I like Kaspersky but at the same time always keep at my computer the anti-virus utility based on the Dr.Web scanner. There is no antivirus that protects a PC for 100%. I wouldn't recommend to use free antiviruses at PC every time. It'd be better to buy a good one for one year that is not expensive than to get a new computer again that is quite expensive.
Well, I work a lot of support and I would call myself a virus expert and I would say from my experience of approx 12 years that in reality none are the one big answer!
(I used to be 2nd to 4th tier backing up and supporting Geek Squad , Lavasoft, Trend MIcro, Kaspersky, Panda, Symantec, supportspace, etc, over 13+ security companies by contract!)
What I tell and set my customers up on whom I remove viruses and malware from is to get a few security softwares at the same time , but do not scan them all at the same time or they will conflict with each other. (especially mcafee and norton)
Also, what I give customers is:
1) CCLEANER (Its sole purpose is it Cleans and Organizes your files, registry, etc,so it helps the anti virus softwares run better)
2) Malwarebytes (It is used secondly and does a great all around security job!)
3) AVG (Is used as the third element and is especially excellent for the hidden spyware that regularly sneaks in on your machine and spies on you by the millions of companies! Its sole purpose is to inteligently hide around your system and sneak up on malware, does a great job!)
Some key points to remember is, you have to update and scan regularly depending upon you internet usage and how often you seem to catch malware or else the softwares are no good to you at all!!!!
At a minimum you need to update & scan at least once or twice a week!!!
(especially if you have kids or others using the same PC as you are!)
Also, you have to remember that malware is getting very complex and millions of dollars are used to infect you and are acheived from malware regularly!
Also, you must set your software up properly or it is of no use to you at all!!!
For example, you can set up AVG to schedule daily runs while you are sleeping and also you can set it up to CHECK YOUR SEARCH PAGES WHEN YOU DO A SEARCH SAY A GOOGLE SEARCH FOR SOMETHING AND IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY SEARCH ALL THOSE PAGES THAT COME UP IN YOUR SEARCH ANSWERS AND GIVE YOU A GREEN CHECK FOR THOSE PAGES THAT HAVE NO MALWARE INJECTION ELEMENTS WITHIN THEM, AND YOU CAN GET A SNAPSHOT OF THE PAGE ITSELF, SO NO WORRIES TO YOU TO GO TO THOSE SEARCH RESULTS NOT KNOWING IF THERE IS A VIRUS WAITING FOR YOU THERE, NOW YOU KNOW!!!
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Usually it takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to completely remove all malware manually from your files, hidden files, registry, system files, etc, this can not be done effeciently with just running security software, you have to know what you are doing first and you have to reverse engineer malware manually!!! Then afterwards you run the security software last to grab up the rest of what I have torn up and exposed to clean up the trash leftover!!!
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Good answer! I give you an A+ for your answer.I too use all these programs and always keep in mind that it's always good to turn off restore feature in windows because again the word is " malware" malware are malicious programs that was installed in a computer in a certain previous time and date". Disabling restore and booting up in safemode , stops the virus or malware from coming back if you decide to restore it on a later date. If you forget to disable the restore feature then you just performed a scan for nothing! Perform all malware scanning with "all startup" windows disabled. No anti virus is perfect and I hate Mcafee or Norton's for they use to many resources and bogs down a PC if you're multitasking while scanning under windows. QUESTIONS? The best PC TECHNICIAN TOOLS "ULTIMATE BOOT DISC" ....this disc is awsome! linux based program that you could use to diagnose for free ...download an iso from it's website. you could test all hardware, ram, recover data and if you need cloning a harddrive, then you should download this baby, for it is free!!!! Another good diagnostic program is called " Hiran's BOOT DISC" ... if your having difficult trying to figure out windows password, then this program is the bomb! you could remove windows password, recover windows OEM number ifyou couldn't find the windows installation OEM... These tools are arsenals of the the IT trade and hope to help you guys ...just google the progs.....got questions ?????
Personally on my PC (my work horse) I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials, a free product from Microsoft.
Works great! Microsoft updates the definitions daily.
Always download the MRT (malicious software removal tool) patch, the current one is for May 2011. If you have stubborn virus, MRT, in combination with the Malwarebytes is the great solution for virus removal. Run MRT from Win7 search bar, or Run on XP.
On my Mac I’m using ClamXav.
At work, a Linux shop (red hat), Nothing.
Check this out:
I remember looking up statistics on free antivirus scanners and I wish I had the article I found for confirmation.
Avira has the best heuristic (code signature scanning) detection rate of the free antivirus league. Granted, some times alerts you of false detections, it reminds you of winter - wearing your snuggy next to the fireplace while roasting marsh mellows. I mean... safe and happy. It was followed by Avast, which is full of great features and UI. AVG was not too far behind them and I remember ClamAV (ClamWin) being towards the bottom of the list.
I use Avast with a combination of Windows Defender and Spyware Blaster. For cleanups I use (in order): ProcessExplorer, RKILL, CCleaner, HijackThis, Malwarebytes, Dial-a-fix, then manually inspect the AppData and Local App* folders. If I get to the point where I feel its a lost cause, I'll run the eScan toolkit.
If you ever need to run a Server OS for educational purposes (courses, certs, etc) and don't have the money for an enterprise AV, try throwing ClamWin + ClamSentinel on it.
Years ago, I was running COMODO Antivirus: which in my experience has been the best. It monitors the registry for unauthorized changes and allows much customization. Again, this was years ago, but after trying multiple free and shareware versions of many different programs, this came out ahead.