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« on: July 13, 2014, 05:35:56 AM »

I have not used a Windows machine seriously for over a year. I spent about 3 hours tonight trying to get a family members PC to go a little quick by clearing away all the crap the kids installed. She had some virus detector I hadn't heard of and the malware software (Super Anti Malware, or something like that)that kept popping up to buy the full version. I deleted both and went with what I know, MalwareBytes and Bitdefender, both the free versions. Not sure if those are considered good anymore though. I use both on my gaming PC and they seem fine. Is there better for free? What do you use? I need to put something on my Surface as well, just using MS's stuff for now.

Side note, she has a wired Ethernet connection to her router and all browsers seem slow to find load pages. They load fine once they got it, but it seems to hang at "resolving host" for a few second. None of the computers do this on the wireless connection. I figured it was a DNS issue, but changing it to Googles didn't fix it.
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2014, 02:07:49 AM »

Virus checker I'll use ESET NOD32. Small footprint, works fast, and works wells.

Malware I'll use both Spybot and Malwarebyte - but mainly just run Spybot semi-regularly. Both of those can be run for free.
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2014, 02:34:48 AM »

I only use the free Microsoft Security Essentials (ignore the horrid Viglink...) and haven't had problems in many years. 

But I also try to be very smart about what I download and browse to.  I'm shocked at how many problems my parents can continually run into...   saywhat
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2014, 02:37:15 AM »

Another happy user of Microsoft Security Essentials.  I hear lots of great stuff about NOD32, too, so if it were me I'd choose between those two.
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2014, 05:18:31 AM »

Yet another happy user of MSE. But as mentioned before, I watch over what I do on my own PC(s) and don't let anyone else mess around with them.
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2014, 01:12:42 PM »

MSE with Malwarebytes... and I paid for the latter.
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2014, 03:32:34 PM »

Same as monkeyfinger.  I actually deployed that setup to all our corporate users via Windows Intune last year.  I love that malwarebytes will actually maintain a black list and a white list for websites.
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2014, 03:45:51 PM »

What does the paid Malwarebytes get you over the free version?
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2014, 04:55:59 PM »

I've been using Norton 360.  It's went pretty well so far, though the password vault can be incredibly intrusive / dumb at times.   My PC has developed a hitch while I browse the web where it pauses every 5-7 seconds for about a second.  not sure if that's Norton or something else. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2014, 07:55:45 PM »

Turn on your status bar.  When I was having HDD issues, it would hang on Waiting for cache...  I've also seen the AdBlockPro hang things up early in a session.
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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2014, 07:59:14 PM »

Quote from: wonderpug on July 14, 2014, 03:45:51 PM

What does the paid Malwarebytes get you over the free version?

Real time protection and a scheduler. 
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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2014, 10:15:18 PM »

Yep, NOD32 here. Been using it for quite awhile now, and it's been great. You hardly notice it, and it even has a gaming mode. Haven't used that, but I think it's a sort of whitelist that when detecting a particular game, will temporarily disable any scanning and protection.
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2014, 10:26:52 PM »

Isn't running MalwareBytes and Windows Defender/MSE bad since they are both monitoring for malware. Couldn't that cause a conflict?
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« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2014, 01:45:11 PM »

Quote from: Lee on July 15, 2014, 10:26:52 PM

Isn't running MalwareBytes and Windows Defender/MSE bad since they are both monitoring for malware. Couldn't that cause a conflict?

Nope. Pretty standard to run anti-virus and anti-malware together, from what I've read.
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« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2014, 07:05:02 PM »

MSE does malware and spyware in addition to virus scanning.  I'm not sure to what degree, but it's in there.
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« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2014, 07:08:44 PM »

I downloaded Conficker, then installed Cryptolocker to see if the botnet owner would pay the ransom to keep my machine.

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« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2014, 07:09:15 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 16, 2014, 07:05:02 PM

MSE does malware and spyware in addition to virus scanning.  I'm not sure to what degree, but it's in there.

That's what I thought, so it seems redundant. Still I switched to that combo myself (MSE & MalwareBytes) just because I was sick of of BitDefender doing a very intensive scan while I am playing a game.
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« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2014, 02:42:47 AM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 14, 2014, 07:55:45 PM

Turn on your status bar.  When I was having HDD issues, it would hang on Waiting for cache...  I've also seen the AdBlockPro hang things up early in a session.

Status bar?  What status bar?
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« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2014, 02:54:40 AM »

One article on the combination of MSE and MABM, others out there. However, when you ask these kind of questions in a Microsoft forum, they say all you need is MSE.  icon_wink
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« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2014, 02:15:16 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 17, 2014, 02:42:47 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 14, 2014, 07:55:45 PM

Turn on your status bar.  When I was having HDD issues, it would hang on Waiting for cache...  I've also seen the AdBlockPro hang things up early in a session.

Status bar?  What status bar?

If you hover over a link and can see a preview of the address at the bottom of your browser, it's already on.  

If you use IE (poor bastard), go under View | Toolbars | Status Bar

If you use Chrome and can't see it, try this.


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« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2014, 04:49:49 PM »

 For a minute there, I thought maybe they were going back on their ridiculous version numbers. But then I see it's a screencap from 2011...
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« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2014, 04:21:36 PM »

Yikes. Perhaps I should rethink my choice of MSE.  icon_neutral
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« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2014, 09:51:43 PM »

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on July 19, 2014, 04:21:36 PM

Yikes. Perhaps I should rethink my choice of MSE.  icon_neutral

They really liked BitDefender. I didn't like the free version because it seemed like it was constantly scanning when I didn't want it to. Maybe I should just pay for it?

I really don't go much off the beaten path on the internet, plus my PCs are used for games and productivity, I don't really do much web browsing on them. So MSE is probably fine for me.
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« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2014, 12:02:23 PM »

My only computer is a windows 7 starter netbook so I needed something light. Bitdefender Free fit that profile nicely. Really no options to choose from as it's all automated, but that's something I like. Antivirus you install and forget about, it works automatically in the background.
Haven't noticed the constant scanning problem though.

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