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Best (FREE or PAID) Virus/Spyware Scanners and Firewalls


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#1 OSO ROJO

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:34 AM

I didn't see this posted anywhere else (so if I have duplicated a posting I apologize) I am curious to see what everyone here thinks as to the best Virus/Spyware Scanner and Firewall (either FREE or PAID) .. :busy:

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:51 AM

This question is actually asked quite often. One size does not fit all. What works best for me, may not be ideal for you and vice versa. Add to that a multi layered approach should be used for defenses, no one application will protect you completely.

With what I have just said, we generally point people to our very own quietman7's excellent topic regarding choices with malware and protection products. Please take a look at: Answers to common security questions - Best Practices Prevention & Choosing an Anti-virus or Firewal

If you have more technical and or specific questions after reading that topic please continue here.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:26 PM

My advice regarding PAID options:

Narrow down your choices. Go to the websites for those products. See if there is a free trial.

Install it. This will give you a chance to see if it plays nice with your system and if it is user-friendly.

If you decide this is something you do want to purchase wait until the trial period is almost over. If you had to supply an email address for the trial the company may offer you a special deal.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:58 AM

This question is actually asked quite often. One size does not fit all. What works best for me, may not be ideal for you and vice versa. Add to that a multi layered approach should be used for defenses, no one application will protect you completely.

With what I have just said, we generally point people to our very own quietman7's excellent topic regarding choices with malware and protection products. Please take a look at: Answers to common security questions - Best Practices Prevention & Choosing an Anti-virus or Firewal

If you have more technical and or specific questions after reading that topic please continue here.


AWESOME post love all the info in the link above .. TYSM Animal .. LOVE Bleeping Computer .. helps pass the time at work (being one of the few sites we can access outside of work stuff LOL) you guys rock .. keep up the great work :busy:

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:01 AM

You're quite welcome on behalf of the Bleeping Computer community. :thumbup2:

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