My daughter killed our ancient HP with XP, it is very infected and hijacked despite antivirus/malware programs and the MANY hours I've spent learning about all this & trying to fix it over the past year. A combo of them both being 10 years old I think! For Christmas, our family gave her a HP TouchSmart Windows 8.1 64 bit with trial McAfee Live pre-installed and it's got to survive until high school. This site has taught me a lot BUT I'm in over my head big time and at the point where the more I read, the more confused I get and the less I know- I surrender! Could somebody please advise me:
- The best anti-virus/malware/spyware for a kid who loves to go on minecraft servers (like minecats, mod sites, skin sites, regular minecraft), watch youtube videos and download art from deviant.
I read all the top reviews on PCMag, and it is confusing as the best ranked poorly in areas like malicious URL blocking, and I *think that's a big weak spot for her use. If I even knew what her "online weak spots" were, I could go back through for an informed choice. I'm leaning toward Trend Micro, Norton or continuing McAfee.
- How do I make security program(s) allow the minecraft back and forth, use of Skype but block peer to peer? Or are these peer to peer? I am confused on what is peer to peer, what/how to tell "good" remote access from bad, and how to make my software and firewall recognize what's ok and what is not.
- Is one good security suite package enough, or do I need separate anti-virus, malware, spyware, firewall?
- What do I not even know I have to know to protect her and the laptop? I have coached her on safe AND smart internet use, but it's all the hidden, sneaky backdoor things out there, like random IP's trying to breach our firewall that McAfee keeps picking up.
Thank you very, very much!