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Old 07-20-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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Antivirus recommendations.

Folks,

Sorry to ask, I'm not a computerologist. Getting a new laptop and confused on which antivirus. I had one with norton and one Macafee, not impressed.

Looking for one that is not a me me me A/V thing, install, pay if required or worth it, don't take over my PC with pop ups or your attention is required do the job and stay in the background of my computer usage time.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

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Old 07-20-2013, 05:53 PM   #2
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I use AVG or Avast (slight preference for the Avast) as free ones for pay the top is probably Kapersky.

Also using some common sense and not clicking on links in emails goes a long ways towards keeping things on an even keel. I assume you are going with a Windoze machine?

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There are actually three things you seem to be looking for, and you won't find one single program that does it all:
Antivirus;
Popup Blocker;
Do Not Track.

I accomplish the Pop-up Blocker and "Do Not Track" by using Google Chrome as my browser and activating the appropriate Extensions under the Tools menu. I find that Chrome does a better job of blocking popups and tracking cookies than either Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Antivirus on my laptop is handled by Norton 360. My tablet uses Norton Mobile.
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I know it sounds arrogant, but get a Mac. I've run them for over a decade. No infections or drive failures. I got a PC for a few summer classes in 2007, and had to reinstall the system twice before the semester was over.
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:06 PM   #5
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I purchased my laptop at Costco and got a year of Kapersky for free.
It was always telling me how great it was but didn't demand too much attention. I didn't get a virus so I guess it works.
It is now scolding me to renew which I am resisting because it demands that I let it automatically renew billing on my credit card when the subscription expires. I have been there and done that. I always forget to cancel when I get rid of the computer.
Nobody will call me from Kapersky and let me renew with out the automatic renewal.
My wife has Avast and other than making a noise like a parrot telling her the data base has been updated, it also seems to work. Best of all it is free. If I knew how to do it, I would obliterate Kapersky and install Avast.
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Just get the free version direct from Microsoft. It's called Microsoft Security Essentials, and you can download it direct from Microsoft.
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Just get the free version direct from Microsoft. It's called Microsoft Security Essentials, and you can download it direct from Microsoft.
Agreed!

I used it at work, and was very pleased. Didn't slow the computer down to a crawl like some others. Computing Services at UALR, where I work, is committed to Kaspersky which they push out over the campus network. Somehow my computer got skipped for several months allowing me to continue running the Microsoft product. My computer was much quicker and more reliable than my coworkers.

Unfortunately, my computer got found a few months ago, so now I have Kaspersky.

At home, not to start a flame war, I have a Mac. So far, they haven't had the issues with viruses. I use both platforms, and they both have their plusses and minuses.
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Folks,

First, many thanks for the ideas and suggestions.

Right now im using an iPad that I got for better half. Very impressive tool, handy and no hassles so far. Plus I can hardly get it out of her lap when I need it, oh well.

My PC needs are pretty easy at home, but I wanted easy access to pics from my camera and I use the typical office software, so it's a PC W8.

I'll keep reading and let you know what I pick later.

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Folks,

First, many thanks for the ideas and suggestions.

Right now im using an iPad that I got for better half. Very impressive tool, handy and no hassles so far. Plus I can hardly get it out of her lap when I need it, oh well.

My PC needs are pretty easy at home, but I wanted easy access to pics from my camera and I use the typical office software, so it's a PC W8.

I'll keep reading and let you know what I pick later.

Gary
You can get one of these, runs Windows and is a combination tablet/laptop:
Surface RT - Microsoft Store
You can get them at Best Buy and Staples.

I also have Macs, but also didn't want to start yet another this vs that war...
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FREE anti-virus, anti-malware and anti-adware programs, rated equal or better than many purchased security suites (e.g., McAfee, Norton, Kaspersky, etc.):

* AVAST!
* Spybot Search & Destroy
* MalwareBytes
* CCleaner

Note: No anti-virus software will catch 100% of Trojans, viruses, etc.

I use McAfee Total Protection. However, I purchase the old, previous year's version at a discount on Amazon, and I use the license key to renew my existing software that is about to expire (each license is good for one year). Last year, the old version was $9.95 for three PCs. This year, it looks like it may be double that amount.

