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How to protect my laptop


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#1 xXbernisXx

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 04:53 PM

hi i just purchased this new laptop dell studio 15 and i would like to know what is a good free antivirus you guys recommend me, something that doesnt use a lot of my virtual memory.. and some good antispyware, to keep my pc clean and effectively running. would be highly apreciated.

Edit: Moved topic from Win 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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#2 Allan

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 05:11 PM

1) Best free AV's are Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira and Avast
2) MalwareBytes, SuperAntispyware and SpywareBlaster for malware
3) NOTHING is more important than smart computing (don't open links in emails unless you are certain you know what they are, don't download anything unless you are 100% certain it is safe, don't visit questionable sites,etc.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:31 PM

Take a look at our very own quietman7's excellent overview here: Answers to common security questions Prevention & Choosing an Anti-virus or Firewall

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 06:36 AM

Thanks Animal - wasn't aware of quietman7's post. Will use it from now on.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 10:38 AM

1) Best free AV's are Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira and Avast
2) MalwareBytes, SuperAntispyware and SpywareBlaster for malware
3) NOTHING is more important than smart computing (don't open links in emails unless you are certain you know what they are, don't download anything unless you are 100% certain it is safe, don't visit questionable sites,etc.


With reference to #3 just because you get a email from someone you know does not mean it is safe. If your friends computer gets a virus that sends itself out via email you will get a email allegedly from your friend that has the virus attached.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 12:20 PM

After you installed and configured your new laptop, I suggest you make a full backup of your laptop. This way, if you ever get infected (or have another problem), you can always restore your laptop to a pristine state.

It's even better if you would take backups regularly, but even if you do this, keep that initial backup.

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