Experienced PC security enthusiasts: What AV/Firewall/Spyware combo have you found to offer the best protection?
I’ve tested dozens of programs, free and paid versions, and have settled on Nod32/Outpost/Malwarebyte’s. Nod32 has the best track record according to AVB100, has an easy to use interface without a lot of confusing, extraneous clutter, and has a relatively light footprint. I’ve never had a problem while using this AV. For firewalls, I’ve settled on Outpost because it seems very comprehensive yet easy to use, with well-written, easy to understand instructions. I also like the way it offers you a recommendation on what to do when it requires you to choose a course of action. You always know what’s going on with this firewall. As for anti-spyware I’ve settled on Malwarebyte’s mostly due to reputation. I’ve never heard anything bad about this program, infact everyone seems to rave about it, including moderators of many message boards dedicated to internet security. It also doesn’t seem too agressive, with very few ‘false positives’ being reported. On a sidenote I also use Trojan Remover, an excellent AV program that has found malware the others missed, with the only downside being its lack of real-time protection.
I am still an amateur with regards to internet security (and software in general), so would love to hear feedback from anyone that has handpicked their lines of defense (rather than the “hey, it was free!” or “i just use what the salesman at Bestbuy suggested” types).
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