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August 27, 2018 2:45:46 PM

Whether you're running Windows, macOS or Android, you need antivirus software. The question is what you want -- and how much you should pay.

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September 5, 2018 7:04:48 AM

I will prefer Kaspersky antivirus licensed software
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September 5, 2018 7:07:11 AM

So wait, wasn't Kapersky implicated in a security vulnerability that the AV software was providing metrics on user data and phoning home with it?
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September 9, 2018 11:13:49 AM

Is that a question or a statement
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September 11, 2018 11:30:08 AM

I don't see anything about a virtual keyboard in Bitdefender; how do I find it and how does it work?
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September 11, 2018 11:42:34 AM

dleippe said:
Is that a question or a statement


This symbol "?" at the end of a statement makes it a question in the typical world of grammar. Normally the language structure and wording is fairly indicative as well, however I can see where you would be confused with the statement.
It was a question based on a recollection of an article I read recently indicating as much. Couldn't find the link, of course.
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September 11, 2018 1:32:08 PM

punkncat said:
So wait, wasn't Kapersky implicated in a security vulnerability that the AV software was providing metrics on user data and phoning home with it?




Yes they were. It made the national news for a few days then blew over.
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September 28, 2018 2:11:29 PM

Do the authors of these articles take into consideration anything except how well they perform as antivirus software? Kaspersky has been implicated in data breeches at the NSA and other government and corporations around the world. They apparently work with the Russian government for nefarious reasons.
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September 28, 2018 2:16:54 PM

^^^ This has never been proven. Can you link an article that proves your statements.
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October 3, 2018 9:34:21 AM

Kaspersky Total Security is my choice because of its' real-time defense against the latest malware and threats. Also, because it offers nearly everything I could want in a security suite.
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October 4, 2018 2:39:06 AM

I have never used anything except Avast Antivirus and I'm personally satisfied with this product. So easy to use and everything is available on your finger tips. Instead of that, it also gives about a month of free trail and I'm not satisfied with this article because of not mentioning Avast in this article.
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October 4, 2018 4:07:18 AM

Comodo Security and ZHPCleaner - Free and the best :) 
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October 4, 2018 5:19:04 AM

Windows Defender, free and the best!!!!
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October 4, 2018 5:30:55 AM

windows defender. I'm like Scotty, see, the more crap you put into it, the more complex the plumbing becomes and they you have problems. Don't mess with the best and add junkware
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October 28, 2018 8:26:39 PM

Bitdefender is Romanian, Kaspersky Anti-Virus is Russian, AVAST is Czec and Panda Security is Spanish.
PC Matic is USA and I trust it over any of the above foreign manufactors software. I use to use Avast
becasue it was one for free but all of them are using an outdated Blacklist where PC Matic is useing
their newest Whitelist that catches the latest viruses and malware. It to me is much more safer to use
that any foreign company. Oh and I forgot Norton is Indian which is another reason I will not use
Life Lock to protect my $$$$. Don't leave your expensive systems to foreign entities.
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October 29, 2018 5:31:00 AM

Bitdefender is Romanian, Kaspersky Anti-Virus is Russian, AVAST is Czec and Panda Security is Spanish.
PC Matic is USA and I trust it over any of the above foreign manufactors software. I use to use Avast
becasue it was one for free but all of them are using an outdated Blacklist where PC Matic is useing
their newest Whitelist that catches the latest viruses and malware. It to me is much more safer to use
that any foreign company. Oh and I forgot Norton is Indian which is another reason I will not use
Life Lock to protect my $$$$. Don't leave your expensive systems to foreign entities.

Don't forget Symantec is owned by the Chinese Government. That is why the DoD dropped them a few years back.
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November 3, 2018 9:18:22 AM

How on earth is Kaspersky getting recommended?? It is banned for use by any federal agency or contractor and has been documented as a portal for espionage, bots, malware distribution, and is a Russian company owned by a Putin Oligarch with FSB ties...jeeze..get real.
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November 7, 2018 4:14:33 AM

I'll recommend Avast antivirus. :) 
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November 7, 2018 5:50:03 AM

