Free vs Paid Internet Security
Posted 25 April 2013 - 08:59 PM
Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:43 AM
They have also started using their info popup to try and get you to upgrade so I go into Settings, Popups and change the first two to 1 second.
Some of the other helpers on the forum like MSSE. This is a fair anti-virus which has the advantage that you don't need to register and doesn't slow the PC down. Very easy to install and use.
Avira used to be a big favorite but they have gone over to the dark side and install adware programs which we don't like. I see too many systems on the malware forum with AVG to recommend it.
If you feel like paying for security then either Kaspersky or BitDefender would be my recommendation. Very seldom see either of them in the forum and when we do it's usually not malware related. Comparison test here: http://securitywatch...av-comparatives (Test results vary quite a bit depending on how the tests are run and rated but BitDefender and Kaspersky are always near the top)
Is it worth it to pay for security? I suppose it depends on the user and how important the PC is. If it's part of a business then except for MSSE you are supposed to pay for the free ones too. For me it's not worth it. I'm not going to click on a bad link in an email message, I don't use P2P programs like uTorrent, I keep my software up to date and I'm careful what I click on. For an inexperienced user it might be a good idea tho Kaspersky actually takes a bit of know-how to set up. Don't waste your money on the McAfee A-V that came with your new PC. I'm not a big fan of Norton either but more because it tends to slow a PC down too much.
Posted 28 April 2013 - 07:50 AM
I'm well-acquainted with computers and can pick-out a malicious link, page, et al. So I'm not fussed by all these extra that paid-ones offer (ie. parental controls, online backup, fb scan, etc). Are free and paid (even the different versions of the same programs) core programmed the best as they can?
What's wrong with McAfee?
Yeah, I wasn't sure if it was worthit paying money for something I could get for free and at the same, if not better, level; though if paid is better, then I'll purchase Kaspersky or BitDefender.
Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:09 AM
I don't think the free anti-viruses are deliberately made less effective than the paid. In Avast's case you get some extra features with the paid version and they are pretty clear about what they are. http://www.avast.com/en-us/index (Avast will also uninstall without causing problems.)
Posted 29 April 2013 - 07:10 AM
Are there ways to find out if a program has been completely uninstalled?
I'm on a Mac atm, but the Internet Security is for a PC. What are your thoughts on Mac and malware? Should I get Avast for Mac aswell? I'm aware of what people say about the Mac and security. I'm not a novice so I know what a Mac can handle.
I'm almost swayed on Avast! Any last thoughts before I go download? From what I've said thus far, is paid worth it?
Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:28 AM
I don't really think Macs are that much safer than PCs. The reason they haven't had as much trouble so far is simply that there weren't enough of them to make it worth the malware writers' time. That is starting to change and we are starting to see more Mac viruses so I think an anti-virus for your Mac is a good idea. If the Avast version is free I would go with it.
I think Avast would be a good choice for you for your PC. I don't think you need paid.
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