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    With work from home and online schooling my home "network" and exposure has increased a lot. My work laptop is covered by our office IT virus stuff but my wife and three kids all now have laptops on the net. I recently purchased Ofice365 allowing me to share with 5 family members so that saves a bit on licence fees for Office but I think I need some virus protection for all these laptops as well.

    McAfee seem to offer a deal for 10 devices for $29.99 for a year which seem OK if I can use it on all our devices. It also seem to work on Windows, Apple, Andriod.
    https://www.mcafee.com/en-us/antivirus.html#offerterms

    This review seem to indicate that it should be a good fit for my needs, but I dont't know how much the review is sponsored.
    https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best...rus-protection

    Question is:

    1. Do I really need virus protection on these machines?
    2. Is Mcafee a good deal, given I need it for at least 4 windows10 machines and 3Android phones and 3 Apple devices?
    3. Does Mcafee do what it needs to do?
    4. My experience with older virus protection is that it slows down a machine to death. Is this the case with modern versions as well and how does Mcafee do on this front?

    Anything else I need to know or ask?

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    Not an IT expert but I use Kaspersky for internet and banking
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    I’ve used McAffee- it’s terrible on a Mac - ended up uninstalling.

    Modern Windows OS has built in AV.

    Best antivirus: don’t click on links you don’t understand, and don’t open attachments / executable files unless you are expecting them. It’s not enough just that it comes from a known email address. Be careful with “free” software. It usually isn’t.
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    i am using NOD32 for years now and never had any virus issues yet.
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    I use the built in AV from Windows 10.

    I have never had a AV on my PC's and laptops and never had a virus. Never mind on phones.
    I've heard of people running two paid AV packages and still get a virus. What are they doing on their PC's?

    Best is like heyyahhey said. Avoid all those dodgy sites, mails and strange files.
    Then, have good backups. So IF a virus hits, reload and you are back online.

    BTW...I work in IT....
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    I've been using Eset antivirus on both Windows 10 and Android devices for years. Also has antitheft features for laptops, phones etc. Very good.
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    Loaded Avast premium for 10 devices and it cost R 384 for a year. Its got full browsing protection, mail scanning, anti-virus, sandbox, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IcePick88 View Post
    I use the built in AV from Windows 10.

    I have never had a AV on my PC's and laptops and never had a virus. Never mind on phones.
    I've heard of people running two paid AV packages and still get a virus. What are they doing on their PC's?

    Best is like heyyahhey said. Avoid all those dodgy sites, mails and strange files.
    Then, have good backups. So IF a virus hits, reload and you are back online.

    BTW...I work in IT....

    Many in IT do not use A/V on their personal equpment, particularly paid/subscription A/V - in some respects A/V is to help save you from yourself - but in most cases, comes at some performance penalty.

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    Linux is the best AV

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    I use the Windows AV at home and all the office PCs. Since XP with MSE.

    Never had a problem.

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    I use AVG paid version on PC and Android phones for a number of years without problems.
    But I'm not in IT and I need protection from myself.
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    I used to have AVG for years, before Windows Defender actually got good. I now only use Windows Defender.

    McAfee is the pits. Absolute, absolute pits. It's like bloatware once it's installed.

    If you MUST go for something else, look at BitDefender Antivirus Plus. Kaspersky and Nod32 are both also great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyahhey View Post
    Many in IT do not use A/V on their personal equpment... ...comes at some performance penalty.
    Yup. It often freaks out at compilers too.

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    Personally I last used third party anti virus software when I was running Win7 or Vista, that must be more than 10 years ago now. Back then I found Nod32 the least invasive and hogging on resources.

    I just keep my machines up to date and obviously also watch what I click and open and touch wood it has worked just fine for me so far. I can't remember when last I had something invasive on a PC or Mac, well actually never on a Mac.
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    Recently there were articles about virus protection programs collecting user's data and passing such to 3rd parties. Better to look at that issue.

    My policy has been to use two different products within the office/home office. Most of the time the main program has been Norton. At present the 2nd one is Avira. Both on subscription.

    Is virus protection needed? Yes. Sometimes it is a real pain as it blocks programs that I know are clean. That is solved by changing settings, e.g. using "white list".

    Based on experience big risk items are:
    - e mails. Norton regularly removes attachments
    - external memory sticks. Time after time those are infected

    Fire wall is handy.

    On more general note. If the use is e mails, internet browsing office package work and similar the best option and cost effective is to use Linux. No or minimal software costs and savings on equipment also. Minimal virus risk.
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    I had a Trojan come straight through Windows 10 protection.
    I also scanned twice daily with two leading Free programs which did not pick it up.

    The difference between the Free and Paid for programs is that the Free mostly do not update continually and scan. You need to stop that virus/trojan the moment it appears.

    Installed Kaspersky. No more problems. Use their safe banking too.

    You don't need the most expensive package. I bought Internet Security
    which is the basic anti virus and safe banking.

    Pro Tip - don't subscribe on line and use your credit card offshore. Takealot is so much cheaper you install from a disk and no-one offshore has your credit card details.

    Kaspersky has a SA distributor. The disk is also available from computer stores.

    https://www.takealot.com/all?_sb=1&_...9011f193629007
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    If you bank with FNB then you can get Trend Micro Maximum Security(full version) for 3 devices for FREE.
    I have been using it the past 2 years(just renewed last week again).

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    I hear everyone's comments about the fact that the best anti virus is basically to watch out what you click on and download. BUT remember my first post. This is 2 teenager, 1 primary school kid and one time Swambo, who all know just enough about computers that they need protection from themselves.

    Thanks for the feedback so far! Really helps a LOT.

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    I have had a paid Norton AV package and firewall for very many years - I now also receive a free version from them of Norton Utilities Premium due to the long standing paid subscription.
    With Win 10 Pro I also have the MS Windows protection.

    I have tried others but always end up uninstalling them due to performance impairment issues.

    With Norton you can set it up to ONLY update or perform performance type tasks when you are not active on the PC.
    It also covers all devices on your network such as cell phones, tablets etc. and they all get updated automatically. (Sync.?)
    I have not had any problem over many years which has not been resolved within a day or so at most (usually hours).

    The online support is amazing, even voice calls or one on one chat, or online support by linking to my own PC while I watch.

    OK, I guess some of the others are also good, but this is one that I have had for many years - and trust.

    Not sure of the cost right now, but I think somewhere in the R 400 - 500 range p.a.
    If I recall correctly, the license allows up to 5 devices to be protected within your network.
    A bigger package may well be available.

    I can recommend them unreservedly.
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    I use the AV in Windows 10 and never had a problem.

    For Malware protection I use Malwarebytes - bought a lifetime subscription long ago and has been malware free since then.

    https://www.malwarebytes.com/
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