Nothing beats good old Hitman, RogueKiller and good old Malwarebytes (I don't use real time scan, nor it is active , just for occasional scanning).
You use Antivirus cause you are going to sketchy sites, if you used good sites, you wouldn't need for that.
Also to mention, keep Windows on seperate patrition, chances are less that it will infect the other, since my 1st infection or any other, I never had infection on other patritions (Small viruses, not the crap that locks out and asks for payment).
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November 8, 2018 7:48:26 AM

Or like I do , Run Linux.
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November 9, 2018 6:58:43 PM

This is either paid for product placement or a really poor tech review. Anything Kaspersky does well on a task like virus-detection or internet security is offset by what they are potentially opening your computer to from tracking to downright theft of personal information and files. I'm with many of these people use widows defender and keep your nose clean in the first place. My primary machine is a Fedora Linux box, but for working with clients I use a separate windows partition. Anything I share between partitions is always scanned. If you are going to go to porn sits use a tablet. Heck try it on an amazon fire tablet, you know what they are all blocked, #1 because it is bad for you, and #2 they are full of viruses and malware.
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November 9, 2018 6:59:05 PM

This is either paid for product placement or a really poor tech review. Anything Kaspersky does well on a task like virus-detection or internet security is offset by what they are potentially opening your computer to from tracking to downright theft of personal information and files. I'm with many of these people use widows defender and keep your nose clean in the first place. My primary machine is a Fedora Linux box, but for working with clients I use a separate windows partition. Anything I share between partitions is always scanned. If you are going to go to porn sits use a tablet. Heck try it on an amazon fire tablet, you know what they are all blocked, #1 because it is bad for you, and #2 they are full of viruses and malware.
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November 10, 2018 1:26:10 AM

bitdefender crashes windows 10 - pagefault in non-paged area
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November 18, 2018 12:52:53 PM

360 Total Security is a free - and Chinese. Its a one of the best security system believe or not. You can activate Avira Antivir engine and Bitdefender Engine just for by Virus Scan page. All is free ! And very active too.
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November 19, 2018 6:20:40 AM

Well I can safely place my bet on Eset security as my subscription is continued from the last 2 years no issues up till now. I am using windows 10 and fell no bulkiness or lag from the program at all.
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November 20, 2018 4:23:43 AM

I would like give you some additional information about BitDefender 2019 Total Security. There are some really nasty bugs in this software for which BitDefenders work arounds are unacceptable in this IT experts (24 years experience) opinion. I have used BitDefender 2017, 2018 with good success. I did consider the 2018 version to be extremely slow to run updates, but the real problems showed up with their 2019 version.

A large number of HTTPS web sites would be blocked by BitDefender 2019 because of an alleged problem with that site's security certificate. This was odd as the vast majority of those web pages blocked were bank, financial, and bill payment web pages. This problem happens not only in the latest versions of FireFox, but also in Google Chrome and BitDefenders Safepay browser.

After contacting BitDefender tech support about this, they advised that I should merely white page those URL's that were having problems. With the potential of 30-40 web sites that we use affected, and the futher possibility of 3 - 4 URL's per website that would have to be whitelisted, this was an unacceptable fix. Not withstanding that security was being partially turned off to fix the problem.

Their second suggestion was that I would need to turn off Master Password in Firefox thereby exposing my stored passwords, uninstall and reinstall BitDefender to correct the problem. I'll say that again, TURN OFF security of my passwords while allowing pretty much unlimited access to my computer during an installation where I have no possibility of monitoring what they are doing. Second, while I'm not a programmer, I fail to see how this would fix the problem of blocked web page problem from occuring in Google Chrome and BitDefender Safepay. As far as I'm concerned this is an even more unacceptable fix that just whitelisting URL's as a workaround.

The last problem I've encountered with BitDefender 2019 is how agonizingly slow updates have become. I've seen them take as much an hour and a half to complete. During that time hard disk access on the computer is so high that it's nearly impossible to do anything else on the computer. I am forced to wonder exactly the software is doing to my computer?

Considering that BitDefender is a Romanian company I have to wonder just exactly what it is they are doing?
I stopped using Kaspersky, also a Russian company, for similar reasons.

