Anyone use 3rd party virus/internet security programs?


Maranna

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Imaging or backing up is the best weapon in your arsenal regardless of your A/V or malware aps.
Don't use Windows [Backup and restore Win7]though as it is not reliable.
  1. Paragon Hard Disk Manager. Hard Disk Manager is an excellent choice if you need to control your disk space and change it. ...
  2. R-Drive Image. R-Drive Image is a simple and enjoyable program. It provides fast and high-quality disk imaging. ...
  3. Acronis True Image. Acronis True Image is a popular program for creating disk images, disk cloning, with a broad functionality and user-friendly interface.
  4. Macrium Reflect. Macrium Reflect is an excellent choice if you need a good program for creating disk images, backing up data and cloning data.
  5. EaseUS Todo Backup. EaseUS Todo Backup is a product that handles the tasks reliably and quickly.
Some are trial and or free but limited.
 

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    EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 TI SC 4GB
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    Samsung 500GB 860 EVO
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    EVA 650 W
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    Defender primary with MBAM free secondary

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I've been using Bitdefender Internet Security since 2013, on W7, W10 and now on W11.
But like others have said... your best defense is good backups.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22621.1194 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4201)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

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Along with Malwarebytes (not a real antivirus) I have used Emsisoft for a few years until they dumped their forum, couple weeks ago. I switched to Bitdefender which seems to be running ok. I have never used a freeware AV and don't plan to. I had Outpost until it sold to a Russian ISP many years ago.
Again posts like this show how people base decisions on erroneous information. Malwarebytes is a full AV package for example and has been for several years.

It is funny how people think a paid package is better than a free package - the only real difference is you do not get nagged incessantly to upgrade.

There is one free package as good as any and it does not ever ask for upgrade to a paid version - Defender surprise surprise.

The only way paid packages get installed by vast majority of users is because they incentivise oem vendors to include their tools as part of an oem preinstalled OS package and they desperately hope the users (aka suckers) will continue to pay them once their "wonderful" free trial expires.
 

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    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
    PSU
    Yep, got one
    Case
    Yep, got one
    Cooling
    Stella Artois
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Bluetooth , wired
    Internet Speed
    72 Mb/s :-(
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0

dbartenstein

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I still have Malwarebytes installed on my main machine, but that is mainly because I got a lifetime license back when that was still possible. From what I have heard though, MS Defender is quite adequate for the job and that's all I use on my other, non-conforming laptops.
 

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  • OS
    Win 11 Pro (Insider Beta channel)
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer AN515-54
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9300H CPU @ 2.40GHz 2.40 GHz
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, Intel UHD 630
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer CB272D
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256GB and 1T SSD
    Keyboard
    Logitech K375S
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    250MB
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro (Insider Dev Channel, unsupported)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell E6430
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3540M CPU @ 3.00GHz 3.00 GHz (non-compliant)
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA NVS 5200M
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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Indeed. Only used Defender. Yes I used AVAST!, AVG and others in the past but now they have added so much other nonsense crap that most will never use!
 

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    WiN11 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom 775 System
    CPU
    Xeon E5450 3.0GHZ (OC 3.7GHZ)
    Motherboard
    ASUS PQ5-EM
    Memory
    8GB (2GBX4)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD R5 430 2GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    1TB|750GB USB, 3 SSDs 2 240GB 1 128GB, 750GB HDD
    PSU
    650WATT Rosewill
    Case
    Rosewill with side Window
    Cooling
    5 Fans and a big HSK for cpu
    Keyboard
    Rosewill RGB
    Mouse
    Rosewill RGB
    Internet Speed
    AT&T 150MB DL\UP
    Browser
    FireFox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    I'm lucky to even be here after 6yrs from my car accident
  • Operating System
    WiN10 LTSC
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Hp 8460p
    CPU
    i7 2670QM 2.20GHZ
    Motherboard
    Hp 161C
    Memory
    8GB (2X4GB) DUAL Channel
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    Sound Card
    Intel high Def (basically onboard)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    OS 128GB l Storage (caddy) 320GB
    PSU
    AC (IDK the watts)
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    A USB 3.0 in the Express Card Slot

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When I got MBAM, free trial, I deactivated it right away so Defender is real protection. MBAM is used as a stand alone scanner as malware backup.
Those two with Macrium free serves me well. I put my marbles in the image more than the preventatives.
I do not like to sound discriminatory. even by implication. but if you research some of these programs for A/V they are in countries the U.S.A. is at odds with. I do not know if that is a valid allusion but better safe than sorry.
 

