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New computer, what to install?


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#1 tomcatlover

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 09:35 PM

Ok, I just got a new machine, and have the Norton trial package.

What should I download to enhance my computer/internet safety?

Adaware, MalwareBytes, Spybot S&D,Commodo Firewall, and AVG are what I have on my old machine. Which of the 5 are the most important to download on this one?

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I see that this should probably be in a different forum, so if the mods feel it should be moved, by all means, go ahead. Thanks.

Edited by hamluis, 30 May 2011 - 12:02 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to AV, Firewall, etc.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 11:03 PM

Norton is as useless as a screendoor on a submerged submarine, IMO. My advice re: Norton--- Run, don't walk. Run very far. Run very fast. If you've activated it already, uninstall it thru the control panel>Programs and Features> Uninstall, and then IMPORTANT>>download and run the Norton Removal Tool.<<IMPORTANT

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Even if you haven't activated it, run the removal tool anyway.
<<IMPORTANT

I'd also lose AVG. Bloatware, IMO

My personal preferences, FWIW.

Anti-Virus:
Avast 6 Free http://www.filehippo.com/download_avast_antivirus/

Anti Adware-Spyware-Malware:

SpywareBlaster 4.4 http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
MVPS Hosts http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
AdBlock Plus http://adblockplus.org/en/
MalwareBytes http://www.filehippo.com/download_malwarebytes_anti_malware/
SuperAntiSpyware 4.53.1000 http://www.superantispyware.com/

Alternatives to Internet Explorer:

Firefox http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/fx/
Opera http://www.opera.com/browser/
Chrome http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/make/download.html?brand=CHKZ

The Windows 7 built in firewall is good enough, IMHO.

Total cost? $0.00

YMMV.

Edited by Union_Thug, 29 May 2011 - 06:23 AM.


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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:54 AM

Thanks, Thug. I've bookmarked all those links. Anyone else?

Edited by tomcatlover, 29 May 2011 - 05:00 AM.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 05:53 AM

I have to respectfully disagree. Norton products are just fine. There was a time they weren't, but they've made a great comeback. Having said that, here's what I use: Kaspersky AV, MalwareBytes (monthly scans), and SpywareBlaster. DO NOT use AdAware or Spybot - they are old school. Whatever your choice for an AV is, pick a good one, keep it updated, and always resident.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 06:31 AM

>>>I have to respectfully disagree. Norton products are just fine. There was a time they weren't...<<<

Thanks, Allan. I'll admit I haven't used Norton since "the time they weren't" so good (5 yrs ago in my case) and base my opinion on that bad personal experience. With respect to your valued opinion and the level of expertise you have proven, I am going to give Norton another go and test install it on my XP installation in VMWare.

I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of Spybot & Adaware, FWIW.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:32 AM

I have to respectfully disagree. Norton products are just fine. There was a time they weren't, but they've made a great comeback. Having said that, here's what I use: Kaspersky AV, MalwareBytes (monthly scans), and SpywareBlaster. DO NOT use AdAware or Spybot - they are old school. Whatever your choice for an AV is, pick a good one, keep it updated, and always resident.



I am wholeheartedly going to concur with your assessment of Spybot...and as a matter of fact, I'll probably be re-doing the entire list of security/a.v. downloaded programs I have on the 'old' computer.

Gateway SX2803-25e Win 7 Home Premium Intel Pentium E5800 processor Intel GMA X4500 Graphics 1TB HD,6GB DDR3 Memory
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook PC Win 7 Home Premium SP1 AMD A6-3420M APU with Radeon HD Graphics 1.5 GHz 4 GB RAM 64-bit OS
Ipad 2, ver 7.0.4 13.2 GB capacity





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