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    LOL this article is rubbish! If you're on Windows 10 with a valid license and maintain your updates then you have ample protection from malware. In many cases third party security software becomes the hacking vector.

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      These reviews rarely change significantly.... just a bit of wording here and there. If you are using Windows 10 then Microsoft Security is ample bolstered, if you like, by the free version of Malwarebytes. Third party software is bloatware and actually puts your computer at greater risk according to Steve Gibson (i.e. check out what he says about the manner in which AV programs dig into the registry) and nags you constantly to upgrade or lock you into yearly and never-ending subscription service. There is no longer a need for anything outside of Microsoft Security.

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        I decided to try Bitdefender. Hopefully it's better than the online purchase experience. I bought it 15 minutes ago and I still haven't received any emails from them. After buying it you can fill out a survey, which I did then after clicking on the "next" button it tells me I don't qualify for the survey?? A very clunky experience..

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          i came on here to hopefully get the best or as good as the best protection. so i read above, read these comments and im now none the wiser. if anything further away from a personal favourite!

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              Neilwaggy: reading PCFix's reviews on AV is just a rehash of what was there before with only slight modifications. The bottom line if you are a Windows 10 user is this: Microsoft Security (i.e. Windows Defender) is plenty good enough now to look after your security protection. All of these third party AV's add more bloat, dig in far too deeply putting your computer at more risk and constantly nag you to upgrade or attempt to lock you in for many years to come. If you feel the need, add Malwarebytes free version which is an on-demand product. Seriously, MS Security with its Smart Screen Filter will meet your needs. Funny how Webroot is consistently deemed one of the editor's choices and yet according to a recent test from SE Labs it rated bottom of the barrel. Then there is the fact that AV-Comp. and AV-Test never actually test Webroot so we're going strictly on what PCFix reports. Besides, Webroot has recently been acquired by Carbonite so you are advised to steer clear.

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              Look..Neil.. respect for all of the mundane testing and nonsense you guys have to deal with. Personally, I'm sick of chasing the BESTEST best anti-virus. I am SICK to death of anti-virus programs spiking my CPU usage and making my entire desktop unusable.

              To make it worse, I am FULLY aware they todays machines are INSANELY faster than previous generations. That tells me that the antivirus companies are writing their software just as crappy and bug filled as Windoze itself.

              So, bottom line.. which anti-virus does it's freaking job, giving me live anti-virus protection with minimal overhead? Bonus points for any company smart enough to get ahead of root kits, and write their code in assembly or machine language.

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                  Microsoft Security... period. Stop thrashing about with third party bloatware.

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                    You also can adjust Kaspersky to not impact performance in your system. I can't speak about others because i have not tested. The last time i used another antivirus was Bitdefender and did not impacted negatively performance.

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                      Webroot, hands down, it uses so little resources you won't notice it at all. The only gripe I have with them is that their renewal system is pretty shit, but apart from that, webroot makes all the other AVs (and I've tried many in this list) look like slow, resource hogging dinosaurs.

                      I notice someone mentioned lockups. I suspect some people have some pretty crap systems or dodgy software installed, I have run webroot on numerous PCs, from my 3rd gen i7 desktop to an ancient single-core atom netbook and never experienced a lockup from it in 3+ years.

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                          I find/found malwarebyte antimalware and avira had the best detection though for the strangest stuff on my machine. Several xx.exe copies that were some how replicating themseves and all different file sizes , obviously some bad type of malware or ransomware . I used to have Cerber 4 i think it was and only malwarebytes could pick it up. Of course i lost alot of my data because the files renamed and excrypted.

                          I will try out webroot and then i came accross anoother one called Baidu antivirus which seems to have a really nice light neat layout. Whether it detects stuff is the test perform and then see how it fairs.

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                            Well that's interesting. I actually know the devs of WebRoot. It used to suck, BAD. It sounds like they finally got it streamlined.

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                          Who the heck got paid to feature McAfee and Norton under the "best" AVs? Disgusting. Worst AVs on the market, bar none, period! As a 20 year IT worker, I've worked with both and both are absolutely crap. They are very poor detectors and love throwing false positives all day long. And their history of bloatware has continued. And Kaspersky and Avast/AVG are now tied with the Russian intelligence agency, so not particularly safe to use anymore.

                          ESET is the only one on this list I'd say is reputable and "good" these days. Had no clue Sophos was even trying to enter the market, and I work with Sophos products almost daily. Must be a very tiny sector.

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                            Heeeyyy i got a virus from this website. Bruh. This is bogus. Are you hecking me?

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                              Just use Windows Defender. It works well and according to AV Test and AV Comparatives, it's now equal to the big boys so why pay?

