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Security Picks for Win 7 Laptop


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#1 zombiewhacker

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 03:27 PM

Shopping for a new laptop, looking closely at one running Win7 64 bit.

 

Anti-malware wise, I plan to install the full (always-on) version of Malwarebytes, also the freeware apps SuperAntiSpyware and Spywareblaster (assuming they don't conflict).  For firewalls, Win 7's version should suffice for now. 

 

That leaves a good anti-virus program that plays well with all my other choices.  Any suggestions?



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Posted 03 December 2014 - 04:40 PM

Anti-malware wise, I plan to install the full (always-on) version of Malwarebytes, also the freeware apps SuperAntiSpyware and Spywareblaster (assuming they don't conflict)

There should be no conflicts.

That leaves a good anti-virus program that plays well with all my other choices. Any suggestions?

You ask a common question for which you will receive varying opinions and recommendations. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-virus. Every vendor's virus lab and program scanning engine is different. Each has has its own strengths and weaknesses and they often use a mix of technologies to detect and remove malware. In many cases choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference and what works best on a particular system. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs.

Please read:Here are links to some recent BC discussion topics with opinions from other members:
* What is the best antivirus protection?
* What's the best premium security suite in the market currently?
* Recommend a good free antivirus program
* Which antivirus and malware programs should I use together?
* Antivirus Solution?

Here are links to polls about this very subject:
* Poll: Best Antivirus and Firewall
* Poll: Best Anti-Spyware/Anti-Malware/On-Demand Scanner

My personal choice is ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus if choosing a paid for program as it leaves a small footprint...meaning it is not intrusive and does not utilize a lot of system resources. Emsisoft Anti-Malware is also a good choice if looking for a paid for program and so is Kaspersky Anti-virus. If you don't want to pay then I would recommend avast! Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition.

I also recommend using WinPatrol.
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Posted 06 December 2014 - 05:32 PM

Thanks.   I'll give avast a try when I get the new laptop.

 

BTW, can someone provide safe links to the Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, and Spywareblaster sites, so I know they're the real McCoys?



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Posted 06 December 2014 - 05:38 PM

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