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Windows Vista Ultimate Anti-Virus Question

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#1 liveyourfuture


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 10:02 AM

Hi. My name is Paul Benjamin. I was wondering...I am running Windows Vista Ultimate on my Sony Vaio VGN-AR550U laptop, and was wondering what is the best anti-virus/security software for my operating system. Right now I am running AVG Free version, but I am with Cox Communications so I have a free McAfee Security Suite that is offered via Cox. I have five other people that are running wireless laptops on my home network. I have three computers that are desktops that are directly connected. I am just worried about viruses and safety. Some of the people on my network are very computer illiterate so they don't really understand computer security. In your opinion, what would be best for my computer to protect me? Thank you so much for your time. Any information would be greatly appreciated. :-)

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 04:09 PM

The latest Antivirus comparisons are available at AV-Comparatives here.


Nothing is 100% and the most important thing is the education of your people on the machines as to what to avoid and what to do if something untoward happens.

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 06:43 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.

Supplement your anti-virus by performing scans with trustworthy security tools:You can also get a second opinion by performing an Online Virus Scan like:
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