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#1 jerryscoins

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:04 AM

Just bought a new computer and was wondering which program was the best to be using. I don't mind paying if need be. Also don't want one the uses a lot of resources or bogs the computer down. Thanks.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:00 AM

Choosing an anti-virus 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 anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your use. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone. Another factor to consider is whether you want to use a paid for product or free alternative.

My personal choice is NOD32 Anti-Virus if choosing a paid for program or avast! Free Antivirus if choosing a free alternative.

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.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:22 AM

Before deciding on a program to purchase, use the "test drive" approach.

Most paid programs have a fully functioning trial offer. Download and install the trial.

This will give you an opportunity to see if it plays nice with your system, if it's user-friendly, you can check out features, etc. If you don't like it, uninstall and try something else.

Once you make your decision, wait until the it gets close to the end of the trial period. If, when downloading and installing the trial, you had to supply an email address, you might be offered a discount as an incentive to purchase.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 03:15 PM

For paid security software, I would go with either Norton Internet Security 2010 or Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 (with Norton being the more user friendly).

For free alternatives, the links below provide a pretty useful guide to finding a good setup.

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




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