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what antivirus/spam/protection do i need for new HP Pavilion laptop?


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#1 christinaemcc

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 02:14 PM

can you guys recommend the antivirus, spam and malware protection i should have?

i'm not familiar with what i need...

my new HP Pavilion laptop comes w/Norton but in the past I haven't had great experiences with Norton or McAfee....

i just downloaded AVG.

thanks

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 02:32 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials is great for free antivirus http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
SpywareBlaster for realtime protection http://majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=2859 (keep it updated! once done, click on "Enable All Protection")
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware http://majorgeeks.com/download5756.html

If you're going to uninstall Norton, use the uninstall tool http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgen...005033108162039

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 05:17 PM

Also Avast 5 is a great AV I switch from AVG to AVAST because it uses lower resources than AVG

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 07:29 PM

Also Avast 5 is a great AV I switch from AVG to AVAST because it uses lower resources than AVG

@coxchris, if you haven't tried MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials), you may like that even better! I've used it on XP, Vista and Windows 7. :thumbsup:

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 03:49 PM

My recommendations:

As above for AV - either Avast or Microsoft Security Essentials.

For Antimalware - Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and/or SuperAntispyware.

For Antispam - MailWasher Free.


I would also add WOT (Web of Trust), and use a Standard User Account for your everyday computing.


The links below provide a pretty useful guide to finding a good security setup.

http://dev.urltrim.com/secwiz
http://naut.homestead.com/files/Free/free1.html
http://dottech.org/headline/3174




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