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Best AntiVirus Software
Neither interferes with K9 now.  Do not have more than one antivirus running at a time.
Free - Avast           download here
Paid - Kaspersky

Best Free Spyware
ublock                    download here for FireFox

Firewalls
Windows Firewall should be ON at all times unless your antivirus software comes with one.
If so, it will probably shut off Windows Firewall on its own.



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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #255 on: August 11, 2017, 03:10:47 PM »
Any FAR deals on Kaspersky these days? Or anyone have an extra license?
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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #256 on: August 11, 2017, 03:39:45 PM »
Any FAR deals on Kaspersky these days? Or anyone have an extra license?
This one (though not for the Internet Security one) http://www.edealinfo.com/d/00083832314118/Kaspersky-Lab-Anti-Virus-2017-3-Device-Key-Card-for-Free

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #257 on: August 12, 2017, 03:10:29 PM »
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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #258 on: August 20, 2017, 10:55:27 PM »
Anyone use 'Windows Defender'? is it any good?
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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #259 on: August 20, 2017, 10:59:01 PM »
Anyone use 'Windows Defender'? is it a good Anti-Virus?
I'm actually a big fan of Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows Defender).
If I may ask, based on what is that? I've seen more than once Defender missing viruses that the mentioned antivirus software removed right away, and all independent antivirus test show the same. (see, for instance, here from AV-TEST which had Defender at the very lowest end of the lost in rating for protection!)
I'm still basing on Security Essentials which I thought was pretty strong. With the rollout of Windows 8 and the switch to Windows Defender I did see a degradation in quality especially not being able to schedule scans. For Windows 7 and below I stick with Security Essentials but I have considered switching to Emsisoft for 8 and above.
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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #261 on: August 21, 2017, 12:47:07 PM »
Any FAR deals on Kaspersky these days? Or anyone have an extra license?
NewEgg has Total Security (more features than KIS) FAR (is there an affiliate code for Dan?)
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=32-078-655&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=GD082117&cm_mmc=EMC-GD082117-_-landing-_-Item-_-32-078-655
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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #262 on: August 23, 2017, 04:08:18 PM »
Are there usually any FAR on non-resource heavy AV like Eset or BitDefender?

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #263 on: August 23, 2017, 04:33:59 PM »
Are there usually any FAR on non-resource heavy AV like Eset or BitDefender?
Not that I'm aware of, usually it is Kaspersky, and at times also McAfee.

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #264 on: September 24, 2017, 11:06:29 PM »
AFAF, Avast is prompting them to upgrade with the following warnings. Are they legit? Is there something to beware of?

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #265 on: September 24, 2017, 11:26:30 PM »
AFAF, Avast is prompting them to upgrade with the following warnings. Are they legit? Is there something to beware of?


They are technically right and truthful, but...these are general punch lines for using a VPN service for privacy and security, nothing special with Avast's VPN product.

And I wouldn't really fear for it unless using public Wi-Fi or internet.

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #266 on: September 24, 2017, 11:28:47 PM »
They are technically right and truthful, but...these are general punch lines for using a VPN service for privacy and security, nothing special with Avast's VPN product.

And I wouldn't really fear for it unless using public Wi-Fi or internet.
That's what I figured, but thanks for verifying it for me!
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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #267 on: November 20, 2017, 07:21:14 AM »
Is avast still the best free anti virus ?

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #268 on: November 20, 2017, 07:54:57 AM »
Is avast still the best free anti virus ?
It's never something black on white, but I'd argue that the recently made available Kaspersky Free is better.

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #269 on: November 20, 2017, 08:08:45 AM »
Is avast still the best free anti virus ?
FAR with 5x from Staples is much better.
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