Free Antivirus with Anti-Ransomware

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by TheIgster, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. TheIgster

    TheIgster Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Posts:
    719
    Location:
    Canada
  2. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2009
    Posts:
    8,738
  3. IvoShoen

    IvoShoen Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2008
    Posts:
    812
    Cruelsister seems to like 360 TS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEcUOJrPEF0
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 29, 2017
  4. ufakai75

    ufakai75 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2014
    Posts:
    183
    I down loaded this and all my apps stopped functioning. W10 stopped functioning and 20 new apps appeared on my desktop... they didn't function. Had to do a full recovery of W10... NOT FUN.
     
  5. anon

    anon Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2012
    Posts:
    7,015
    #7
     
  6. TheIgster

    TheIgster Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Posts:
    719
    Location:
    Canada
    Thanks...didn't see that there before.
     
  7. EASTER

    EASTER Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2007
    Posts:
    9,870
    Location:
    U.S.A. (South)
    What are you system specs?

    It can make a difference with some softs of this nature? And not always what you might have expected from it as seems what you experienced unfortunately.
     
  8. Rasheed187

    Rasheed187 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Posts:
    15,193
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    OK so they use the behavior blocker to spot ransomware? Then they are the clear choice.
     
  9. Nightwalker

    Nightwalker Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2008
    Posts:
    1,349
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2017
  10. anon

    anon Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2012
    Posts:
    7,015
  11. avman1995

    avman1995 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2012
    Posts:
    944
    Location:
    india
    They do.But again if there is a new malware out there its still going to encrypt couple files before be detected (Assuming it got past all the other shields and cybercapture).Also rather have false positives(that got fixed anyway) than a infected system(where possibly you cant get back your data in case of petya).

    Again it will come down to what you think,What matters most, though, is how a security performs during crisis.Protecting people online in this way is what brings us to work every day and makes that work meaningful.
    https://blog.avast.com/avast-and-avg-only-free-antivirus-score-100-av-comparatives-real-world-test
    Give this read too:
    https://blog.avast.com/sarcasm-alert-new-independent-tester-awards-cia-graded-certification

    On the other hand:
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2017
  12. avman1995

    avman1995 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2012
    Posts:
    944
    Location:
    india
    Its a great application but I am bothered with their privacy policy and some claims floating around the program of being a "spy".
     
  13. anon

    anon Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2012
    Posts:
    7,015
    I assume that you are ok with Avast privacy policy.
    https://www.avast.com/privacy-policy
     
  14. Pat MacKnife

    Pat MacKnife Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2014
    Posts:
    598
    Location:
    Belgium
    Update
    I see on the website that BD free is now including Ransomware protection

    https://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html

    Have look at compare products.
     
  15. TheIgster

    TheIgster Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Posts:
    719
    Location:
    Canada
    I was using Bitdefender free, but had this keep happening. I moved on to Avast Free because of the issue:

    On Thu 6/29/2017 9:19:18 AM your computer crashed
    crash dump file: C:\WINDOWS\memory.dmp
    This was probably caused by the following module: atc.sys (atc+0x86525)
    Bugcheck code: 0xEF (0xFFFFB701A80F07C0, 0x0, 0x0, 0x0)
    Error: CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED
    Bug check description: This indicates that a critical system process died.
    There is a possibility this problem was caused by a virus or other malware.
    A third party driver was identified as the probable root cause of this system error. It is suggested you look for an update for the following driver: atc.sys .
    Google query: atc.sys CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED
     
  16. Pat MacKnife

    Pat MacKnife Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2014
    Posts:
    598
    Location:
    Belgium
    I too had an issue with BD free about 3 months ago, when computer was boot up BD was not active (without a warning) i wanted to scan a file and BD was not scanning, than i found that BD was not active the whole evening....
    That was the time when i switched to avast ;)
     
  17. TheIgster

    TheIgster Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Posts:
    719
    Location:
    Canada
    Yup. Cheers!
     
  18. ance

    ance formerly: fmon

    Joined:
    May 5, 2013
    Posts:
    1,359
    Good decision!
     
  19. ufakai75

    ufakai75 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2014
    Posts:
    183
    Can't speak for you all and how your machines are used. I have used BD free and MBAM premium for years with zero problems. RansomOff and my machine just weren't meant for each other. Am glad it works for those here, but completely froze my system except for boot menu... resulting in a complete restore. Will stay with BD and MBAM premium as long as they continue to provide uninterrupted excellent protection as they have all along. Too bad, really wanted to go with RO.
     
