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Will my Avast Security protect me with Windows XP?


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#1 jijo272

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 07:22 PM

I have a beautiful laptop, HP 2007 and it's not our primary computer, but it's great to take on vacations to store photos and keep in touch with Facebook and emails.

 

Will my Avast Internet Security protect me against hackers?  Or will I have to trash this perfectly good computer as I don't believe it can handle Win 7 or 8 and I'd probably have to put too much money into it to make is usable.

 

Any advice?

 

Thank you.


Edited by hamluis, 03 April 2014 - 10:52 AM.
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Posted 02 April 2014 - 07:49 PM

Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC is ready for Windows 7. It scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.

 

http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/download/details.aspx?id=20



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 08:19 PM

Hi Nick,

 

Thank you for the advice.  I tried it and it said I had to download .Net Framework 2.0.  I tried to install it and the 2nd time it seemed to work - then it said there were errors 25015 and system error 0x80131107. 

 

I'm guessing that means that my HP with XP isn't upgradeable to Win 7.  Do you agree?

 

Thanks again.



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 01:41 PM

IMO it's generally not worth it to upgrade as you would be installing a new OS on top of old hardware components...and there is a greater chance of experiencing problems at some point.

As for avast...it is a good anti-virus if you don't want to pay but an anti-virus program alone does not provide comprehensive protection and cannot prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. Anti-virus software is inherently reactive...meaning it usually finds malware after a computer has been infected. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear and it takes time for them to be reported, samples collected, analyzed, and tested by anti-virus researchers before they can add a new threat to database definitions.

Please read Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools which explains why.

Further, no amount of security software is going to defend against today's sophisticated malware writers for those who do not practice safe computing and stay informed. It has been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software. Therefore, security begins with personal responsibility and following Best Practices for Safe Computing. Knowledge and the ability to use it is the best defensive tool anyone can have.
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