Forum Thread: Which Is the Best Antivirus?

Which is the best antivirus? Which of them has biggest database of viruses and various attacks? Is ESET good?


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There is no best, there are no greatest. They are all good, and they all work in a pretty similar fashion. That database of viruses and attacks you are talking of are called virus definitions. The term refers to signatures stored by the antivirus to match with the signatures of actual viruses when encountered.

No one here would know which AV software keeps the most up-to-date record of signatures. I assume that all the big names like Kaspersky would keep everything updated at all times. There really isn't much competition between the brands, it's all about the name. They all do the same job and they all do it well (if you pay them well).

Yes, but some of them won't detect most basic attacks or encoded backdoors.

I kill viruses with my bare hands.

But I usually have Malwarebytes backing me up.


I second that.

Same goes for me.
Malwarebytes is one of the most powerful malware scanners imo.
HitmanPro is also a good solution ;)

Great to know that and yeah malwarebytes really is a great antivirus program but as the name suggest its more of malware preventing software and you would want to get a all round antivirus software and thats why i think you should check best antivirus apps for android.

Really? And what if someone will put virus inside your PC and you won't notice it? And Malwarebytes too.

Well then it's a zero-day that no AV knows about. Don't worry since there aren't many of them. You're relying on a fraction of a possibility, and I say you shouldn't overthink it. Whatever you have probably works as best as anything out there could. Whether it's ESET or Kaspersky or Norton. Just rest assured that you are protected, relax and try not to think too much and worry about the impossible (or the marginally possible).

I've put my RPi to read all the traffic coming in and out of my PC using wireshark on a second monitor. And since I know how my normal traffic looks, I'll notice an unusual connection immediatly, even if it is a 0day. I am basically sniffing my own connections all the time.

When I find an unusual connection, I IMMEDIATLY quarantine my PC (meaning I disconnect it from the outside world) and start looking in places it might be hiding. If I didn't find it then I take out my HDD and run it as a VM on another computer, and check the system activity extensively. Then I usually find where the malware is located. If I find it, I also usually try to reverse engineer it and/or submit a sample to AV companies.

And if all that fails, I simply plug my HDD in as an external drive, take out my necessary files, and then destroy my HDD to start over again. Better paranoid than exploited!

Fortunately, I never had to take measures this extreme.


It's not only about the software you have protecting your computer but also how you browse the internet.

Only download things from a reliable source. Using P2P services and browsing torrent websites contain a lot of malware and viruses. Try to keep yourself away from that. Also, always read before clicking on anything because a lot of programs come with sponsored software or toolbars that will annoy you for days.

So just run a popular antivirus with malwarebytes, preferably the pro version, and browse the internet carefully and you should be okay.

Try heading over to AV Comparatives. They test and detail reports on antivirus software in different aspects such as anti-phishing, heuristics, malware removal and performance.

True, there is no best, it all comes down to what they discover, so you are never really safe regardless of what AV you are using. If it's zero day as mentioned already, your screwed regardless.

From experience I would recommend spybot: search and destroy for the stubborn viruses, spybot also has an antivirus now, malwarebytes as a second backup incase spybot doesn't get it. For an everyday AV, Eset is fine, its not any better or worse compared to any other antivirus. Also avast is pretty good as well, and what I mean by pretty good is that it is not a system resource hog like the others.

If none of these get rid of a virus, trojan, adware etc that you suspect you may have, then you need to find out specifically what it is and target it with the right software.

Best way is to experiment with them, I've used almost all of them, I tend to come back to avast, with spybot on the side as a backup. Then if I still suspect something I fall back to Linux Live antivirus ( which runs before the PC even boots up eliminating any ones that try to hide.

VirusTotal says that an AV can, at best, detect 50% of viruses.

People at TopTenReviews always seem to rate Bitdefender as the best antivirus. But when it was hacked, none of credit card information was stored encrypted.

ClamAV is the only popular open source antivirus out there.
I wouldn't recommend QuickHeal even if they offer it to me for free, since I think it is a 'dirty' antivirus.

Norton's manufacturer is the company that creates SSL certificates for big websites, besides Comodo, which also has it's antivirus.

Avast offers a good personal license.
AVG and Kaspersky are known to be faster at scanning than others, though I don't prefer either of the two.
Malwarebytes offers good functionality even in free license.
Dr.Web is good for android, but I can't say anything about its PC counterpart.

So, it comes down to what you prefer. Here in India, many people say quickheal to be the best, but I'm among the few to hate it.

-The Joker

If u game a lot i would reocmmend bitdefender :)
It doesnt do all the stupid cleaning whenever u are in game and eat up all the cpu.

Made for gamers <3

For Windows, the main antivirus programs you can get are Bitdefender, Norton and Kaspersky -- They consistently rank at the top 3 positions in all AV Tests.

Personally, I'd go for Kaspersky if I were you.

I routinely use one Win10 machine to do lots of "unsafe" surfing, lots of torrent downloads, etc. In the past, I had various problems with all the freeware programs I tried, and even WD missed some embedded nasties. A few years ago I had used Kaspersky, and liked it, but after the Kaspersky fiasco, I decided to avoid all the Russian providers. I'm now using Norton security deluxe, and am very pleased. This is a fairly fast machine (quad i7), and I notice NO slowdown.

Norton scans ALL internet traffic, and whenever it finds something seriously questionable, it blocks it from ever getting to the HD. Norton even looks inside of compressed files (zip, arj, etc) and deletes or quarantines them depending on how it's set. The only files I've seen Norton having trouble looking inside of during the download are ISO files, but anything inside those isn't active until after you either mount or burn them.

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