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Best anti-virus/malware setup?

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My parents just can't seem to stop getting viruses on their computer. They are currently using the free version of AVG. I've already given them the "don't click on suspicious links/you've won a prize/spam email links" speech. I think what usually gets them are those fake "virus found!" or "update your antivirus program" popups that look really legitimate to the untrained eye.

I've helped "fix" their computer a number of times, but when I don't have the time to come over, they pay through the nose to have it repaired at a local shop. Consequently, they're willing to pay for some good antivirus programs if they will prevent the infections in the first place. So... can anyone please recommend a solid setup that is very passive and requires as little interaction from users as possible (i.e. automatic updates without prompting the user)? Thanks!
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Hello and :D

This is how I have my computer set up.Havent had a virus in some time.

Web browser:Firefox http://download.cnet...7c1decc2d3d88c8

Firefox is generally safer than ie,and it also has a plus side you can download pretty good ad blockers for like you said your parents get click happy on those popups firefox can easily be configured to block about 90% of those.

Antivirus: Avast free: http://download.cnet...3b418147a27073a It an excellent free antivirus program.
Avast Free 5, an A-list freeware antivirus app, provides the same steadfast protection of well-known, pricier antivirus programs. Avast is remarkable for both its effectiveness and arguably providing the most complete free antivirus on the market.

Antispware:Spywareblaster: http://download.cnet...tml?tag=mncol;1
SpywareBlaster started out as a malicious software blocker focused on ActiveX-based attacks. It has kept that component and expanded, and now can block all kinds of spyware that gets delivered through your Web browser, although its defenses are most useful for Internet Explorer users.

Web browsing security: WOT or Web Of Trust http://download.cnet...d0e0f41c4a8b60e
Web of Trust (WOT) for Internet Explorer provides users with a simple meter for gauging a Web site's danger level. With easy to read warnings, this program only leaves one thing to chance with your safety.A must If your parents do a lot of googling.

Antispyware to work in conjunction with spyware blaster: Spyware guard: http://download.cnet...705f99dc64f84c4
SpywareGuard provides a real-time protection solution against spyware that is a great addition to SpywareBlaster's protection method. An anti-virus program scans files before you open them and prevents execution if a virus is detected - SpywareGuard does the same thing, but for spyware!

Computer maintenance:Ccleaner http://download.cnet...2efa39ad460fef6

. CCleaner's interface is logically designed and makes it easy to wipe away your tracks from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Google Chrome from various Windows system areas, and from some third-party applications.

I set this to run every time the computer is started.To do this simply simply double click ccleaner icon
under options,then setting put a check nest to run ccleaner when computer starts.

I hope this is the information that you were looking for.Also Tell your parents to scan at least once a week.Avast has a boottime scanner
So they can set it to scan,after a restart.Make sure to update manually,although spyware blaster is a great program it has to be updated manually in the free version.Even though avast and spyware guard update automatically,it is best check for updates on those,when possible.

Edited by rockmilk, 17 October 2010 - 10:35 PM.

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