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Which software to install to secure my laptop ?


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#1 loover1

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 09:16 AM

Hello,

I installed on my laptop ( Windows 10 Home) following software : 

- Bitdefender Total Security 2017
- Iobit Advanced System Care Ultimate 10
- CCleaner Professional and
- Malwarebytes Premium.

Is this OK or too much or can one of the above, for example Advanced System Care Ultimate 10, do the job alone or do you have another and better solution to have complete safety on my laptop ?

Thanks in advance for your reaction.
Best regards.



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#2 Allan

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 09:24 AM

ccleaner is not an anti-malware app, but okay - no harm having it installed. Just don't use the registry cleaner module.

 

Personally I recommend against utilities such as Iobit Advanced System Care. They don't do any good and can potentially do harm.

 

Bitdefender and Malwarebytes are good.

 

You might also want to consider SpywareBlaster (free version) as passive protection for your browsers. I'm also a fan of WinPatrol, but that's strictly personal choice.



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Posted 05 April 2017 - 03:59 PM

Making regular backups is a good practice to protect against incidents, not only security related.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:10 AM


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 05:52 AM

According to Eugene Kaspersky's article:

 

 

 

in the vast majority of cases, installing two antivirus programs from different vendors on one machine (for increased protection) is technically impossible, as the two programs will disrupt each other's functioning.

 

I think Bitdefender Total Security is enough. If you really want to install Malwarebytes Premium, make sure you disable realtime scan while enabling bitdefender realtime scan.

 

In my experience, too many optimization tools will lower your laptop speed so I don't recommend you installing Iobit.



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 06:30 AM

The above post is correct about running two av apps, but not about MalwareBytes. It is perfectly acceptable to run MalwareBytes Professional as a resident app in addition to your AV app.  However, it doesn't really matter since you don't have MBAM Pro.

 

He is also mistaken about "optimization tools". IMO, one such tool is too many. Please refer to quietman's post above regarding the use of registry cleaners.



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 09:45 AM

I'm also a fan of WinPatrol, but that's strictly personal choice.

 

Hi Allan, would you mind elaborating on your reasons for being a WinPatrol fan.



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 09:58 AM

it doesn't really matter since you don't have MBAM Pro.

 

He is also mistaken about "optimization tools". IMO, one such tool is too many. Please refer to quietman's post above regarding the use of registry cleaners.

 

-- Perhaps I'm wrong, but I believe loover1 may be using the paid version of Malwarebytes.

 

-- I have used CCleaner for many. many years and have always used their register cleaner.  I have never had any negative issues as a result of this.  To be safe, I do however make a point of backing up the registry as per the prompt before removing found issues.  * Having said this, I will definitely now read quietman's post regarding the use of registry cleaners.



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 10:06 AM

I installed on my laptop ( Windows 10 Home) following software : 
- Malwarebytes Premium.

 

If you are using the paid version of Malwarebytes (i.e. running real-time), you may want to consider using Zemana Anti-Malware instead.  According to some reports, Zemana is better than Malwarebytes (even though Malwarebytes is much better known).



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 10:16 AM

 

it doesn't really matter since you don't have MBAM Pro.

 

He is also mistaken about "optimization tools". IMO, one such tool is too many. Please refer to quietman's post above regarding the use of registry cleaners.

 

-- Perhaps I'm wrong, but I believe loover1 may be using the paid version of Malwarebytes.

 

-- I have used CCleaner for many. many years and have always used their register cleaner.  I have never had any negative issues as a result of this.  To be safe, I do however make a point of backing up the registry as per the prompt before removing found issues.  * Having said this, I will definitely now read quietman's post regarding the use of registry cleaners.

 

 

Right you are - he's using the premium version - my mistake :)

 

As for the registry cleaner module I agree that ccleaner's is among the most benign. Having said that, it does absolutely nothing useful and Bleeping Computer STRONGLY urges against the use of ANY registry cleaners (per the link in quietman's post above).



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 01:00 PM

loover1:

 

I have been using Bitdefender Total Security and Malwarebytes Premium for years without any issues.  There is no need to disable the Malwarebytes real-time protection.  Both Bitdefender and Malwarebytes play nicely in the same sandbox! :)

 

I concur with the suggestions made to you by others, to avoid registry cleaners and system optimizers.  In my young and foolish days, I caused myself, and my computers, a lot of issues by believing the hype.  I avoid such apps like the plague now.  That said, I do also use CCleaner, but ONLY the "Ceaning" and "Tools" modules.  I don't let anything mess with my registry except Registry Backup, which I run weekly.

 

Hope this helps.  Have a great day.

 

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 04:32 PM

Just had a thought.Bleeping should survey posters so BC staff can better understand a posters needs.How do you use your computer etc.Would make staffs lives a little easier.I know people hate survey,but it would help you guys out.First question should be are you paranoid?



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 06:06 PM

Check with your internet service provider. Comcast for instance gives away Norton.






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