1) I had a reply/question to an article irt "best security suites" article but haven't received an answer.
2) Therefore, I'm hoping someone here can expand upon the topic a bit.
3) Below is a copy of what I replied to (basically Matt's reply to Benjamin) and the question I was posing "to" Matt. Please give any advice/feedback you may have on the topic.
4) Here's the link to the original article discussion thread (if you're interested or it helps):
Thank you very much,
To answer your question you just need to go to AV-Test.org. Microsoft Security Essentials has the lowest protection rate of any AntiVirus software free or paid. Only scoring a 2/6 in protection. That said it did tie AntiVir in removal. While Panda Cloud AntiVirus ranked highest amongst the freebies in both protection and usability. AVG free and AntVir ranked highest combo with 14/18. However AVAST has the most shields and is the only one with true x64 support. AVG claims to have a x64 version but it's not full as it still installs in the programs (x86) folder. So in the end it depends on the OS you use, what is most important to you and if you're willing to pay for AntiVirus or not. If you have a 32 bit system then you can use Panda combined with other AntiVirus software (that's at least their claim). So what they say you could combine Panda Cloud with Microsoft Security Essentials for the best overall combo. But there are better options than MSE by itself. Panda,AVG,AVAST OR AntiVir are better choices due to MSE's low protection rate. I myself prefer AVAST and AntiVir. AVAST on x64 and AntiVir on x86. If I'm using paid I go with Kaspersky. It seems to be the most reliable paid AntiVirus year in and year out.
And as for Firewalls go, Windows 7 is an improvement but it's not on par with Comodo Firewall, not by a long shot. And Comodo Firewall is also free. Just remember to turn off Windows Firewall if you wish to use Comodo Firewall to avoid any conflicts.
Wow, that's some great info Matt!
1) It seems a bit difficult (getting one to run x64 and one x86) to a moderate skill level person like me. Maybe it's easier than it sounds?
2) How do you get one to only work on x86 and the other to only work on x64 without them fighting ea other? Could you expand/explain running 2 prog's ("AVAST on x64 and AntiVir on x86") at the same time?
3) Do you need to somehow disable &/or remove Microsoft Defender (that comes with Win7) if you use these other prog's?
4) I'm running Windows7 64bit (per "system" info) but I do see a "Program Files" folder that says "(x86)".
5) From your Feb 01 4:32AM post: "The only thing you have to worry about is MSE's protection. Just pair it up with Panda Cloud. I use x64 bit so my best free option is Avast. I'd choose AntiVir if I had a x32 bit system. Because as I said in my last post it's the most consistent." I'm a little confused here because you mentioned AntiVir as for x86 above. Maybe I'm confused, is it possible that x86 and x32 "bit" are the same thing?
Sorry if these seem like a stupid Q's.