Since trend has expired, is there anything I need to remove before installing others? Are they difficult to download
I am so new at this. What do you recommend when I decide to purchase?
You should remove Trend from your computer if it is expired. Use the uninstall.exe that came with the program, it usually does the bst job of removing what it put there.
Well as for suggestions, you want to look for an Anti-Virus program that protects your computer and scans your email attachments and such with realtime protection.
But you don't want a program that does it with what we call bloatware (too many added attractions so to speak) or one that hogs resources while doing its job of protecting you.
Microsofts Security Essentials does not hog resources and does not come with (added attractions) You might actually like it and its free fully functional.
Also the other programs I listed above are great for spyware and malware scanning, Spybot is never offered for a fee, they just ask for donations to help keep things going and the program does work!
Samething with Malwarebytes, realtime 24 hour protection does require the purchased version, but the free version does work, but you have to run the scans manually.
Avast! & Avira I have never used as Broni mentioned above, so it is best he speaks about those programs.
By the way Broni I didn't see you were also posting to the thread same time I was, just took me longer to edit my typos.
So I would try those for a while, they are not hard to install and are pretty easy to use, pretty much the scanning feaures are right on the programs main startup page.
Just make sure you update them before running a scan, Security Essentials can be sheduled to run a weekly or daily scan at the time you choose.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 17 April 2010 - 02:26 AM.