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Hi there,

 

do you've any antivirus recommendation? I have been using Avast Free AntiVir, but I don't know if this one does his job as best as possible. I am looking for a good antivir, that cause no issues with FSX. I know, product like FSDT need an deactivation of antivir, but free AVG is difficult to handle, in my personal opinion.

 

Are there any good (free) alternatives?

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Try Microsoft Security Essentials, free, fast and better than the heavy and slow applications like Norton.

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ESET NOD 32. I've used it for several years with no problems what so ever. It's not free, but very well worth the price in my opinion. Small footprint, uses very little resources.

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Try Microsoft Security Essentials, free, fast and better than the heavy and slow applications like Norton.

 

Agreed. Plus you can set what percentage of CPU usage you want scans to run at -which will lighten the load on your resources. Windows-h8 already has a cut-down version of Security Essentials installed, curiously renamed to Windows Defender, but you cant run schedule scans with it unless you do some research on how to install the full version of S.E.

 

Its also good to run the free and amazing Malwarebytes once a week or so to root out hidden malware.  As a PC tech I'm always amazed at how many trojans etc I find on PCs running Norton and AVG etc yet I'll run Malwarebytes and it finds them no problem. (Tip: In order to avoid the time limit, un-tick the box that says 'Run 30-day trail'  during installation).

 

I personally never ran anti-virus while flying MSFS and would unhook from the internet as well unless playing online.

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Try Microsoft Security Essentials, free, fast and better than the heavy and slow applications like Norton.

 

 

Agreed. Plus you can set what percentage of CPU usage you want scans to run at -which will lighten the load on your resources. Windows-h8 already has a cut-down version of Security Essentials installed, curiously renamed to Windows Defender, but you cant run schedule scans with it unless you do some research on how to install the full version of S.E.

 

I personally never ran anti-virus while flying MSFS and would unhook from the internet as well unless playing online.

MSE is no longer the best antivirus out there. Check out this article: http://www.howtogeek.com/173291/goodbye-microsoft-security-essentials-microsoft-now-recommends-you-use-a-third-party-antivirus/

 

 

I suggest the OP to get COMODO or AVG. Avast is terrible now.

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MSE is no longer the best antivirus out there.

 

As a PC tech with 18 years experience -with clients including Asda/Wallmart, I really would suggest Security Essentials for anyone wanting to reduce drag on their PCs resources.

Bells and whistles programmes such as AVG can really weigh a computer down and yet still let trojans in ..plus these top-heavy programmes get new interfaces and CPU- draining additions added each year in order to attract new customers, while Security Essentials remains light-weight, effective and free.

So in my experience: a combination of Security.Essentials and Malwrebytes works a treat, and I've personally never seen a virus on my PC using this combination..and  seldom seen any on my clients machines.

Just saying.

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BitDefender,  top of the range. 

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Microsoft Security Essentials - free, fast, and no annoying advertising pop ups.

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Been happy with Webroot Secureanywhere Antivirus for PC Gamers as the real-time antivirus protection (very lightweight and uninstrusive while gaming) and also use free Malewarebytes as an occassional secondary scanner.

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Security Essentials from Microsoft. It's free, fast, easy to use and doesn't constantly popup like most other antiviruses. To be honest, since Vista, anti viruses have become pretty much useless. They don't prevent infections at all, only tell you once you've been infected. The best antivirus is you. Don't click links in email, make sure to check the url of the site you are on before entering personal info, always separate your computer from the modem with a router, use your computer as a standard user. Just be smart. 

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I have MSE and let me just say, its the first anti virus I've ever had that doesn't constantly slow my computer down and tell me that I need to update to the pro version very time I start my computer. I would definitely recommend MSE because it is lightweight and the definition updates come through windows update, which is really convenient.

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use your computer as a standard user

 

Is that not very time-consuming/complex? Do you've to enter always your admin password when you want to install something? I've read a lot, many users get problems with software, because it hasn't run as admin.

 

I fully agree to your post and have considered to set an admin + normal user account, but for some a reason I've an mind, that you're very restricted. Is there a lot difference when you're not Admin. I remember very good when I was in school, we hadn't admin rights and were literally not able to any chances. I know, this is the sense of it but I don't want to enter 10x a password to change settings.

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MSE is just about dead last in effectiveness, I would not trust it.  I use ESET and it is very good.  PC magazine rates Webroot very well, I may consider it on another PC to see just how good it is, the main program is apparently less than 1 meg is size!

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I use Malwarebytes after using the free version found viruses not picked up by other programs then upgraded to premium for just $25 per year which gives a license for up to 3 PC's and active protection. I rarely notice it's running unless a blocked notification shows up. 

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So in my experience: a combination of Security.Essentials and Malwrebytes works a treat, and I've personally never seen a virus on my PC using this combination..and seldom seen any on my clients machines.

 

This is the set up I use as well and never had any issues downloading addon's and its light on resources. No virus issues either. I also uninstalled Java and all its hiding places on my HD.

 Best,

Brian

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I have used any anti-virus software on my last two FSX only rigs since 2008 and haven't had any issues since I don't browse the web with it. On my other computer that I do use for Web browsing, I've used NOD32 for years and like it a lot.

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all of the anti virus are crap. you dont need a anti virus to protect your PC, as long that your being careful what your are accessing. 

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True  but  all it takes just one virus  to make your day  rather at least have mse installed than nothing at all

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MSE is just about dead last in effectiveness, I would not trust it.

 

What a few of us are saying here is to use a combination of Security.Essentials and Malwarebytes. Its a very effective combination that wont cripple PC performance.  Paid for anti-virus programmes tend to be overblown and come with a large dose of sales hype and intrusive pop-ups   In reality, unless a user is regularly surfing adult content sites, downloading from pirate torrent sites and opening suspicious email attachments , they will likely be a low-risk user and could, in theory, do without anti-virus altogether and instead run Malwarebytes once a week to be sure, and perhaps image their hard drive with the likes of Acronis for peace of mind. 

Its getting the balance right between threat and paranoia I guess ;-)

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I have used any anti-virus software on my last two FSX only rigs since 2008 and haven't had any issues since I don't browse the web with it. On my other computer that I do use for Web browsing, I've used NOD32 for years and like it a lot.

Meant to say that I haven't used any anti-virus in my last two FSX computers.

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NONE for ages, never had any problems, I'm not using torrent sites or other malicious site, you know xxx and such!

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NONE for ages, never had any problems,

 

The other argument of course is, that apart from perhaps a drop in performance, we'd never know we had a virus if we had no anti-virus program to detect it.  So for those not running any AV, an online scanner would be better than nothing..

 

http://www.malwarehelp.org/online_anti_virus_scanners.html

 

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we'd never know we had a virus if we had no anti-virus program to detect it.

 

 

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Your right  :lol:

 

Which one your using from that list?

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Which one your using from that list?

 

I'd run Malwarebytes once a week to make sure you're clear of trojans etc....

https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/

(Untick the box that says "Enable 30-day trail'  when installing it)

 

And run this online scanner every so often as well...

http://www.bitdefender.co.uk/scanner/online/free.html

 

Its also a good idea to run C-Cleaner beforehand to flush out temp files...

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

(Untick the 'cookies' tickbox for whatever browser you use if you want to keep online login passwords).

 

Hope this helps.

 

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