Looking for Alternative to Norton Internet Security
Posted 23 April 2012 - 11:01 PM
Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 11:16 PM
After reading that, scroll down and read Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools.
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:14 AM
I run these as well as Win Patrol (also free), and CC Cleaner. I do not use the registry cleaner part of CC.
I also occasionally download secunia psi , in order to really make sure all programs are up to date. I do not leave secunia permanently installed as it appears to use quite a few resources.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:02 PM
Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:33 AM
turned on, and again, this keeps me feeling quite secure.
I do not use the paid version of Avira, although it is a very small outlay....i guess i am just a cheapskate...lol
Malwarebytes.......the main advantage of the paid version is that it gives you "always on" protection. I DO use the paid version. Brilliant program.
Twice i have been infected on my PC....and in both cases the fault lay with ME.....I clicked on a link in an email.....and i knew as soon as i did it ....that i should not have ! (Bleeping Computer came to the rescue both times)
So....this combination has served me well.
I also run a scan perhaps once a month with Eset online scanner,,,http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/....just for a little variety.
Best of luck,
Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:36 AM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:42 PM
Also, I would recommend installing Adblock Plus for your browser. Some ads have sneaky ways to trick you into clicking on things (e.g. the "x" icon is actually a link to a website), and I've heard that if a site is using a less-reputable ad service, there are some banners that can give you a virus even if you don't click on them.
I think they just want you to buy their software. Honestly, with the quality of free antivirus software available, I see no reason to "upgrade" to the pay versions.
But the free versions give the impression that you are leaving large gaps in your protection (no email protection, no firewall, etc.). Is this true?
Edited by Telekill, 27 April 2012 - 07:46 PM.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:35 AM
For firewall you can use free Zonealarm or just use Windows firewall.
But as Animal mentioned above, it all depends on yours requirements, Windows version and hardware. One size does not fit all.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:49 AM
Microsoft Security Essentials
And in addition as an on-demand malware scanner...
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
For firewall, I'd say that the Windows firewall is enough if you are using Windows 7/Vista.
And XP's firewall isn't really bad either. But if you say otherwise try using the free version of either ZoneAlarm Firewall or Comodo Firewall.
On a personal note, I don't really recommend using a real-time anti-virus/anti-malware scanner. Instead I just have Malwarebytes installed as an on-demand scanner if I require it just in case and run weekly or bi-weekly system-wide scans using a good online scanner like the one from ESET - http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/.
Hope this helps.
Edited by Alvas Rawuther, 08 May 2012 - 06:50 AM.
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 | Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93GHz | 4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 333MHz RAM | 488 GB WD SATA HDD | 1024MB ATI Radeon HD 4350 | No real-time antivirus | MBAM on-demand | Windows 7's Built-in Firewall |
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