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    11 pro
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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5- 8400 6 core 2.8 G
    Motherboard
    Asus Tuf Z390-Plus Gaming WI FI
    Memory
    Corsair 16 GB DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 TI SC 4GB
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 500GB 860 EVO
    PSU
    EVA 650 W
    Case
    Corsair Carbide Series 100R Mid
    Antivirus
    Defender primary with MBAM free secondary

TraderGary

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Click on "My Computer" for what I use.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9510 OLED
    CPU
    11th Gen i9 -11900H
    Memory
    32 GB 3200 MHz DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3050Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" OLED Infinity Edge Touch
    Screen Resolution
    16:10 Aspect Ratio (3456 x 2160)
    Hard Drives
    1 Terabyte M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
    2 Thunderbolt™ 4 (USB Type-C™)
    1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB Type-C™)
    SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
    Internet Speed
    900 Mbps, 24 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Chromium) + Bing
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Security (Defender)
    Other Info
    Microsoft 365 subscription (Office)
    Microsoft OneDrive 1TB Cloud
    Microsoft File History
    Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft OneNote
    Microsoft PowerToys
    Microsoft Visual Studio
    Macrium Reflect
    Dell Support Assist
    Dell Command | Update
    LastPass Password Manager
    Amazon Kindle
    Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation
    Lightroom/Photoshop subscription
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Pro 7
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8 GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD
    Internet Speed
    900 Mbps, 24 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Chromium) + Bing
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Security (Defender)
    Other Info
    Microsoft 365 subscription (Office)
    Microsoft OneDrive 1TB Cloud
    Microsoft File History
    Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft OneNote
    Microsoft Visual Studio
    Amazon Kindle
    Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation
    Lightroom/Photoshop subscription

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My thought about any Antivirus/Malware/Adware/etc etc... is along with every software including Defender becoming incessantly heavy
in their aim to exterminate spammers/scammers and hackers etc using a full on heavy duty software and say Microsoft Edge. Wow, It is almost damn near impossible to search the web or download things blah blah. I recently went from Edge back to Firefox(having not used firefox in about 5 years) cause man I couldnt do rubbish. Every website was blocked and Edge started doing this..I would try to download an Ebook off a website, It just turned my download into a html file instead. Sick of setting the millions of settings just to be able to do what I wanna do. And the one thing that really bothers me is most antivirus software in order to whitelist or make exceptions for anything its 10 settings deep. Rubbish. So with Firefox tweaked and I have been using Avast, and My browsing and downloading has become better. There is WAY to much packed into a what should be simple Antivirus nowadays. I know software development and am a techie at heart but even for me its just becoming way to much.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro Version 22H2(OS Build 22621.963)
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    AMD
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro WiFi
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    PCI Express 3.0 x16: PowerColor RX Vega 56 Red Dragon
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220 and AMD Greenland - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 - 27 inch Westinghouse
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD - 2 TB each
    1 HDD - 2 TB
    Keyboard
    logitech
    Mouse
    logitech
    Internet Speed
    1 GB
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Avast Premium

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Webroot is light on resources and has warned me off some dodgy websites. It can roll back malicious actions such as ransomware. Tech support is superb. I shop around for keycodes at renewal time and normally cover 5 PCs for about £20 or less per year.
 

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    Windows 11 22H2 Pro
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Swift SF114-34
    CPU
    Pentium Silver N6000
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    none
    Internet Speed
    13Mbps
    Browser
    Brave
    Antivirus
    Webroot Secure Anywhere

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My thought about any Antivirus/Malware/Adware/etc etc... is along with every software including Defender becoming incessantly heavy
in their aim to exterminate spammers/scammers and hackers etc using a full on heavy duty software and say Microsoft Edge. Wow, It is almost damn near impossible to search the web or download things blah blah. I recently went from Edge back to Firefox(having not used firefox in about 5 years) cause man I couldnt do rubbish. Every website was blocked and Edge started doing this..I would try to download an Ebook off a website, It just turned my download into a html file instead. Sick of setting the millions of settings just to be able to do what I wanna do. And the one thing that really bothers me is most antivirus software in order to whitelist or make exceptions for anything its 10 settings deep. Rubbish. So with Firefox tweaked and I have been using Avast, and My browsing and downloading has become better. There is WAY to much packed into a what should be simple Antivirus nowadays. I know software development and am a techie at heart but even for me its just becoming way to much.
I use Defender and Edge with no problems. The sites we visit are apparently quite different.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9510 OLED
    CPU
    11th Gen i9 -11900H
    Memory
    32 GB 3200 MHz DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3050Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" OLED Infinity Edge Touch
    Screen Resolution
    16:10 Aspect Ratio (3456 x 2160)
    Hard Drives
    1 Terabyte M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
    2 Thunderbolt™ 4 (USB Type-C™)
    1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB Type-C™)
    SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
    Internet Speed
    900 Mbps, 24 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Chromium) + Bing
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Security (Defender)
    Other Info
    Microsoft 365 subscription (Office)
    Microsoft OneDrive 1TB Cloud
    Microsoft File History
    Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft OneNote
    Microsoft PowerToys
    Microsoft Visual Studio
    Macrium Reflect
    Dell Support Assist
    Dell Command | Update
    LastPass Password Manager
    Amazon Kindle
    Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation
    Lightroom/Photoshop subscription
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Pro 7
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8 GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD
    Internet Speed
    900 Mbps, 24 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Chromium) + Bing
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Security (Defender)
    Other Info
    Microsoft 365 subscription (Office)
    Microsoft OneDrive 1TB Cloud
    Microsoft File History
    Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft OneNote
    Microsoft Visual Studio
    Amazon Kindle
    Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation
    Lightroom/Photoshop subscription

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