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                                As long as you aren't going to the seedy parts of the internet then Avast Free is all ya need. Had it for 10+ years on multiple computers. Never a problem. Its like stealing its so good.

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                                  You mentioned Kaspersky and their suspected links to Russian intelligence, but you didn't mention McAfee co-operating with the NSA so NSA spyware won't show up as a virus on your computer

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                                    You need to list both the introductory/first year price and the renewal price. McAfee is only 19.99 the first year. It's $59.99 beyond that. That's quite the difference.

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                                      Avast (FREE) has done an excellent job on my systems since 2003. Enough said. :)

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                                        Malwarebytes has served me well for several years, so I disagree w/ your rating.

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                                          Why are you including Avast Pro AV 2017 when that product doesn't exist anymore? They have Internet Security, Premium and Premiere. No Pro and they don't even call it AV anymore as it is a full security suite. If you are going to call the article Best of 2018 shouldn't you review 2018 versions not 2017?

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                                            Norton is garbage it deletes good files. When you uninstall it it leaves over 300 files behind in your registry, so you need a registry cleaner to get it out. It dose more harm then good it it acts more like a virus then a anti-virus. I will never use Norton again. I wish i could sue them for all the files it deleted.

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                                              How about coming up with the best one rated all around? If I wanted to read a full on summary of what each one does and doesn't do as well as the next, I would read a thousand p[ages of each company's product, and put them side by side myself. Generally speaking, which is the best for an average P.C. user?

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                                                THe real question is why do the software companies feel a need to rip off Australians? THey consistently gouge the prices by up to 150% on the American version pricing.

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                                                  I don't know where you're getting your pricing from but Norton Basic is not $17.50 - even following your links it still comes up as $39.99

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                                                    Iam just in the middle of a BItdefender nightmare...
                                                    I installed it, mainly because the good rating of this site, but I did a big mistake...
                                                    in the first scan of my computer the antivirus detected things here and there, including some emails, and when it was time of clean the possible problems, it destroyed my 10Gb .PST file with 6 email accounts, all the Epson Photo R3000 settings, including a dozen of paper profiles that it took me year to put together, and, all the restore points that my OS is recording in automated way...then I still don't know what else disappeared.....
                                                    when I contacted the support team they gave me a tool to install for to do an analysis , and it could never create the required file ( even with 60 Gb of HD at disposition it couldn't complete the creation of a huge file), then when I ask to the support what I had to do for to search the lost items and retrieve them, they said that they didn't knew how to do that and that they would need to access to my machine with a remote connection....obviously, after all the mess that software produced, I didn't agreed at all to allow to some guy to put his hands here and there just for to experiment....so I required a devolution of the payment, and they did it after two or three days, but immediately turned off the program, so, I didn't had any access to the quarantined files, dozen of them, for to check and retrieve the one that, evidently, were not a problem...so the program is a mess and the support is even worst...I am considering how to sue them....

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                                                        Part of your mistake was to not allow them access. The techs at all AV companies are very adept at their job, even if they don't come across too well on the phone. The other part of your mistake was to cancel the sale so the program got shut down. Try to be a bit calmer next time.

                                                        Yes, I used to be a AV tech myself, so I know what I am talking about. Try WEbroot next time, the tiniest footprint of any AV software, fast, and much easier to reverse anything it does that turns out to be wrong.

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                                                            ...Mistake????....you are really funny....my mistake was to believe it was a serious company with a serious software...it was a nightmare...they are confusional...asked me to do things that the software tool they sent for the analysis was not able to do....it was creating huge files that the same software was not able to manage....and what to say about a software that destroy all the restore points of the past years???....or the Printer settings????....... I am really upset about those people....they have to test muuuuch better their software before to sell them and use the customers as lab rats.....

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                                                          No love for the best AV in the world? HitmanPro.Alert
                                                          Even after being bought by Sophos it's only gotten better.

                                                          HitmanPro modules are now part of Sophos Home Premium, but HitmanPro.Alert is cheaper than Sophos and doesn't come with the additional bloat that Sophos does.

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                                                            I am just wondering why my comment critical of Bitdefender was removed.

                                                            "Bitdefender is the new Norton AV. It will bring even the fastest PC to its knees.
                                                            If you don't mind your $2.5k PC running like a $600 PC, Bitdefender does an excellent job."

                                                            Bitdefender does an excellent job catching and/or stopping anything and everything that gets thrown at it, and its complete suite does many things quite well.
                                                            However, Bitdefender is THE resource hog (that title used to belong to Norton AV) that slows down almost everything you do like tar pits slowed down woolly mammoths.

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                                                              Don't need a antivirus anymore, they just tax the system.