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Switched from Kaspersky Internet Security to Bitdefender

  1. Had used KIS for the last 3 years and was having a half-dozen minor issues I knew/suspected to be caused by KIS.

    Replaced KIS with Bitdefender and all of those issues resolved.

  2. Which country is Bitdefender from ?
  3. Bitdefender is the product of Romanian computer software company SOFTWIN.

    For now, I'm happy to have my "KIS issues" resolved. If there are issues with Bitdefender, will cope... none so far.
  4. Scat, Bitdefender is the best, but its almost too aggressive. You will probably find you'll need to tweak it some depending on what you do. Good stuff though.
  5. Have had past couple of years...been good.
  6. Switch to Linux. No need for all that cranky anti-virus crap.
  7. Congratulations on that. But how is it related to trading?
  8. I had to remove kaspersky. It was causing constant glitches and brought my new alienware pc to a crawl at times. I installed trend micro - I suspect it is also hogging resources but at least seems stable.
  9. Or you can stop clicking on phishing emails. Seems like the easier solution.
  10. Avira is by far the best and I've tested almost all of them. It catches as much as possible, not a huge memory hog and interface makes more sense. Also, importantly it doesn't just remove everything perceived a threat, I've had false positives permanently deleted by AV, I never could get the files back - that's not how AV should work.
  11. Check your Task Manager/Processes to see how much RAM Trend Micro is using.

    One of the reasons I installed Bitdefender is because it's claimed to have a "light impact" on the system. Seems some truth to that statement, as Bitdefender's "bdagent" is using 69MB on my rig currently while Kaspersky was at least double that.

    (Over the years I've had half-dozen different AV software. They have all been good at first... until they developed problems, became inconvenient or annoying.)
  12. Question... what is the safest way to open an attachment on an email? Is that what the "sandbox" is for?
  13. A sandbox is a virtual environment. Any changes malware makes to that virtual environment are negated when the system is shut down as nothing is written to non-virtual disk. Some browsers try to incorporate some of sandbox's features. Seems a program like Sandboxie is a good idea for surfing the net. When I checked into it a few years back, the one weakness was that I couldn't mark a folder to "write through" the sandbox.... for archiving stock market data in MetaStock. Don't know if that has changed.)
  14. That's not the actual memory usage. All AV nowadays use multiple processes. The agent is just the frontend, just the GUI basically, the actual AV is in the hundreds of MB.
  15. Any thoughts on the newest Norton Security suite? Thanks

  16. Antivirus on a trading computer - no way! Have not run an AV for maybe 5 years now. I do a daily sweep for them anyway - amazing how clean your computer stays when not down loading free crap or surfing the porn.
  17. "...not down loading free crap or surfing the porn..."

    Not surfing porn... what are you, inhuman??
  18. I won't open email attachments unless I know who sent them. I then verify, either by text or phone, that they did indeed send them. I've received email attachments that were sent from individuals who did not know they were infected...until they started getting angry emails from everyone in their address book.

    I use MS security essentials currently, with periodic scans using MS security scanner, free Kaspersky scanner, and Malwarebytes. Years ago I caught the re-direct (Alurion) on an XP system. I was running Mcafee at the time, but of all the free scans I ran, found it with Kaspersky, and removed it. I switched to essentials after catching a virus on my current SPX 64bit system, again while using Mcafee. MS Scanner found it, so I loaded up essentials and it quarantined it. decided to make the switch, especially since it's free. So far so good. No issues with bogging down, except occasionally if running a full scan with any of the scanning software mentioned.

    I use free Avast protection on my tablet.
  19. hahahaah ...Yeah the problem is.... if you knew some of my idiot friends that send me emails... lmao... I mean dumb. But I wouldn't trade em for anything.

    My rule of thumb.... I just don't open anything at all. Not even from my broker lol.
    Somehow life manages to go on whether one opens their email or not I've found
    If someone gets pissed because I didn't get back to em.... oh well. F em.
    But I'm lucky enough to be in a position I can do that. I guess if someone works for the man... they gotta play the game.
  20. LOL. Nice.:D
  21. Had Bitdefender and it nailed a number of ugly exploits.

    Got a call from my broker that a Euro location hacker had made multiple attempts on accessing my account. His IP put him in BD's backyard. Had no reason at all to think they might connected, but that was little comfort since I was in a position to recently be aware of an overseas net scam that involved $100Ks of unfortunately irrecoverable booty.

    Decided to get security software that at least originated stateside so I dug into the research process and finally chose WebRoot. I also found good support for the problems in my particular trading software. Scanning was particularly fast.

  22. After I did a total computer "reformat" I switched to Bitdefender for a total of 18 hours. They are very poor in service. I paid for the premium install but could never make contact with that department. You can not find on line chat support from their website. Finally I made contact from an email link and it took 11 minutes to for them to respond after they say "hello how can I help you".

    Chat support was not able to make contact with "the premium install" staff either so I did the install myself but I could not install Microsoft Office and Microsoft could not get into my computer to help me. Again chat support said Bitdefender was missing the pieces in their software install that would let me allow Microsoft in and they said I had to repair the program. Their efforts to lead me into repairing the program did not work so I just did a total uninstall and called my prior antivirus service and they immediately did the install for me and I was protected once again.

    I have now asked for a total refund from Bitdefender so we shall see how that goes. I had heard from a friend who does a radio show on computers that Bitdefender is the best antivirus protection so with my computer reformat I decided to make the switch. They may very well have the best product but they have the poorest client support that I have ever experienced in any of my support contacts ever with any product.
  23. ESET is the best.
    How do I know?
    Supply and demand, it costs the most.
  24. Thanks.. Good thread.

