What is your preferred anti-virus?


WannaCry wasn’t really a zero day exploit IMO since it was a known and fixed issue. What the NSA would’ve done (or has done) with it would’ve been (is) one.

And back on topic: I’m also all the way Windows Defender and being careful. Never had a virus since I had my own PCs. I used some other antivirus software (Avira, Norton, avast, iirc) back in the days just because I was used to do that since '95, 2000, XP, etc., but after not needing them and annoying me for nearly ten years I switched to just not using specific antivirus software.

I really like the topic though. Never heard of ESET tbh. Will take a look at it, I think. I’ll probably won’t buy it though since I won’t use it anyways :upside_down_face:


ESET Nod32 is my preferred anti-virus


Totally agree and its recommended by CESG


cesg? What is that?..


Brain.exe is the best one


I’m not familiar with CESG. A web search brought me to the UK government’s National Technical Authority for Information Assurance. Is that what you’re referencing?


Correct a friends company dealt with them when selling to another country and had good things to say.


I use window defender and komodo cleaning essential for manual scanning and cleaning.


Windows Defender for me. Started using it since Windows 8 and have stuck with it ever since.


None. Only Windows defender.


Since there are already many AVs mentioned in this thread, here is mine:
I am using Comodo Internet Security Premium 10. It is free and (if you want) highly configurable. But you might need some time getting used to the UI and configuring the AVs behavior towards your programs.


I prefer Kaspersky and Microsoft Security Essentials. But all antivirus has its own advantages.

  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - https://www.malwarebytes.com/antimalware/ - One of the best removal tools out there right now.

  • TDSSKiller - http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363 - Rootkit removal tool from Kaspersky. Pretty snazzy if you ask me.

  • Avira AntiVir Personal - Avira Free Antivirus - Really good free anti-virus application. Has somewhat annoying ad that pops up reminding you of all the fantastic other stuff you get it you would just buy it already. I’ve found this confuses and scares less savvy users that think it may be one of those fake-AV trojans.

-SpyHunter - - A powerful anti-malware program that can deal with different types of malware including Trojans, worms, viruses, browser hijackers, adware and PUPs.

  • Microsoft Security Essentials - http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/ Windows | Official Site For Microsoft Windows 10 OS, Laptops, PCs, Tablets & More - Microsoft’s free Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware program. Has gotten great reviews and I’ve been using it on systems instead of Avira. Doesn’t catch everything but neither does Symantec, McAfee, Sophos, ESET, Avira, Avast, Panda, Trend, etc . . .


Dont know if anyone has mentioned this yet…


I trust these guys to do their homework for me in regards to stress testing, design and UI are down to personal preference but if its ugly and hard to use you’ll end up not using it or setting it up properly (schedule scans etc). So important.

I’m with Avira at the moment based on performance by AV test. Got a great discount here if anyone is interested. https://couponspig.com/coupon/75-off-avira-total-security-suite-2016-coupon-codes/

Was a bit annoyed by some of the stuff - and some UI tweaks would be nice but…so far so good.


Despite its tendency to be overprotective, Avira (for a free antivirus) is my favorite. I use it for 2 reasons:

  1. It’s the antivirus best rated for catching zero-day virus exploits.
  2. It guards its files and your registry well once you’ve set a config password.

My main gripe with it is that it isn’t simple to add permanent exceptions. However, when one is trying out iffy software that won’t run correctly in a virtual machine, one can’t be too careful. I don’t necessarily agree that antivirus companies are paid to be anti-crack (I haven’t seen any definitive proof), but I do know that enough information security experts recommend against installing cracks that if Avira flags it (it often doesn’t), either don’t use it or seek a second opinion.

DO NOT EVER disable your antivirus outside of a secure sandbox or virtual machine when testing software. The many times I’ve helped friends recover from infection, whether malicious or benign, have made me cautious–despite the fact that I’ve never been exploited by one myself.


I’m curious as to what everyone’s views on devices like Norton Core, Bitdefender Box and Cujo?


Microsoft Security Essentials, and the greatest antivirus of all times, CommonSense.


I couldn’t agree more. I worked at an IT Help Desk at university for two years and saw so many people that could have avoided issues by just being a little more cautious. I personally just use Windows Defender, but Malware Bytes is a great tool to download if you suspect something is wrong. Run it with Windows in Safe Mode if you’re really concerned.


also, blocking things from autorunning helps a lot,
disable html5 autoplay, flash block, adblock (sorry ad supported artists i like),
combined, i think they have protected me more than any antivirus


I think Windows 10S is a great idea, but unfortunately the Windows store just does not have enough programs to make it viable for a majority of users. It’s getting better, but its slow going and many essential programs just aren’t available. But the idea that a user could actually download a malicious program and it wouldn’t run because it’s on Windows 10S is a pretty cool idea.


ESET Smart Security (Anti-Virus and Firewall)