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MSE or AVG?

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Mr. Lappytoppy has returned home.

 

Computer dude put AVG on it. I *used* to use AVG years ago, but switched to MSE.

 

I've been reading reviews online, figured i'd ask people i knew weren't just trying make their company look good, etc.

 

So, when it comes to your computer (or, if you had a laptop with Windows 7 and wanted something free) - AVG or MSE?

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I have windows 7 on my desktop computer and I use MSE for antivirus.

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I switched to AVG after my other antivirus expired a few years ago. I also use a spyware program (spybot?) on top of that. Haven't had a problem with the combo. Before I put the spyware thing on after one of my kids clicked on a fake software update and got spyware infected. I use the free versions. The other one I was paying for slowed my computer way down.

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I use MSE. Haven't gotten a virus yet. Although, I've never gotten a virus in my whole life...

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I use MSE. Having the virus definitions update along with windows is really handy.

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I use MSE as well on my Windows 7 Laptop. I did look at reviews etc. and I think AVG did get better reviews from CNET but I find MSE to be more unobtrusive. I forget it's there. No viruses so far.

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It's good to scan your system every few weeks with the free version of malwarebytes as well.  It picks up a lot of stuff you don't want on your computer which isn't a virus.

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Yes, I have that as well. It probably is time for a scan actually.

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I use MSE after AVG missed a LOT and took my netbook down. Reinstalling Windows on a netbook is fun! (HA)

Oops.

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MSE is best for anything below Windows 8. For Windows 8 and above MSE is actually built in as Windows Defender so you don't have to worry about installing anti-virus at all.

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I'm using Avast Antivirus. AVG was OK but a little more intrusive and I was having some compatibility problems. It might be fine now, though. 

 

I also have Comodo firewall which asks for permission for any unapproved application to access the internet. 

 

And I run a peerblocker which blocks a lot of unwanted traffic, mostly from anti-P2P groups, but it also cuts out some potentially malicious and annoying sites. 

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Comodo firewall is absolutely brilliant. If you turn on DefensePlus it'll also monitor what unknown applications are doing to your system.

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If I add one more security program to my PC, I'm pretty sure that it won't let me use it anymore. Can computers become paranoid? 

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Can computers become paranoid? 

 

If so mine absolutely is. I have a little thing at the corner of my screen telling me about every single internet connection in and out of the computer and I have two firewalls running. And in my browser all plugins are click to run and I have Ghostry, AdBlock, and HTTPS Everywhere installed. I also refuse to use my uni's internet because they won't let me hook a router up to it and I don't want to expose my laptop to the rest of the network (which contains everyone else in my halls).

 

But then I'm guessing this is just the computer reflecting the user... :P

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From my peerblocker I've realized that there are a lot of computers trying to talk to my computer; I've also learned it takes about a minute to figure out who everyone is and if I should let them through or not. If I had one of those screens monitoring activity like you had, I'd have to read it constantly just to know what's going on and I probably wouldn't be able to waste my time doing anything else. So for me, monitoring all my connections wouldn't do too much for my security, but it might grant me an illusion of control. That's right. I went there. You cannot escape the implications of that other thread by hiding in here. 

 

Still, I'd be interested to learn more about this little thing at the corner of your screen. Where can I get one?

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If you have P2P programs running in the background all the time then yes you will have lots of connections going in and out, but I don't so it's fine for me.

 

It comes with Little Snitch, which is an outgoing firewall for OS X. I paid ~£30 for it but it's well worth the piece of mind for all the features it has. It gives me complete control over every single connection my computer makes as well as showing them to me in realtime.

 

Comodo does the controlling connections bit but I'm not sure if there's an equivalent Windows app that shows you all the connections going in and out of your system. I imagine there is, but I personally don't know of one.

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Oh my God! AND you run OS X? Your computer should definitely be posting on the paranoid delusions thread. "Yes, bad things happen to computers, but nobody is really THAT interested in a Mac."

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It's locked down to shit I tell ya, it should be on antipsychotics :P

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You're probably overclocking it too. Poor thing. 

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I'm not, although it has actually has a thing built into the CPU so that it'll overclock itself if it needs to.

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Use none. 
Virus protection softwares are nothing but bloatware that bog your computer down.

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Use none. 

Virus protection softwares are nothing but bloatware that bog your computer down.

 

Browsing bareback, brave  :P

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Use none. 

Virus protection softwares are nothing but bloatware that bog your computer down.

 

This is a bad idea.

 

Norton and McAffee are mostly bloat for sure but Avast! and MSE have very little bloat to them.  Most systems that get bloated get that way due to malware, not security apps. 

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Use none. 

Virus protection softwares are nothing but bloatware that bog your computer down.

 

This is a bad idea.

 

Norton and McAffee are mostly bloat for sure but Avast! and MSE have very little bloat to them.  Most systems that get bloated get that way due to malware, not security apps. 

 

 

This.

 

People who say they are fine without AV probably just don't know they're infected. Most viruses these days stay hidden so they can use your computer for a botnet or something.

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I was fine without AV for 14 years.  Now I run one and have for the last 2 years, though I haven't found a damn thing.

 

It's really just an illusion of security in my mind, but eh, why not have that illusion?

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