Sign me "A FORMER Bitdefender customer".
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November 22, 2018 5:59:57 PM

I bought Bitdefender about a year ago and after a month, they told me my Year had expired.
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November 27, 2018 2:40:38 AM

Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on this topic. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him. So I should thank you for the free lunch I got.
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November 28, 2018 4:36:22 AM

I use NOD antivirus for years and have no any issues.
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November 29, 2018 2:38:17 PM

stones710 said:
I don't see anything about a virtual keyboard in Bitdefender; how do I find it and how does it work?


It's part of Bitdefender Safepay: https://www.bitdefender.com/support/how-do-i-use-bitdef...

An offer to use Safepay pops up when you land on a banking or shopping site.
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November 29, 2018 2:41:03 PM

chris240b said:
Do the authors of these articles take into consideration anything except how well they perform as antivirus software? Kaspersky has been implicated in data breeches at the NSA and other government and corporations around the world. They apparently work with the Russian government for nefarious reasons.


We certainly do take it into consideration: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/is-kaspersky-safe,news-259...

Substantial proof for the allegations against Kaspersky Lab has never been made public. There was a leak campaign that created stories in the Washington Post, NY Times and Wall St Journal, but nothing in the stories was close to a smoking gun.
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November 29, 2018 2:42:12 PM

kinoaula said:
360 Total Security is a free - and Chinese. Its a one of the best security system believe or not. You can activate Avira Antivir engine and Bitdefender Engine just for by Virus Scan page. All is free ! And very active too.


Just don't use it when you're actually in China.
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November 29, 2018 2:43:35 PM

popquiz said:
This is either paid for product placement or a really poor tech review. Anything Kaspersky does well on a task like virus-detection or internet security is offset by what they are potentially opening your computer to from tracking to downright theft of personal information and files. I'm with many of these people use widows defender and keep your nose clean in the first place. My primary machine is a Fedora Linux box, but for working with clients I use a separate windows partition. Anything I share between partitions is always scanned. If you are going to go to porn sits use a tablet. Heck try it on an amazon fire tablet, you know what they are all blocked, #1 because it is bad for you, and #2 they are full of viruses and malware.


We don't get paid to place products. Kaspersky makes really good antivirus products.
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November 29, 2018 2:44:17 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Or like I do , Run Linux.


What do you use for antivirus on Linux?
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November 29, 2018 2:45:56 PM

jpf.morpheus said:
How on earth is Kaspersky getting recommended?? It is banned for use by any federal agency or contractor and has been documented as a portal for espionage, bots, malware distribution, and is a Russian company owned by a Putin Oligarch with FSB ties...jeeze..get real.


Because it's really good antivirus software. https://www.tomsguide.com/us/kaspersky-safe-to-use,news...
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November 29, 2018 2:48:38 PM

darren.talcott said:
Bitdefender is Romanian, Kaspersky Anti-Virus is Russian, AVAST is Czec and Panda Security is Spanish.
PC Matic is USA and I trust it over any of the above foreign manufactors software. I use to use Avast
becasue it was one for free but all of them are using an outdated Blacklist where PC Matic is useing
their newest Whitelist that catches the latest viruses and malware. It to me is much more safer to use
that any foreign company. Oh and I forgot Norton is Indian which is another reason I will not use
Life Lock to protect my $$$$. Don't leave your expensive systems to foreign entities.

Don't forget Symantec is owned by the Chinese Government. That is why the DoD dropped them a few years back.


Romania is a member of NATO and the European Union. So are the Czech Republic and Spain. Norton is owned by Symantec, which is an American company based in California and traded on NASDAQ.
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November 29, 2018 2:50:32 PM

Peter Martin said:
windows defender. I'm like Scotty, see, the more crap you put into it, the more complex the plumbing becomes and they you have problems. Don't mess with the best and add junkware


Windows Defender is indeed getting much better. Five years ago, you'd have been crazy to use nothing else, but that's no longer the case.
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November 29, 2018 2:53:05 PM

stephaniefernandez0000 said:
I have never used anything except Avast Antivirus and I'm personally satisfied with this product. So easy to use and everything is available on your finger tips. Instead of that, it also gives about a month of free trail and I'm not satisfied with this article because of not mentioning Avast in this article.


We do mention it. Go three more pages further: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-antivirus,review-2588...

