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Antivirus recommendations

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Removed both McAfee & Norton
Updated 'system requirements' to each and every antivirus in this here thread.
New 2014 antivirus, replaced the 2013 ones.
New reviews/information regarding each and every antivirus on this thread.
Please note that the Antiviruses labeled "Internet security" has their
own built in Firewall.
Added bonus features for each and every antivirus on this thread

I'd like to start off by saying that Anti-virus software aren't fool-proof and cannot protect you from every virus attack, every time. Multiple anti-virus software can give you better protection, but as long as computer viruses change and evolve as rapidly as they do now, there will not be a program that is a cure-all. Also there are a great amount of threads in this vary section regarding a Antivirus software. Many members around this section constantly bombard this section with threads like "Which Antivirus is best?". Be sure to inform me if i missed any details/efficient information on any antivirus, by via PM or simply just posting it. I hope that this thread can clear out all these common threads and give a better understanding on what antivirus not/to install on their systems.

Every year, antivirus vendors paint the same gloom-and-doom portrait, their canvases filled with startling statistics outlining the rapid spread of malware. As a consumer, the natural reaction is to look at these reports with a fistful of salt and a sack of skepticism—after all, AV vendors have a vested interest in promoting a need for security software, but are we really as vulnerable as they say? It all depends on your computing habits, but make no mistake, the web is a dangerous place to roam.

If you're reading this and you don't have antivirus protection installed on all your PCs, stop reading right now and install some kind of free antivirus protection. I don't care which, for now. Done? I thank you, and the rest of the world thanks you as well. Fewer unprotected PCs worldwide means fewer easy targets for botnets and virus infestations that can affect far more than just the owner of the PC. Now that you've got an antivirus working to protect your PC (and the rest of us), you can take the time to consider what's the best free solution for your situation. That's the nice thing about free antivirus; you're not locked in by your choice. You won't be wasting 40 or 50 dollars if you decide to switch. Which is best for you can depend on your situation.

Virtually, no one who uses Windows-based computers is immune from viruses. Every time your computer handles a new file, chances are that it could be infected. In particular, that is the case when you open attachments in your emails, when you download a program from the Internet or when you copy a file from one computer to another. Unless your computer is completely isolated from the outside world, which would make it pretty useless, the risk of infections is quite high. There are 60,000 to 70,000 active viruses and worms, with 10,000 new ones appearing every year. Nearly all are designed to infect Windows PCs. That means that Mac users don't need anti-virus protections because their machines can not run any program written for Windows, including viruses.

Antivirus software is somewhat of a necessity if you're a Windows user, but the software you choose really does matter, and one app might not be enough. While you should never run two antivirus programs at the same time, having two on your system can be beneficial. Most antivirus software (e.g. McAffee, Norton) try to track down viruses on the web and elsewhere to identify them, then send you an update with virus definitions so your system can detect potential threats. This might seem good, but to identifies two (of many) major issues with this approach to antivirus software. Again, The important thing is to make sure you do not run both applications simultaneously. Antivirus programs do not usually play well together, and running two at the same time will often lead to one singling out the other as a virus, or in some cases, even cause file corruption. Plus, running two apps can really eat up system resources, as per the fact their file-skimming functions can mistake each other for viruses themselves.


Kaspersky new Internet security 2014 is excellent antivirus lab test scores. Good score in hands-on malware removal test. Accurate phishing detection. Excellent spam filtering. Intelligent firewall blocks leak tests and exploits. Parental control system more complete than many suites. Safe Money feature adds layers of protection for sensitive online transaction. The 2014 edition of Kaspersky Internet Security includes everything you'd expect from a security suite, and all of the components work as they should. It doesn't score as well in my hands-on antivirus tests as in independent lab tests, but it's a good choice for protection.

  • Just average score in hands-on malware blocking test.
  • Some difficulty installing on malware-infested test systems.
  • No remote management or monitoring with parental control.

Kaspersky Antivirus 2014 has all new advanced disinfection at install handles active malware. Excellent ratings from independent labs. Very good score in hands-on malware removal test. Accurate phishing protection. Useful bonus tools. The independent testing labs give top marks to Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2014). It didn't fare quite as well in my own hands-on tests, but it's definitely a good choice.

