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Recomend me a virus checker

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by stavros, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    My new laptop has McAfee installed on it, but I would need to agree to run it, as it's asked me several times. I understand that McAfee is shit, so can someone recommend a good virus checker as an alternative please?

    For reference, I'm running Firefox on Windows 10.
  2. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    If you are running Windows 10 then it has an installed anti-virus program called Windows Defender. Defender is fast and unobtrusive, it does not slow the machine at all, I have been using it since I moved to Win10 and I used to be a Norton AV user.
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  3. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    Fuck McAfee.

    Even more, fuck Kaspersky. Kaspersky is currently stopping me from loading the football alliance thread because its a phishing scam apparently. Kaspersky also stopped me loading a Barclays internet banking page earlier because it couldn't verify it. I get Kaspersky free because (for my shame) I have a Barclays account. Kaspersky is full of shit.

    Norton. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.
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  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'm not getting that problem and I'm using the same software :hmm:
  5. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    :facepalm: (at it not you)
  6. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    It was just p26 (the most recent page) and, lo and behold, it's not doing it now. I suspect all those FB links. Actually I just suspect it's Kaspersky being shit.
  7. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

    This - windows defender.
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  8. StoneRoad

    StoneRoad RIP Greebo being kinder heckling from the back!

    I use AVG (the free version) and run ad-block - they suit me and my laptop.
    But then I'm a suspicious person, something of a little goody-two-shoes and stay off the funny-peculiar sites.
    In any case, I don't bank / shop on-line, nor do I respond to spam / phishing emails.
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  9. classicdish

    classicdish Well-Known Member

    Avast: Download Free Antivirus Protection | Avast 2017 (this is the one I am using at the moment)
    Bitdefender: Free Antivirus Software - Download Bitdefender Antivirus Free
    AVG: AVG Free Antivirus Download | Virus Protection Software
    Avira: Download Free Antivirus for Windows 2018 | Avira

    Also, while not antivirus the following might be useful:

    ...good for removing malware
    Malwarebytes: Free Anti-Malware & Malware Removal

    ...good for removing spyware
    Spybot: Spybot - Search & Destroy Anti-malware & Antivirus Software

    ...good for generally cleaning up other unwanted crap and optimising your system
    CCleaner: CCleaner - Free Download or try CCleaner Professional - Piriform

    ...adblocker for Firefox:
    Adblock Plus: Adblock Plus

    ..."install and update all your programs at once"
    Ninite: Ninite - Install or Update Multiple Apps at Once
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2017
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  10. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Hmm, I didn't know about that Windows Defender, but lo and behold it's been running without me doing anything. Cheers all.
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  11. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    I've now uninstalled the Mcafee trial, because I'm sure it was wrecking my speed. So far, it seems to be paying dividends and, judging by what you've told me, Windows Defender will do what's needed.
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  12. Vintage Paw

    Vintage Paw dead stare and computer glare

    I've been using Comodo for a while now, not had any problems with it. I use adblock plus, ghostery, ccleaner, and do the odd malwarebytes check too.
  13. xenon

    xenon Carne Por la Machina

    They're all shit. I just use Windows Defender.
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  14. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

  15. savoloysam

    savoloysam Won an argument on the internetz once.

    Avast. Simples.

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