Re: Avast, Avira, AVG or Sophos?

Bhavya shah

Hi Brian and Gene,
Alright, thanks for the clarifications about any third-party anti
virus program I choose to utilize not being complimentary but
substitutive.a replacement. Whilst my Internet records are quite
clean, I require to interact with multiple USB flashdrives which again
are a great agent of spreading viruses, which I may or may not always
be able to quickly scan before copying a file over quickly and
ejecting. Additionally, while I may not be completely cogent or
objective in my desire to install an alternative anti-virus software,
I have had recent problems with my computer, and those started around
the time Windows Defender started giving alerts of detecting threats
and removing them. All in all, I reckon a supposedly more 'advanced?'
option may prove productive as a long term measures, thus the
question. Since AVG and Avast are such, and Avira, I believe, was
acquired by Avast in the recent past, would Sophos be an obvious
recommendation indirectly? The other programs Brian mentioned aren't
accessibility-vouched, plus I am somewhat hesitant to be adventurous
at the present instant (due to upcoming school examinations).
Apologies for any lack of proactivity from my end in terms of
thoroughly exploring and analysing all available options.

On 7/13/17, Gene <> wrote:
A bit of expansion and clarification may be in order. You can run more than
one antispyware program, such as Malware Bytes but you can't run more than
one antivirus program or more than one program that is a combination
antivirus program and antispyware program in combination with any other
straight antivirus program or combination program. If you want to know what
program to run in place of Windows Defender that is an antivirus or
combination antivirus and antimalware program, that question can be

If you want to know what straight antispyware program people recommend to be
run in addition to what you are running now, that can also be addressed.
----- Original Message -----

From: Brian Vogel
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 1:39 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Avast, Avira, AVG or Sophos?


I am not trying to be argumentative, but why do you consider
Windows Defender "insufficient" given your own self-described behavior in
interacting with cyberspace?

I am also confused as to what you mean by "complement," in this
context. From Windows 8 and onward Windows Defender is a combination
antivirus/antimalware and is rapidly morphing into a still far more
sophisticated product with the cloud-based components coming later this
year. It cannot be run on a system that's running a third-party antivirus
or security suite as they'd engage each other in a battle to the death of
your system since antivirus products use techniques that look like a virus
to each other. That's why you cannot ever run two antivirus programs
simultaneously. Every third party product I know of, including those you've
named, automatically disable Windows Defender when they are installed and
reenable it if they are uninstalled.

I would not consider either AVG (for accessibility reasons and the
fact that it's become insanely oversensitive and false positive laden) or
Avast. Here is what security expert quietman7 had to say as a caution about
these two on the thread entitled, Looking for a good free Anti-Virus, on
You may want to read...
a.. AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history
b.. Avast and AVG Antivirus products collect personal data for selling to
More of a concern for most users, are the nagging pop-ups, nuisance
advertising and prompts to upgrade to the paid version or purchase other

See my comments in Choosing an Anti-Virus Program as to why I recommend ESET
or Emsisoft Anti-Malware.

I cannot speak, at all, to the accessibility of ESET or Emsisoft
Anti-Malware, but I didn't want to alter his message.

If you engage in safe web browsing practices the probability of getting any
infection is quite low. I have been using Windows Defender now for a
couple of years, after having used AVG for probably a decade before that,
and Avast and Panda on a couple of other machines and it has worked just
fine. But, of course, I have little basis for saying that since no
antivirus product I've used has detected an infection for well over a decade

Your own history of having any viruses, malware, etc., ever picked up by
your scanners is the first and best predictor if you're likely to get one
later. It's not a 100% accurate prediction, nothing is, but none of these
programs keeps you 100% safe, either.

See quietman7's comments on Security Basics and Best Practices for Safe
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The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the
opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.

~ Niels Bohr

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