  • Some difficulty installing on malware-infested systems.
  • Good-not-great results in hands-on malware blocking test

Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Installed on infested test systems with help from ancillary tools, tech-support advice. Very good scores from independent antivirus labs. Near-best antiphishing. Intelligent firewall. Password manager syncs across devices. Full-powered parental control. Remote management of other Kaspersky installations. Can back up to Dropbox. File encryption and shredding. Privacy scan. Useless file scan. Vulnerability scan. Safe Money online transaction protection. Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security includes every security component you can imagine, most of them very good. Some might even prefer it to Norton 360, our current Editors' Choice for mega-suite.


  • Malware cleanup can take a long time.
  • Safe Money can't block clipboard capture, can't always block screen capture.
  • Minor drag on system performance.

Kaspersky Antivirus for MAC Easy install, even on infected systems. Special and multiple scans effective at removing malware. Kaspersky Security Network helps identify new threats. Top-notch phishing protection. Includes protection against exploits and several scans for insecure settings. Kaspersky Anti-Virus scores well both in independent lab tests and in PCMag's own tests. Its antiphishing and exploit prevention, features typically reserved for suites, both work very well. Add a number of bonus features and you've got a very good choice for antivirus protection.


  • Special and multiple scans effective at removing malware.
  • Kaspersky Security Network helps identify new threats.
  • Top-notch phishing protection.
  • Includes protection against exploits and several scans for insecure settings.

Bonus features for kaspersky
Security for businesses
Kaspersky security scanner
Kaspersky antivirus pros & cons

System requirements
  • General demands:
    • 480 MB free space on the hard disk
    • CD-ROM (to install the product from the CD-distributive)
    • Internet connection (to activate the product)
    • Computer mouse
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or above (to update anti-virus
    • databases and application modules on the Internet)
    • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0 or above

  • Requirments for a netbook:
    • Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor or a compatible equivalent
    • Intel GMA950 video card with at least 64 MB of video RAM (or a compatible equivalent)
    • Screen size no less than 1024*576.

  • Operating Systems:
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (SP2 and above)
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2 and above)
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (SP2 and above)
    • Intel Pentium 800 MHz 32-bit (x86)/64-bit (x64) processor or higher (or a compatible equivalent)
    • 512 MB RAM
    • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (with Service Packs 1 and 2) (32/64 bit)
    • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (with Service Packs 1 and 2) (32/64 bit)
    • Microsoft Windows Vista Business (with Service Packs 1 and 2) (32/64 bit)
    • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (with Service Packs 1 and 2) (32/64 bit)
    • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (with Service Packs 1 and 2) (32/64 bit)
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Starter (with Service Pack 1) (32/64 bit)
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic ( with Service Pack 1) (32/64 bit)
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (with Service Pack 1) (32/64 bit)
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional) ( with Service Pack 1) (32/64 bit)
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (with Service Pack 1) (32/64 bit)
    • Intel Pentium 1 GHz 32-bit (x86)/64-bit (x64) processor or higher (or a
    • compatible equivalent).
    • 1 GB free RAM (32-bit)
    • 2 GB free RAM (64-bit)

Bitdefender antivirus Plus Very good scores in PCMag's antivirus tests. Great scores in independent lab tests. Excellent phishing protection. Prevents transmission of private data. ID theft monitoring. New Wallet manages passwords, private data. Safepay hardened browser protects financial transactions. Scans Facebook profile, scans system for vulnerabilities. New Security Report summarizes each week's events. Core antivirus protection in Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (2014) gets good scores in my tests and great scores from the independent labs. The "Plus" in the name refers to an impressive collection of effective, relevant, security tools. It's a great choice.

  • Some difficulty installing on malware-infested systems.
  • Wallet password management limited.
  • Wallet can't fill Web forms.

Bitedefender Internet security Autopilot mode minimizes user interaction. Good antivirus scores in PCMag's tests; great scores in lab tests. Excellent phishing protection. Very accurate spam filtering. Password management. Secure browser. Firewall resists direct attack. Full-scale parental control and Facebook monitoring. Bitdefender Internet Security does everything a suite should, and does it without bombarding the user with queries and alerts. It's a big package, but its performance impact is no more than average. It's definitely a good choice.

