What programs do you protect your PC with?

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#1 Edited by spike6958 (6701 posts) -

So, it's come to the time where I typically renew my AVG subscription. I've never had any issues with it, but still I got curious as to what other people here are using to keep there PC's safe from Virus and other issues, and to see if anyone recommends a better one than AVG.

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#2 Posted by Mordant221 (369 posts) -

I protect my PC by:

1) Keeping up with updates

2) Using Windows Defender

3) Practicing safe browsing

4) Not downloading anything suspicious

5) Adblock

Price: $0.00

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#3 Posted by osan0 (15286 posts) -
  • windows defender.
  • ublock origin
  • keep the system up to date.
  • only use downloads from trusted sources.
  • be careful online

that does the job for me.

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#5 Posted by mrbojangles25 (42784 posts) -

malwarebytes, Avira, and common sense

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#6 Posted by Coldzboy (1957 posts) -

Malwarebytes, Windows Defender and years of experience.

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#7 Posted by ShepardCommandr (4939 posts) -

nothing other than windows defender

i don't even update windows

i use ublock origin,scriptsafe and ghostery for everything and i don't download random torrents.I don't go to porn sites through my pc either.

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#8 Edited by Yams1980 (3140 posts) -

I use malwarebytes. Seems to work pretty well, also use the built in microsoft antivirus.

Nothing makes you 100% safe unless you are completely offline so you should do backups every so often on external hard drives and other media types like m-disc blurays for the really important stuff.

Last thing you want is some virus that encrypts your files, its why you can't just download an antivirus and think you are safe, gotta do backups on multiple drives and media types.

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#9 Posted by RockField (473 posts) -

Windows Defender, and being careful in accessing websites for different purposes.

Bonus: I don't visit porn sites anymore. It can cause virus to my laptop and I don't want to reach the point of near-addiction on it again.

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#10 Posted by nethernova (5677 posts) -

Don't use an admin account for browsing. Problem solved.

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#11 Posted by evaboblue (5 posts) -

@mordant221: Nice sharing

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#12 Posted by Mighty-Lu-Bu (2970 posts) -

@spike6958: From my professional experience (I am an IT professional), keeping your machine up to date, using ad blockers and using Windows defender is not enough, especially in terms of ransomware. Personally, I use Webroot at home, the installation is small (1MB), it is lightening fast and it protects against ransomeware. It is only $20 per year which is an absolute steal compared to other anti-virus software. I also use Epic Privacy Browser because it has a lot of nice built in security features that help keep you safe and private.

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#13 Posted by FelipeInside (28548 posts) -

I'm worried that so many people thing Windows Defender is enough to protect you.

It gets average to bad rating on every annual AV testing.

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#15 Edited by UssjTrunks (11288 posts) -

AV: Avast (or AVG if you prefer, same company now)

Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes + AdwCleaner

Adblocker: Ublock

Browser: Firefox

Some pro tips:

- Stream porn from your phone/tablet

- Stream questionable video sources through Kodi rather than your browser

- Don't download/run random software

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#16 Edited by Mecha_Frieza (1234 posts) -

Anti-Virus: Webroot Total Security Plus 2017

Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes Premium

Web Browser: Epic Privacy Browser- It has a built in adblocker and script stopper. In addition, it has a built in proxy and since it is based on the Google Chrome engine, you can use "some" extensions like Last Pass. You can use the latest version of FireFox as a secondary web browser, but just make sure to use the Adblock Plus extension. You can also use script stopper extensions if you want.

Search Engine: Since the epic search engine is rather limited, I use DuckDuckGo which doesn't track your search history and it also has some built in security features.

If you use the above programs than you will be pretty protected.

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#18 Edited by NoodleFighter (9815 posts) -

Avast, ublock origin and keeping tech illiterate people away from using my PC

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#19 Edited by Meldrakor (3 posts) -

I always swear by Avast :P

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#20 Posted by Mecha_Frieza (1234 posts) -

I would stay away from Avast. The free version is pretty good for freeware, but it is also bogged down by ads and notification telling you what you are missing by not upgrading. The pro version, is pretty average when compared to the real anti-virus heavy hitters like Webroot, Symantec, Bit Defender and Kaspersky. All and all, its a tough sell and an even tougher recommendation.

