What is the best overall computer protection?

Eulises Lopez

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I am looking for the best computer protection is this one good?http://www.webroot.com/us/en/home/affiliates/3up?ref=cj&rc=2614 I am willing to pay up to $40.
Thank You in advance :)
 
Hows $20 for one that detects 100% of all virus / malware ?

http://store.fileforum.com/?act=search&brand=325

http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-8/october-2014/bitdefender-internet-security-2015-144087/

I buy the 3 PC license for $30 ($10 per seat)

These also scored 100% in the last two tests (September / October)
http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-8/october-2014/ahnlab-v3-internet-security-9.0-144050/
http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-8/october-2014/f-secure-internet-security-2015-144044/
http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-8/october-2014/kaspersky-lab-internet-security-2015-144057/
http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-8/october-2014/panda-security-free-antivirus-15.0-144025/
http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-8/october-2014/norton-norton-security-2014--2015-144016/


 

mdocod

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USAFRet is precisely correct about where the "best" protection lies. No software is guaranteed to protect a system from a user who clicks on email attachments and falls for popups that claim you "must click here or else..."

The best software side solution I am aware of, is linux. Though using linux may require a bit more of that "between the ears" stuff in the first place, so....
 


You know I meant "in the test" ... and if ya didn't .... the link defines it clearly as does the statement

"These also scored 100% in the last two tests (September / October) " (Windows 8 / 8.1)

Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing)
164 samples used / 164 detections = 100%

Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set)
17,899 samples used / 17,899 detections = 100%

- - It did the same for Windows 7 for 194 and 19,269 samples @ 100%

and that's twice in a row

Panda was the ONLY free one to get 100% / 100% scores (both win7/8), others failed, some miserably

But if ya would rather stick to other "good free" ones.....

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AVG free failed to provide Protection against (10) 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) in Win 8 / 8.1

AVG free failed to provide Detection of (358) widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set) in Win 8 / 8.1
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Avast free failed to provide Protection against (2) 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) in Win 8 / 8.1

Avast free failed to provide Detection of (358) widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set) in Win 8 / 8.1
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Windows Defender free failed to provide Protection against (54) 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) in Win 8 / 8.1

Windows Defender free failed to provide Detection of (3,223) widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set) in Win 8 / 8.1

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Windows Defender free failed to provide Protection against (46) 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) in Win 7

Windows Defender free failed to provide Detection of (4,239) widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set) in Win 8 / 8.1

I would say we receive an infected file via e-mail from a client (per seat) on the order of every one every 6 months. At home, with the kids sharing game maps and mods its less on their boxes..... the wife we have to watch a bit more closely :) . Since 1985 we have had two infections get passed our security ..... one an employee who shut off the AV to watch porn on a 3.5" floppy disk (employee was dismissed ... relatively mild infection, easily cleaned) .... the floppy shud tell ya how long aga that was ..... and the other got by the active AV scanner but got picked up by the nightly scanner . Notified vendor who denied that there was such a thing .... again later confirmed few days later by several other vendors and they finally owned up to it and updated their signature files.


With the free AVG and Avast you only have to worry about between 300 - 400 known viruses within the test set

With the free Windows Defender and MS Security Essentials, it's only around 3,300 - 4,300 ya have to worry about.

A recent AV sweep has picked up an infections that came within a software program that had been in a version upgrade and had been out for about 4 months. The vendor was contacted and assured me that the on line scanner he used showed it to be clear

https://www.virustotal.com/

But 4 days later contacted me and he confirmed the infection.

 

Eulises Lopez

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Did you mean AVG or just AV?
 

USAFRet

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Windows Defender, Avast, AVG, BitDefender...all free.
I've used all 4 of those of the last decade or two...and have had zero infections.

Now...some will say "You just don't know you're infected, because you're using crap AV tools."
Wrong. There have been other scans, with other tools over the years. Some from installed applications, some scans directly from a boot application.
Zero.

Primarily because I do not click on and install random crap. And the things I do install...do not simply click "Yes yes yes".
Many, many free (and even paid) applications, will now attempt to install some crapware.
Do not let them do that.
 

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