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What is the best anti-virus security software available

Updated on July 7, 2012
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Everyone has their opinion

As the title to this section states, everyone has their opinions. This follows true well into the anti-virus world too. However, your opinion just may be a security hole in your computer. There are people who swear by a certain anti-virus. This could be because of the marketing hype of the software, because a good friend recommended it, or because everyone out there thinks they are computer network security specialists when they know how to download a torrent or rip a DVD.

None of those are good reasons to choose a certain software over another. Many of the anti-virus software out there are all the same. Some may offer a 5 minute database list update over a 15 minute database list update but in the end, you wasted ten more dollars over 10 less minutes. It doesn't help and maybe the software was crap to begin with.

After my PayPal account got hacked and a lot of my money stolen, I went on a mad search to try to find out what the best anti-virus software was out there. My results shocked me.

Free doesn't mean it's no good

I want to introduce to you an anti-virus that you may or may not have heard of before. Microsoft Security Essentials. This is an important program. It is much more lightweight than suite software options and it does the same job. And better yet, it's FREE!

This software from Microsoft is taking the world by storm. People often have nasty things to say about Microsoft and their products. Some things that these people need to understand is that Microsoft builds anti-virus software that work hand in hand with their own OS. Microsoft's built in defender and firewall has also gotten much better over the years since the standard for security has risen time and time again.

Microsoft Security Essentials is what I use now, after trying numerous other programs out there with below par results. I have used many programs including Norton, AVG, Avira, and many others. I find that Microsoft Security Essentials outperforms them not only by catching and destroying viruses but preventing them from even becoming a problem in the first place. The reason for this is the daily virus definition update available. But another reason is because the program protects your PC in real-time and has live system behavior monitoring. You can find a full list of features by going to the software feature and benefits page.

To run with or not to run with... That is the question

You have options when it comes to running Microsoft Security Essentials. You can run other industry leading software side by side with it and still have great performance and protection from your computer. Two of these programs I suggest running with MSE for optimum protection is Keyscrambler and MalwareBytes.

Keyscrambler deters keyloggers from getting your keystrokes and stealing valuable information such as login and password information. This is the golden age for keyloggers and I have lost much information and money due to one of these nasty little buggers. And what makes it worse is that they are becoming much more stealthy with each passing day.

MalwareBytes is the industry leading standard for anti-malware and is recommended by many online businesses and critics. This program comes in a free and paid version. The paid version runs in real-time while the free version you need to scan manually. Both are great options.

Pair these two programs with MSE and you are good to go! I use this setup and I will tell you it works with flying colors. Read below for my personal testimonial of MSE and what it has done for me.

My personal testimonial

Since I have started using MSE, I have had ZERO problems. I was using AVG right before I swapped to this and I will be the first to say that I have no regrets. I lost my personal information many times while I was using AVG. I lost many usernames and passwords to online gaming accounts and financial institutions.

I decided to re-evaluate my situation when it came to anti-virus and anti-malware. I decided to take action. I looked around and stumbled upon MSE. I gave it a try. What a difference. Since then, I have had no worries and no viruses. For extra protection, I decided to throw in keyscrambler and MalwareBytes. I am 110% protected. Even if a virus or keylogger finds it way onto my computer, keyscrambler will not allow it to detect my keystrokes due to it encrypting them. If MSE doesn't detect the keylogger, and that's a big if, I will run MalwareBytes and it will find and destroy it.

I just can't find the proper words to say when it comes to how I am feeling about MSE and what it has done for my security holes, not to mention PC performance. If you are thinking about using any other security program out there, try this before you go buy something. Give it a chance and see if it can do the same for you that it has done for me. You may be surprised too.

If you don't want to use MSE, the next software I suggest you use is Comodo Internet Security or Comodo Anti-Virus Advanced. It's good stuff also.


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      8 years ago

      COMODO best antivirus.I am using for past one year.It is used secured for my PC.So,use COMODO antivirus for prevention,detection and cure.

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      Cliff Beaver 

      9 years ago from Murfreesboro, TN USA


      In a security sense of speaking, anti-virus software is just on piece in the whole security puzzle. You cannot rely these days on just an anti-virus or any other "piece" of the puzzle. Now I don't know your setups or computing practices, so I cannot accurately make any comments about whether or not it was MSE's fault.

