Moderated Re: Antivirus software.


It would be nice if all scanner programs would allow exclusions, such as any file over a certain size, or MP3 files.
That would speed up scans quite a bit.

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Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:32 AM
Subject: Re: Antivirus software.



I personally use Vipre, I can’t pass on exact statistics on how well it performs in benchmark tests, but I’ve personally used it for many years and kept a clean system. I find a lot of anti-virus software is fairly  inaccessible  sadly these days. I find Vipre very accessible, there are a couple of really small areas it could have some improvement , such as it won’t read what percentage of the scan is complete when running a scan, but both the task bar icon and its options in here are all accessible (you can start, stop and pause scans from here), but the program itself is pretty accessible too, like I said there are a couple of small areas which could do with a small improvement, but compared with most other anti-virus software on the market its pretty accessible and I think they are quite open to accessibility suggestions from a post I saw on another forum. One of the only complaints I had with viper is its scans seem to take a really long time to complete




From: <> On Behalf Of David Goldfield
Sent: 10 June 2020 00:22
Subject: Re: Antivirus software.


Hi, David.

As others have already said Microsoft Defender/Windows Security is certainly accessible. In my opinion its interface isn't necessarily the most intuitive but all controls are well labeled and the program is easy to learn, particularly if you explore it thoroughly.

Kaspersky Antivirus has some accessibility with NVDA on its task manager and settings screens, with poor accessibility on the program's main screen. When using JAWS accessibility on the main screen is just about nonexistent when attempting to navigate with tab and shift+tab. For best results I'd recommend using the touch cursor if you use JAWS. When using NVDA object navigation will be almost essential, particularly on the program's main screen. Its installer went from being 100% accessible in 2015 to 100% inaccessible in later versions. However, installing it is definitely possible if you know how to make use of your screen reader's OCR functions since all you really need to do is to keep pressing enter to activate the Next button. At one point the installer downloads most of its components and you'll need to use OCR to know when this process has completed. Again, your screen reader's OCR features will be your friend during this process. Alternatively, you can use an app or service on a smart phone to assist you with this such as Seeing AI, Envision AI, Be My Eyes or AIRA. AIRA has the additional benefit of allowing an agent to remotely access and control your computer using Teamviewer, if needed.

I wrote a review of using Kaspersky with NVDA on my blog. While the post was written several years ago it's still fairly accurate as Kaspersky, for better or worse, has not changed very much in the past five years.

Symantec Endpoint Protection is extremely accessible. However, I think this program may be more for corporate users and I don't know how the Norton products for home users are doing these days when it comes to accessibility. I first used Norton Antivirus in 1999 and, like many programs from that time, it used standard controls and was 100% accessible. Around 2000 or so the interface changed to more of an HTML environment and so it was very different but still accessible. It has been years since I've used a Norton product.

MalwareBytes, as of a few months ago when I last tried it, was reasonably accessible as long as you use tab and shift-tab to navigate with it.


David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

On 6/6/2020 6:37 PM, david Jennette wrote:

Hi. I’ve asked this a few years ago but I figured it’s time to ask again do to things changing. I’m wondering if Windows defender is still the most accessible antivirus software or if there are others now that work well with Jaws. Thanks.

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