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keeping XP, but need a better antivirus


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#1 michprnt

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 08:42 AM

i'm keep XP, and had microsoft security essentials on my computer, i switch to avast.

well i do not care for avast, it is a hog.

is there any recommendations of a antivirus that is like MSE?


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 09:46 AM

I found this which might contain useful information to you:

http://www.av-test.org/en/news/news-single-view/artikel/the-end-is-nigh-for-windows-xp-these-anti-virus-software-products-will-continue-to-protect-xp-after/

 

I do not have Windows XP but I do use Avast and I like it, but then again, I have only ever tried 2 anti-virus software...

 

You should have an active Antivirus and an active Antimalware program.

I am no security expert so I'm not sure which ones to recommend to you, but I have heard good stuff about Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Anti-Malware (Which Emsisoft can be used instead of an Anti-Virus)

I have only tried Malwarebytes FREE so far, PRO gives you active protection while FREE is just a scanner. Same with Emsisoft.

 

Maybe as an extra security layer, you should have something like Malwarebytes Anti Exploit BETA, I use it and even though it has not blocked any exploits for me (Because I don't think I have encountered exploits yet because I am very careful).

It says Windows XP is supported BUT it is BETA so only use it if your comfortable with that.

It does not protect agains Windows Exploits but it does protect these programs against exploits:

 

Internet Explorer

Mozilla Firefox

Google Chrome

Opera

Java, Flash, Shockwave, Acrobat

Microsoft Word

microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat PRO

Foxit Reader

 

http://www.malwarebytes.org/antiexploit/

 

I hope that helps...

 

EDIT:

I also found this that has some tips to making your XP machne more secure:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2102606/how-to-keep-your-pc-secure-when-microsoft-ends-windows-xp-support.html


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:20 AM

ty's "i have a computer..."  :thumbup2:



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 12:48 PM

i'm keep XP...

ho boy, good luck with that. Every day that goes by, it's going to be more dangerous to stay on XP.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 01:00 PM

See Choosing an Anti-Virus Program...if you don't want avast!, there are links for Bitdefender, Avira and AVG.
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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:05 PM

@ I have a computer...

Please read the details of these programs first -

 

Isn't Emsisoft Anti-Malware freeware?
By default Emsisoft Anti-Malware installs as a free fully functional 30 day trial version.
After the trial period you can either choose to buy a full version license or switch to the limited freeware mode.
The freeware mode still allows you to scan and clean infections, but it doesn't provide any real-time protection to guard against new infections.

 

You wil find the same with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Free trial Only), then just a very good "clean-up" program.

 

Please see the link above from quietman7 for actual worthwhile Free Versions.

 

There are some others, but they are generally regarded as Untrusted, or Not Very Good.



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:36 AM

Keep in mind that 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. Knowledge and the ability to use it is the best defensive tool anyone can have.
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