What do you consider to be best anti-virus program

  Housten 17:44 24 Jun 2017

Good Afternoon, Gentlemen, My wife and I have just had a very bad experience with our current anti-virus programme. I would like to know what you consider to be a good and reliable programme - and hopefully one that is free!!

I know that many of you will use different ones, but the wife and I would like one that we can trust.

Many, many thanks in anticipation of any replies. Thank you for reading this.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:49 24 Jun 2017

If your paying then Kaspersky (free if you bank with Barclays).

If you want free the probably Avira or Avast ( although the pop ups from Avast are getting worse.)

  john bunyan 20:11 24 Jun 2017

I am a clone of rdave13's protection; no problems for years.

  Jollyjohn 21:34 24 Jun 2017

Linux......Oooops, shouldn't open that can of worms again...

Seriously, free antivirus, Avast or Avira, used to be AVG but that has got a bit bloated recently.

My local repair shop puts Bullguard on any PC / laptop when it re installs an OS and it appears OK.

Using a limited account, as opposed to an administrator account, will ask for a password before changes can be made to the PC, this may be annoying at times but will at least alert you to potential changes to the PC

  bumpkin 22:14 24 Jun 2017

* My wife and I have just had a very bad experience with our current anti-virus programme*

We don't know what you were using but I have used Avast for many years without problems.

  Housten 12:08 25 Jun 2017

Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,

Many, many thanks to everyone who replied. The trouble we had was with avast smart scan, otherwise it seemed all right and we have ha for soe years. Our smart scan licence lasts until the end of November an we will NOT be re-newing it, I can assure you. There are so many anti-virus programmes out there I was just wondering what people on this web-site were using. It is a great comfort to find out what is being used in the real world. We haven't decided, as yet, what we will do. I am just about to send an email to avast and their reply will determine our re-action.

Once again, many, many thanks to everyone who replied to my request for help.

  Housten 15:34 27 Jun 2017

Dear MJS WARLORD, Thank you for your reply, but I am slightly confused. I use malwarebytes on a regular basis, but have never heard of antimalwarebytes. Is this a completely different programme or am I reading your email incorrectly?

  MLA2000 11:38 28 Jun 2017

I cannot recommend Sophos Home enough. As a free program it is extremely effective in my own experience. Sophos is one of the major providers trusted by bigger companies, and has a very very good reputation.

If you're willing to go paid, I'd recommend Malwarebytes Premium (Version 3). From V3 onwards, Malwarebytes is capable of replacing an antivirus program, but if you're sticking to free Sophos is the best option.

  MLA2000 11:53 28 Jun 2017

Alternatively there is Panda too, I've used it and found it does a good job at cleanup, but I've found it is slow to use. It isn't something I'd recommend over Sophos, but it protected me well for three years alongside Malwarebytes.

  Housten 15:25 28 Jun 2017

Good Afternoon, Gentlemen, My wife and I have been looking at your suggestions and we were inclined to malwarebytes. After receiving an email from them this morning about something worse than wannacry but which their free version doesn't give protection - an obvious sales ploy, I think - we have decided to get a decent anti-virus programme will have to be paid for. After much discussion we will probably go with malwarebytes.

Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed to this post. Thank you!!

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