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How do I choose an antivirus / malware solution?


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#1 Mike Smith

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 01:06 PM

I've just switched to Vista and have been using BitDefender. I haven't had any major problems, but I'm always curious as to whether I have the protection I need. Best Buy geeks recommend Kaspersky, but I know that there's a lot of shareware/freeware that could be good as well. How do I choose?

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 02:21 PM

Hi Mike,

This is a tough question but this is how I do it.

1) Cost. Free is good.

2) Name. It is important that it is a known good antivirus.

3) Ease of use. I like a neat control panel and a useful help section

I use AVG, free version because of this, however I have used Norton before that. It cost 30 a year and updated automatically weekly but it hogged the resources and was quite invasive.

I also use Spybot and MalwareBytes Anti-malware for clearing up. You should also run Spybot's teatimer for realtime protection if you choose it. I like Spybot but it's been superceded by such things as MBAM and Superantispyware...

Finally, I have Hijackthis and Blacklight for rootkit detection.

All recommended software is in this forum thread
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Posted 07 December 2008 - 03:00 PM

There are a lot of excellent programs available, both free and for purchase.
That is one decision you'll have to make-whether you want to pay for a program.
Investigate all your options. Try a few, see what works best for your system.
Should you want to buy an anti-virus, the first thing you want to do is see if that program has a trial.
Download and install it. This will give you a chance to find out how it works, if it's user friendly, if it plays nice with your system. There is no one size fits all when it comes to computer security. What works for me may not work for you. I installed McAfee antivirus years ago, it made my system crawl slower than a turtle.
A lot of issues can be avoided simply by using "test driving".
And if you like the program-wait until the trial period is almost over. A lot of vendors will offer a discount if you want to purchase.

One more thing: m0le mentions having Hijack This. If you haven't been trained to analyze HJT you don't need it or want to run it. It takes an expert to look at the logs and spot problems. m0le is currently in training for malware removal, so he knows what to look for in the log. Using HJT on your own can lead to major computer malfunctions.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 03:45 PM

Yes, sorry I should have added that.

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