What antivirus or security suite works well with PIA?

I was running Kaspersky Internet Security.  Immediately after the latest update, PIA stopped working or worked so slowly it was essentially useless.  I played with Kaspersky settings for hours to try to get PIA to work again but was unable to do it.  In the end, I had to completely uninstall Kaspersky from my computer and reinstall the tap driver in order to get PIA working again.  Currently, I am just using the security essentials program that comes with Windows 10.  I was wondering if someone could recommend an antivirus program or security suite that plays nice with PIA.  I had 10 months left on my license for Kaspersky but I can't use it if it's incompatible with PIA, which seems to be the case.  Any suggestions would be appreciated but I'm not personally a fan of McAfee or Norton and would prefer something that works well, doesn't screw up PIA and is relatively light on computer resources.    


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    Norton Security and PIA Manager v.66
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    Norton Security comes free with my Internet service but I've had problems with it in thev past. Does it work with the latest version of PIA?
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    I am running KIS 2017, Windows 10 Creators Edition, and PIA and have no issues.
  • edited May 2017 Posts: 55
    jhs39 said:
    Norton Security comes free with my Internet service but I've had problems with it in thev past. Does it work with the latest version of PIA?

    I have been running PIA with the Norton Security that comes free with Xfinity/Comcast for the past year without any issues, on two different computers.  I am currently running the latest PIA app and OpenVPN app.

    EDIT (05-13-2017): I spoke too soon.  It is preventing me from installing Version 70. However, i imagine it is fixable with the proper whitelist.
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    Windows Defender, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, MalwareBytes Anti-Exploit, and PIA v.69 seem to work seamlessly together.
  • I personally run Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Malwarebytes together with PIA and works great.  
  • @jhs39

    I've found that Bitdefender Internet Security works flawlessly with all versions of Private Internet Security that I've installed so far. I currently have PIA v69 installed, and I'm not having any conflicts with Bitdefender. Due to the fact that Bitdefender is one of the leading anti-virus suites, I'd highly recommend it to anyone who's looking for a good security suite. But don't take my word for it. Let's look at what the professionals have to say:






    As you can see, Bitdefender is one of the best. I highly recommend you check it out. :)
  • Hello) I absolutely do not trust Kaspersky. Here is my recipe: windows defender + this defender http://soft2secure.com/knowledgebase/arena-ransomware + Malwarebytes (as an independent resource)
  • Nortons is a resource hog. Microsoft stuff is too light weight or too restrictive. I use ESET and it has served me well for years. Only issue with PIA is EVERY time I boot up windows, I have to set a new rule for Ruby. No matter how many times I make a rule and say remember it, it comes up again. I could have excluded ruby.exe to fix it, but I got a new computer and installed openvpn instead of the PIA client, and I'm happy.
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    I see a lot of suggestions for different closed-source, corporate solutions and I felt compelled to mention this for the benefit of newbies who may read it.

    Regardless of public trust, reality of the situation is that popular anti-virus software is corporate owned, closed-source, and many of them have relationships with government agencies at varying levels of influence. You cannot say you "don't trust Google because they spy" while at the same time happily using Windows and installing the first anti-virus software you see a review for.

    When you trust a company's software to not just run local on your computer, but as root, view all your files, alter your file system, and profile your activities all while phoning home and autoupdating itself, you're essentially giving the computer away to their control. It's potentially the biggest trojan threat imaginable.

    Be aware of this and what it means for your privacy. You may find that the risks outweigh the rewards.

    But what are the alternatives?

    Personally, I don't use anti-virus software, I use a VM with backups so that I can use my session with the assumption of complete compromise; in short, a throwaway VM. That is a far better usage strategy for my personal threat model. It may work for you too, it may not. Either way, being safe, secure and private isn't about using a specific solution, it's about designing one for you based on what you're trying to protect and from whom.
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