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    Posted: 21 Oct 2017 at 9:59am
I am currently a happy user of Kaspersky Labs anti-virus software.  With the gov't running away from them, not sure I need to stay with them.

Prior to Kaspersky, I used the subscription version of AVG.  However, it let some nasty stuff on my wife's computer.  When I tried to complain about it, I received some smug/smarmy answers (i.e. just crappy customer support).

I have also used Trend Micro and Norton, both of which slowed my machines down to a crawl.  I had McAfee for a while but suspect that it was the source of most of my spam e-mail, popups, and chronic installation of unwanted toolbars.

So, now I am turning to the old sages of the sea for some advice or insight into what I should next explore for 'outstanding' PC protection.

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I've been using Webroot for the past 6 years, no problems, works well.
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I need to try Webroot, thanks for hte recommendation, Ed!

I'll second Tom's warning against AVG. They were once the best, but no more. I'd quit using their product back in 2015 as it slowed my computer down too much. Let my subscription lapse. I replaced it with Kaspersky, which had its own quirks but seemed ok. When all this news about Kaspersky was revealed, I decided to ditch it (subscription was almost expired anyway). I installed the trial of AVG on my computers (one of the attractive things about AVG is the license covers ALL of my computers and i have several). The trial went well, didnt seem to slow things down and I really lived having PC Tuneup back. So, I re-purchased AVG Ultimate and proceeded to install it on all my computers. A couple of weeks later, it started telling me that my subscription was about to expire. That can't be, says I.. I just bought it. Well, it turns out the tiral version I bought left behind some junk in my registry. It was the trial that was expiring, BUT my Ultimate version was reading that as the expire date for itself. So I contacted their "support" (note the use of quotes). It took two weeks to get them to respond, then they told me to reinstall. I did, and reported so. Another week to respond "Run these special uninstallers to REALLY uninstall, then Reinstall". Did this, no change. I told them to look on my account and remove my license for the trial, then I could reinstall and activate against my Ultimate. They did not do so. I asked again, and after a week, was told that my case was being "elevated" to tier 2 customer support, and they'd be in contact with me within 10 days. That was 4 months ago. I paid $90 for about two weeks worth of service. 

So, I am looking right now too. AVG is out. Norton - too slow, only lets me put it on 3 computers. McAfee - too slow, too limited. Been testing Avast on one of my machines... seems good so far, but only 5 machines (ok, to be fair that would work for most folks, but amongst my family, we have 11 computers. I reduced that by installing Linux on 5 of them, but still...). Anyway, Avast also wants extra money for their "tuneup" app, etc.

Feature-wise, AVG was the best, but their support killed it for me. No way am I doing business with them again. 

I like BitDefender. Their top-end product is 50% off right now, $44.99 for 5 devices (they cover Android phones too). I'll check out WebRoot, but unless it really WoWs me, I'm probably going with BitDefender.

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    I have been using Norton in some version or other since Window XP. Currently using Norton Security. I have not noticed any slow downs. I have it scheduled to run a full scan everyday at 0400. Runs a Quick scan every 4 hours. It also runs a Early Launch Anti-Malware (for rootkit) scan on re-starts (not on Shutdowns). Once a week I download and run Microsoft Safety Scanner (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/products/scanner) (select your bitness). Once a month I download and run the free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    When I'm done with a session, I sign out and then do a restart.  Once a week I shut it down (power-off), wait about a minute, the turn it back on. Then walk away and leave it running 24 hr/day (takes care of all the updates, housekeeping, etc).  When I sign in, I set a System Restore Point, and do a manual File History update.
    I use Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 depending on how a website behaves. For visiting financial and medical websites I use Mozilla Firefox. E-mail is handled by Mozilla Thunderbird.
    I don't store ANY information, pictures, etc in the Cloud. I don't use Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
    For stuff I don't want to lose, I back it up on 2 external hard drives.  File History is on a 3rd external hard drive.  For financial, medical, etc, records I use a 4th external hard drive that is encrypted by an Addonics (www.addonics.com) CipherUSB/CA256USB  USB pass through device.
    Dell XPS-8500, Intel i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 16GB of memory, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 series video card running Windows 10, 64 bit. Sails right through any video or imaging job I've tried so far.
    The only game that is installed is Silent Hunter, Wolves of the Pacific.
    For security and privacy go through the settings and turn off, clamp down, get rid of everything you can. {camera, microphone, and Remote Assist, etc}


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    My bad:  it should be   (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/products/scanner) ( Check your bitness).
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