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Preventative Steps?

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#1 bkweibley


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Posted 15 February 2016 - 10:35 AM

I was very surprised to see there is not a pinned topic about preventative suggestions to protect your computer.  I found a vast amount of information about cleaning your computer after you catch a virus, but im looking for a list of recommended programs to run on your computer to help detect the problems before they actually start to effect your computer.  Is there any good free virus protection out there?  Im assuming an assortment of programs might be best?  Thanks for the input guys!

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 10:42 AM

There is a huge pinned thread in the Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, and Privacy Software section, by quietman.

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 11:58 AM

Recommended programs and a list of Free Scan & Disinfection tools can be found in Post #4 of the link provided by Aura.

Keep in mind that the user is the first and last line of defense. No amount of security software is going to defend against today's sophisticated malware writers for those who do not practice safe computing and stay informed. It has been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor (weakest link) in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software.


Security is all about layers, and not depending on any one technology or approach to detect or save you from the latest threats. The most important layer in that security defense? You! Most threats succeed because they take advantage of human weaknesses (laziness, apathy, ignorance, etc.), and less because of their sophistication.

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