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Overall Best Anti-Virus Security Suite Software? (small footprint, light usage, complete internet security suite)

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by requiem86, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. requiem86

    requiem86 Notebook Evangelist

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    Hey Guys,

    I currently have ESET Smart Security 4, but is about to expire in 2 weeks...should I renew? or is there something better now?

    I want a complete internet security suite software that will also provide additional protection like firewall. It also has to have a very small footprint (ie: low memory usage). Keep top notch performance is KEY for me..no slow downs. I would rather give up a little security protection for better overall performance. I know ESET NOD 32 was the best back in the day for gamers..is that still true? Thought I check before I renew.

    What you guys recommend? BitDefender? MSE? Webroot? Norton?


    Currently thinking about ESET or Webroot....
     
  2. Abidderman

    Abidderman Notebook Deity

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    MSE ftw. And add Malwarebytes.
     
  3. Deks

    Deks Notebook Virtuoso

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    In terms of firewall, you don't need anything else apart from the one coming with Windows Vista or 7.
    As for an AV... I'd rather get a free one if I was in your position (no paying for it):
    Avira, Avast, MSE or Panda

    You can also install Malwarebytes (free) and keep it as an on-demand scanner just in case.

    No need for Internet security suites... if you ask me, they are overrated.
     
  4. Baserk

    Baserk Notebook user

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    MSE is only an AV, not a full suite.
    I can recommend Norton/NIS but you're best of trying a suite yourself before purchasing it. They usually all offer 30-day trial periods.
    You can also check the most recent performance test for security suites from AV-Comparatives from Aug. 2011 link.
    They haven't tested 'gaming performance' specifically.
    Free security software FTW though. I'd recommend a free AV and f.i. Sandboxie for securing internet facing apps.

    edit; Btw, here is a nice 1-year Sandboxie license giveaway; link
     
  5. PatchySan

    PatchySan Om Noms Kit Kat

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    Along with some people here I too can recommend MSE (along with Windows Firewall), in fact I've migrated a lot of my machines from ESET NOD32 to MSE given its small memory footprint, decent protection and best of all it's free to use on many machines as you like.
     
  6. HCW

    HCW Notebook Deity

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    Kaspersky 2012 for the win
     
  7. dsottum

    dsottum Notebook Consultant

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    If you insist on a "full suite" and you also insist on paying for it, Kaspersky Internet Security is very low system usage and you can get it on amazon for ~$20-30 w/the 12 month license for up to 3 or 5 computers (I can't remember). I just switched over to Panda on my gaming laptop and desktop, MSE on my wife's netbook, and malwarebytes for all of our computers. Both Malwarebytes and Panda come highly recommended on this forum based on protection and low system resource usage (as far as the free avenues of protection).

    I'm showing 1,136K memory usage for Panda Cloud Antiviruus and 3,888K memory usage for Visicom Media Anti-phishing Domain Advisor (another process of Panda), then I just use Malwarebytes for an on-demand spyware scanner.
     
  8. MidnightSun

    MidnightSun Emodicon Super Moderator

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    +1. MSE's convenience has me using it on all my computers instead of some suites that I do like more, such as Norton Internet Security and Eset Smart Security. With these, at least, you can't really go wrong.
     
  9. NewSky171

    NewSky171 Newbie

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    I was using Eset Smart Security for 3 years but after reading some reviews that its firewall sucks, I ditched it and bought Kaspersky Internet Security! Still very light on resources and offers way better security!
     
  10. chukwe

    chukwe Notebook Evangelist

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    I currently used ESET Internet security suite and have been attacked 3 times this year by virus\malware by visiting unsuspected website. The virus\malware took over my laptop and wanted me to visit a site to pay for something before it'll clear.

    On each occasion, ESET detected something but was powerless to block it. I used my skills to get out of the loop.

    First question, is this a virus or malware? And what Anti-virus and internet security should I get to replace ESET?
     
  11. harrypoker

    harrypoker Notebook Enthusiast

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    No dude , ESET is a bull . Bitdefender free is the best ever.
     
  12. harrypoker

    harrypoker Notebook Enthusiast

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    Fairdy67 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I was using NOD32 since 6 years and the last 2 years I have been using Eset Smart Security. But everytime a review comes up online about antivirus comparitives, you find Eset's products at the bottom of the list, unlike the past years where they were always ranked no. 1.