      Based on my own computing experiences and network security background, I am satisfied to say that I alone, am perfectly happy about the great job Microsoft is doing with their version of anti-virus and hope they continue the good race. I'm sorry to hear that you had a nasty infection. Hope you get it sorted out.

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      9 years ago

      MSE (M$ Security Essentials) is seriously bad. I'm sorry to say this, but several computers on my "beat" have been nastily infected recently, and they have been running fully-patched MSE. I'm actually pretty happy with the latest Symantec corporate and Norton offerings.

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      Lenore Robinson 

      9 years ago from Delaware

      Just wanted to let you know: I downloaded, installed and ran the malbyte quick scan -25 regestry infections! I currently have McAfee Total and MS Defender. I do full scans regularly-never find anything. Unbelievable! Thanks Again!

    • mrpudgy profile imageAUTHOR

      Cliff Beaver 

      9 years ago from Murfreesboro, TN USA

      @Lenore Robinson

      Glad I could suggest some stuff to help you out :)

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      Lenore Robinson 

      9 years ago from Delaware

      Great information! Thanks! I thought that I had tried every commerical VS possible. The three you suggest are new to me! I am always on the look out for a better security option. I just love tech hubs! Thanks Again!

    • mrpudgy profile imageAUTHOR

      Cliff Beaver 

      9 years ago from Murfreesboro, TN USA


      Yes, if you integrate Microsoft Security Essentials with your windows, it will run smooth and you shouldn't have any problem with viruses. MSE with the stock windows firewall is very nice. Add malwarebytes with keyscrambler and you are flying pretty nice. Glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      Audrey Selig 

      9 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      This hub is a goldmine. I had my Paypal hacked into also. What a mess. I have McAfee but got viruses in the past when I used it. I will certainly acquire the ones you recommended. I also use Windows Defender but am more impressed with Malwarebytes. I used it for a while when viruses were rampant on my crashing computer. Thanks.

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      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Several years ago, there was a report saying that Kapersky was the best antivirus tool available. Of course, the market has evolved and antivirus tools are not just to anti virus. They need to detect malware, spyware, as well as trojan attacks on PC too.

      Well, I have lost my interest in them and choose not to use any antivirus now. If anything happens, I will just format my pc and start over again. I don't have many software installed, so, it wouldn't be much of a problem.

      Great hub!

    • mrpudgy profile imageAUTHOR

      Cliff Beaver 

      9 years ago from Murfreesboro, TN USA


      Yes smart internet practices are golden when it comes to security. I forgot to mention that in my hub. **shame on me :P** And yes, it is not the best for every situation. Perfect for most home users though.


      I'm a gamer too. If all you do is play games, smart internet practices and the windows firewall with the built in stuff would be "fine" to a point. It becomes an issue when you do a lot of online banking and go to many websites etc etc... You kinda become a target. That's what I've gained from my experiences anyways. Reformatting is a great idea and I do practice it too, as long as you backup your important stuff. I recommend that too.

      I'm glad you both enjoyed the hub. Thanks!

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      Krishnakant Sonakiya 

      9 years ago from Gwalior

      I personally don't use and recommend antivirus software because i m a gamer and I have tested more than 10 antivirus softwares on my gaming system and none of them seemed to work great while "not" slowing down my system. I just play games and then backup my data and format my system once every quarter. I also take care to what I search and click online.

      Many folks aren't convinced to the idea of "formating" their system every now and then. But then again, they also don't pay attention to what they are clicking on the web. It is too sad and idiotic.

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      9 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

      AV software has been one of the biggest pains in the A for me as an IT professional. I like the MSE over AVG for sure, but for support and enterprise use they all have their faults and benefits. I like the support I have received from Trend Micro over all others, but it is heavy on start up and is noticeably slower on older machines. Symantec is very light with it's endpoint software but the uninstall and setup of the server is a huge pain when it doesn't work right. All in all getting a MAC or Win7 and using smart internet practices will always be the best prevention against attack (unless you're a prankster like me in the office). Nice hub, voted up.


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