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Title: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: steve58 on November 29, 2020, 07:41:30 AM
So in January(?) Comcast/Xfinity will be eliminating the free Norton they have been providing. Currently I see I can get Norton 360 for ~$20-$25 and I may end up springing for that.  Don't really like that they are hard pushing auto-renewal.  It can be turned off, just going to have to set an alert/reminder.

Just wondering what other Grogs are using on their PCs?
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: Gusington on November 29, 2020, 07:45:00 AM
I use Pandadome.
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: Grim.Reaper on November 29, 2020, 08:16:03 AM
Combination of BitDefender and Malwarebytes.....I have tried others over the years (i.e. avast, norton, mcafee, kaspersky, etc.) and BitDefender is the least intrusive that I have ever used.  To the best of my knowledge, my computer has never been infected and does not report false positives often (actually rarely).

Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: Tripoli on November 29, 2020, 09:07:32 AM
I've used Norton 360 for years and have been happy with it.
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: -budd- on November 29, 2020, 09:25:55 AM
Avast free, Malwarebytes premium, and Win10 defender
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: solops on November 29, 2020, 09:52:24 AM
Combination of BitDefender and Malwarebytes.....I have tried others over the years (i.e. avast, norton, mcafee, kaspersky, etc.) and BitDefender is the least intrusive that I have ever used.  To the best of my knowledge, my computer has never been infected and does not report false positives often (actually rarely).

+1. That is exactly what I am using and what I have used, plus AVG and another I cannot recall.
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: Pete Dero on November 29, 2020, 10:09:23 AM
AVG internet security suite
Anti malwarebytes
CCleaner
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: Sir Slash on November 29, 2020, 10:17:49 AM
Sophos and Win 10 Defender.
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: Millipede on November 29, 2020, 01:45:15 PM
I'm in the same situation as Steve58 and I'll look around but Norton has been good to me and I've been using it since it was rewritten it, so that it wasn't the resource hog that it was years ago, and that was prior to Xfinity providing it free. I'm sure that there are other competent security suites out there but, as I say, Norton has been good to me for a decade or more and I'll probably stick with them.
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: Lotti Fuehrscheim on November 29, 2020, 06:10:04 PM
I only use the standard Windows protection, and Firefox's security. For the last twenty years. I have never been infected with malware or been the victim of nasty stuff. For most of that time I also ran internet services from my network.

My opinion on other protection software is that they just produce problems. They also nag you because they want to make you feel they were worth the money spent on them.

For what it is worth, I am a retired software engineer and I have built network solutions for Dutch and European government agencies.
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: Boggit on December 03, 2020, 09:57:56 PM
Norton 360. Was using Norton Security until today when I upgraded.

I know Sauron40 uses Avast - a free virus protection and he swears by it.

I agree with Lotti's comments about protection software producing problems, especially with heuristics and marketing followup on virtually every little thing. :-\
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: Pete Dero on December 04, 2020, 02:17:38 AM
For the last twenty years. I have never been infected with malware or been the victim of nasty stuff.

Most malware doesn't want you to know you are infected.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie_(computing)

Botnets of zombie computers are often used to spread e-mail spam and launch denial-of-service attacks (DoS attacks). Most owners of "zombie" computers are unaware that their system is being used in this way.

https://computer.howstuffworks.com/zombie-computer.htm
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: Boggit on December 04, 2020, 08:51:30 AM
For the last twenty years. I have never been infected with malware or been the victim of nasty stuff.

Most malware doesn't want you to know you are infected.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie_(computing)

Botnets of zombie computers are often used to spread e-mail spam and launch denial-of-service attacks (DoS attacks). Most owners of "zombie" computers are unaware that their system is being used in this way.

https://computer.howstuffworks.com/zombie-computer.htm
That is very true. Good point.
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: JasonPratt on December 04, 2020, 10:25:52 AM
I have CCleaner, but don't use it for protection issues.

I use paid Avast. It still nags me to buy more stuff on a somewhat regular basis.  ::)
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: Lotti Fuehrscheim on December 04, 2020, 10:41:03 AM
For the last twenty years. I have never been infected with malware or been the victim of nasty stuff.

Most malware doesn't want you to know you are infected.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie_(computing)

Botnets of zombie computers are often used to spread e-mail spam and launch denial-of-service attacks (DoS attacks). Most owners of "zombie" computers are unaware that their system is being used in this way.

https://computer.howstuffworks.com/zombie-computer.htm

I used to monitor my network activity, as I had webserver, mailserver and ftp-server running on my network. Never noticed anything but failed stupid attacks.

I have also regularly ran external scans that don't install themselves on your PC.

And of course I have always been fully patched and for the last decade have always the standard Windows protector running, that causes only the minimum of disruption.

And I don't run MS Office, which removes a large attack vector, and I don't visit dodgy websites (and when I did I used a virtual machine running Linux that resets itself after use. All part of good internet hygiene.
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: steve58 on December 29, 2020, 10:03:17 AM
I decided to pick up Bitdefender Total Security 2021 based on reviews.  I found a 2 yr deal for 5 devices on Amazon for $55 (https://www.amazon.com/Bitdefender-Total-Security-Device-license/dp/B07G8RQGHL/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Bitdefender+Total+Security+2021&qid=1609261216&sr=8-3).  Amazon also had a $15 coupon, so for 2 years for $40 I'm going to give it a shot.

FYI to self.  Always check Slickdeals before ordering.  #:-)

PCWorld has a 2 year/15 device deal for $30 (https://software.pcworld.com/p36636-bitdefender_family_pack_2021_15-device_2-yr).
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: WallysWorld on December 29, 2020, 10:13:59 AM
I use the free version of Kaspersky and it seems to do the trick. I used the free version of Avast for many years before making the switch last summer. I also run Malwarebytes' scans once in a while.

Some say just using Windows Defender is good enough though.
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: JudgeDredd on December 29, 2020, 02:02:43 PM
Windows defender and never had a virus.
Title: Re: Which Internet protection do you use?
Post by: Yskonyn on January 23, 2021, 07:27:32 AM
Bitdefender for years now. Works well and is nicely quiet.