For those of you who use McAfee, see my Amazon product review comments from last year, below:

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McAfee Total Protection 2012--3 Users (Old Version)

Note: Use to renew existing license! (See comments on installation problems.)

I purchased this product to renew an old 3-user license for Total Protection (TP) 2011 that had expired. I usually buy this from COSTCO every year, but COSTCO no longer sells McAfee products.

Through my McAfee Account, the new TP2013 is $89.99; and renewal of TP2012 is $44.99. TP2013 is $79.99 on Amazon.com; so the TP2012 "old version" was a bargain at $9.99 (the price at the time of purchase). If you have an existing 3-user license for this software, you can use this package to extend your existing license, even if expired.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The problems that others have reported are caused by not following the instructions on the McAfee TP Quick Start Guide, which begin "...For McAfee Total Protection, visit: [...]". If you download and install this program from other pages on McAfee's Web site, you will NOT be prompted to enter the Product Key printed on this instruction card; AND, you will NOT be given the option to use the Product Key to extend your existing license. If you follow the instructions, you will be able to renew your existing TP license for another year at a bargain price!

I have used McAfee virus scanning products since the last century, and they perform as well or better than all other products I have tried. I continue to use them, because several major corporations I have worked for trust the McAfee enterprise versions to protect their corporate networks; and if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me.

If you are satisfied with an existing installation of TP2012, save some money and renew it with this "old version" from Amazon.com. I just hope Amazon.com clears out their old packages of TP2013 at the same time next year, so I can take advantage of this bargain again!

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I periodically scan my PC using Spybot Search & Destroy, MalwareBytes and CCleaner, even though I use McAfee. These additional programs reduce the number of popups and other adware annoyances that even McAfee misses.

The main reason I use McAfee is for e-mail scanning; although, there are additional FREE e-mail and phishing scan programs available. In fact, due to a recent Consumer Reports review of anti-virus/malware software in which the free AVAST! program outperformed McAfee, I am considering switching to AVAST! when my current McAfee license expires.
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Just get the free version direct from Microsoft. It's called Microsoft Security Essentials, and you can download it direct from Microsoft.
Terry,

Found this on a google search answered on a Microsoft community forum(?) about installing it on W8.

"No. Windows 8 comes with Windows Defender, which has been improved in Windows 8 to provide the same level of malware protection as Microsoft Security Essentials.

You do not need to install Microsoft Security Essentials and it will not work with Windows 8. Microsoft will continue to provide and improve Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. If you are upgrading to Windows 8, you should uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials first."

All,

Mac vs Windows, that's a whole different topic.

I get real involved with my vehicles, probably opposite of a lot of folks that let someone else do the fixing and servicing. Example i just bought a used VW TDI and within the first month i pulled the intake manifold, exhaust manifold/turbocharger to clean the IM and fix the VNT system, gets 43MPG. For my PC needs, I'll pay for the PC, now PC do your job and do it w/o a lot of my intervention, I got other things i want to do.

Thanks everyone for the ideas.

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I don't know much about computer problems nor do I want to. Bought one of the first IMacs that came out and have stuck with Mac since.

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First, check with your internet provider. Many offer FREE AV programs, usually McAfee. About 89% effective.
Second, Microsoft offers a free AV but it comes with spy-ware to ensure that you are not using any Microsoft programs without a license. If your 100% legit this is OK. About 80% effective.
Third, pay for Norton AV. Lots of overhead and slows your computer down. About 88% effective.
Fourth, DO NOT USE ANY FREE AV from the net. Nothing is free. You'll get burned.
Fifth, go to Malwarebits Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Protect, Detect & Remove Malware From Your PC and scan your PC for free. If you want their AV program; you pay.
Sixth, run your PC with no AV. Yes, this is an option. If your heart is pure and you never open an attachment, visit Facebook, surf the web to new sites or look at Utube you might get away with this.
The big plus: your computer will run VERY fast.
The big minus: you will get a virus, recovery can be difficult.
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