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Best Antivirus / Antispyware Programs

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#1 christinaemcc


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Posted 20 March 2007 - 10:59 AM

I'm looking for a concise list of freeware programs to help the performance of my HP laptop (XP).

I believe my computer came with some Norton Antivirus...

and maybe something called SpyBot?

(I had McAfee but I uninstalled it cause it was giving me all sorts of winsock errors.)

I keep reading about : Ccleaner, AVG, etc.

But I know you can't have more than 1 antivirus program on your PC, or they will conflict.

Can someone, anyone, please advise: WHICH ONE (Read:ONE) SHOULD I DOWNLOAD?

And Do I need to delete Norton/Spybot (I think these may have come on the laptop already?) before I download the freeware?

Thanks a lot.

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Edited by Animal, 20 March 2007 - 02:33 PM.

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 11:22 AM

Any one of the Antivirus listed here should work:
Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps
Only have one Antivirus program running in real time.

These are the programs I use:

AVG Free - Antivirus
AVG Anti-Spyware - Trojan removal
Ad-Aware SE - Spyware/Malware removal
Spybot S&D - Spyware/Malware removal
SpywareBlaster - Spyware/Malware prevention
SpywareGuard - Helps prevent the installation of malicious programs
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Posted 20 March 2007 - 11:35 AM

You may have to use the tool for removing Norton products if the normal removal procedure doesn't work.
Have a look at How To Remove Your Norton Products.

Download the freeware but don't install it.
Disconnect from the internet, then uninstall Norton and any other payware you don't want.
Install the freeware that you had downloaded and reconnect to the internet.
Update and run the AV and spyware programs.

Edited by TMacK, 20 March 2007 - 11:44 AM.

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 11:35 AM

I use most of the same programs that tg1911 listed, but I would also suggest a firewall like Zone Alarm. Another program that I use is Asquared.

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