Here's the full review: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/avast-free-antivirus,revie...
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December 4, 2018 3:03:15 AM

They pretty much all suck so just use the built-in windows one and use your brain
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December 5, 2018 9:01:29 PM

DO NOT TRUST ANY RUSSIAN SOFTWARE ESPECIALLY FOR ANTIVIRUS ! These recommendarion of Russian antivirus is BS. Tom's Guide Seems to be trying to open the door to their readers' tech equipment to Russian spying and identity theft. There's a reason why US Government systems do not allow these software anywhere ear heesystemsnor connected to it. CREDIBILITY VERY MUCH IN QUESTION FOR THIS RECOMMENDATION.
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December 6, 2018 9:34:16 AM

eric.kaler said:
DO NOT TRUST ANY RUSSIAN SOFTWARE ESPECIALLY FOR ANTIVIRUS ! These recommendarion of Russian antivirus is BS. Tom's Guide Seems to be trying to open the door to their readers' tech equipment to Russian spying and identity theft. There's a reason why US Government systems do not allow these software anywhere ear heesystemsnor connected to it. CREDIBILITY VERY MUCH IN QUESTION FOR THIS RECOMMENDATION.


Sigh .... Do you really think we're working for the Russians?
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December 8, 2018 11:24:47 AM

Why is there such a discrepancy for antivirus software? Some say kaspersky is #1, some say McAfee is #1, and there are more if you are willing to look.
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December 11, 2018 1:27:53 PM

tazzca said:
Why is there such a discrepancy for antivirus software? Some say kaspersky is #1, some say McAfee is #1, and there are more if you are willing to look.


It basically depends on the weight you give for each aspect of the software -- protection, system slowdown, pricing, extra features, ease of use. We rank protection first, then system impact, then extra features, then ease of use, then pricing (if two products are otherwise more or less the same).

But it can get even further into the weeds than that. Should the number of false positives an antivirus product detects be counted as a negative? (I think it should.) Should consumer antivirus software be expected to stop highly targeted nation-state attacks that few people will ever face? (I'm not sure.) Should blocking malware from installing count for more than neutralizing installed malware so that it does nothing? (The end result seems the same to me.)

From our point of view, Kaspersky offers the best all-around Windows antivirus software. But its low-end offering skimps a bit on useful extra features like a password manager, so we pick Bitdefender at that price point simply because it has those features and its malware protection is just a hair behind Kaspersky's.

Trend Micro does a very good job of blocking malware, but often at a high performance cost during scans that you don't get with Kaspersky or Bitdefender. McAfee used to have not-so-great malware protection, but it's turned that around and now is on a par with the best, but it still has a somewhat heavy system load.

The overall truth is that any one of these four brands will protect your Windows system well. But since we're in the business of reviewing them, we have to rank them. and the ranking can often come down to small issues.

Hope that makes sense.


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December 11, 2018 4:44:44 PM

Paul Wagenseil said:
eric.kaler said:
DO NOT TRUST ANY RUSSIAN SOFTWARE ESPECIALLY FOR ANTIVIRUS ! These recommendarion of Russian antivirus is BS. Tom's Guide Seems to be trying to open the door to their readers' tech equipment to Russian spying and identity theft. There's a reason why US Government systems do not allow these software anywhere ear heesystemsnor connected to it. CREDIBILITY VERY MUCH IN QUESTION FOR THIS RECOMMENDATION.


Sigh .... Do you really think we're working for the Russians?


BIG SIGH! I'd say you are not fully considering the security of your readers' computer equipment, personal identity information and financial information in making this recommendation. As a result you are not being responsible with it. Are you so naive to think the Russians and the Chinese are not spying on the U.S. and are gathering every bit of information they can in any way they can???
What do you think the Russians would do with our personal and business information if and when they get it? I'd say that is the real worry here. Obviously you don't care about that. I don't know who is paying you or if who is paying you is part of this recommendation and all your recommendations. Are you at least getting advertising money from this Russian company??
Maybe the Russians are paying you or some operative for them. Next you'll be telling us to open our routers to the Russians and the Chinese. This software could easily be modified to send our information without our knowledge. This software is created in Russian after all by Russians.
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December 11, 2018 5:01:31 PM

chris240b said:
Do the authors of these articles take into consideration anything except how well they perform as antivirus software? Kaspersky has been implicated in data breeches at the NSA and other government and corporations around the world. They apparently work with the Russian government for nefarious reasons.


