Old 2nd October 2015, 11:30   #1
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Bloomin Antivirus software!

Is anyone else as fed up as me with Antivirus programs such as Norton/AVG/Avast etc.

Flagging up perfectly safe websites/software as suspicious?

Recent case I heard of was Norton was saying a website for a free piece of software was malicious. When it wasn't.

I've used that website/forum for near on 5 years and there's no malware in the software or thewebsite

The server/website owner took the file off the server anyway as it was an old version.

Norton was one of the worst AV solutions i ever tried. It takes over your entire PC

Has anyone else had issues with software being flagged up as suspicious when it wasn't?



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Old 4th October 2015, 00:15   #2
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Yeah, Norton and McAfee are notorious for false-positives, so their contribution to URL protection is equally poor.
Comodo is used by some DNS to filter bad domains, and totally blocks all Coral CDN content.
I tried Trend web filtering for a while, but got fed up with asking for safe domains to be unblocked, even though they did respond quickly.

Now that Grisoft are selling the browsing data of AVG Free users, it is not an option for privacy aware users.

Avira responded to user complaints and made a new classification for software that can be used in a bad way, but is not made for bad reasons (eg. the password recovery tools from Nirsoft).
These are classed as "Riskware", as anyone with remote access to your PC could use these if you have them.
The browser extension is optional, and so far has given me minimal problems considering it uses the Yandex black-list.

Avira were always in the top 5 for many years, but since last year have been consistently the best in each of the AV comparison sites (even the phone apps).

I update this page regularly with the most recent test results and current top 5.
https://vivaldi.net/blogs/entry/best-free-anti-virus

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Old 4th October 2015, 11:20   #3
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I've blogged about AVG and their latest policy of selling users browsing data.

That should never happen.

We've found we don't need AV software on the box we run 2 pieces of software as we don't browse dodgy websites etc.

Windows defender seems to be sitting quietly in background protecting us on Windows 10.

I use a Linux machine to browse the web so Malware isn't a problem on this PC.

Used to champion Avast until recently ...



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Old 5th October 2015, 04:19   #4
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Indeed, if you use the correct policies you can live without local AV.

In what way do you believe that Microsoft anti-malware is still worth using ?
It has only just crept back ito the bottom of the charts
https://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/latest_comparative/index
https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus...ows/windows-8/ Defender
https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus...ows/windows-7/ MSE

http://microsoft-news.com/microsoft-...windows-users/
The "Baseline Protection" is shown as the dotted line in these tests
http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php

If you are starting with a fresh system then you can white-list everything you use with "Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)
http://www.howtogeek.com/190590/quic...-toolkit-emet/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2458544
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/jj653751

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I like BitDefender, usually at or near the top of any list where AV software is tested, and it is free for home users. MSE used to be great but is now sadly far too weak.
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