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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2014, 04:50:58 AM »
After years with MSE + MBAM, I dumped MSE and am now using Avast! + MBAM (Premium) and MBAE.  I also get a "second opinion scan" frequently with SuperAntiSpyware. 

I also just did another scan with Norton Power Eraser, which found 1 file that it considered "dangerous" -- it got rid of it.  I highly recommend NPE for a "deep cleaning."

If I am going to download a dubious program, I'll put it in the Sandbox. 

I clean my machine with CCleaner every evening.  I have a clean machine.   :)  [Sounds like the lyrics from a Beetles song.]

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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2014, 12:30:22 AM »
Unless you're an expert at cleaning the registry I wouldn't recommend any program
to the average computer user to do that job. Deep scanning for viruses can be done with
avast but is best done under supervision of a Malware Removal expert.
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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2014, 08:44:35 AM »
As many here I've been an Avast user for a while and as for the AV-Tests not really interested in them.I've learned to trust my own personal experience....Like many here I'm using Avast Free alongside Malwarebytes Premium,Comodo's Firewall takes Firewall defense.I use MC Shield whenever using USB and quickly on occasion to update ang scan drives. I'd thought Malwarebytes would be the one to flag most website threats but Avast has ruled there completely and has done a fine job so far.I've been clean on this system for 6 long years many thanks to Avast there!     

With false positives Avast seems to be doing good....I'm getting the few detections that are the "Gen" type on files that I know are clean but of course these files should have been an alert to the average user for sure.   

All said very happy so far and from what I've seen on this topic...overall looks like Avast has passed. Just hope it continues improving so I can be a happy user for long to come.  :)

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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2014, 02:21:25 PM »
                             I would rate Avast free as the best. It gives all the shield thro which virus rootkit or any PUP attack a computer. I always use AVast . The test may take in to account the common items found in Avs. But there are special items , in which I think that Avast surpasses all the AVs.
                               I had this stops suspicious url , suspicious mails, dangerous sites from attacking the computer. Of course, there may be still bugs in this program, but comparing the free version, i rate Avast as the best. If it contains the internet security or add on to the free program, then this is the best, as per my rateings are concerned. I used all the AVS including mcafee, norton, avg etc etc, but the real protection, other than some sophisticated malwares, this is the best free program.
                                 Hope to get the internet firewall in AVG 2015. I also would like the programmers to include firefox as a default inclusion in Windows Firewall, which will give best browsing experience

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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2014, 02:25:35 PM »
@jraju
You're mixing 2 products. it's avast! 2015 that will soon (?) be released. I really don't care about the other av. product. :)

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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2014, 06:02:24 AM »
Hi, I am not mixing the product. Some free av contain firewall of their own. So far avast not included in free version. If this is included, please tell me

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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2014, 03:21:26 PM »
Hi, I am not mixing the product. Some free av contain firewall of their own. So far avast not included in free version. If this is included, please tell me
You neglected to mention which FREE AV includes a firewall?
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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #22 on: October 03, 2014, 03:39:30 PM »
Hi, I am not mixing the product. Some free av contain firewall of their own. So far avast not included in free version. If this is included, please tell me
Obviously you are mixing products since this is Avast and not AVG as you stated below, if avast included a firewall in the free version then how are they to make money from the paid versions ::)

Hope to get the internet firewall in AVG 2015. I also would like the programmers to include firefox as a default inclusion in Windows Firewall, which will give best browsing experience
I don't understand what you mean by default inclusion of Firefox into the Windows firewall ??? If you want Firefox then install it yourself.

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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #23 on: October 03, 2014, 03:49:19 PM »
some vendors have stopped including firewalls and use the OS firewall instead as it is more then good enough for home users


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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #24 on: October 03, 2014, 06:28:01 PM »
I rarely put much stock on the so-called tests.

Except when they show positive results. Then they're toted all around. This is sour grapes, sorry.

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Which could mean sheer luck, or it could mean you have been infected for years but haven't known it, since your AV is not detecting the infection. Another reason to use a second and even third AV on demand regularly.

No AV is perfect, but we all want an AV that scores at or near the top of these independent tests. AVAST used to, it doesn't anymore and hasn't in awhile.




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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #25 on: October 03, 2014, 06:33:52 PM »
I rarely put much stock on the so-called tests.

Except when they show positive results. Then they're toted all around. This is sour grapes, sorry.

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The only test that matters to me is from my own experience. Infection free for several years.  8)

Which could mean sheer luck, or it could mean you have been infected for years but haven't known it, since your AV is not detecting the infection.

OR...... it could mean nothing having to do with "sheer luck" or being "unknowingly infected"
It could mean the AV has done its job reliably and effectively!! ;D
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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #26 on: October 03, 2014, 06:49:54 PM »

OR...... it could mean nothing having to do with "sheer luck" or being "unknowingly infected"
It could mean the AV has done its job reliably and effectively!! ;D

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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #27 on: October 09, 2014, 03:09:31 PM »
Hi, GraigB,
It is a typo error. I meant Avast as I always use Avast
I found, when i see the Allowable Programs by Windows Firewall, most of the important programs are there. But Avast is not there, and i have to include by choosing change the settings and then add the avast. But lesser important exes were found there. I think AV is one program that should find place in the Windows Firewall and so I made this request of finding the avast in the Windows Firewall. I know that Avast does not have free firewall.

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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #28 on: October 09, 2014, 04:03:16 PM »
I run a computer shop and have been installing Avast Free for over 5 years.
Infection comes and goes in waves and effects every AV differently, some weeks all I see in here are those running Norton next week McAfee and so on.
Avast is a great free product and I personally install on 300-500 machines yearly.
As an overall average I see Norton and McAfee in here the most, MSE comes and goes throughout the year, then Kasperskyi and Webroot.
Avast and AVG are the ones I see in here less that 20-30 times each a year and I work on 800+ computers yearly.
So unless they test these AV 6 times or more and Average them over a years time, I will stick with my own results.

Keep up the Great work Avast!

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Re: Long time user of Avast Free surprised by Av-Comparatives results
« Reply #29 on: October 09, 2014, 04:11:40 PM »
I run a computer shop and have been installing Avast Free for over 5 years.
Infection comes and goes in waves and effects every AV differently, some weeks all I see in here are those running Norton next week McAfee and so on.
Avast is a great free product and I personally install on 300-500 machines yearly.
As an overall average I see Norton and McAfee in here the most, MSE comes and goes throughout the year, then Kasperskyi and Webroot.
Avast and AVG are the ones I see in here less that 20-30 times each a year and I work on 800+ computers yearly.
So unless they test these AV 6 times or more and Average them over a years time, I will stick with my own results.

Keep up the Great work Avast!
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