Recommendations for anti-virus to replace Avast Premier.


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    @Priest72 , Comodo is a good choice, but for reference, I have always oriented myself to AV test comparisons.



  • @Catweazle said in Recommendations for anti-virus to replace Avast Premier.:

    @Priest72 , Comodo is a good choice, but for reference, I have always oriented myself to AV test comparisons.

    yes and i quite understand why but those tests are not really real world tests and from what i understand they are defintion based..
    Comodo has/had zero day protection although admittedly the defence+ can be overwhelming with the pop ups plus it had other measures in place.

    i used comodo for years and is a great free product,not used it for many years now though.


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    @Priest72 , in general Windows has with any current AV a good protection, apart from the Sandbox system that has Windows 10. Therefore the choice depends more on personal tastes and the choice of an AV that has less impact on the performance of the system, which is obviously the Defender, being part of it.
    What is desirable is rather a good AV for Linux, since in recent years malware for this OS is also proliferating, which today lacks a half-decent AV.



  • @Catweazle Windows 7 was the last microsoft os i used and personally i consider their best..

    Clamav seems to be the preferred av of choice in nixland but i must admit i have never used an av in linux and i based this choice on the general consensus being it was not needed.

    it is very rare i download any software and if i do it's from the repositries.

    It would feel kind of strange using one now to be honest.


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    @Priest72 , not only from downloads when you do it from the repository, but it isn't the only way to get a malware in the internet.
    In W7 are important to have a AV, because the Defender was very basic, but not so in W10, apart from the Sandbox system, not present in W7.
    The problem in W10 isn´t the security, but the privacy, but yo can turn off the telemetry, although it means having to search a lot in the settings, or use an app for this, such as ShutUp10 (Made in Germany by O&O Software).
    By doing so you get a very fast and obedient SO, certainly not worse than the W7, rather the opposite.


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    Avast/AVG is basically spyware. Personally, I use Avira. I, too, agree that win defender doesn't cut it.
    I see some comodo recommendations - i like them, I use their firewall but that's it.



  • @KSB said in Recommendations for anti-virus to replace Avast Premier.:

    Avast/AVG is basically spyware. Personally, I use Avira. I, too, agree that win defender doesn't cut it.
    I see some comodo recommendations - i like them, I use their firewall but that's it.

    Avira is a nice av..no gimmicks or other crap with it.


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    The AV is average at best, but I have other reasons for never wanting comodo software in my system.

    Comodo have themselves been in far too many negative news stories for borking SSL protection and engaging in malpractice exactly the same as Symantec and StartSSL, yet Comodo are still allowed to carry on as they were, while the other 2 were forced to stop.

    As far as I am concerned the state of the worlds security is being made worse every day while Comodo still issue certificates and allow multiple levels of reselling.
    Several studies show almost all malware that uses a valid cert to bypass security checks comes from comodo or one of its resellers.
    They have made no effort to change this, or revoke any malware certs.

    This is not the behaviour I expect from a "trusted" security company.



  • I've heard nothing but bad things about AVG and how unstable it is, and how it screws up a lot of systems pretty bad.

    I've given up on most AV programs and their massive local databases and the constant need to update them. I've been hit by stuff before that goes right through that.

    I currently recommend zero-day cloud-based scanners like here - https://www.qualys.com/offer/zero-day-vulnerabilities-require-defense-depth-strategy The databases are online, so no updating. They are always updated as soon as new stuff is discovered. Some of these programs will download a small database every few hours on their own to help detect the current top malware faster. They are also very small.

    I'm also using Avira https://thinkmobiles.com/blog/best-free-antimalware/ with an edit to stop the pops and windows defender and also "Hosts" edited to prevent pops and redirects from taking over my computer as well. So A/V and malware will work but if you edit your host's file that will kill most pops that come one other web sites trying to redirect or make you click on them thinking they are legit or giving you any relevant help. But I read that AVG has insider hacking or that someone inside has a grudge against AVG as the Virus that attacks it seems to knows what exact codes to go after. If that isn't scary enough one has to ask how secure is AVG now that it's got insiders attacking their own program?


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