If you’re a regular reader of MakeUseOf then you’re probably a geek. And geeks buy gadgets. Lots and lots of gadgets.
Computers, smartphones, televisions, games consoles, power tools, and even drones (which most of you seem to want to shoot out of the sky); these all count as gadgets on which we spend far too much money. The question is, where do you buy new gadgets?
Newsflash! Avast! Wins!
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “What Is The Best Free Antivirus Software?”
Out of a total of 1,043 votes, 40.2% chose Avast!, 14.5% chose AVG, 7.3% chose Avira, 3.1% chose Comodo, 8.6% chose Malwarebytes, 14.6% chose Microsoft Security Essentials, 1% chose Spybot – Search & Destroy, and 10.8% chose Other.
Avast! won by a clear margin, with Microsoft Security Essentials and AVG coming in second and third respectively. All of the options received some votes, which shows how competitive this market is at the moment. Other antivirus software mentioned includes Panda Cloud Free and Bitdefender Antivirus Free.
As some people pointed out, these results are more likely to show how popular each piece of antivirus software is, as people invariably voted for the one they use rather than the one experts agree is “best.” By that logic, Avast! is the most popular antivirus tool among MakeUseOf readers, which is no less useful to know.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Brian H., Tom W, and Gilbert J. Comment Of The Week goes to Andrew Kelley, who wins a T-shirt from those available from the catalog for this comment:
I would say that there is really no “best” anti-virus, some may be considered better than others, but I have had clients bring in virus laden PC’s for repair that have had any of the Av’s listed plus a handful more, free and paid, 9 of 10 times I find that the owner was ultimately at fault for the infection, not the Anti-virus software.
BHO’s are notorious for being “piggybacked” in on a legit third-party software installation and the owner is totally oblivious to the actual questions and check boxes that are “pre-checked” to install this garbage which once installed can start a cascade of malware downloads.
Attachments in an e-mail are another big one, many people don’t think twice about opening them right up as soon as the get them, and many Anti-virus programs will not detect a virus within a zipped file unless you physically tell the program to scan it first, and never run and .exe file without first doing a scan.
Habit and understanding is more of a key to remaining virus free than the actual Anti-Virus software in many cases.
We chose this comment because it clearly makes the point that no matter how good the antivirus software you use may be common sense is the key to remaining free of malware. Please do use antivirus software, but only as a last resort; if you take care when online you should never actually need to utilize it.
This week, we want to know where you buy your gadgets. When you get it into your head that now is the time to buy a new gadget — because your PC has died, your TV is so old it’s powered by a crank, or that shiny new smartphone is too good to miss — where do you go shopping for it?
Because of limited space within the poll, we have, with the exception of the behemoths of online shopping that are Amazon and eBay, grouped retailers together. So we need you to not only vote in the poll below but also take to the comments section to tell us the name of the retailer you favor above all others.
Please vote in the poll above and then leave a comment below to provide us with a more detailed answer to the question.
Unfortunately, we have had to stop offering a T-shirt as a prize because of the logistics of sending one out to someone somewhere in the world on a weekly basis. Instead, from now on, the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week will get to see their name up in lights and see the rest of us bow down to their greatness. How can you resist?!