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What is your preferred anti-malware setup?


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#1 romantichero7

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 01:34 PM

Meaning, what FREE combination of programs do you use to keep your computer safe at all times? Like combining real-time protection, a scanner, something like SpywareBlaster, etc.

 

I'm currently using the following, is it substantial?

 

Avast Free Anti-Virus

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (free version)

SpywareBlaster



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 02:13 PM

Might be helpful if you let us know what OS and if it's 32 bit or 64 bit? As there are some Windows components in later OS's that are satisfactory.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 02:35 PM

Windows 8 64bit



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 02:41 PM

Also tell us what Firewall you are using.
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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:36 PM

Default Windows Firewall



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 04:24 PM

Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools
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Posted 02 November 2013 - 05:46 PM

I have read through that thread, but where does one draw the line? Meaning, if I already have Avast, Malwarebytes and Spyware Blaster, is there any point in me downloading another program such as Spybot or replacing Avast with MSE? That's more my question.



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 06:20 PM

Since your leading criteria is FREE why not take some applications for test drives on your machine and with your browsing habits. That way you can find what works best for you. My set up likely would not work well for you, as I don't have windows 8. Also my browsing requirements are likely vastly different than yours. Hence my statement, one size does not fit all when it comes to layered personal computing security.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 07:46 PM

I have read through that thread, but where does one draw the line?

There is no line. Sometimes you just have to expirement. What combination of tools works well for one system may not work well for another.

BTW, mvps.org is no longer recommending Spybot S&D (or Ad-Aware) due to poor testing results. See here - (scroll down and read under Freeware Antispyware Products). Further, most people don't understand how to use Spybot's TeaTimer and that feature can cause more problems than it's worth. TeaTimer monitors changes to certain critical keys in Windows registry but does not indicate if the change is normal or a modification made by a malware infection. The user must have an understanding of the registry and how TeaTimer works in order to make informed decisions to allow or deny the detected changes. If you don't have understanding how a particular security tool works, then you probably should not be using it. Additionally, TeaTimer may conflict with other security tools which do a much better job of protecting your computer and in some cases it will even prevent disinfection of malware by those tools.
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Posted 23 November 2013 - 10:26 AM

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Edited by techgeek88, 23 November 2013 - 09:53 PM.

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 03:36 PM

This topic pertains to Windows and we would not recommend anyone not use anti-virus protection on that OS.
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Posted 23 November 2013 - 09:53 PM

This topic pertains to Windows and we would not recommend anyone not use anti-virus protection on that OS.

 

Sorry, perhaps the title could be a bit more clear, as it doesn't say anything about Windows only .


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 01:29 AM

I agree the title should not say "What is your preferred anti-malware setup?" -

 

It is a personal request if the posters security for their own new system is regarded as OK -

 

This my stop others just adding opinions on General Set-ups ........................



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 08:37 AM

Sorry, perhaps the title could be a bit more clear, as it doesn't say anything about Windows only .

I agree too...just didn't want someone to get confused about not using an anti-virus on Windows.
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Posted 24 November 2013 - 10:01 AM

 

Sorry, perhaps the title could be a bit more clear, as it doesn't say anything about Windows only .

I agree too...just didn't want someone to get confused about not using an anti-virus on Windows.

 

 

Yeah that wouldn't be good, lol.


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