  • Default firewall configuration omits some protections.
  • Average impact on performance.
  • Some difficulty installing on malware-infested systems.
  • Password management is limited.

Bonus features for bitdefender

System Requirements
  • General demands
    • Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista with Service Pack 2
    • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
    • Windows 8
    • Before installation, make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements:

  • Minimum system requirements
    • 1.8 GB available free hard disk space (at least 800 MB on the system drive)
    • 800 MHz processor
    • 1 GB of memory (RAM)

  • Recommended system requirements
    • 2.8 GB available free hard disk space (at least 800 MB on the system drive)
    • Intel CORE Duo (1.66 GHz) or equivalent processor
      Memory (RAM):
    • 1 GB for Windows XP
    • 1.5 GB for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
    • To find out the Windows operating system your computer is running.

  • Hardware information follow the instructions below:
    • Locate My Computer or Computer icon on your desktop or from the
    • Start menu and right-click on it
    • Select Properties from the menu
    • Here you can find out:
    • Windows Edition
    • Service Pack
  • Note: if not specified, it means no Service Pack is installed and you should consider applying the latest Service Pack corresponding to your Operating System
    • - CPU specifications and RAM Memory

ESET Nod32 Antivirus Blocks known malware-hosting URLs. Now includes phishing protection. Social media scanner automatically posts warnings if it finds dangerous links in your Facebook profile. Includes interactive online cybersecurity training. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 6 does a better job blocking malware attack than its previous version, and it now includes phishing protection and a social media scanner. It's good at what it does, but others are great.

  • Installation on infested test systems required hours on the phone with tech support.
  • Antiphishing detection rate not as good as Internet Explorer alone.
  • Malware cleanup and blocking good, but not great, in independent lab tests.

ESET smart security Unusual anti-theft component helps recover a lost or stolen computer. Includes phishing protection. Filters spam from both POP3 and IMAP accounts. Parental content filter handles HTTPS pages. Very low impact on system performance. ESET Smart Security 6 includes all the expected elements of a security suite, but adds an anti-theft component to help you recover a lost or stolen computer. Its test scores are consistently good, but not at the top. Consider it if anti-theft is a prime concern for you.

  • Installing on malware-infested systems requires hours on phone with tech support.
  • Antiphishing not as effective as IE alone.
  • Missed over 20 percent of spam.
  • Parental control limited to website blocking/logging.

Bonus features for ESET security

System requirements
  • General demands
    • Windows 8, 7, Vista, Home Server:
    • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    • 512 MB (1 GB for Vista x64) RAM of system memory
    • 320 MB available space
    • Super VGA (800 × 600)
    • Windows XP:
    • 400 MHz 32-bit (x86)/ 64-bit (x64) processor
    • 128 MB RAM of system memory
    • 320 MB available disk space
    • Super VGA (800 × 600)

Comodo Internet security PRO 6 guarantees protection against viruses and malware by focusing on prevention not simply detection. Our patent pending prevention based technology creates an impenetrable shield that identifies safe, unsafe and questionable files. Comodo Internet Security Pro 6 offers real-time protection against Viruses, Trojans, Adware, Spyware and other Malware threats. Other Antivirus products depend on signature updates alone but Auto Sandbox Technology™ means you’re protected from even unknown threats.

  • Poor protection against phishing sites.
  • Malware clean up isn't really accurate, still leaves malware tracings.

Comodo internet security is a multi-layered security application that keeps hackers out and personal information in. Built from the ground upwards with your security in mind, Internet Security offers 360° protection by combining powerful Antivirus protection, an enterprise class packet filtering firewall, advanced host intrusion prevention and automatic sandboxing of unknown files.

  • Malware removal isn't all that perfect then what I was hoping for.
  • Geekbuddy services are quite horrible, connection issues and much.

Comodo antivirus bonuses

System requirements
  • Windows 8 (Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions)
  • Windows 7 (Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions)
  • Windows Vista (Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions)
  • 384 MB available RAM
  • 210 MB hard disk space for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions
  • Internet Explorer Version 5.1 or above
    • Windows XP (Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions)
    • 256 MB available RAM
    • 210 MB hard disk space for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions
    • Internet Explorer Version 5.1 or above


Avast antivirus 2014 Good ratings from independent antivirus test labs. Streamlined user interface. Many options for malware cleanup. Website reputation check. Do Not Track. Checks for unpatched applications. Can install and scan in Safe Mode. A newly streamlined user interface and some interesting new features. With 200 million users it's definitely a contender in the free antivirus space.

