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    Need new protector

    I have been using 2Brightsparks Syncbak for years with no problems with at least 3 antivirus programs, the last is Avast Pro used last 2 years.

    Yesterday I started SyncBak up and it immediately was disemboweled. No choice was offered it just shut it down. I immediately did the same to Avast and am backup and running with AVG free.

    Am thinking of Free/paid Panda or paid/free version of bitdefender advice/opinions needed.

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    I use Trend Micro. It's around $50 per year for three licenses. I've been very pleased with it.

    My theory about paid vs free -- I want good protection on my computer. If I'm paying someone to do it, they will likely work harder than if I am not paying them.

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    I pay for Panda, seems to be fine. It has a web site check that stops certain pages from loading, but I've not been blocked from using anything I want.
    It does lie, like most, by telling you it has removed infections AKA cookies - OK to remove them, not OK to pretend they're infections.

    cheers, Paul

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    Thank you Paul
    If I decide to switch I like to jump on the free version 1st to see what/how it looks/operates etc.

    My theory about paid vs free
    Especially when some programs come with fonts not to be seen with high powered binoculars. If I pay I would at the very least like to be able to read it.

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    While BitDefender has a good rep, it's been reported that it can bog down your machine so I wouldn't recommend it - but to coin RG's phrase.... YMMV

    Norton Security with and without Cloud back up which has replaced Norton 360 and NIS (I think) is doing a 5 licence, but you would have to shop around for the best deal.

    I recently bought two without the Cloud back up from Argos (UK) for 29.99 each for when my Norton 360 expires and hopefully future proofed the price for the year after.

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    In the past I have tried Norton and it just did not ring my bell, it just did not work on PC I had then and I never bothered to go back.

    Another reason I like to try free versions 1st.

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    Avast Free is nearly always at the top of the list of freebies and you can use Windows Firewall rather than installing a 3rd party one.

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    Also, you can use a wide array of manual-scan tools as desired, while keeping only one tool running for continual protection.

    Trend Micro, for example, offers House Call, a free manual-scanner which, I believe, is just as effective as using their regular program, except that it is manual scan rather than continuous-protection. Also, I'm not sure if it auto-updates.

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    Well all is back to normal, even managed to reinstall my paid version of SyncBackSE, It appears to be playing nicely with AVG free version.

    Mind-boggling that after 2 or 3 years of Avast and SyncBack operating with no problems that Avast would run amok. When I uninstalled Avast I got the standard "Why are you leaving us" message and explained my problem but got no answer back. Just thought I would update problem here.

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    As you have started using AVG, you may be interested (or not) in this recent thread by lumpy95 http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...privacy-policy

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    Well as far as I know it does not appear that there is no such thing as privacy on a PC anymore.

    Avast admitted to a boo-boo on their part which they now have sent out an update to solve the problem.

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    If you want to go back to Avast, you can use AVG's uninstaller from - http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/p...a-6aebfa322f75

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    I'm using SyncBackFree 7.3.1.29 together with Avast Free 10.3.2225 without any problems. I uninstalled AVG Free sometime ago after it began losing ground in the av-comparatives 'file detection' and 'real world protection' tests (although I note AVG's results appear to have improved recently).

    Following the uninstall of AVG and install of Avast Free I had no end of problems sending and syncing mail using Outlook 2010. The problem was solved after uninstalling Avast then running the AVG removal tool (see link in Sudo15's post #12) to get rid of the last vestiges of AVG that its own uninstaller didn't remove, before finally re-installing Avast.

    Hope this helps...
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