Exactly !! Why won't Tom's Guide reviewers take this into consideration in something as critical as security software?
Maybe something else or something subversive is going on here? I am extremely suspicious of this and becoming very leary of these recommendations. Wikipedia says Purch Group owns Tom's Hardware and Tom's Guide and says they are an on-line marketing group. So apparently they are marketing this Kaspersky software and don't care about the breaches they have been involved it.
DON'T BUY KASPERSKY software!
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December 11, 2018 7:40:40 PM

eric.kaler said:
Paul Wagenseil said:
eric.kaler said:
DO NOT TRUST ANY RUSSIAN SOFTWARE ESPECIALLY FOR ANTIVIRUS ! These recommendarion of Russian antivirus is BS. Tom's Guide Seems to be trying to open the door to their readers' tech equipment to Russian spying and identity theft. There's a reason why US Government systems do not allow these software anywhere ear heesystemsnor connected to it. CREDIBILITY VERY MUCH IN QUESTION FOR THIS RECOMMENDATION.


Sigh .... Do you really think we're working for the Russians?


BIG SIGH! I'd say you are not fully considering the security of your readers' computer equipment, personal identity information and financial information in making this recommendation. As a result you are not being responsible with it. Are you so naive to think the Russians and the Chinese are not spying on the U.S. and are gathering every bit of information they can in any way they can???
What do you think the Russians would do with our personal and business information if and when they get it? I'd say that is the real worry here. Obviously you don't care about that. I don't know who is paying you or if who is paying you is part of this recommendation and all your recommendations. Are you at least getting advertising money from this Russian company??
Maybe the Russians are paying you or some operative for them. Next you'll be telling us to open our routers to the Russians and the Chinese. This software could easily be modified to send our information without our knowledge. This software is created in Russian after all by Russians.


I don't recommend that anyone working in a sensitive job -- government, energy, defense, a big financial firm -- use Russian software, or any antivirus software not cleared by their organizations. For those people, whether or not the allegations against Kaspersky Lab are true, using Russian antivirus software would be an unacceptable risk.

But I think Kaspersky software is fine for everyone else, especially for home use. None of the allegations raised against it in the press hold water upon close examination. Kaspersky researchers are well respected throughout the information-security world, and the company discloses Russian spyware when it finds it, just as it does spyware from other countries.

I'm not the only person with this opinion. Here's PC Magazine:
https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/356214/should-you-beli...

And here's CSO Online:
https://www.csoonline.com/article/3219848/vulnerabiliti...

Those writers aren't working for the Russians either.

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December 11, 2018 8:01:28 PM

jpf.morpheus said:
How on earth is Kaspersky getting recommended?? It is banned for use by any federal agency or contractor and has been documented as a portal for espionage, bots, malware distribution, and is a Russian company owned by a Putin Oligarch with FSB ties...jeeze..get real.


I know one thing and only one thing. I know if my government says "Gaah! Don't use it!" that makes me WANT to use it. Do I trust Kaspersky more than I trust the U.S. Government? AB SO <removed> LUTELY.

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December 12, 2018 9:30:37 AM

ORIGINALLETMEPICYOU is bang on! I am more confused now than before I read this lol. I don't know what I am going to use, but LINUX is looking pretty good right now !
I am with this dude ^^^ too. LOL, thanks for nothing to this review, all I hear is trust nothing and if you want good protection sorry but you'll have to freaking buy it. Yay.
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December 21, 2018 4:51:19 AM

eric.kaler said:
DO NOT TRUST ANY RUSSIAN SOFTWARE ESPECIALLY FOR ANTIVIRUS ! These recommendarion of Russian antivirus is BS. Tom's Guide Seems to be trying to open the door to their readers' tech equipment to Russian spying and identity theft. There's a reason why US Government systems do not allow these software anywhere ear heesystemsnor connected to it. CREDIBILITY VERY MUCH IN QUESTION FOR THIS RECOMMENDATION.


No way.
Russians create very good quality security products.
Do you know Telegram Messenger created by Pavel Durov?
This is really good example.
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