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What's the most efficient combination of FREE protections programs available?


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#1 Arkay-x

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 04:12 PM

Wondering what the best free protection programs are at the minute and which ones to use to ensure my pc is protected :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 06:53 PM

First, finish here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/314426/unsure-if-my-pc-is-protected-well-enough/

Then we'll talk prevention from new infections (good AV, firewall, on-demand scanners, etc..). :thumbsup:

We can't give advice on issues like this while you're in the process of malware removal...you need to finish up in AII first, then we'll get you set up with good protection.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:30 AM

Alright okay, will wait till other topic is cleared up.
This was just a general 'what's best?' question because my brother doesn't want the same problem as me ¬¬

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 04:03 AM

Advanced SystemCare , IObit Security 360, and tuneup utilities are good enough to protect your PC. and they all have free version so you can download them to have a try and what i have to say is that although they are free ,their function are very powerfull.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 09:31 PM

Programs like Advanced SystemCare and Tuneup Utilities are not recommended for the following reason:

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

• Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

• Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

• Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

• Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

• The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.


As I've said many times, registry cleaners, tune-up programs, and so-called "optimizers" are the current snake-oil of the internet. There are countless free programs like this and apparently some paid ones, as well.

Do not be deceived. They promise performance you can only dream about....but only deliver a computer that is worse off than it was to begin with.

Also, IOBit is frowned on these days: Malwarebytes' accuses IOBits of stealing their programs malware definitions

Heck, I'm correcting somebody who was banned. :thumbsup: Oh well...it's true either way.

As for the best protection...

No single product is 100% foolproof and can detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new malware infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes spyware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus provides the most complete protection.

I recommend Avast Free, Malwarebytes' Free, and SUPERAntiSpyware free. Avast Free comes with a full AV, shields, boot-scan (on-demand), auto-updates, and much more. See here.

MBAM and SUPER are just on-demand scanners. But they are the best ones currently out there. :flowers:

Also, I've always used the built-in Windows Firewall with no problems. Although, there are plenty of people who use third-party firewalls, too.
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