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Post Date: 2020-03-19

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    Posted: 19 Mar 2020 at 5:00pm
I may be behind the times here. I used to subscribe to several third-party anti-virus and anti-malware software services back in the Win 7 days and never got out of the habit. Recently, I think both CCleaner and Malwarebytes, perfectly reputable products, have been messing with the stability of my Win 10 system. Both are "always on", i.e. they are constantly working in the background. Faced with a rash of hangs, freezes and system failures, I've decided to trust Windows' much-improved security suite and to uninstall the last of these third-party suites. I can't start a poll here but would appreciate it if you could chime in to let me know if any of you have experience with third-party PC security apps that mess with the stability of your Win 10 systems and how many of you are now trusting all PC security to Windows' suite of apps. Thank you.
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  Quote HockeyBuck Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Mar 2020 at 5:57pm
I use and have excellent experience with Norton 360 Premier on all 4 of my DS rigs.   Same story with CCleaner Pro.   Very dependable products and I have used both for a good 15 yrs.     
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Mar 2020 at 1:34am
CCleaner, Malwarebytes, and avast! .... Yea, I'll use reputable 3rd party programs.
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With a stupidly long PC history, I have had issues with several brands of antivirus software. Whether they have all resolved those hassles/conflicts or not (probably), I went with Windows in 2010 with Win7, and stayed with it for Win10. I have never had any issues at all. If it ain't broke....

I regularly use CCleaner, Malwarebytes, and SUPER Anti-spyware for maintenance/cleanup. I do not want, nor allow them to run in the background, and have no issues.
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  Quote Dax Doomslayer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Mar 2020 at 7:21am
I use the same routine that Snaike uses. CCleaner; Malwarebytes and Avast.
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In the past I ran ESET security suite, and it was fine. The license ran out last year when I bought my new Lynx pc, and I decided to roll with the free Windows Defender stuff in win 10.

I also use CCleaner, and Malewarebytes, and have been good so far. Couple that with a few extensions in my browsers, and actually moving browsers, and it works. I work with a coworker who is extremely paranoid and up on computer security, and he uses the built in windows security.

He basically says what I agree with: Is it the best? no. Is it really good and will do the job? yes. The biggest security you can give yourself is not to click on random links or download things from random websites.

Now my wife's pc.....yeah, I'll renew that ESET. And we will say no more on that subject.   
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 May 2020 at 8:18pm
On my current non-DS rig I have Kaspersky Security Cloud and it has been fine.

I had Norton Premium but after a prolonged run in with them last Fall I ditched them despite having 210 days of subscription left. Long story short they were showing problems simply because I would not enable their web checker. Quite a few others had the same problem and there had been a workaround, which they no longer allowed.

We were getting false positives and they said that was working as intended. I'm sorry but learning to ignore warning messages is not a behavior I thing is secure. So I did research and decided that Kaspersky would be safe in the individual user environment despite being made by a Russian company.

It has worked as intended.

To be honest I have never used Windows Defender. I learned many years ago to not trust "free", although I now hear good things about Defender. For me I like the 3rd-party solution.
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  Quote smfcpa Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 May 2020 at 10:20pm
I use the software that my Internet Service provider supplies as part of the monthly fee. It has been working fine.
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  Quote Nomad1970 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2020 at 1:43pm
I just use Defender and Malwarebytes.
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  Quote Bahger Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2020 at 7:07pm
Originally posted by Nomad1970

I just use Defender and Malwarebytes.

What Malwarebytes settings do you use? Do you run it permanently in the background and have it monitor Internet usage at all times?
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  Quote Nomad1970 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 May 2020 at 10:24am
Originally posted by Bahger

Originally posted by Nomad1970

I just use Defender and Malwarebytes.

What Malwarebytes settings do you use? Do you run it permanently in the background and have it monitor Internet usage at all times?


Yes I do, it seems to catch and stop a lot of websites from sending me off to bad places. I get some trojan alerts from Malwarebytes.
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  Quote Doc Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 2:12pm
I have used ESET for several years. MalwareBytes as well. I have been wondering about switching over to Norton since they have the VPN protection included. Not sure though. VPN sounds good but sometimes sounding good is not so good.

Would anyone recommend changing from ESET to Norton?
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  Quote Oldpcgamer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Apr 2021 at 1:40pm
I run Norton 360. I have run some version of Norton Internet Security (And Antivirus) for most of the 2000's. It a reputation for being a resource hog, but it's actually not bad. As for free things? you get what you pay for.
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