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Old Oct 23rd 2019, 8:48 pm
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Default Best Anti-virus in 2019

A similar AV question was asked a few years back.
It was then stated that AVAST or AVG were good bets, especially as they are free. Any absolute winner from either of these now in 2019? It's for a Win 7 application.

I plan to download a few Linux distros for use on a Lenova X230 which currently has no anti-virus program.
In fact I've been trying to reformat a couple of USB sticks to use as the Linux boot medium, and have been faffing about all afternoon trying to acheive this without success. Both USB sticks have been used on Macs and formatted as OS extended journalled. I thought it should be a doddle to reformat these to FAT32 using the Mac's Disk Utility, but that wasn't allowed, but acheived a reformat as exFAT and then the sticks on the Lenova were only showing 2Mb capacity instead of 8Gb. Either the USB sticks or myself having a very senior moment.
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Old Oct 24th 2019, 3:16 am
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Personally I've been using BitDefender for the last year. I was using Kaspersky as Barclays provided me with a discounted version for a few years but when they stopped that I opted to switch and have had no issues. I thought AVAST bought AVG so they're probably about the same if you're going for them.
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Old Oct 25th 2019, 5:09 pm
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Likewise I'm running with BitDefender. It seems less resource hungry and less intrusive than many others, my only gripe is that it tends to repeatedly stick its face into network settings across various machines, pretending that the 'network is insecure' and asking to start up its VPN. This despite all our network connected machines are already running someone else's VPN software.

As to Tweedpipe's comment on reformatting USB sticks, I'll put some recent observations on the Linux thread soon-ish.
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Old Oct 26th 2019, 9:15 pm
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Default Re: Best Anti-virus in 2019

You are probably best using Windows to format the sticks, or an existing Linux installation. Stick to FAT 32 in this case.

Ext FAT is something separate and not universal. Likewise NTFS.

Most Linux distro's will have an explainer on their site with instructions for a USB startup stick, some even have a ZIP file and automated creation process.

Another thumbs up for BITDEFENDER here also..
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Old Oct 26th 2019, 10:18 pm
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Thanks all for the feedback. I didn't know BitDefender was available as a free download. Will certainly give it a try. Cheers.
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Default Re: Best Anti-virus in 2019

Originally Posted by Tweedpipe View Post
Thanks all for the feedback. I didn't know BitDefender was available as a free download. Will certainly give it a try. Cheers.
IIRC BitDefender is free but wants you to sign up to deal with what it says it found.

Like those dating sites that are 'free' but any contact you get from somebody you have to pay to read. So I've heard.
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Honestly, as an IT professional - just use Windows Defender (builtin to Windows 10.) No hassle and it starts working immediately as long as you have no other a/v installed. Malwarebytes (free version) is also good to run as a scanner once in a while / if you think you are infected.

Any other free antivirus is going to prompt you to upgrade to their paid offering constantly and/or have other annoying adverts.

For paid, I recommend any of the ESET offerings - www.eset.com
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Bitdefender has a free version, but is actually a commercial (paid) programme and is cross-platform.
The paid version is good and very non-intrusive.

Windows Defender is only adequate for protecting the MS Windows operating system itself, and nothing else.
It's like driving a car with no insurance. If you want to risk it..it's your problem and your (personal) data to lose.

If you use Windows in a professional or work environment, a commercial security programme layer is essential.
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Windows Defender is ok if you know what you're doing and avoid cesspits like Facebook, MSN etc but I've lost track of how many times I've had to remove viruses and spyware from computers of people who don't use their work computer just for work purposes, which is annoying for me as it interrupts my proper work. I tend to go with paid software as it's more cost/time efficient for me.
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Originally Posted by calman014 View Post
Bitdefender has a free version, but is actually a commercial (paid) programme and is cross-platform.
The paid version is good and very non-intrusive.

Windows Defender is only adequate for protecting the MS Windows operating system itself, and nothing else.
It's like driving a car with no insurance. If you want to risk it..it's your problem and your (personal) data to lose.

If you use Windows in a professional or work environment, a commercial security programme layer is essential.
Agreed, you pay to play. Free versions of commercial a/v generally suck, that's why if you don't want to pay I recommend Defender. Defender plus a good ad blocker to defend against the cesspits quoted below.

In a commercial environment 100% you need something paid, but I assume the OP is asking about a personal computer.

Originally Posted by SpoogleDrummer View Post
Windows Defender is ok if you know what you're doing and avoid cesspits like Facebook, MSN etc but I've lost track of how many times I've had to remove viruses and spyware from computers of people who don't use their work computer just for work purposes, which is annoying for me as it interrupts my proper work. I tend to go with paid software as it's more cost/time efficient for me.
Agreed. Adblocker also is your friend for cleaning up cesspits.
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