These can be a real hurdle when setting up VoIP, help others by posting your configs, tips and tricks or simply ask others for help if you're stuck.
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By nytegeek
#2710
nytegeek wrote:
bluegreen wrote: Can you please send me official reviews about this theme? I am interested in reading them, since this goes against the opinion I had and I am pretty sure that I am not that wrong... I would be really apreaciated if you could send me some reviews/analisis!
Here is the deal. If you truly care about the security of your PC you would research this yourself. That was my main point. The fact that you need to ask me for the proof kind of worries me, especially since a simple google search will point out independent lab testing results. Because my goal is to educate, I will include some links for you anyway. Microsoft lost some AV certification in 2012 and has been having issues being certified ever since. Here are a few articles you may read:

https://redmondmag.com/articles/2015/01 ... -test.aspx

http://www.myce.com/news/microsoft-secu ... est-74514/

http://www.fixmypcfree.com/blog/microso ... ification/

You can also go straight to the source. One of the leading independent testing labs:

http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/

http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/hom ... .6-150671/ (on this one note the industry averages of 97% and 99%, windows defender is low by comparison)
By bluegreen
#2718
nytegeek wrote:
nytegeek wrote:
bluegreen wrote: Can you please send me official reviews about this theme? I am interested in reading them, since this goes against the opinion I had and I am pretty sure that I am not that wrong... I would be really apreaciated if you could send me some reviews/analisis!
Here is the deal. If you truly care about the security of your PC you would research this yourself. That was my main point. The fact that you need to ask me for the proof kind of worries me, especially since a simple google search will point out independent lab testing results. Because my goal is to educate, I will include some links for you anyway. Microsoft lost some AV certification in 2012 and has been having issues being certified ever since. Here are a few articles you may read:

https://redmondmag.com/articles/2015/01 ... -test.aspx

http://www.myce.com/news/microsoft-secu ... est-74514/

http://www.fixmypcfree.com/blog/microso ... ification/

You can also go straight to the source. One of the leading independent testing labs:

http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/

http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/hom ... .6-150671/ (on this one note the industry averages of 97% and 99%, windows defender is low by comparison)
Of course I could google it, but if you are a specialist on this subject it's much more easier to ask opinions from you. With my search I could find bad analisys about the AV software. Anyways, thank you and I never thought I was so wrong with my opinion. I will defintely bookmark this site: http://www.av-test.org and keep an eye on their analisys :) I will install another antivirus for sure.
By bluegreen
#2903
I stopped using Windows Defender/Windows Microsoft Essentials and I'm using the free version of Avast and I have to say that I clearly saw the difference one hour or 2 after I install it. It blocks a lot of stuff. Windows Defender/Windows Microsoft Essentials is really weak, it used to be good but right now it's simply the worst one. I clearly recommend Avast or Kaspersky free versions! I don't think you need to upgrade for the paying version! :)
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By nytegeek
#2908
Being careful is never enough on it's own. All the caution in the world wont help you when a trusted web site is hacked and distributes malware to your computer through security vulnerabilities in your browser or browser plug-ins. Zero-Day attacks don't care about how careful you think you are. No Antivirus is 100% effective, but they are the last line of defense when being cautious doesn't cut it. That is why it is important to always have an antivirus installed on any computer using Microsoft Windows. Make sure you check out independent test results at places like AV-Test org before choosing an antivirus product.
By serbog
#2983
I am using a free anti-virus right now. It is called 360 Total Security and it is perfect for me. Yeah maybe paid anti-viruses have more options or tools to use, but I only use the firewall and the scanning for viruses tools. That is all I need. Also 360 has a add-on for browsers that tells you what sites are safe and what sites have viruses on them. It is pretty neat. You should give it a try.
By bluegreen
#2984
Well, currently I'm using Avast Free Antivirus and I'm not having any kind of problems with virus, malwares and stuff like that. But before using this antivirus I was using Microsoft Defender and I had some issues from time to time with google chrome and firefox add ons and that sort of malware, I thought it was normal and that it would happen with any antivirus. But I was wrong because with this new one (Avast Free Antivirus) I've never had issues with that kind of malware anymore! So it greatly depends on which antivirus you use. There are some independent labs that text antivirus and release reports a few times per year, you could check them and see what is the best Paid Antivirus and Free Antivirus right now! :P
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By talk2me
#3016
I think for home use a free antivirus is more than enough. They will do all basic things like scanning for malware programmes in your computer. Some players are even offering online protection for free which checks for bad links from internet. But when it comes to new threats, I am quite doubtful about their ability. Another drawback of free antivirus is that there will be no technical support for a free antivirus package. :)
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By ericnail
#3140
Yes an no.

Some are certainly better than others. Most times they offer the Virus 'Scanner' for free which is usually the same scanner used in the paid version, however, they do not monitor your computer all the time. This is not always the case though.

I have always found that if you're smart about what you click/do on the internet you won't find yourself with a bad virus. If you get a simple Trojan then most of these free software's can remove them with ease. In my experience, the only viruses I have been infected with by 'surprise' were ones that a virus software wouldn't have prevented anyway.

Many times the full paid versions are so robust that they use up a large portion of your computer's resources scanning every single thing you do. I think it's best to get a decent free one and play the middle ground.

I would recommend Malware Bytes. I do computer repair and I use this religiously. If not to remove the virus then at the very least to identify it and I can do the rest manually.
By andbog
#3151
I am using 360 Total Security right now but it is kinda buggy. Whenever I download some files it automatically deletes them without any of my permission and there is no way to prevent this. I think it is better to use paid anti-viruses because they are more user friendly than the free one's.
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By lokiebunny
#3404
Yes! that's completely safe for you to download an Antivirus and it works really great, however there would not be a full version. But there are still few Antivirus available on the websites which you can download free and they will give you life time subscription but to be very honest I haven't used all of that and don't have any idea that how they work or how much memory (RAM) they need to run. Famous Antivirus you can always download from their official websites.
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By nytegeek
#3415
andbog wrote:I am using 360 Total Security right now but it is kinda buggy. Whenever I download some files it automatically deletes them without any of my permission and there is no way to prevent this. I think it is better to use paid anti-viruses because they are more user friendly than the free one's.
Paid doesn't always equal better or more user friendly, and user friendly doesn't usually equal better protection. Check the ratings from AV-Test, AV comparatives or ICSA. Independent testing that rates a product on detection, blocking, and removal of threats is the only good way to choose really. You will find that some of the testing also rates things like ease of use and that it doesn't necessarily correlate to how well the product works. There are some very user friendly products that don't actually get much done to protect you, and many of them are the paid versions.
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