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New Laptop, What To Install?


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#1 brody8898

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 07:14 PM

EDIT: Moved from WIN7 to AntiVirus, Firewall and Privacy Products and Protection Methods

Hey guys, it's been a while since I've used Windows but after my MacBook Pro burned out I picked up a Toshiba Satellite laptop at Best Buy. I couldn't really afford another Apple and after having owned one for a few years I felt it was kind of like the movie "The Green Mile". Once is kinda enough.

So, since I've been away from the OS for so long I was wondering what type of Spyware/Anti-Virus/Malware protection I need.

As of today I've installed Panda Cloud Antivirus (though I'm not sure how useful it actually is) and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

I will run Malwarebytes once or twice a week, just to be safe. I'm also not going to be "clicking here to download your super-mega prize..." or whatever, but I know often times malware just seeks to computer out.

I don't want anything thats going to slow my laptop down either, but I can't afford to get another one anytime soon, so...

Any suggestions?

-Thanks.

Edited by boopme, 19 October 2011 - 07:57 PM.


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#2 brody8898

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 12:51 PM

Oh, sorry for posting in the wrong place, still new to the board.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 04:49 PM

Hi brody8898,

Panda Cloud is a decent AV, if you decide to ever change, Avast Free is a v.good choice.

For your everyday browsing use a standard user account.

Use Secunia PSI to keep your system and programs up to date.

Use a system imaging program, you'll find it invaluable when things go wrong. Win7 has one built-in.


A lot of reading in the links below, but I'm sure you'll find them helpful:
http://naut.homestead.com/files/Free/free1.html
http://dottech.org/featured/3174/top-6-programs-that-will-provide-the-best-security-for-you-and-your-computer-for-free/
http://blogs.computerworld.com/15280/defensive_computing_priorities
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic407147.html

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 03:05 AM

hello brody8898,

I would recommend you to use Microsoft Security Essentials. This is what I'm using right now and it's working great. It provides real-time protection for your laptop that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Also the best part of it is that microsoft security essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and is automatically updated to protect your PC with the latest technology. It's compatible with Windows XP SP2 and higher, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

You can also look at this thread for more info about choosing the best AV for your computer.
http://www.techyv.com/questions/are-you-having-problem-about-choosing-best-anti-virus#comments




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