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  • Started 2 years ago by bethmyaccess-abilitycom
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bethmyaccess-abilitycom
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What is the best anti-virus software for a personal computer? And do you recommend using disks or downloading it online? The computer isn't used for anything fancy, just basic personal computing things (but including online banking).

Thanks!

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vistamike
vistamike
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bethmyaccess-abilitycom, hi and welcome.

There is no BEST but there are combinations that will give you very good protection

For antivirus free I suggest and use MSE http://windows.microsoft.com/e.....essentials

To back up this use (both the free versions)

http://www.superantispyware.com/
And;
http://www.filehippo.com/downl.....i_malware/

Mike

Posted 2 years ago
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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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And have a look at this,
http://www.sandboxie.com/

Posted 2 years ago
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steveworkfile
steveworkfile
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I use free AVG it is good gives good protection and updates.
You can Upload it from the web at xxxxxxxxxxxxx
edit by mod, link under scrutiny

Link stays deleted. AVG in the old day was pretty well standard, however today it is bloated and pretty useless at protection. In addition the probs with to 'go pro' just really proves a point, the protection is minimal.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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AVG is not recommended here. Has caused a lot of problems, and is too bloated.

Posted 2 years ago
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vistamike
vistamike
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Steve, AVG has now become a bugbear on many systems. In future please link to a direct site and not another link to a link.

Mike

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Xhi
Xhi
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Best is realy a subjective thing. Different folks will have differing oppinions. And they are just that. Opinions. Just like buying a car, the best car may not be the right car for you. The selection would be based on price, utility and many factors. What you need is something "sufficient for your needs". In that category I recommend the following that are sufficient for the needs of most common users. Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast Anti-virrus, but NOT both. Both work well, do their job with minimal intrusion, are free, and easy to install, update and use.

In addition I have solved most malware problems with already infected non-bootable computers by having on hand the stand alone scan Microsoft Security Sweeper.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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I have been using this for years, and have had no problems with it on all the machines I have installed it on,
http://www.filehippo.com/download_antivir/

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Xhi
Xhi
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In addition, unless you are a commercial user best = free. There is no need for a home user to pay for computer security. That being said, there is also no need to overload a system with too much security software. KISS applies.

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bethmyaccess-abilitycom
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thanks, everyone, for your great help. I downloaded the 3 programs suggested by Mike, and all went well.

Posted 2 years ago
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Rcocowild
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I like Avast pretty much because it's a complete suite, however they only use a trial version, and for day I've been getting this annoying pop-up meesage telling me it will expire. It's a free download like the others and it recognized pretty much al viruses.  I think Antivirus should be free these days, I know this companies wants some profits, in that case there are couple of ones like Sytmenec or zenok that add some other features like online backup and they charge fair amount for that and you can still protect your important data.

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Xhi
Xhi
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Avast antivirus is free, not a trial. It is not the whole suite, but the antivirus portion.

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