I have never gotten a virus from Bitdefender, from Webroot or from Kaspersky so I trust them a lot, but I have gotten viruses with Symantec, Panda, Avast and Vipre so I can't fully recommend these anti-virus applications.

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#21 Edited by FelipeInside (28548 posts) -

@mecha_frieza said:

I would stay away from Avast. The free version is pretty good for freeware, but it is also bogged down by ads and notification telling you what you are missing by not upgrading. The pro version, is pretty average when compared to the real anti-virus heavy hitters like Webroot, Symantec, Bit Defender and Kaspersky. All and all, its a tough sell and an even tougher recommendation.

I have never gotten a virus from Bitdefender, from Webroot or from Kaspersky so I trust them a lot, but I have gotten viruses with Symantec, Panda, Avast and Vipre so I can't fully recommend these anti-virus applications.

I've been using Avast for nearly a decade now and zero issues. It blocks a lot and the whole notification thing is a simple click (it's free so of course they are going to send some minimal ads your way).

If you're getting that many viruses then you're doing something wrong.

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#22 Posted by Diddies (2310 posts) -

Windows Defender. It has really improved over the years and as long as you know what you are doing and don't go to suspicious websites or download anything suspicious, then you will be fine. It has already caught a couple of things for me.

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#23 Posted by FelipeInside (28548 posts) -

@Diddies said:

Windows Defender. It has really improved over the years and as long as you know what you are doing and don't go to suspicious websites or download anything suspicious, then you will be fine. It has already caught a couple of things for me.

I agree it has improved but it still ranks pretty bad on tests.

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#24 Posted by Garrom (33 posts) -

I use Bitdefender free. Free edition is very minimalistic with nice protection.

Besides bitdefender I'm protecting myself by keeping those rules :

1)No Porn. But i'm pretty sure PornHub is safe now. they integrated AV directly to web page so PH is better place now.

2)No Ads. Ads can infect your computer very easily. I better rob youtubers than get viruses...

3)Use sandbox. I'm serious. Use sandbox for ANY untrusted file and you save yourself lot of trouble.

4)Do full-system AV scan every saturday.

It is not best i can do to protect my computer but so far so good...

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#25 Posted by BronzeHeart92 (94 posts) -

Norton Antivirus at the moment.

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#26 Posted by yonyz (646 posts) -

A few weeks ago I downloaded some software from a shady website, and I got a virus. It was obvious that I had a virus because Chrome would reload the same pages over and over again no matter how many times I closed them, and they were porn sites IIRC. Windows Defender was on but I knew I couldn't trust it, so I downloaded Malwarebytes and it removed a ****ton of crap from my PC, which then ran perfectly.

So while I keep Windows Defender on, I don't trust it at all to do its job by 100%.

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#27 Posted by pyro1245 (4417 posts) -

I use hardware - my pfsense firewall/router. Block things at the there if possible.

I also use Windows Defender on my PCs.

Most importantly: don't do dumb shit.

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#28 Posted by attirex (1501 posts) -

Windows Defender. And I never ever ever never access the Web on my gaming PC.

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#29 Edited by TryIt (13157 posts) -

ha!

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/is-kaspersky-safe,news-25983.html

I dont use any...I fly naked!

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#31 Edited by UssjTrunks (11288 posts) -

I recommended Avast above but switched to Kaspersky Free recently (didn't even know they had a free option). Got tired of the Avast pop-ups.

Just one pop-up in 2 weeks of use. Top-notch anti-virus engine too (not that Avast was bad, but Kaspersky scores even better).

That's my new recommendation I guess. None of the privacy allegations have been proven, and even if true, are completely irrelevant to non-government consumers.

