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Okay, going to restore my computer, how should I protect it when its done?

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#1 rossS


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Posted 06 December 2009 - 01:21 PM

What type of anti-virus/spyware/malware/adware/firewall systems do you guys reccomend? I'm restoring my computer because of a virus and a few other things, and I want to make sure its protected this time around. I heard the windows firewall isn't that great, and McAfee and those other anti-virus don't work that well. I would prefer all the things to be free :D

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#2 xblindx


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Posted 06 December 2009 - 04:14 PM

Doing a system restore can re-infect your system. If you want to be completely clean, do a reinstall/reformat of your hard drive and OS.

Anti-virus: Avira AntiVir free/personal Edition
Firewall: Comodo (Note: If you choose to use the Comodo Firewall AND Avira Anti-virus, be sure to uncheck the box during Comodo's installation that will install Comodo's anti-virus software, as running 2 Anti-virus programs will cause issues)
On demand scanners: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, SUPERantispyware
Other protection: Spywareblaster

#3 Stang777


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Posted 07 December 2009 - 11:40 PM

I believe that reinfecting a system during a system restore depends on what is meant by restore. If using Windows System Restore it is possible to reinfect if a restore point is infected, but if one is restoring the system back to the original state that it was in when purchased, I think that is a different matter.

What I use isn't free, but I have used ZoneAlarm Antivirus/Firewall for many years and love it. You can get the firewall for free however and I agree that the Windows firewall is not adequate.

Edited by Stang777, 07 December 2009 - 11:43 PM.

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