Question about virus protection software

Discussion in 'Video Games and Technology' started by MidnightBliss, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. MidnightBliss

    MidnightBliss Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2008
    Posts:
    4,506
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    262
    Likes:
    +455
    My wife and I bought our teenager a PC for gaming for Christmas. The problem is, I don't know much about computers or virus protection. I use an iMac and he insisted on a PC. Sooooo……

    What is the best virus protection program for the PC in your opinion.
     
  2. process

    process Hanlon's razor Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2008
    Posts:
    8,138
    News Credits:
    35
    Trophy Points:
    327
    Likes:
    +1,837
    Ebay:
    In my opinion, there isn't much virus risk these days. Generally we're talking about relatively harmless trojans that can be taken care of with free software. The best protection is knowing not to download, you know, free-music-mp3.exe from a sketch website. Windows' integrated protection, and your browser's security combined with a good pop-up blocker will filter most harmful files.

    My recommended antiviral cocktail includes:
    Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware download
    Spybot - Search & Destroy from Safer Networking
    CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download -- for general computer maintenance.

    I'd also recommend using Chrome with the Adblock Plus extension, but the internet browser is more of a personal preference.

    Those are all free. If you're looking for active protection, a full license of Malwarebytes will set you back $25. I hear AVG is good, too.
     
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2012
  3. Starscream600

    Starscream600 Certified Virtual Pilot

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2011
    Posts:
    1,937
    Trophy Points:
    142
    Likes:
    +6
    ^ What he said. I use CCleaner everytime before I shut down my computer and I have a Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security software installed which is helpful when surfing the net. It'll block a website it thinks contains virus and tells you to leave the site immediately which is pretty sweet.

    And no, iMacs CAN get viruses although they're pretty rare.
     
  4. Blackout32

    Blackout32 ANTHRAX - PERSISTENCE OF TIME

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Posts:
    7,654
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Location:
    Cybertron The Matrix of leadership knowledge,power
    Likes:
    +2,352
    Twitter:
    YouTube:
    Well I use Norton 360 and to me thats the best so if I was you I would go with that.
     
  5. MaxLinden

    MaxLinden Deceptipunk

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2009
    Posts:
    3,983
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    212
    Location:
    FL
    Likes:
    +30
    Facebook:
    YouTube:
    This or if you want all that stuff in one.... I'd go with Advanced SystemCare, usually I don't trust programs like these but this one has really kept my computer in good health and overall made my pc faster.... I can run video games that I normally wouldn't be able to play.
    It's actually on sale right now - Upgrade to Advanced SystemCare 6 PRO
     
  6. Hot Shot.

    Hot Shot. Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2007
    Posts:
    9,497
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Likes:
    +1,885
    I use Avast. It's probably not the best, but it does its job.

    As a former Norton user, Norton is an outdated resource hog.
    You'd be surprised. I've had drive-by fake AV downloads attempted on multiple occasions over the past few years. I had to remove one a while back I got from freaking Wikia.
     
  7. Gordon_4

    Gordon_4 The Big Engine

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Posts:
    17,223
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    332
    Likes:
    +6,679
    Well I've ran several AV Suites in my time. My server runs Avast WHS Edition, I've got AVG Internet Security, my wife uses Trend Micro Titanium and my grandfather has NOD32.

    They're all pretty good, although NOD32 gets a lot of kudos in some circle for being very powerful with a very light system footprint.

    NOD32 would be my recommendation, but AVG and Trend Micro are good too.
     
  8. Belgrath

    Belgrath Boom! Nutshot!

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2003
    Posts:
    12,665
    Trophy Points:
    357
    Location:
    Montreal, Canuck-ville (aka Canada)
    Likes:
    +747
    AVG for me.

    Beat me to it. (although I love my MacBook Pro)
     
  9. Master Blaster

    Master Blaster Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2008
    Posts:
    9,041
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    227
    Likes:
    +5
    Ebay:
    I too recommend AVG. Have had the free version running for my laptop's entire 5 year life span, and not had a single problem.
     
  10. Murasame

    Murasame

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2008
    Posts:
    23,247
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    362
    Location:
    The Lost Light
    Likes:
    +9,155
    Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free.
    Before I used Norton Internet Security, that was good too.
     
  11. Transquito

    Transquito Reach For The Light

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Posts:
    2,549
    Trophy Points:
    181
    Likes:
    +9
    I can highly recommend NOD32 (subscription version) and Malwarebytes (the free version).
    Been using them for over three years now and so far they havent caused any problems for me.
    NOD32 can also eliminate rootkits by the way.

    However, I will not recommend Kaspersky. For some reason it takes 2mins+ too boot my PC, and my fathers laptop, when I tested it out.
    Im sure its good for taking care of various malicious software, but I would rather keep my system fast.

    And dont even bother with Windows Defender :lol 
    That thing is utterly useless.
    I keep it around just to get a laugh out of whatever Steam games it points out as a false-positive.. it happens all the time.
     
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2012
  12. MidnightBliss

    MidnightBliss Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2008
    Posts:
    4,506
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    262
    Likes:
    +455
    Thanks to all for the information. I'm sure christmas day will be a booger of a day to get it all up and running.
     
  13. Boardwise

    Boardwise There are no strings on me Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2002
    Posts:
    24,335
    News Credits:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    372
    Likes:
    +18
    Ebay:
    Use the following site to get various bits of software you want: Ninite - Install or Update Multiple Apps at Once

    Basically, tick the boxes for what you want to download (there's a section for free Anti-Virus software, under Security) then when you have everything hit the big button at the bottom labelled "Get Installer"
    It'll download a file, run that and it will download and install everything you have selected.

    Nice and simple, plus it won't install the pointless junk like toolbars some programs come with.
     
  14. Smashs

    Smashs Internet: Pure Truth Moderator TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Posts:
    7,404
    News Credits:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    282
    Location:
    WY
    Likes:
    +746
    Listen to both of these guys.

    I personally use MSE. It's free, light, and perfect.

    Don't pay for AV software. Ever.
     
  15. Onslaught24

    Onslaught24 Stop on red but leave on amber Moderator News Staff

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2011
    Posts:
    15,785
    News Credits:
    39
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +4,152
    Ebay:
    Instagram:
    CCleaner or Microsoft Security Essentials for me
     
  16. Tripredacus

    Tripredacus K-Mart-ian Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2002
    Posts:
    2,339
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    262
    Likes:
    +11
    MSSE is free but it isn't the best. Don't look at AV software being the shield for your browsing. You'll get infected with anything with that kind of attitude. Just as in the MSP business, you can't make it by focusing on Break-Fix. You need to be proactive and preventative.

    I use MSSE, Firefox with No-Script plugin, and Chrome. IE is for work websites only.