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What antivirus works with Opera

  • I recently started using Opera and just learned that my AntiVirus protection, Webroot, does not work with Opera. In researching, I see it's hard to find any AntiVirus protection that works with Opera. What AntiVirus do you recommend? Thanks.

  • You mean there's antivirus that doesn't work with Opera? Okay, MacAfee actually interferes with Opera's operation, so I guess you could say that one doesn't. I have used Avira, Avast and AVG on different computers - this computer has Avira on it.. Avira actually has an extension for Opera, though the features listed are already in Opera (blocking ads and trackers, blocking malicious websites) so I can't say if it is doing anything different.

  • What doesn't work with Webroot? Its browser extensions? If so, install https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/install-chrome-extensions/ in Opera and browse to https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/webroot-filtering-extensi/kjeghcllfecehndceplomkocgfbklffd and https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/webroot-password-manager/ngkhgikojglcgnckopipfdajaifmmnnc in Opera and install them.

    Or, is there something else that interferes with Opera?

  • @sgunhouse and others: The basis for my saying that Webroot does not work with Opera is that I called Webroot and was advised by a tech that Webroot does not protect my computer while I'm working in Opera. He blamed the issue on Opera and said that many AVs do not work with Opera. I like Opera well enough not to be upset but am anxious to find a good AV that does protect my computer while I'm working in Opera. Thanks!

  • When googling "webroot and opera", I found the following info, dated 02-28-2018:

    "When it comes to online security, Webroot Internet Security Complete chooses to install an extension called Webroot Filtering Extension in your web browser, which scans and filters your internet traffic for potential threats. Unfortunately, this extension is only available in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The other two popular web browsers that we tested - Microsoft Edge and Opera - are not covered by Webroot.

    "However, it also includes a so-called Web Filtering Driver which can provide additional protection against online dangers, in other browsers or apps. In our tests, it looks like this shield works in Microsoft Edge, but it does not work in Opera."

    I did find a somewhat involved way to add Webroot's Filtering Extension to Opera but have to think about it before I try that. In the meantime I downloaded Avast and hope that having both Opera and Avast wont present problems for my system.

  • @lpsidell Any AV that does real-time scanning should be enough. Here I use only Windows Defender.

  • @leocg Thanks! I downloaded Avast since sgunhouse (above) said he uses it with his Opera.

  • @lpsidell said in What antivirus works with Opera:

    Web Filtering Driver

    I don't know anything about the driver, but since Edge, Opera and Chrome use the system's network stack and proxy settings, and the latter 2 are both based on Chromium, and it works with Chrome's network traffic, it seems really weird that it wouldn't work with Opera's traffic also.

  • @burnout426 I found a fairly convoluted way to supposedly use Chrome to add Webroot's Filtering Extension to Opera but I wasnt comfortable trying it. I signed up for Avast but kept Webroot for times when I use Chrome (for sites like FedEx and one credit card company that dont work with Opera).

  • @lpsidell said in What antivirus works with Opera:

    I found a fairly convoluted way to supposedly use Chrome to add Webroot's Filtering Extension to Opera but I wasnt comfortable trying it.

    What about the way I mentioned to add it earlier? That's the standard way to add Chrome extensions to Opera.

  • @burnout426 I did thank you by clicking on the thumbs-up sign for your information. And I did check out the links you posted. But I'm not that proficient in using computers. I've learned by doing over the years and sometimes I've scr*wed up royally in doing so. I'll check out the two latter links again later and see if I can understand the instructions well enough to feel comfortable trying them out.

  • @lpsidell said in What antivirus works with Opera:

    ... I signed up for Avast but kept Webroot for times when I use Chrome (for sites like FedEx and one credit card company that dont work with Opera).
    ...
    I've learned by doing over the years and sometimes I've scr*wed up royally in doing so.

    Be very careful about running two different antivirus programs on the same system. It's a lot like having two people independently trying to operate a car with dual controls... and the results much of the time are a royal screwup. Antivirus programs typically embed themselves deeply into a computer's operating system and if, there are more than one running on a system, will battle each other for ultimate control with highly unpleasant and erratic results that follow. With some antivirus programs, simply "shutting it off" via its control panel still leaves background processes running that can cause interference with another AV.

  • @blackbird71 Thanks! Avast Free detected that I have Webroot so some of its (Avast's) features are disabled automatically.