edit: also, my boot times went to a crawl when things went weird. And I am not talking about slow boot due to raiding two ssd's. I am using two ocz agility 3 ssd's as my boot/apps drive.
[Edited by wheeljack12, 4/27/2014 12:11:06 PM]
But this is personal choice as this then allows me to know what is being allowed through. Other than not knowing. Even though we know CHTrainers are not viruses.
Neo7 would be the man to give a more better detailed answer to your question.
It comes down to Heuristics. A google search will give you a more definitive answer and will save me typing out 4000 words to describe it.
All malware has a purpose that sometimes is not easily determined. The most common reasons are (1) to add your computer to a botnet to create a network for parallel computing, (2) to trick you into paying money for fake services or as a randsome for your files, (3) install a keylogger to hijack sensitive accounts.
Here's the most common misconception of malware: Malware almost always never includes a computer crashing as part of their plan. If a computer is crippled or offline then it cannot carry out its intended payload. The best case scenario for malware is to be installed without you ever knowing so. As such, when a computer restarts or is not acting as intended, it's almost always a driver or hardware issue.
With that said, it looks like you're spending way too much effort on the AV and Firewall (the former is the absolute last wall of defense while the latter is usually the first or second one). I believe you may be neglecting all the stuff in between those two items. I would suggest reading this on computer security if you want to better secure your system (exclude EMET section as that is known to cause issues with trainers).
[Edited by Neo7, 4/27/2014 4:48:09 PM]
EDIT: Your slow boot times may be a side affect of bloat creep that is caused by necessary programs you may be installing. It's very easy to neglect and not pay attention to this and is compounded further by installing more stuff to try to improve performance. Rule of thumb: Keep it simple and only install it if you need it. If you love to try out software and evaluate then consider setting up a VM architecture for test environments that you're free to trash without affecting the real system (VirtualBox is free for this purpose).
[Edited by Neo7, 4/27/2014 4:55:39 PM]
I chose McAfee Internet Security 2014. Easy to add firewall exceptions and scored 5.5 out of 6.0 for protection on www.av-test.org. They score windows 8,8.1 and 7 for the most common used av's (some of them are full security suites). I found the perfect 6.0 protection antivirus program to be too protective. For instance, bitdefender forced me to uninstall spywareblaster 5.0 and spybot search and destroy (both free versions) before installing the app. Then I had a hard time finding the exception area for the internet security firewall. McAfee internet security at my local store was $30 (mcafee's online store wants $55!) and I found to be simple and straight forward. And it's catching intrusion attempts unlike zone alarm which I suspect is using the windows firewall.
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