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i have bought a samsung laptop today at best buy and they gave me a free copy of kaspersky anti-virus protection (6 months) and i haven't installed it yet because i've always used microsoft security essentials and malwarebytes anti malware and have yet to have any issues on past computers, so i was wondering is it really worth installing or not? if not, what should be done with the disc?

asked Jul 01 '11 at 15:56

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to be blunt. it is a piece of JUNK

FREE and worth installing http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/default.aspx

FREE but a bit naggy asking to update to paid version


Best of luck fighting those maleware and virus files..

answered Jul 01 '11 at 16:04

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Based from CNET, Kaspersky is a good tool http://www.cnet.com/topic-reviews/antivirus.html

Also, you can use Malwarebytes as a backup scan tool just in case

answered Jul 01 '11 at 16:12

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As someone who regularly repairs computers, I use it on nearly all customers PCs and thoroughly recommend it. True, it can slow the system down, but doesn't any? And would you rather use something that's good and slows your system down, or something that's bad and doesn't?

I've even tested it with some viruses which I found on certain websites, and it picked them up straight away, removed them but also creating a backup copy to be on the safe side.

I'd stay away from Norton or McAfee, vast majority of machines with those on were swarming with viruses. I've also heard reports that the McAfee helpline was telling customers to use MalwareBytes to remove a virus they had... oh dear.

If you want to go for a free option then stick with Security Essentials, but since you've been given it free, then you might as well use it.

answered Jul 01 '11 at 16:31

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I know!, return the samsung laptop and get a MacBook!

answered Jul 01 '11 at 17:16

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would you like to pay the extra $1000 dollars so i can buy a piece of aluminum with a shiny apple logo running outdated hardware?

(Jul 02 '11 at 00:34) firebirddreamer firebirddreamer's gravatar image

Kaspersky is a good anti-virus suite. That said, you have to pay for it. If you do really wacky stuff or are really paranoid you should consider Kaspersky. If your just someone who uses a pc for work and facebook (for instance), than Micrsoft Security Essentials is more than safe enough. Malwarebytes is a good addition, but not really necessary.

answered Jul 02 '11 at 06:27

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edited Jul 02 '11 at 06:28

You can try the programs presented in this free virus protection website. I think Avira Antivirus is the best antivirus able to offer free virus protection. They tested all of them and I think you can choose a free solution too, instead a paid software. Just check it out !

answered Jan 25 '12 at 05:58

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Catalin Nic

just Google for benchmark results from different independent Antivirus testing websites, they'd share a good point which uses much resources, and which are more effective. which are those who provide a lot of false positives and which are easily bypassed by virus.

answered Jan 25 '12 at 08:42

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