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#1 MEGAMATT

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 02:12 AM

I have recently acquired an old computer that is rather good but i am scared to connect to any sort of network because the antivirus software is way out of date, i need a way to update the antivirus without connecting it to the internet. Any suggestions?

 



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 02:47 AM

Anti-virus is not the most important part of avoiding malware infection, it is just a final chance to catch it before it sets in. Prevention is better than cure.

 

In order the most important things are.

  1. Operating system up to date
  2. firewall is active
  3. vulnerable software (Java, Flash, Adobe, browsers etc.) are up to date or uninstalled..
  4. then the antivirus comes here...

So, follow these steps to happy computing... :thumbup2:


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 05:06 AM

Thanks! 



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 05:26 AM

You're very welcome. :)



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 07:06 AM

You can always download an updated version of the anti-virus software, save the setup file to a usb drive, transfer it to the old computer and then install. Afterwards, reboot, connect to the Internet and immediately update the anti-virus database.

If you want to safely replace your old anti-virus with a different anti-virus solution, please read: Replacing your Anti-virus - Why should you use Antivirus software?
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 05:01 PM

What OS is running on this old computer?

 

And how do you plan to connect it to the Internet? Via a router?


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