Haven't bought antivirus in a while: if it doesn't say, is it just a one year license? For Bitdefender it says 2. If it's just one year, what happens at the end? Will it still work but not update the engine, not update definitions? Or just shut down completely? Thanks
"A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own."
As for me, I use Windows Defender (Windows 8) and safe computing practices.
Both options are free. I have found that Windows Defender has a low overhead on my systems. I also supplement this with other non-live free tool such as Spybot S&D/Rootkit scanner and Malwarebytes. I also use the free Trusteer anti-keylogging software that is provided by most banks for download.
I should note that I use Windows' built-in firewall, but also have my own secure tunnel (VPN) running on my network to the internet. (Pogoplug running Debian Linux@home------>virtual Linux server on internet)
One would have to pay me to install Mcafee, and the amount listed above is not enough.
Last edited by luckygecko; 09-25-2013 at 08:41 AM..
Reason: firewall note
Which is the best antivirus? My current Norton subscription is expiring in two weeks.
That's one of those hot button (people have nothing better to do that argue over) questions.
Consistently for Kaspersky, BitDefender, and Norton have ranked at the top (high 90% tile) in detection & protection. I'm not as familiar with BitDefender at Norton IS (using since 2010) & Kaspersky IS (Using since 2005). Those two are definitely on the digital front lines of heuristics and detecting & getting out definitions very quickly. Avast is the only free version that competes at this level of detection, however there is a some nag-ware involved and considering the others can be had at FAR I am always going to choose them for myself and family.
AVG, MSE, I used to recommend to people as a free alternative until online banking / shopping became so common. They consistently rank in the mid 70% is detection and protection. Where as Norton / Kaspersky --> are 0 ---> A few days timeline for finding & writing for wild viruses AVG, MSE, McAfee are frequently in the 1 week to 2 week range for getting those definitions out.
With viruses there is more luck than people understand in who is exposed and who isn't. Best to update the OS & have AV software updating regularly, but If you are a near to computer patient zero and the virus doesn't contain recognizably similar code (heuristics) and it exploits an "unknown " flaw than you could be infected with any of them. Certain people REVEL and proclaim KIS or NIS etc. terrible because they got an infection while using one and not the other.... but it's like the human body. The better you eat & exercise and use clean hand washing (don't touch face/mouth) routines the less likely you are to get infected but there is no 100%; healthy people get colds and infections too, it's just a lot less common.
Many people are under this false sense of well I don't go to those "bad " sites so I have nothing to worry about. The problem is that in the last 3 years or so, virus writers have adapted to keep up with technology, google, bing, yahoo etc. ads are everywhere from your local sites to global sites. Viruses have been targeting these ads, infecting them and letting google etc. and the internet do all the hard work of distribution / gaining access to far more vulnerable computers than ever before.
If you online bank or shop it is simply not worth the risk and higher rate of infection (keylogging or otherwise) to go with an AVG, McAfee, or MSE; stick with BitDefender IS, Kaspersky IS, Norton IS.
EDIT: Too the above post. Excellent suggestions about MalwareBytes (especially paying the ~$10 on sale price for the full now called "Pro" version which is proactive), and the bank anti-keylogging tools. BUT any paid magazine (Maximum PC, PC, World, PC Magazine's) AV ratings are inherently flawed! They rely on these companies as HEAVY advertisers month after month so they are in NO way going to be fair & objective.
There are two well respected outside AV ratings sites (not on my home pc where I have them bookmarked) and of course Consumer Reports which takes no advertising monies what so ever.
Last edited by Bdubslawman; 09-25-2013 at 08:55 AM..
FYI - Bitdefender 2014 works right out of the box "right now" with Windows 8.1 for those who have access to the final version release. For others, works with Windows 8.1 Preview as well.
I normally use ZoneAlarm Extreme Security but they never have their software ready until well past final roll out to consumers. They say it is ready right now and Microsoft is blocking it but why can others like Bitdefender have new supported versions right now?
Either way, Bitdefender is in. ZA is out.. Thanks for the OP!! TU, Repped..
random question but I currently have bit defender on all my pcs from a past free after rebate promotion.. If I were to get the one mentioned in the post could I just add the codes to the account and stack antivirus for some years?
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