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#1 geologist

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:20 AM

Both of my kids got laptops recently and the trial Norton packages are coming to an end. Would SAS and Avast free versions be suitable replacements?

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:27 AM

Yes, and I'd include MBam also...

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:52 AM

I've used Avast free for years and it has worked great.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:55 AM

Thanks for the rapid replies. That's all I wanted to know :thumbup2:

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:30 PM

I recommend taking advantage of the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Pro) Protection Module in the full version which uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent the installation of most new malware. This technology runs at startup where it monitors every process and helps stop malicious processes before they can infect your computer. Keep in mind that this feature does not guarantee something will not slip through as no product can detect and prevent every type of malware. The database that defines the heuristics is updated as often as there is something to add to it. Also keep in mind that Malwarebytes 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.

IP Protection (malicious website blocking) is part of the Protection Module and works after it is enabled. When attempting to go to a potential malicious website, Malwarebytes will block the attempt and provide an alert. IP Protection is also designed to block incoming connections it determines to be malicious. More information about IP Protection can be found in the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware IP Protection FAQs.

Those who purchase the full version receive a license key via email to activate the protection module. The license includes a lifetime of free upgrades and support. For corporate and business customers, annual licenses are required. After activation, Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as it utilizes few system resources and should not conflict with other scanners or anti-virus programs. If any conflicts between Malwarebytes and another security program are reported, suggested solutions are usually provided in the Common Issues, Questions, and their Solutions, FAQs thread.

Note: A 14-day trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO is available as an option when first installing the free version so all users can test the real-time protection component for a period of two weeks. When the limited time period expires those features will be deactivated and locked. Enabling the Protection Module feature again requires registration and purchase of a license key. If you continue to use the free version, there is no requirement to buy a license...you can just use it as a stand-alone scanner.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:15 AM

Thank you for the most informative mbam advice - I already have the pro version on my desktop. That said, I appreciate that others may not so your advice would be most welcome to them. Neither of my children are in a position to buy security, hence my question about the Avast and SAS free versions.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:53 AM

You're welcome.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:23 PM

You may also want to try out Avira Anti-virus.
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