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#33 Posted by fuleki9518 (6 posts) -

I use Kaspersky, adblock on my browser, a cleaner program like ccleaner or advanced systemcare (I use this), and don't download/run any random apps.

If you download something you need don't just click next next next accept install read the descriptions and the box with pips so it won't install programs you don't need and slow down your pc.

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#34 Posted by TryIt (13157 posts) -

I use anti-virus programs from Russia :)

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#35 Edited by thehig1 (7065 posts) -

Just windows defender

Total cost £0

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#37 Posted by Starshine_M2A2 (5148 posts) -

I deliberately download viruses onto my computer on a regular basis because then my PC can create antibodies to those viruses so it won't get them again. It's like an epolio shot.

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#38 Posted by dantesergei (2193 posts) -

Avira browser safety, Windows defender, Malwarebytes, Ccleaner.

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#39 Posted by insane_metalist (7797 posts) -

Antivirus: ESET (NOD 32), CCleaner, Malwarebytes and recently got a pretty decent VPN service which has given me zero problems since I got it 3 months ago.

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#40 Edited by KingNick (2 posts) -

I personally don't even bother with Anti Virus, if you don't click on dodgy links you should be okay with just Windows Defender.

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#41 Posted by joseph_mach (3898 posts) -

Windows Defender and VMWare (overkill) for sites I'm not familiar with.

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#42 Posted by JoboHotep (26 posts) -

@FelipeInside said:
@mecha_frieza said:

I would stay away from Avast. The free version is pretty good for freeware, but it is also bogged down by ads and notification telling you what you are missing by not upgrading. The pro version, is pretty average when compared to the real anti-virus heavy hitters like Webroot, Symantec, Bit Defender and Kaspersky. All and all, its a tough sell and an even tougher recommendation.

I have never gotten a virus from Bitdefender, from Webroot or from Kaspersky so I trust them a lot, but I have gotten viruses with Symantec, Panda, Avast and Vipre so I can't fully recommend these anti-virus applications.

I've been using Avast for nearly a decade now and zero issues. It blocks a lot and the whole notification thing is a simple click (it's free so of course they are going to send some minimal ads your way).

If you're getting that many viruses then you're doing something wrong.

Use silent mode. I just stay in silent mode, and never hear anything from Avast (though it will notify you if there's something important that needs your attention).

For the topic, I use:

Avast

Ublock Origin

uMatrix

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#43 Posted by SOedipus (11234 posts) -

Avast, Malwarebytes, Windows Firewall, keep system and programs up-to-date, and use uBlock/adblock plus (depends on the site).

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#44 Posted by kriggy (1157 posts) -

Windows Defender and Privacy Badger here...

I stopped using AVG and Ghostery way back because they sell your usage data so they can keep their services "free" for you. "If you're not paying for it, you're not the customer. You're the product being sold"

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#45 Edited by PimpHand_Gamer (2830 posts) -

Qubes OS.

Qubes OS, which is also called the world’s most secure operating system, is a security-oriented system which performs virtualization by Xen hypervisor. For those who don’t know, a hypervisor mimics the hardware and allows running multiple virtual machines. The user environment for Qubes OS could be Fedora, Debian, Whoix, and Windows. Just like Tails Linux for security, Qubes OS too has been approved by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In Qubes, the isolation is performed by turning hardware controllers into functional domains. It also separates your digital life in different levels of trust, for e.g., work domain, shopping domain, random domain, etc. All these domains are run in different virtual machines. With this technique, one exploit doesn’t allow the attacker to take over the entire computer.

Virtual machines are Type 2 but Qubes is Type 1 or "bare metal" hypervisor.

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#46 Posted by czbsdabdzbdz (3 posts) -

GREAT...

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#47 Posted by BLN1 (128 posts) -

I do general maintenance and such and know what to download and what not to download. But I do have Kaspersky for that extra protection, and it's helped a lot.

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#48 Posted by Siggestardust (34 posts) -

Mister right hook and Miss baseball bat!

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#49 Posted by GameJumper (6 posts) -

Norton Internet Security - I find it very good, and agressive.