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Q: Is free Chinese anti-virus software (360 杀毒 etc.) reliable?

Or is it safer to buy anit-virus software? (not a big fan of paying for things)

9 years 15 weeks ago in  Web & Technology - China

 
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hi, i have been using 360 杀毒 for over 5 yrs and i think it is useful and reliable.

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Can the menus in 360 be set to English or are they only in Mandarin?

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It is garbage, it is self is full of ad ware and spy ware, it conflicts with any other anti virus, the whole battle between 360 and QQ was BS they are both doing what the gov tells them to do and that is to spy on all the people.

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Come on thumbs down everything I say. rnrnPlease I like it thumbs down some more.

 
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I too have been using it for years and it has saved my PC several times. to amswer woody's Q, it is a mandarin only program so far.

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I bought a "lady friend" (local) a laptop (not an Ipad) she used 360, it died umpteen times, I use western PAID for stuff, still running strong. Anything local is malware.

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360 is a great option if you want to give who-the-hell-knows unlimited access to your computer.

#60 is a virus, QQ is a VIRUS. Avoid at all costs. Both are next to impossible to uninstall once on as well.

Get Avira - free, decent, and works well.

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I tried 360 as preinstaled in companies PC, but its weird, always have to call IT to help, coz i can not read what is show, 25 times per day Laughing out loud  at home i bought an Eset antivirus, running very well and quitly on background, and combine with some antispyware time by time to check. nothing happen. it was bought dirtectly from czech. We got one from chine for my wife's notebook, and seems it still can not catch all the shits. she watch many chinese website, have downloaded maybe 40 programs to watch movies online, while i need just 2, WMP and Real player at most. and she got a big problem, and seems the only way is to reinstal win. do not know how, but many times we can heer from her PC the own voices , what we talk, its going to micro and from speakers go out again.  I am not able to track down this adware. only chinese software i use is QQ and very not often. 

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No I don't think it's safe. Personally I don't trust any Chinese anti virus software. Keep in mind companies like these work closely with the government  in order to operate here in China so who the hell knows what kind of information or access to information it/they really have.  While you might use it and not encounter any problems, I don't trust it.

 

There's quite a few repuituple free anti virus programs out there. I use microsfot security essentials which always gets very high ratings and is free to use. In addition to that I also use the free version of malwarebytes because it tends to pick up more types of malware that may infact be safe b ut you still might want to know about.

 

On a side note, I've stopped installing popular Chinese programs onto my computer.  Causes my anti virus stuff to go apeshit and reallly makes me nervous what these companies have packaged into their programs.

 

Like someone else said, even QQ has some very questionalble things that come installed with it and it can be a pain the ass to fully remove it from your computer. Gotta remember that all these big software companies in China have at the very least some sort of connection with the government in China and the government in China does not care about your privacy. 

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btw.... every year most big computer/tech magazines/websites/pulibcations will release their list of top anti virus programs for that year. The list always changes due to peoples personal opinions and also because the anti virus industry is such a booming/competitive industry there always seems to be new players in the game every year.  But these lists will give you a basic idea of which one you might want to go with, youll notice a few anti virus apps appearing in EVERYONES list every single year, that's typically a very good sign.

 

For example AVG free edidtion is almost always ranked near the top of the list every year. As is Avira (like someone else already mentioned).

 

Here's an example of the type of lists/reviews im talking about..... http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372364,00.asp     if you just google search top antivirus programs youll be able to find many review yearly review lists from top computer websites/magainzes. This should help you out a lot.

 

One thing worth pointing out is that you never see a Chinese Antivirus program on those lists...really stop and think about that for a minute and ask yourself why before you go installing something like 360. 

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