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#1 OS_Challenged

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 11:13 PM

Hello all,

I returned from Disneyland to find my McAfee subscription has expired, which I knew was coming, I just thought I had a little more time. :thumbsup:

This came with the machine, I didn't have a choice in not getting it.

I'm looking for suggestions on the best FREE Anti-virus, Firewall, Spyware and anything else you can think of to help protect my machine. I've tried searching, but the number of hits I received is just too numerous to wade through. I've used Avast, and Zone Alarm, and have no issues with using them again, I'm just wondering if anything else has come out in the two years I've been using McAfee.

Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 02:24 AM

AVG, this is a pretty good software, and it is totally free. Ad-ware is also a good choice.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 05:08 AM

Avast and zone alarm and super anti spyware in there as well. To the above poster avg is not as good as it used to be and I don't recomend it any more. See post #7 http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/318618/test-your-anti-spywaremalware-protection/
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Posted 08 June 2010 - 08:21 AM

Avast and zone alarm and super anti spyware in there as well. To the above poster avg is not as good as it used to be and I don't recommend it any more. See post #7 http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/318618/test-your-anti-spywaremalware-protection/


Super Anti Spyware, is that the actual name of the product?
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Posted 08 June 2010 - 09:35 AM

Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your technical ability and experience, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular combination that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone. You may need to experiment and find what is most suitable for your needs. Another factor to consider is whether you want to use paid for products or free alternatives.

No single product is 100% foolproof and can prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware 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 combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.

As a general rule, using more than one anti-spyware program like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, SuperAntispyware, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, etc will not conflict with each other or your anti-virus if using only one of them for real time protection and others as stand-alone scanners. In fact, doing so increases your protection coverage without causing the same kind of conflicts or affecting the stability of your system that can occur when using more than one anti-virus. The overlap of protection from using different signature databases will aid in detection and removal of more threats when scanning your system for malware. However, if using all their real-time resident shields (TeaTimer, Ad-Watch, MBAM Protection Module, Spyware Terminator Shields, etc) together at the same time, there can be conflicts when each application tries to compete for resources and exclusive rights to perform an action. Additionally, competing tools may even provide redundant alerts which can be annoying and/or confusing.

Keep in mind that you can overkill a system with resource heavy security programs that will slow down performance. Sometimes you just have to experiment to get the right combination for your particular system.

I recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and taking advantage of the Protection Module which uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent the installation of most new malware. This technology monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they can infect your computer. Enabling the Protection Module feature requires reqistration and purchase of a license key that includes free lifetime upgrades and support. After activation, Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as it utilizes few system resources and should not conflict with other scanners or anti-virus programs.

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 02:53 PM

Yes it is it's name. Super Anti Spyware, is a great program and it's free. The free version is on demand only, you have to tell it to update and to scan yourself. Until you do tell it to do something it just sits there doing nothing.




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