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    • kazzyb123
    • By kazzyb123 4th Sep 17, 6:57 PM
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    Best anti virus for windows and ipad/iphones
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    • 4th Sep 17, 6:57 PM
    Best anti virus for windows and ipad/iphones 4th Sep 17 at 6:57 PM
    Hi,

    My antivirus is up for renewal and it seems very expensive!
    It's Norton and the cost is £59.99. I also have an ipad pro, ipad 2 and 2 iphones which I would like to cover if possible.

    Any ideas for a good antivirus which is cheaper?

    Thanks
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    • Frozen_up_north
    • By Frozen_up_north 4th Sep 17, 7:51 PM
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    • 4th Sep 17, 7:51 PM
    I don't think there is any point in A/V for iPhones and iPads. I connect via a VPN (CyberGhost) which includes a check for website and email links to suspicious sites, which get stopped in their tracks. Most appear to be false positives, but it's better to err on the safe site.

    On our Win 10 PC and 2 x laptops. I use the built in Windows A/V supplemented by a paid for version of Malware Bytes. M/B seems more effective than A/V and isn't bad value for 3 installations.
    • mollycoddle
    • By mollycoddle 4th Sep 17, 8:01 PM
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    hi
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    • 4th Sep 17, 8:01 PM
    had the same problem over the weekend i got one of the same i have now ( just put in a new key emailed to you ) from ebay £15.00
    • dipsomaniac
    • By dipsomaniac 4th Sep 17, 8:15 PM
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    • 4th Sep 17, 8:15 PM
    i can honestly say that i would not install norton, mcafee or any other 3rd party virus software on my devices if they paid me £15 or even £60. it is always the first thing i remove from any new device

    you don't need virus software on any device just a bit of common sense. if you really feel the need for virus software with windows just use the built in defender
    Last edited by dipsomaniac; 04-09-2017 at 8:21 PM.
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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 4th Sep 17, 9:15 PM
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    I really doubt you'd need an antivirus on an Apple device.

    I'd always used free antiviruses on my Windows computers. The paid-for versions just add extra functionality, which you either don't need or can get by using other free software.

    I'd become increasingly dissatisfied with the bloat in free antiviruses, and the significant performance degradation they were causing. I presume the premium versions would be just as bad, but with added features.

    But this year, I came across the new version of MalwareBytes and did the unthinkable... I paid for a premium subscription.

    MalwareBytes Premium isn't an antivirus; instead it blocks malware/viruses at source by scanning files that enter your computer (via download, USB stick, etc.). According to the blurb, it can replace an antivirus.

    The main reason I think it's so great is that it doesn't (seem to) slow down your computer. And it's blocked a few dodgy websites, so it seems to be doing its job.

    You can get a month's free trial at the link below. After that it's £30 a year.

    https://www.malwarebytes.com/premium/

    The one thing I don't like is that it's a recurring subscription where they automatically bill you each year. But you can immediately cancel the subscription (as I did) and it'll keep working until your subscription runs out.
    • john22
    • By john22 4th Sep 17, 11:00 PM
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    • 4th Sep 17, 11:00 PM
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    • 4th Sep 17, 11:00 PM
    Had an iPhone since 2009 and iPad since 2012 and never had any anti virus software on these devices. The way IOS is designed its near impossible to get viruses on these devices due to sandboxing.

    Sandboxing as defined by Apple is

    Sandboxing your app is a great way to protect systems and users by limiting the privileges of an app to its intended functionality, increasing the difficulty for malicious software to compromise your users’ systems.

    If Apple thought you needed anti virus software they would have created it themselves and sold it to you.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 4th Sep 17, 11:02 PM
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    • 4th Sep 17, 11:02 PM
    had the same problem over the weekend i got one of the same i have now ( just put in a new key emailed to you ) from ebay £15.00
    Originally posted by mollycoddle
    Was that for an iphone or ipad ?

    Not needed for the reasons already listed.

    Just use common sense.

    Not had anti virus on my current Android phone since I bought it, still works fine.
    Can people stop loaning money/being a guarator to family/friends, it rarely ends well and you lose out as your money is gone or you get shafted with being a guarantor.
    • dipsomaniac
    • By dipsomaniac 5th Sep 17, 7:42 AM
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    i know someone that used to work for a well known antivirus company. she does not use antivirus software on her pc/devices
    "The Holy Writ of Gloucester Rugby Club demands: first, that the forwards shall win the ball; second, that the forwards shall keep the ball; and third, the backs shall buy the beer." - Doug Ibbotson
    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 5th Sep 17, 10:01 AM
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    • 5th Sep 17, 10:01 AM
    It's Norton and the cost is £59.99.
    Originally posted by kazzyb123



    Please please uninstall Norton completely from your machine and release your computer from its strangulating grip. (you will likely need the specialist tool to do so)
    Norton is absolutely horrible and hooks its tendrils into every part of your OS


    Install bitdefender free version and carry on with your life.


    You dont need AV on your mobile devices contrary to what the AV creators would have you believe
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    • macman
    • By macman 5th Sep 17, 2:27 PM
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    If you must use Norton (and I wouldn't), then you will find that buying it new is about half the cost of renewing your sub....
    Or use something like Avast.
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 6th Sep 17, 2:26 AM
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    I really doubt you'd need an antivirus on an Apple device.
    Originally posted by esuhl
    You might want to do some reading. This last 12 months has been particularly bad for Apple.
    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 6th Sep 17, 9:16 AM
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    ^^ You might want to read up on apples OS


    iOS sandbox nature prevents applications having access to other applications, or the OS its'self.


    So a) A "virus" cant affect any other stuff running on the device
    and b) An antivirus is completely useless as it can only see its'self to scan !!


    Granted, there are moody adverts and shady apps that exhibit virus like behaviour, mainly to trick you into thinking that you have a virus so you buy their AV etc.


    There have been reports (wikileaks) of the vault7 suite, that infects the tools that app designers use to create their apps (unity etc), and therefore theoretically you could end up with a malicious app (containing XCodeGhost malware), but this is not the same as a virus, and any AV running on the device would not be able to detect it anyway for the sandbox reasons given above.


    This coupled with Apples rigorous OS updates makes it far more secure than Android and you do not need AV on an idevice


    edit : unless it's jailbroken
    Last edited by AndyPix; 06-09-2017 at 9:51 AM.
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    • kazzyb123
    • By kazzyb123 12th Sep 17, 4:53 PM
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    thanks for the replies everyone. I can see that ipad/iphone isnt really an issue so it's just the laptop.

    I think I will try a free/cheaper option, I was going to use the family part of norton which monitors childrens activities on line. Does anyone know of a free version of this kind of software please??

    Thanks.
    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 13th Sep 17, 12:53 PM
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    thanks for the replies everyone. I can see that ipad/iphone isnt really an issue so it's just the laptop.

    I think I will try a free/cheaper option, I was going to use the family part of norton which monitors childrens activities on line. Does anyone know of a free version of this kind of software please??

    Thanks.
    Originally posted by kazzyb123
    Have you thought about using the built in stuff in Windows?
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