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New computer. Time to revisit my security choices.


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#1 D_Blackwell

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 01:18 PM

I just got a new computer.  Dell included McAfee with no option not to have it pre-installed.  So far, I am seriously unimpressed.  The worst problem so far is that it doesn't seem to be able to update itself, thought it tries and tries and tries.  I've turned updates off it's such a distraction.  Not much impressed generally either, truth be told.  How is McAfee's reputation these days?

 

For the last four years I was running Avast Internet Security Suite and Malwarebytes (paid version) as primary defence on a machine with Windows 7.  I was plenty happy.  No malware problems or any problems really in four years.  Avast was just horrible with spam.  It was absolutely terrible at managing spam, though good at blocking actual threats so I just lived with dealing with spam manually.  I ran a few other security utilities every once in a while just to get an extra look that the machine was clean; that nothing slipped through and was hidiing.  Always came up clean.

 

The new machine has Windows 8.1.  I've been searching for current security recommendations and have been thinking about Bitdefender Total Security 2015 along with Malwarebytes paid version.   (I know that the free version is good, but believe in paying for something that works and that I like.)

 

I'm just a very low level geek compared to most folks here so am looking for current best recommendations.  Four years ago Avast was pretty highly touted.  Looks like Bitdefender has a lot of fans currently.  Is the good perception merited?

 

I'm a freelance writer / personal assistant, so am all over the internet most of every single day and absolutely need a rock solid selection of security software to keep me safe.

 

I'm open to considering what people think is currently a solid package, with the understanding that my knowledge of the nuts and bolts of computers is limited.  I need the software to do most of the work; that is, if a lot of computer skills and knowledge are needed to use certain software it might not be a good choice for me.  (I work enough hours already and just can't know everything that I'd like to.)

 

I appreciate any and all input.



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Posted 14 December 2014 - 04:35 PM

Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs 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, availability of quality/prompt 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 and how it may affect system performance. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another.

Everyone's system is different and sometimes you may need to experiment in order to find the combination which works best and is most suitable for your needs. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone.

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.

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