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Itís Not That Antivirus Has Died, Itís That People Have Stopped Using It
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User Rank: Strategist
1/13/2015 | 9:45:28 AM
Trim the fat!
The big boys in the anti-malware market are just that - big and fat. McAfee and Symantec, for example, consume a substantial amount of disk space, processor and memory; resulting in a slow, unreliable solution on most computers today. Only the most modern and higher-end systems can provide the resources that these hogs need to operate.

Nipping at the heals of the big boys are the vultures of anti-malware. Unreliable products, simply by poor design and lack of funding for development. I am not a fan of AVG, Avast and a number of other "free" products that require purchase of something else to remove detected malware.

Microsoft Security Essentials, formerly OneCare, is a boiled-down version of System Center Endpoint Protection and from my experience has outperformed the other big boys - and without all of the fat. SE and SCEP both are lighter weight and more efficient.
User Rank: Ninja
12/8/2014 | 10:13:13 AM
What anti-malware software to use?
Recent findings by PC World indicate that Microsoft's free Security Essentials (called Defender in Win 8) is nearly useless in catching malware, giving its users a false sense of security. Even the best suites only caught around 85% and those that did also gave too many false positives.  So what is an average user to do?  Many balk at spending $20 to $30 for anti-malware suites and try to get by using one of the free ones based on input from their friends (input that can often be out of date, or simply wrong).

It makes for a mess out in the real world.

What could be a reasonable solution? Plus, it begs the question:  Is Microsoft serious about stopping mal-ware or do they just want to snow consumers into thinking they care?

Also, I know many Apple users who adamantly choose to NOT run any anti-malware because they feel  they are somehow inherently protected.  They need some re-education, and hopefully won't have to learn the hard way.


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