What's the best anti-virus/anti-malware program?

DaveTomneyUK

The Original Mr. T.
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I use sophos as i managed to get it for free for life, when I was working in an I.T. dept.
Maybe you could help me wit this then, I'm interested in Sophos. I'm an home user which would you recommend that as a Anti virus and firewall in one package?

Sophos Endpoint Protection is that what I need or would Home and the free Firewall be enough?
 

lopar

Aspirant
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I'm curious why no one (ok, except djbaxter) using\mentioning Windows Defender (former Windows Security Essentials)? It keeps me safe for years and failed two or three times, when viruses used 0-day.
 

zappaDPJ

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I'm curious why no one (ok, except djbaxter) using\mentioning Windows Defender (former Windows Security Essentials)? It keeps me safe for years and failed two or three times, when viruses used 0-day.
It's generally because people tend to use the same anti-virus product for years without realising that the effectiveness of their chosen product varies substantially year by year. Microsoft's anti-virus product had a poor reputation at one time and that reputation seems to have stuck.

I used Essentials when it was performing well and I've now used Defender for quite sometime backed up with occasional Malwarebytes scan. I haven't had any sort of virus get through since Window 10 was launched so I agree, Defender is a good performer. No infections, no false positives and I wouldn't know it's there although I do run entirely on SSDs. It's also free.
 

rockerfox

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I use Sophos home edition. It seems to be really good. It detects and blocks places where threats are detected.
 
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