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What protection should I install on my New computer?

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#1 carleemay2026


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Posted 28 June 2012 - 09:18 PM

I just got a dell all in one with Windows 7 and before I do anything I need to know what I should install to keep my computer Safe...Virus Program? Cleaners? Malware?

Edited by hamluis, 29 June 2012 - 12:47 PM.
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Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:14 PM

Most OEM computers nowadays have preinstalled protection/bundled softwares that are usually trial versions. I would use that period first before shifting to a free antivirus. You can download a free antivirus such as microsoft security essentials (32/64 bit), Avast or Avira in the meantime when trial period is over. Free system scanners such asMalwarebytes and Superantispyware are very good on demand scanners that will work with your free antivirus. They should however be updated manually atleast once a week and do quickscans after. Windows Firewall is enough for home and basic browsing activities. To gain more secure browsing features, use spywareblaster as it is compatible with everything mentioned.

Edited by jhayz, 28 June 2012 - 10:34 PM.


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Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:50 PM

FWIW: Windows Firewall, MSE, and SuperAntiSpware...seem to work quite well as defense mechanisms...but they work in conjuncion with Windows critical updates and updated versions of java and flash player to guard my systems. Some seemingly tend to overlook the importance of plugging known holes in java and flash player, which are key apps for Internet activity.


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Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:54 PM

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 05:22 PM

What works for me.
1. MSE
2. MAM Pro
3. SAS
4. Filehippo Update checker for things like Adobe, Flash, ect.
5. No use of P2P or torrents.
6. Windows 7 built in firewall.

Edited by Layback Bear, 29 June 2012 - 05:23 PM.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:33 AM

You should also make regular backups of your new PC. Windows 7 comes with a backup utility.

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