Malware protection

By AlpenIT ·
I am a person involved in IT for over 25 years now and have a good deal of knowledge on many facets of the computing world though I stay away from web work or software development.
Providing a lot of personal PC support to users here in my town I have to fight the malware problem pretty much daily. Every six months or so I purposely look at the reviews on anti-virus and other anti-spyware products and download and test some of these. A lot of the popular products I am familiar with and most are garbage. And I suppose I have proven beyond my own doubts what works and what sort-of-works. Interesting thing is my findings don't match the reviews I read. So this question is direscted at finding what I would deem an honest answer. I feel a lot of the reviews are untrue or biased as the popular web site giving such must be getting kick-backs as I know certain products are problematic in their efficientcy at protection or are resource hogs etc..... and the preferred product I like is down in the ratings or not compatible with certain major protection softwares.

Has anyone out there done the research and their own testing and have results that seem to work for them? Its a constant battle or war with malware threats and products may succees for awhile then falter. I am looking for something that is dependable and works. I also believe what other 'true' IT specific people already have realized - it takes usuallu 'more than one' installed software product to come close to a fully protected state on a computer. And this I do - I run two products and I am successful with these two. These two are not in the upper ten with the Norton and the McAffees that don't work in my book.

So what or which are the softwares that work, that don't bloat on resources and have been preoven over at least a year that they do work? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks ahead of time !!!

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User education is just as important (if not more so) ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Malware protection

I'd be of the opinion that even using what I myself consider to be the Chnitz's Nitses of anti-malware products - if I chose to frequent a whole raft of dodgy internet sites on a regular and incessant basis, I am guaranteed to catch some horrendous system infections because I'll have caught the malware before the anti-malware can catch up.

My current preferences include;
Avast On-Access Scanner, Malwarebyte's AntiMalware, CCleaner, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware and ZoneAlarm (whenever it hopefully becomes compatible with Windows 7). At present I am relegated to using Bit Defender and the M$ Windows 7 firewall.

But, as I've already said, nothing will prevent you catching an infection if you constantly blunder into areas that you shouldn't.

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Well for Malware I use

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Malware protection

Spybot S&D, Malware Bytes and Adaware.

But as said above there is no substitute for the users actions. Doesn't matter what you install if they insist on doing the wrong thing you can pretty much guarantee infections and some Horrendous ones to boot.

To be perfectly honest if they don't treat their computers right you can pretty much guarantee that they will pickup Malware on a regular basis. It's not so much what stops it but what can get rid of it easily.

Some infections require the HDD to be wiped and the OS and Software reloaded and I use Acronis True Image for that. I take an Image of the HDD after it is finished being loaded with all of the required software and then store it till it is required.

Doesn't do much for the Data but I always tend to remove the HDD from badly infected systems and backup the Data from them before wiping them with something like Boot & Nuke.


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current preferences on antivirus/malware (2011)

by pinenut In reply to Malware protection

looking for recent reviews or user input. Tks.

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