  20. zapjb

    zapjb Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2005
    Posts:
    5,248
    Location:
    USA still the best. But barely.
    OT. I don't hear much noise from Avast & AVG since they merged. Guess they were each others biggest foe.
     
  21. avman1995

    avman1995 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2012
    Posts:
    944
    Location:
    india
    Avast and Avira has been in the AV game for almost 25+ years and qihoo just entered recently with its AV(2012-2013) so of course I would trust them better than qihoo and I am sure you would pick avira over qihoo too.Avast and avira both have had concerns on privacy either with toolbars or data collection but one has a long term history than the other with ask toolbar.So avira is no different in this sector (rather just has a long history with adware)
    http://blog.emsisoft.com/2015/01/17/has-the-antivirus-industry-gone-mad/

    What matters most, though, is how a security performs during crisis.Protecting people online in this way is what brings us to work every day and makes that work meaningful.
    https://blog.avast.com/avast-and-avg-only-free-antivirus-score-100-av-comparatives-real-world-test
    Give this read too:
    https://blog.avast.com/sarcasm-alert-new-independent-tester-awards-cia-graded-certification
    Avira recent failure to detect wannacry even after couple days later in the outbreak drives me even more away from it
    /watch?v=t9DsD7tjtOg

    Lets not talk about avira's history of years with ask toolbar which was specifically known as adware to the most.I am still suprised I recommend them to users who find avast free bulky so i don't exactly disregard avira completely and if I ever will it won't be without valid reasons.I try,use,recommend different free AV's to different people not just avira or avast every single time.So i get a feel of the product whether I like it and I get to have practical views on issues and try to contact them regarding it instead of just blindly critizing them.From what I know and have been told,you haven't used avast in years and avira seems to be your go-to product no matter what.It hasn't been this way for me.There was a time i completely stopped recommending and supporting avast even on wilders.I prefer a practical approach rather than a fanboyish one.See screenshot attached and:
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/avast-back-on-track.364166/page-2#post-2377837

    I think I didn't explain what i meant with their privacy.First of all I am really paranoid with chinese software and I think there were rumors of some component of qihoo plugins which we can't avoid installing
    http://www.ibtimes.com/privacy-issu...-provides-free-antivirus-software-are-1181437
    " The IDF report alleged that "through its application, 360 security Internet browser has downloaded DLL files from 360 servers and applied them without user knowledge, providing no clear file application and usage explanation."

    are you aware that qihoo has bought opera?
    source : Opera browser sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million
    are you also aware of the amount of credibility & users that opera has lost ever since it was acquired by qihoo?
    source : Opera Browser still safe after being bought out by Qihoo 360 and other chinese companies | Norton Community

    Avast is blatantly promoting chrome which is a whole different ball game .avast does not own chrome nor is it affiliated to chrome in any manner whatsoever. do i need to say more? I have no problem sharing data related to threats etc with them and I think vlk explained their privacy policy in detail before (just google it).
    https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=95250.msg759717#msg759717
    https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=157693.msg1140066#msg1140066

    I personally am not happy with all the garbage(atleast they arent adware) they want you to install by defaults and not cut off any protection unlike avira did from their users and atleast we can opt out of those things in case they are a annoyance or the user thinks can evade privacy.Also consider avast free now comes with avg IDP as a major plus point against ransom malware. I hope this answers your questions and doubts with my choices! :)

    Have a good day!
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jul 2, 2017
  22. TheIgster

    TheIgster Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Posts:
    719
    Location:
    Canada
    Good post true indian.
     
  23. Nightwalker

    Nightwalker Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2008
    Posts:
    1,349
    +1 very informative
     
  24. zapjb

    zapjb Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2005
    Posts:
    5,248
    Location:
    USA still the best. But barely.
    For my Opera fix I use Vivaldi some of the time. Vivaldi is a web browser from the founders of the original Opera Web Browser in 1994.
     
  25. Pat MacKnife

    Pat MacKnife Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2014
    Posts:
    598
    Location:
    Belgium
    Thats also a reason why i don't use Opera ... the owner Qihoo, i will stay away from that 360 stuff, i don't trust it.
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.