1) I upgraded to the awful shit called windows 10 because it's just inevitable in the long run
2) w10 forces an antivirus to be running all the time, if not a custom one then it runs windows defender
3) therefore, if I have to run a stupid antivirus anyway, I might as well run something worth running instead of the objectively shit defender
I'm impressed with its UI and features, but it nannies too much (even complaining about processes trying to start another process as if that's a red flag) and has a pretty bad performance hit on file reading
Ad popups, pleb av #1 and therefore huge attack surface increase because people will be writing exploits against avast the most, feels very thumbed down and overly noob-friendly
Oddly (given it's chink stuff) good UI and features but causes bugs and warnings in my system like my firewall not starting and errors in event logs
Simplicity is nice but having no configuration at all is overdoing it, also window glitches (showing up in alt-tab without being opened and such)
Not bad but slow as fucking fuck and loves to run unstoppable scans every time it runs into the same false positive like a retard, also occasional ads
The holy grail of AVs but scouring shady russian blogs for an hour every month to find new fucking keys got on my nerves
What to try next? Programs that are barely known or used like g-data, kingston av, etc etc are an automatic no for obvious quality reasons. What matters is that it doesn't nanny too much (I'd just use clam sentinel if it wasn't so overactive with the scanning) and that if it finds something suspicious, it asks me what I want instead of just deleting the file and breaking my work. Also performance counts: I don't like it slowing down my git repo manager every time I open it and such even after an initial scan showed everything's clean.
Sites with this kind of homepage should burn in hell
That's what I do already. You also both missed the point I explained in 1/2/3. MBAM isn't a realtime scanner so windows keeps running defender, which I wanna replace with something at least worth running.
Then turn off Windows Defender.
>Open up Local Group Policy Editor
>Navigate to "Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Defender"
>Double click on "Turn off Windows Defender" and set it to "Enabled"
What's wrong with Windows Defender? You can disable it sending samples and then it works well enough and doesn't nag you constantly like Avast and the other free ones do. Use that + common sense and maybe the free version of Mbam and you should be safe.
If you want to pay, then I guess Malwarebytes or Kaspersky are the best ones.
I can't decide whether to not run anything at all since I've never needed it in years or if I wanna run something anyway because you never know you need it until it's too late (like a smoke detector)
You run common sense and the free version of mbam. Defender is able to pick up most browser exploits and common shit like that so you have nothing to worry about unless you visit a whole lot of shady websites.
If you want to run something else then I guess go with the best rated one on av comparison charts, last time I checked it out that was avira but that one will send a lot of popups (but still not as many as Avast or the other free ones).
Yeah that's unfortunately true. It's like that with everything these days, and the ones that are actually better are hardly known (I had to look in tiny corners to find some of the awesome stuff I've switched to lately, like my cellphone provider and domain name registrar)
>not waiting until best buy's boxing week sale and buying eset nod32 for $20 every year
it depends on what you want, if you are stuck in Windows 10 hell and want to catch everything websites throw at you and alot of false positives go for BitDefender. If you want something that collects no info go for something made by eScan, they have a free scanner called antivirus toolkit.
I told my windoze friend that I'm so sick of the AV struggle, wrestling between longer startup times or battling malware, that I gave up and just used Linux. Lack of malware is one of the best things going for it.
To follow up on F-secure:
Rated on best places to work in Finland 2003 and 2006.
Only anti-virus maker to mark Sony rootkit as a virus before the media caught on.
Has publicly stated they will 'out' any software backdoors and mark them as malware no matter which government created them.
Just use defender, and get yourself malwarebytes. Pay the $20 fee for pro, and that's the end of that. Very little performance hit, you're protected, and it'll get rid of anything that somehow makes it through.
Oh, and use chrome with adblock, wot (web of trust, to keep you away from shady sites), and something like ghostry. You're good to go from then on. Unless you, yourself, purposefully install the virus/malware, you're good to go.
G-data is becoming fairly well known, but I still don't trust chink AV.
Nano might be worth trying. ZoneAlarm is back to being fairly good (I think it's still a modified version of Kaspersky's engine though, not sure) - although the main point their is the application and OS firewall.
I'm wondering a bit about what you're looking for though, as:
>even complaining about processes trying to start another process as if that's a red flag
is not AV, it's application control and firewall. I should also mention that all of this can be configured in just about ever suite.
For pure anit-malware Malwarebytes, Nano, and GMER should get the job done.