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Antivirus combinations

lflorence asked
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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.
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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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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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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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