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Starting from scratch with windows 7

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#1 tds524


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 07:51 AM

Shot and burried Windows XP in the backyard. Ssshh don't tell anyone, I was running Norton Security Suite with Norton tool bar. Since I'm starting new with 7 is there something better than the Norton Suite? Like everyoneone on here I do believe it was slowing things down.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 11 April 2015 - 08:00 AM.
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Posted 11 April 2015 - 07:59 AM

Hello there,
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:Here are links to polls about this very subject:My personal recommendation is Emsisoft Anti-Malware as it is lightweight, features both AV & AM protection, easy to use and have very good customer support.


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 10:30 AM

You did not say if you would prefer a free product or one that must be purchased.

I will address for purchase products if you are considering that option.

Do NOT purchase it right off the bat. REPUTABLE products will offer a trial period, generally 30 days, so you can take it for a test drive.

Testing it will give you a chance to see if it plays nice with your system, check out the user interface, etc.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware, mentioned by Alex, does have a trial. Try it for free option is half-way down the page.

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 09:47 PM

An anti-virus program alone does not provide comprehensive protection and cannot prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. Anti-virus and anti-malware programs each perform different tasks as it relates to computer security and threat detection. Essentially, they look for and remove different types of malicious threats. However, there can be some overlap in functionality and detection features depending on the program's scanning engine, how the vendor defines a specific threat and what Naming Standards are used. Anti-virus software is inherently reactive...meaning it usually finds malware after a computer has been infected. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear and it takes time for them to be reported, samples collected, analyzed, and tested by anti-virus researchers before they can add a new threat to database definitions. Further, if you're dealing with zero-day malware it's unlikely the anti-virus is going to detect anything.In simplistic terms, Anti-virus programs generally scan for infectious malware which includes viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkis and bots.

Anti-malware programs generally tend to focus more on adware, spyware, unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs and potentially unsafe applications.

Therefore, you need both an anti-virus and an anti-malware solution for maximum protection.Please read Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools
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