    What made me ditch my license for Eset Smart Seucrity even though ti was still valid until March 2013 for 3 users is the fact that I read in a review online that Eset's firewall is very bad as it allows many programs internet access by default. Also, everytime Eset updates the version from 3 > 4 > 5 it gets worse. After I upgraded to v5 my internet became horribly slow!

    So i bought a Kaspersky Internet Security 3 year license and foramatted my computer as I wanted a clean registry with no Eset tracks, and my system has never been faster! Kasperky is a REAL antivirus with a REAL firewall, it has protected me many times from opening fishy websites, it has a virtual keyboard module for times where you are entering your password and don't want any chances for keyloggers/hackers catching your keystrokes (if you were infected offcourse), it is much more customizable as well!
     
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    ESET Smart Security 4 is great - it blocks suspicious sites, files and the firewall is awesome, but only in interactive/manual mode. Version 5 uses more resources, however, but you can always use v4 (I hope they fix it, though).

    Symantec's suite (whatever it's called...) was awful last time I tried it, Kaspersky's detection of various *potential* (better strict than sorry) keyloggers and other malware wasn't as good as ESET's 2 years ago, I don't know about now...
     
  15. Fairdy67

    Fairdy67 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yes, that's what the site where I reviewed ESS recommended; since their Firewall automatic settings are crap, the only way to overcome this was to set ESS to manual mode. But then again, do you know how many popups you'd get of this and that trying to access the web including system processes until you actually finish this initial headache of every thing trying to access the web? its a LOT! Also, I am no pro to know whether svhost.exe should be allowed internet access or not. Kaspersky's Firewall's built in settings work out of the box and they KNOW what to block, what not to block, and what to leave as user prompt.

    Example, I installed a program called SECURITYKISS (which is a VPN software that is similar to Hotspot shield), now Kaspersky wasn't familiar with that program, it didn't block it, but didn't give it full access, it just kept it as a ? mark for me to act upon. So me knowing what that program is, I went into the firewall settings and granted it full permissions. That's teh beauty of teh Kaspersky L4B

    Read the online reviews, you'll know why people swear by Kaspersky. Now I am not a biased person as I have been a loyal Eset fan for many years. They just spoiled a perfectly working product. I was using v4 after my disappointment in v5 but then again, one shouldn't feel the need to roll back to an old version just to run fine, I like having my programs up to date and properly working
     
  16. joeyboy

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    Cleaning and protecting 2 very different things, Army and your local dry cleaners to understand what I am talking about watch the video at the end of this post very interesting can you tell I am a comodo fan? thats what I would personally use requiem86 :) comodo AV software plus Comodo cleaning essentials that's a "full suite" Top Antivirus Software

    Baserk is right though it's is good you have 30 days free also a interesting you have to work out what's best for you and you PC and what works for you, A software package that you enjoying using

    Results and comments - www.matousec.com (really the only viable AV for 64bit computers as none of the others seems to have self defense against malware)
     
  17. Krane

    Krane Notebook Prophet

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    Nevertheless its been rated in the top 3 of every rating I've checked over the past 5 year. The only one!

    I can also say that I haven't had any virus since I installed it 5 years ago.Its pretty quick on the trigger when it comes to keeping you out of trouble.
     
  18. MrDJ

    MrDJ Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    ive been using avast internet security for past 2 years and it runs out in 3 days. actually been great compared to my previous avg.
    ive had 2 false positives in all that time and no viruses or spyware.
    was about to renew a week ago for £49 for 2 years/3 computers but thought i would hold out to see if they lowered the price at the last minute but now its showing £59 for 1 computer

    so i will be taking note on this thread as well. like OP i want a full paid suite for piece of mind.
     
  19. Krane

    Krane Notebook Prophet

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    As do I. However, keep in mind that a suite does not make the anti virus better, just more convenient. ou likely could get the same protection for a collection of individual freeware, however, it would take a lot more time and management.
     
  20. Deks

    Deks Notebook Virtuoso

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    I find myself getting rid of Avast recently from people's computers (the latest version).
    Most systems I find it on seem to be somewhat sluggish.
    After removing Avast and replacing it with MSE however, the system becomes more responsive.

    Its possible I might be imagining it, but regardless...
     

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