A good antivirus?

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  1. AyanamiRei0
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    So I had to reset my install of Windows 10 since MBAM didn't find a virus.

    So I was wondering if anyone could recommend me a good antivirus

    Thanks
     
  2. Yudowat

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    Malwarebytes. It costs money, but it's really damn good.
     
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  3. Thunder Hawk

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    It's not an antivirus. It's an antispyware/antimalware application.
     
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  4. Lacius

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    For a real-time antivirus program, they're all pretty much the same as long as they're kept up to date. I personally use Windows Defender because it's low-resource and out of the way. I also do a scan with the free version of Malwarebytes from time to time.
     
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  5. banjo2

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    Today I used a free version of Malwarebytes and also SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition to rid my computer of an adware virus that makes Adblock Plus go crazy and opens adware tabs if I click anything. Not sure which one fixed it though. Malwarebytes found like 9 viruses, and SuperAntiSpyware found like 325.

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    I used Windows Defender on Windows 10 and it slowed down my laptop and prevented some of my trusted programs from updating, keeping them from starting up.
     
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  6. Adeka

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    Anything that might give me a virus i test in a virtual machine first, so if i get a virus I can just replace the virtual machine with a backup from before the virus.
     
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    SuperAntiSpyware also has some handy tools like a Task Manager fixer that allows Task Manager to be opened after a virus prevented you from allowing that.
     
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    +1 to Microsoft Security Essentials/Windows Defender; avoid McAfee and Norton like the plague.
     
  9. Lacius

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    My understanding is that Windows Defender is less likely to slow down a computer than most other real-time antivirus programs. In addition, you can add exceptions to trusted programs if they're somehow being interfered with.
     
  10. abelxcane

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    I have used ESET smart security for a long time on windows 7 and never had any problems with any viruses. It is a paid anti virus.
     
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  11. Raylight

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    Who wants to know?
    MSE and EMET
     
  12. Tomato Hentai

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    I use Avast Free and it's not invasive, doesn't ever false-flag the things I pirate, and it's pretty lightweight.
    I used to use Kaspersky, and it false-flagged practically everything I pirated as infected and would randomly use as much CPU as possible when it was doing nothing.
     
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    I had similar experiences with both Avast and Kaspersky. However, Avast was intrusive, and I prefer something that stays out of my way unless there's something important that I need to deal with (which is never).
     
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    If your antivirus actively watches every frikin' thing you do, it's going to slow down your computer to a crawl. This is the approach a few of them take, and it's annoying. you can turn off most of those resource-heavy "imma watch you" features, but then it's cheaper to get something free. Prevention + anti-malware + passive antivirus will work fine.

    Prevention is mainly plugins for your browser:
    ublock origin (chrome, firefox. Add all the fanboy list in options)
    WOT (chrome, firefox)
    ghostery (chrome, firefox)
    sandboxie (for testing/running shady things)

    anti-malware:
    ccleaner (free version)
    Malware-antibytes (free version)

    passive antivirus:
    what other people say in this thread. I use windows defender.

    Another good bet is to make sure to get rid of all the windows10 bloat. They made it for laptops+everything, so remove all the +everything bits and your laptop will thank you. I've removed cortana and many of the features I will never use but take resources.
     
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    I used to use Avast free but it became so annoying blocking stuff thats not a virus and getting told I've got a free gift and all it was money off the full version all the notifications I kept getting from it just became too much then I switched over to nod32 I cracked that it worked like a charm but then I noticed it was using more of my laptop then avast.

    This was annoying to type on my phone
     
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  16. Raylight

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    how do you remove cortana?
     
  17. Tomato Hentai

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    That's strange, the only notifications I've got from Avast so far have been mainly notifications telling me it's scanning something because it thinks it may be virus infected.
    I did get one notification for the "free gift" but it was once I'd finished setting up Avast.
     
  18. Pacheko17

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    Been using Avast for many many years now, blocked everything that was supposed to be blocked and always let me run safe stuff. The ads are kinda annoying, but they used to be worse, like how they closed fullscreen games in 2012, but now it's tolerable.
     
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    http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-uninstall-and-remove-cortana-in-windows-10/

    That's the process I went with. Completely removes it, rather than just disables. I also removed edge and put in "classic shell", but that may be a bit much for some folk. Just disabling her works, though still takes up a bit of resources (just a lot less)
     
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  20. Clector

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    I use ESET NOD32 or ESET Smart Security too.