squat from them in at least a year.
  15. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    Been sticking with MSE and the occasional run of Malwarebytes, along with NoScript on Firefox and Ghostery on Chrome.

    I run a lot of deep scans with MSE on the kids' PCs. A couple of them are always downloading mods to Minecraft, and so many damn websites want them to download a "download manager" first. They're pretty well trained not to do that.
  16. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Day two of Bitdefender free and things have settled down. Update went through with no nagging message this time. Nice.

    Some thoughts so far on the product.

    First, the interface is about as bare bones as you could get. There are just two options. Virus Shield and Auto Scan. And the options for those two items are on or off.

    You get 30 days of use without creating an account to register the installation. I went ahead and registered it by creating an account.

    The online dashboard has nothing to do with the anti virus software and appears to be a thinly veiled attempt at getting you to install more products from the company. Some of these look intriguing, but completely unnecessary for my installation.

    So far so good. I'll post further updates as I run across things good or bad.
  17. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Welp, that didn't last long at all. Decided to play a wee bit of WoW and the damned AV program kept forcing the game into a minimized state. Screw that. Off it comes. **sigh**
  18. Sir Joseph

    Sir Joseph Registered User

    There might be a setting for that. I am using Ad-Aware Free and somewhere in the settings is game-mode which would stop notifications and minimizing games.
  19. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member


  20. Sir Joseph

    Sir Joseph Registered User


    Oh well. I was thinking of switching to BitDefender because ever since I installed Ad-Aware my PC has slowed down a bit.

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