Discussion in 'other software & services' started by max2, Jul 4, 2021.
Bitdefender Total Security
Kaspersky Internet Security would be my choice.
ESET Internet Security
Macrium Reflect Home edition
Imo virus checkers, firewalls and other software that provides people with a false sense of security are no use if your computer goes tits up.......Now having a back up of your computer on external media will help if / when disaster strikes.
I live in England and the last time I came across a shop actually selling retail disk imagining software was the software Symantec Ghost (under the name of Norton Ghost 2003) before the paranoia hustle began, which was to play on peoples fears (ie sell people security software instead of actual software that will save the day).
Having backups are indeed important, but not if your data, passwords or other sensitive info are already stolen or leaked. Then your backups are useless.
So don't put all your trust in just backing up your stuff, in some cases that is not good enough. Prevention is always best, and most backup software can be obtained for free like Reflect or Aomei Backupper and should be used
along with decent AV (even Microsoft Defender).
I would vote Bitdefender Internet Security has I find the extra features on BTS to be unnecessary.
Hi Osaban, I am not sure if Macrium Reflect enters in the category of "security software" but anyway, I would do the same
Actually a backup/restore program like Macrium is in the category of "the mother of all security software"
Technically speaking it is true, a backup/restore program is a passive defense, but given the fact that I have Microsoft Defender (free) which I think is as good as any other top AV, I feel my security is complete. No AV can guarantee 100% detection and I don't keep anything sensitive on my computer...
I would agree Macrium Reflect, but actually the free version would probably suffice for me (though I do have Home!).
And then MS Defender, also 'free'. (Even set to 'High' with Andy Ful's ConfigureDefender).
So not sure I would need to pay for anything!
But to properly answer the question, probably then Emsisoft Anti-Malware ... (or AdGuard desktop, if that classifies as security s/w).
Same here. If we're including it then yes. If not then ESET Internet Security.
- Acronis (although it is not security software, its backup)
- Firefox ^^
- ntlite ftw
if possible or needed, this list
- Sandboxie (already free)
- Shadow Defender (not free, i own a giveaway)
- Windows Firewall Control (free)
there is not much that is missing in windows for general working in a secure environment. but its backup features are really worse.
antivirus is still overrated from my view.
Security software is so extremely overrated that computer shops here push such software onto their customers as it's all you need but they wouldn't ever recommend that their customers back up their computers / important files.
Yes people can use such software to (protect?) them online (I doubt anyone would deny that) but what if something happens and they genuinely cannot boot into Windows? Or even get an error trying to boot into a Dell / HP etc restore partition? Good luck trying to Kaspersky your way back into Windows.
I agree, but the OP is talking about SECURITY software, not BACKUP software. As far as backup software is concerned, Macrium Reflect would be my first choice, but this is off topic here.
One word. Sandboxie.
Really? I would never have guessed!
Yes, that's why in my case, one word is enough.
If you want to play games, go to MT. I am not your toy.
Even this two-letter word is enough to know what your choice is.
OK. Very true.
You are perfectly right more than malware one should fear personal configuration mistakes and glitches within Windows which cannot be remediated by antivirus at all. Even when antivirus is effective in stopping serious threats it is recommended to restore an image to wipe out leftovers.
I have performed hundreds of restores through the years first with ShadowProtect (StorageCraft, very effective but too expensive) and now Macrium Reflect with no failure whatsoever from both programs, and in all instances the reason was related to Windows malfunctioning, some stupid mistakes of mine trying to configure Windows, or botched installations that could not be easily removed.
Most people venturing into security for the first time, learn to configure an antivirus, and ignore backup/restore as having a steep learning curve deemed too geeky for them... As Paulderdash mentioned one doesn't have to pay for anything nowadays to have a backup/restore solution and an AV.
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