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#1 geologist

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:10 AM

Just bought my daughter a laptop for Christmas which comes with a Norton security package pre-installed. Will this give sufficient protection or should I download one of the free packages such as Mbam???

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 06:09 AM

This pre-installed Norton package is very likely limited in time, e.g. you will need to buy a subscription later on.
Have you already decided if you want to do this, or do you want to use free solutions?

If you are not going to keep Norton in the long run (i.e. pay), then you're better of switching to free solutions right now. The laptop is brand new, removing and installing security software now is less likely to impact other applications. For a list of solutions, take a look here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic405.html

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:39 PM

In addition to Didier's link please take a look at: Answers to common security questions: Prevention & Choosing an Anti-virus or Firewall

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 11:34 PM

Malwarebytes is not an anti-virus but an anti-malware scanner. It does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like an anti-virus program so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute.
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 04:05 PM

Thanks guys and sorry for the delay in replying. It has now been decided, for better or for worse, to go with the pro versions of Mbam and Avast and the free SAS.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 06:40 PM

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