Antivirus combinations

Posted on 2011-04-22
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
I am curious what some others are using for antivirus combinations.  Is anyone out there using a free antivirus solution with other utilities for business?  Just looking at what would go into setting up a secure desktop if the funds aren't there.
Question by:lflorence
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    Many of the free utilities are only for personal use.  I think a good combination is AVG or Avira with Advanced SystemCare.  Then use Malwarebytes to run as needed on problem children users.  
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    I am not aware of free business/enterprise level anti virus solutions.

    I know MS offers Security Essentials free for up to 10 machines for small business.

    We are using AVG's newest version. Rollout has been great, administration is a breeze. Lots of good features. Plus, the best part is they price match.

    We got a quote from Vexira who sells dirt cheap antivirus. I was going to go with them (it was about $2.50 per machine per year), but then I called AVG. They did a presentation of their new admin console, then proceeded to tell me they would price match anyone.

    That was the clincher: great interface with great scalability with easy rollout and a price match guarantee.
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    Well one rule of security is you don't stack an antivirus on top of one another. You choose one and stick with it. Truth be told if you are careful and don't click on links that say "Download this plugin" (unless it's from a legit site like Adobes Flash Player or something) then any free antivirus such as AVG, Avira, or Avast will work fine and just use Windows Firewall. Other tools to help keep your computer running fast would include CCleaner which removes temp files, cookies, and other unnecessary files. Also having Malwarebytes at the ready is always a good thing as there is no AV out there that will stop everything but Malwarebytes has some great virus analysts who are always on top of their game. Plus you can use it for free to scan and remove viruses. Between those three tools you should have a fast, clean running computer.

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    never combine antivirus, it will cause incompatibility issue, use gData instead it use 2 antivirus engine but will slow down your computer a bit and it's not free, use Microsoft Security Essentials for a free solution:
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    by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
    More precisely you don't want to use more than one solution that does on-access scans.  That is where the incompatibility will show up.  I have a bunch of antimalware solutions installed, but only ESET Smart Security 4 does on-access scans.  Every so often WinPatrol will run a special (I bought a copy for 99 cents).  WinPatrol is a good way to monitor changes to special files and areas on your system (like the hosts file and startup items).  I run WinPatrol alongside ESET with no problems.  I also have CCleaner, Malwarebytes Antimalware, a couple of rootkit detectors, Advanced System Care, and many others installed.  Since those are not on-access scanners I don't run into any problems.

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