  • Middling score in malware-blocking test.
  • Heuristic malware detection blocked some valid programs.
  • Difficult to exclude wrongly-blocked programs.
  • Phishing protection weak.

Avast Internet security 2014 Very good ratings from independent labs. Very good blocking of malicious URLs. Scans for unpatched security holes. Many bonus features. Tough firewall handles program control internally. Sandbox virtualizes iffy programs. Hardened browser. Tiny performance impact. Power users will especially like its sandbox virtualization and SafeZone hardened desktop. Just watch out for its over-aggressive behavior blocker, which quarantined valid programs during testing.

  • Over-aggressive behavior blocking quarantined valid programs, and excluding them from scan proved difficult.
  • Spam filter missed quite a few spam messages.

Bonus features for Avast!

System requirements

  • Operating Systems Supported
    • Windows 7 (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Windows Vista (any Edition excl. Starter Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)

AVG antivirus 2014 Excellent protection against malware attack on a clean system. Effective malware cleanup. Toolbar offers secure search, Do Not Track, Facebook view, more. Includes secure deletion file shredder. A bit of trouble getting installed on malware-infested test systems, but once it's installed it does a good cleanup job, and it was even better at protecting an already-clean system. You'll get excellent free antivirus protection from AVG.

  • Difficult installation on malware-infested test systems.
  • Some users may object to numerous upsell attempts

AVG internet security 2014 Very good scores in hands-on malware removal and blocking tests. Encrypted storage plus secure deletion protect sensitive data. Accurate spam filtering. Smart firewall handles program control itself. Tiny performance impact. Once again, getting AVG Internet Security 2014 installed on malware-infested systems was a challenge, but it did a good job in the end. A smart firewall, accurate spam filtering, and useful encryption system make up for less-than-stellar protection against phishing frauds.

  • Tough time installing on malware-infested test systems.
  • Dismal score in antiphishing test.
  • Average scores from independent antivirus labs.
  • Tune-up feature requires separate purchase

Bonus features for AVG

System requirements
  • Minimum requirements
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 1.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB of RAM (Windows XP) / 1024 MB of RAM (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8)
  • Hard disk free space (for installation)
    • AVG Anti-Virus Free: 1200 MB
    • AVG Anti-Virus: 1300 MB
    • AVG Internet Security: 1300 MB
    • AVG Premium Security: 1400 MB

  • Recommended system requirements
  • Processor
    • Intel Pentium 1.8 GHz or faster
  • Memory
    • 1024 MB of RAM
  • Hard disk free space (for installation)
    • AVG Anti-Virus Free: 1500 MB
    • AVG Anti-Virus: 1600 MB
    • AVG Internet Security: 1600 MB
    • AVG Premium Security: 1700 MB

Avira Antivirus suite 2014 Adds advanced antivirus technology not found in free edition. Very good independent lab results. Very good results in our hands-on malware blocking test. Avira Antivirus Suite (2014) offers advanced antivirus features and full tech support, which you don't get with Avira's free antivirus. However, in testing it caused serious collateral damage with no obvious benefits over the free edition.

  • Destroyed two infested test systems, beyond the ability of tech support to repair.
  • Poor score in hands-on malware removal test.
  • Ineffective antiphishing

Avira Internet security suite 2014 Very good antivirus lab test results. Very good malware blocking in our hands-on tests. Extremely comprehensive PC tuneup / cleanup tool. 200GB of hosted online backup. Easy backup system. Small impact on system performance. Avira Internet security Suite (2014) doesn't include all of the typical suite features, but its system tuneup tool is way beyond comprehensive, and it offers more hosted online backup than the competition.

  • Irreparably damaged two malware-infested test systems.
  • Poor detection of phishing websites.
  • Limited parental control.