    I just performed a clean install of Windows 7, installed Kaspersky and Malwarebytes immediately. Caused a major conflict. Unsure if it was Malwarebytes or Kaspersky. Got rid of Malwarebytes. Seems fine now. I agree tho. Kaspersky seems somewhat bloated.
  25. Was that the new version of Malwarebytes... v3? They are claiming with that one you won't need to use an anti-virus as v3 will take care of it. Could be v3 is seen by Kaskersky as "a 2nd AV" and are conflicting by each trying to serve the same/similar functions??
  26. Yes, quite possible. Haven't bothered to look since. If Malwarebytes Version 3 was released in the last two weeks, then yes, it was version 3.

    Huh. Maybe I'll try swapping them.
  27. It's my understanding that Malwarebytes is a scanner only and does not have realtime protection. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2455505,00.asp
  28. The link is describing the "free" version. Malwarebytes makes no claim about RT protection from this version, only from the paid version.
  29. I was reading technet, microsoft and Malwarebytes articles about this very question as I intended to deploy malwarebytes v3 in a small office environment. I received conflicting information.

    MS said it was not compatible and would be considered a 2nd AV program.

    Malwarebytes stated they received reports of conflicts.

    Early today I sent Malwarebytes an email requesting clarification and link to information that their product v3 is indeed compatible with AV programs ie. Kaspersky, MSE, ESET etc... and/or they resolved any know conflicts,

    Microsoft answers
    Malwarebytes forum

    Couldn't locate my technet article, forgot to bookmark ...

    When I receive reply will update...
  30. The notion of Malwarebytes V3, "replacing AV" is a revolutionary concept. New now, and perhaps we'll have to see how successful they are.
  31. I really like Malwarebytes, great company, excellent products.
    (they have recently acquired Adwcleaner).

    Depending how they develop their AV product will be interesting, if by acquisition I would be much more inclined to adopt early than if they are intent on "developing" their own, at least in its infancy.

    For the business environment, difficult to beat Kaspersky (or other preferred seasoned, experienced company) (Eset, Bitdefender, etc...)

    But for malware, they are tops... my current concern is anti-ransom for the office environment.

    Hence the interest in pro version of malwarebytes...
  32. Update for anyone interested...

    According to Malwarebytes (MWB), MWB 3.x is compatible with most AV programs, i.e Kaspersky, ESET, BitDefender, Avast, etc... Microsoft essentials (MSE) has known issues, which requires deactivating real time monitoring, excluding files and/or disabling.

    In essence:
    MSE/MWB is not a viable solution
    Kaspersky/MWB is a viable solution
    ESET/MWB is a viable solution
    BitDefender/MWB is a viable solution

    Some solutions may require excluding certain files (described in their KB's)

    Please see attached Compatibility test report for reference

    To follow is the text from my email inquiry and replies.

    I am interested in obtaining malwarebytes 3.x for my home network (3 users) and for a small business environment (5+ users). I was reading articles from Microsoft advising against installing Malwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials simultaneously. I am aware of the conflicts between installing simultaneous instances of AV, but I am unclear if malwarebytes would be considered an AV product. I request clarification regarding the compatibility prior to purchasing. Can you please advise if this is a conflict or not.

    Hello xxxxx. Welcome to Malwarebytes support, my name is Davide and I’ll be assisting you today.

    Over 50% of our home user customers already have replaced their Symantec, McAfee, etc. with Malwarebytes Premium. We believe in layered defense and built Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium to provide the right mix of proactive and signature-less technologies to combat modern threats and zero-day malware.

    The combination of our Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit, Anti-Ransomware, Website Protection, and Remediation technologies has you better covered against modern and zero-day threats than the traditional antivirus companies that charge more for less effective protection.

    We built Malwarebytes 3.0 to be compatible with all major antivirus software, including Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials.

    The conflict with MSE is caused by a faulty Windows update for Windows 7 that cause compatibility issues between Microsoft Security essentials (MSE) and Malwarebytes

    You can find this listed as known issue and our developers are working with Microsoft to resolve it :

    The workaround for this is to disable MSE:

    Open Microsoft Security Essentials → click “Settings” tab → select “Real time protection” → uncheck the box “Turn on real-time protection” (recommended).

    Another possibility is to uninstall MSE: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2435760

    or set exclusions in MSE : https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...icrosoft/26f2810a-47fd-40d8-b35e-3740f00fce85

    The files to exclude are:
    C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\MbamPt.exe
    C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
    C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\assistant.exe
    C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\MBAMWsc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\mbamtray.exe
    C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\MBAMService.exe

    Sorry for this inconvenience.


    Thank you kindly for the detailed explanation.
    Disabling MSE is not an option , prefer to keep an AV program running .

    Can you please advise of AV products which do not conflict with

    Primarily Kaspersky, ESET, Bitdefender. I would be willing to change AV if
    necessary to use MWB 3.x

    Or is the new Malwarebytes 3.x designed to replace the AV programs and not
    just augment. i.e. an all in one solution?

    Yes, Malwarebytes 3.0 is a good solution to be your only Antivirus.
    As said we are anyways compatible with most of the popular Antiviruses, you can see our compatibility test report from https://www.malwarebytes.com/pdf/reviews/AVTestingReport.pdf

    In some cases, you will just have to set the file exclusions to allow Malwarebytes processes as said in the previous email.
  33. Update... FWIW
    Been running Bitdefender free for 3 months now on W7 Pro. No AV or virus issues, and I've of course avoided the half-dozen niggling issues Kaspersky was causing.