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Win 7 reinstalled - what next?


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#1 Red Kelt

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 05:52 PM

After giving up on my crashing pc I reinstalled Win 7, and again a second time when I realised I never formatted the drive.
 
I've got Nortons all up and running, so what's the go to anti malware program that's recommended?
 
Norton clearly doesn't block malware in my opinion.
 
Also I've always used Acronis for disk imaging, has anyone got any thoughts on this?
 
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Posted 09 June 2014 - 10:10 PM

After giving up on my crashing pc I reinstalled Win 7, and again a second time when I realised I never formatted the drive.
 
I've got Nortons all up and running, so what's the go to anti malware program that's recommended?
 
Norton clearly doesn't block malware in my opinion.
 
Also I've always used Acronis for disk imaging, has anyone got any thoughts on this?
 

  It is not clear of what you are trying to accomplish and what issues do you have after re-installing Windows.


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Posted 10 June 2014 - 09:26 AM

Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your needs,, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, available technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-virus. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs.

For more specific information to consider, please read:You may also want to read: Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools
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Posted 11 June 2014 - 04:11 AM

Thx all.

 

I'm going with Norton 360 and I'm gonna buy Malwarebytes Anti Malware.



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 05:42 AM

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:05 AM

Thx all.

 

I'm going with Norton 360 and I'm gonna buy Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

 

I think you'll be satisfied with the Norton / MBAM combo.  I've been running Norton 360 and MBAM Pro (I'm still running Version 1.75) simultaneously on my 2 Windows 7 x64 PC's for about 1.5 years with good results.

 

I also recently installed MBAM Pro on my Mom's XP PC along with Norton 360.  So far, all's well.

 

Regarding Norton's track record, your point is a good one, particularly with PUP's.  This is why I like a dual protection approach with a mainline AV product and a real-time antimalware tool that will compliment the AV.

 

This is a topic that's discussed in other forums and there are some that insist, and I'm using that word carefully, you shouldn't run any 2 real-time scanners simultaneously on a PC. 

 

I believe this isn't correct since, the ones that are insisting on this statement, perhaps aren't realizing that MBAM isn't an AV real-time scanner.  As such, I've not encountered any instances of conflicts between Norton's engine and MBAM's scanner, where a malicious intrusion penetrated both lines of defense as a result of theoretical conflicts between the two products.

 

Everyone's PC is unique but I've not had to add MBAM (or vice versa with Norton) into the Exclusion List to prevent scanner conflicts.

 

What I have seen with my 2 Win 7 PC's, is that MBAM will occasionally flag some 'net sites with detections while Norton doesn't alert me at the same sites.  Some of this could be due to MBAM false-positives but I'm doubting that they're all attributable to that.

 

What I like most about MBAM is it's PUP detection since Norton doesn't detect PUP's.  I've lost count of the # of posts over at the Norton forum where new members post regarding browser hijacks, unwanted toolbars, ads, etc.

 

Most of them don't appear to be running MBAM Pro (or Premium) or another real-time antimalware-specific protective tool with Norton 360 (or NIS).

 

The question that I've had there, is this:  How many of those members would not have encountered their issues had they been running MBAM Pro/Premium?  The conversation is always formulated at the Norton forum in the context of the opposite, ie, do not run MBAM Pro with Norton AV.

 

Excepting this topic, I highly recommend the Norton Forum as a source of excellent assistance regarding Norton AV questions and issues that may arise occasionally.  There are some very knowledgeable members that help a lot of members there.

 

Regarding Acronis, I'm also using Acronis (2011 ver) but I mainly use it for periodic cloning.  I use Macrium Reflect Free version for most of my Imaging processes.

 

Acronis imaging works as well for me but I like Macrium's dialog setup screens better for Imaging.

 

Acronis is a faster cloning process for my PC's.  I'm not sure why that's the case.

 

I've also used Clonezilla for cloning.  It's a good tool but, imo, it's geared toward a more advanced user.  I rarely use it but I like to have a couple of cloning/imaging tools that I've verified on my PC's in the event of a rare issue that may develop with my other tools.


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 03:49 PM

Regardless of what they say at the Norton (Symantec) forums, Norton shouldn't conflict with MBAM Pro/Premium.
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