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#1 cgirl0111

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 12:01 AM

Any suggestions on what the best program is to use? My computer can't handle running new versions of norton because of how HUGE the program is... It literally will take 5 minutes just to load up each individual page in any internet browser as norton scans it to make sure it's safe.. A friend turned me on to Security Essentials which seems pretty simple and doesn't hog resources, however due to my recent virus issues I'm starting to re-think it. It did a great job telling me i had an issue but it apparently did nothing to prevent it in the first place. I am not someone who goes on 45434543 websites and I'm pretty computer literate so I'm not out clicking things or downloading items.

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 12:10 AM

Microsoft Security Essentials is a good antivirus as far as I'm concerned.

You could also try Avira or Comodo, which are both free also.

You might want to have a read of this: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic2520.html
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 07:22 AM

Thanks.. I actually did read that opening post but I didn't do any of that stuff. No clue how my computer got sick. Hopefully it stays well. :)

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 11:41 AM

I like Avast. I've used it for going on 6 years now without a single nasty getting through.

Microsoft Security Essentials is also very good. I've not used it myself but I've heard good things from people who know what they're talking about.

Another good one is Eset Smart Security.

Whichever AV you choose to go with, I always recommend having a second scanner installed and updated so that you can have a second opinion. For this, I have Malwarebytes Antimalware. It's a very bad idea to have more than one security program doing real-time scanning (that is, looking at files and websites as you open them) so I just get the free version of MBAM since it doesn't do any real-time scanning. Another popular auxiliary scanner is SuperAntiSpyware, though its longterm availability as a free tool has been somewhat cast into doubt by a recent merger with another company.

A good plan would be to have both a primary security scanner and an auxiliary scanner. Use the primary scanner for real-time on-access scanning and weekly full system scans. Use the auxiliary scanner for weekly full system scans to make sure that the primary didn't miss anything.

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 03:13 PM

You ask a common question for which you will receive varying opinions and recommendations. Please see Choosing an Anti-Virus Program.

After reading that, scroll up to the first topic posting and read Best Practices for Safe Computing - Prevention.
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