Bonus features for Avira

System requirements
  • Operating Systems
    • Microsoft Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit editions)
    • Windows Vista SP1 (32 and 64-bit)
    • Windows XP SP2 (32 and 64-bit)
    • Windows 2000 (SP4 and Update Rollup 1)

  • Memory
    • Minimum 1024 MB RAM for Windows 7 & Windows Vista, or 256 MB RAM for Windows XP & 2000

  • Hard-Drive Space
    • Minimum 300MB + quarantine space

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A big problem here is that many users do-not know proper ways of removing their infection from their systems, so they often forget and let the infection feed off of their systems files, archives Etc.. Also many are constantly paranoid. Malwarebytes is probably the most popular Malware removal tool. Many members consider Malwarebytes to be a Antivirus software, but no Malwarebytes isn't a Antivirus software, I repeat, malwarebytes isn't a Antivirus software. Do not replace your real-time Antivirus protection for Malware. Even though Malwarebytes may seem more affective, It doesn't remove every piece of Malware found on a users system. Please... Continue to use both your real-time Antivirus protection and Malwarebytes as they both come in handy

MBAM (Malwarebytes AntiMalware) Malwarebytes is most likely the most popular Malware removal tool out there. Many members here use it (Including me) You won't go wrong having extra security, malwarebytes is very sufficient & affective.

Malwarebytes AntiExploit Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit BETA protects you from zero-day exploits targeting browser and application vulnerabilities. Its proprietary technology protects you in that critical period between the release of a new exploit and its subsequent security patch. And, unlike antivirus products, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit BETA proactively prevents the exploit from installing its payload. Before it can do damage.

Spybot S&D Spybot Search & Destroy is a free antispyware utility that targets adware, malicious code, and other threats. It also cleans security tracks, shreds files, and tweaks the Registry.

JRT (Junkware removal tool) Junkware Removal Tool is a security utility that searches for and removes common adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your computer

AdwCleaner AdwCleaner is a program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer. By using AdwCleaner you can easily remove many of these types of programs for a better user experience on your computer and while browsing the web.

these tools are ease of us for rookies. I wouldn't dare to recommend some high-powered Malware removal tool like ComboFIX.

I thank you all for taking your time and reading through this glorious guide on Antivirus software. Please note that these are my recommended antivirus softwares, If you'd like me to edit/tweak anything within this guide just go right ahead and shoot me a private message. I thank the following members as well for helping me out on this thread; #Thunder, Grim, Mohatu.
This was all taken from my HF thread (can be found here; http://www.hackforums.net/showthread.php?tid=3938193) I gave myself permission.
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Mrurbanarjan said:
Whats wrong with Norton? I use myself
Norton is a resource hog, too many false positives, slows down performances.

I am surprised that you are using it to be honest, why not just go with Malwarebytes?
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Chief said:
Norton is a resource hog, too many false positives, slows down performances.

I am surprised that you are using it to be honest, why not just go with Malwarebytes?
Got anymore info about it? So far I have had no problems with Norton, but if you recommend a different anti-virus, I would like some more info.


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I use Malwarebytes. I took off Norton after awhile. It's just too much of a resource hog and blocks just about anything really.
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Mrurbanarjan said:
Got anymore info about it? So far I have had no problems with Norton, but if you recommend a different anti-virus, I would like some more info.
Go read some reviews on Norton. I prefer you to go read PCmag as they're legitimate.
Zeus said:
Thanks for posting this on BuzzForums, Chief! Once we get the custom theme added, it should fix it'self. Stickied.
I'll be editing it out a bit as well mate no worries
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Mrurbanarjan said:
Alright will do right now
Pro's -------------------------------Con's ------------------------------------Conclusion
What's good all that when there malware detected rate has gone to completely shit? I'd say it is quiet impressive how Norton has stepped their game up but I am still able to say they system hog the MOST still, out of everything.
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Nash. said:
You really have to change those white colors, we can't see them.

OT: I'm using Avast and Malwarebytes currently.
I am aware of the colors. It's the themes doing, not mine.
Zeus will be changing the theme later on, don't worry.
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Shane said:
I use Malwarebytes. I took off Norton after awhile. It's just too much of a resource hog and blocks just about anything really.
I really hope that you are using an Antivirus along with Norton.
Also, for the person using Norton, it have low detection rates, its bloated, have huge resources consumption and have one of the worst technical support ever. If you are to pay for an Antivirus, buy one that is worth it like Kaspersky or ESET, not for a shitty one like Norton or McAfee.