What Windows antivirus do you use? (2019)

I expect to add Emsisoft to the 2020 poll which I’ll create at the end of the year.

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Well, I prefer to use Avira Antivirus, Mcafee, Kaspersky. These 3 are my favorite antivirus software to use.

But if I have to choose any one from these 3 then I would choose Avira Antivirus 2019. The user interface, security, and professionalism of Avira are up to standards. Well, you can download Avira Antivirus 2019 here -> softwarg_com/avira-antivirus-pro-2019-free-download/ free to get to know how to use and secure your PC from threats.

I use Vipre Advanced Security and have firewall disable as I use GlassWire and have never had any issues.


I use SecureAPlus, with its offline AV (ClamAV) turned off and Windows Defender enabled. I have a lifetime subscription for Malwarebytes Premium, and try it once in a while, but in realtime mode it (still) slows the system far too much and so is kept just for periodic on-demand scans, so am currently running Zemana Antimalware Premium in realtime mode, though, bearing in mind the extended functionality and good reputation of Windows Defender nowadays, ZAM is probably redundant on my system, but at least it gives minimal performance impact; I may well not renew my 3-year subscription for it, for the price is much higher nowadays - but would still use the free version (if there is one by then) for periodic on-demand scans.

I use Windows Firewall Control as my front-end for the Windows Firewall, as it gives me much more control than GW over managing rules and applying other security features of the WF - so, for me GW is specifically an extremely valuable monitoring program rather than a firewall (front end).


You might want add another selection for publisher:
HP Sure Click Security Software; aka Bromium Application Isolation and Chromium Secure Browser SaaS.


Thanks for that info. I had missed that takeover.

I will likely add it if a GlassWire user says they use it. Do you use the HP or Bromium version?

You might have noticed that most GlassWire users don’t use endpoint security products that are mainly marketed for corporate environments. At present, apart from Symantec, Cylance is the only one with a vote here despite having the largest market share for corporate endpoint solutions. That lack of market penetration is one reason for consolidation in the industry, like HP buying Bromium.

A related point is that I intend to keep the brands separate. I combined AVG with Avast which is the owner of AVG. But that was a bad idea because we’re more interested in what users prefer than whether it is multi-branded software with the same developer/owner.

P.S. I just looked at the votes and see that Symantec has only 4% votes. Maybe I should add in the Norton brand which has been re-established.

Three results stand out for me:

  • Symantec has a high proportion of corporate users.
  • McAfee has no votes.
  • The high proportion of Malwarebytes users.

Combining these points, this suggests that GlassWire users in this forum who voted in the poll are mainly consumers with an interest in the security of their systems. So mainly end-users who choose their AV software and not corporate users.

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I’m using the version that HP supports for use with their business edition laptops and Windows10 Pro Version (1909);


I tested it with a trial version of Glasswire for the past couple of weeks.
After noticing no major issues, I am now a subscriber using Glasswire Pro.
However, I did have issues with Immunet and Bromium which I tested for only a short time. Finally had to un-install via a system restore point. IMHO It did not seem to like the isolation of the Bromium Secure Browser. Apparently there was no way to successfully perform a definitions update, and kept indicating that the software required initialization.



@Remah I use Malwarebytes because it catches PUPs that Windows Defender misses. I just use the free version, and I only use it if there’s anything amiss with my computer.

I used to use Cylance on my home computer (got it for free because my old job used it), but it never helped me one bit, and it had so many false positives, so I uninstalled it.

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Malware byte is best
Windows defender has a problem it wont let you install pirated applications because it detects pirated files as virus.

Update to my Dec. '19 post here. I gave up using Windows Defender (i.e., in realtime mode), and honestly cannot recommend it to anyone. It may indeed be pretty good for detection, BUT in practical terms I found it to be rather a nightmare.

  • It slowed down all program launches and, I think, more or less all file accesses, and it was a great relief to have it turned off once more.

  • When it ‘detected’ or blocked anything (inevitably all false positives), its notifications ALL gave no dialog for allowing / blocking. If I got a notification that something was detected, blocked or quarantined, I had to drill down from the Settings > Updates and Security menus to find out what had been found, and often I couldn’t even find what the supposed ‘threat’ was. Sometimes it did say, but then I had to go to Exclusions to whitelist it. A whole lot of hassle that I could do without. Other AVs give really helpful alert dialogs that allow instant allow / block choices, so why not Defender too?

  • Quite often its (false positive) ‘block’ actions occurred without any sort of notification or visible record at all, so quite often a new or updated program would persistently fail to run, with no explanation visible anywhere. Such ‘mysterious’ blocks haven’t happened since I disabled Defender’s realtime ‘protection’ (i.e., hindrance).

So, now I’m satisfied with SecureAPlus and its own online-based scanning but still haven’t enabled its offline scanner (ClamAV), as I can still do an on-demand scan with Defender if really necessary.


I prefer to use Norton Secure Antivirus because it is the first-ever company who introduced this software in 1991. Along with, it offers its own VPN services.


Ah, the good old days. :sunny:

I used to use, and admired, Norton Anti-virus when it first came out but it wasn’t the first, not even for DOS/Windows PCs. Symantec, who bought Nortons in 1990, had an earlier AV for Apple Macs - interesting that Macs used to get hacked a lot more.

I remember McAfee having an earlier AV because I used their PC-Tools product. But I don’t remember the rest of earlier AVs which are still around today including G-Data, NOD and F-Prot.

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I used to be a great Avast advocate, but in the last year and a half, they have become spammy and invasive… so I abandoned them and have been looking for an alternative ever since…

At the time of this survey, I was one of the 2 Cylance users, but this proved to be a little ahead of its time and let me down… I am currently using MalwareBytes & so I am very happy to see how popular it actually is, and the confidence that people are putting into it :slight_smile:

Happy for any tips on other (full) firewall solutions, as much as I love Glasswire, I have had some minor issues with it and am about to raise a ticket on a more serious failure.


As Remah said Ah" the good old days"

Any one remember or used SOFTWIN and sold as AVX. It then became Bitdefender. I used to run them or Norton on different box’s…Not now.


I use Voodooshield with WhiteListCloud, together with Webroot and Heimdal. Emsisoft is used as an on-demand scanner.


Hi Rauvin,
Avast caught selling users private data will shut down the division that’s selling the data.

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I wonder how many other antivirus companies do the same as Avast, but just haven’t been called out for it yet? Unbelievable.

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I could produce many articles that reference separate vulnerabilities in AV and other security software. Here’s some examples.

The main issue from my perspective is using AV web browser extensions that don’t improve your data security or system security. These extensions are generally the main means to collect your data: Here’s a 2017 article. The situation hasn’t changed much:

There are often articles about user-related tracking and history data by companies providing AV and other security software:

  • 2015 AVG
  • 2015 WOT - not an AV company but a web browser extension to display site ratings

The bigger issue is HTTPS interception including VPN and AV software getting access to your SSL/TLS data using proxies with their own SSL certificates.
This article has tests of three major AV products (Eset, Kaspersky and BitDefender) with HTTPS scanning feature enabled:

Here’s other similar examples:

  • 2017 Kaspersky uses easily hacked 32-bit key
  • 2016 Avast web browser add-on vulnerability:

Yes Remah, Ken, we are all leaving our digital breadcrumbs around, it just depends on how much smart tech we all use, what we do with it, and try to tighten down with some control.

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