If you are running Windows, there are none. Myself, I will not run Windows natively on my personal systems. When I need to run a Windows application, I do it in a virtual machine running Windows under Linux. My work system is Windows, but it is the responsibility of my company to provide proper security, including full-disc encryption. We are using the enterprise version of McAfee AV.
I, personally, have Avast, Malwarebytes Antimalware, SuperAntispyware and CCleaner on all of my systems. Once a week I do a scan with each one of them and I never catch anything that I can't recover from. I know this seems like overkill but it makes me feel better about the security of my systems.
There is no such thing as the 'best', if there were, it will be the best selling,and only anti virus software on in the world.
Using anti virus software is just part of your protection, in order to make it work, you also need common sense and apply with caution, in our business, we use all variations depend on hardware and software, but the most common ones very found working ok most of the time are Avast and AVG, they are stable enough, the versions of Internet Security normally will take up a lot more resources as they do more for protection, so unless you have a powerful PC with a lot of memory, try steer clear of them.
I use avira anti virus it stop just about every thing and protects my windows pc when i load a hard drive via a external caddy to get rid of malware etc from customers hard drives as well as other anti rootkits because a lot of malware hides deep in the registry and needs to be removed via the registry bit by tiny bit ps im about to build a linux based pc that will do the above as well --ps malware code writters are getting more and more cunning at what code they write and its getting harder to deal with but i love the challenge
If you really want a protection, paranoidal, I recommend you Comodo with Paranoid Mode on. I almost fell off the chair, when I found Comodo asking
"Can I allow explorer.exe access to C:/Users/admin/Desktop/games/".
"Can I allow firefox.exe access to registry keys".
For Windows systems I use ClamWin (ClamAV on Linux). It is free, open source, and the basis for most industrial strength AV appliances out there. It doesn't do on-load scanning, but can scan files, as well as memory. I think it can do boot sector scanning as well, but I'm not 100% sure of that.
None! I use Windows as my main SO and I gave up AV more than 5 years, ago and I only had one problem with malware because I plugged in a infected USB. After that I started using AutoRun Exterminator and had no more problems!
Why don't I use AV? I helped lots of family and friends to clean their PC from malware and viruses, and guess what? They'll all had some kind of AV, including Norton, Macfe, AVG and Avast.
So, what do I do to keep my pc working:
- Check Startup Programs and Services at least 2 times a week(and certainly after installing some new software)
- Check what is really running at least once a week(I use Process Explorer);
- Check for unwanted open ports with netstat
- Run CCleaner and Spybot once a week (there lots of similar)
- Download softwares from the original publisher or trusted sources.
- Read the instructions of any installer and only install what you really want (this seems so basic but I know lots of people that go 'next' without reading anything, then they don't know why Baidu is installed or why they have 20 tool bars on the browser)
- Use high secure browser settings to surf on unknown websites
- Down't download any exes that you don't know that it's safe!
- Use virtual machines to install uknown softwares before installing them in your real SO.
- Read user comments before downloading torrents
- Disable auto-run for unkown/infected USB Drivers
Do I feel safe? No! But I wouldn't feel safe with any AV also.
My point is: If you going to click like crazy on anything that appers to you, there's no AV that can save you.
Alemonteiro-- i have now choice but to do what ido because i repair windows systems daily and they are more than often full of spyware etc avira block the external hd in the caddy gaining access to my pc so i can gradualy remove the nastys from the registry thanks for the info thought i will use it
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