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jarg1985

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Hi, I recently got a brand new HP dv7t Select Edition Series laptop with:

- Windows 7 Home Premium
- i7-720QM Quad Core Processor
- 1GB Mobility Radeon HD 5650
- 8GB DDR3 RAM
- Dual Hard Disk Drives each 320GB at 7200RPM

Now with a computer with these specifications I am wondering what the good people of this website would recommend for security software on this type of system (if the system specs matter at all). This is my first Windows 7 experiance so I am not entirely sure if the security software I ran on my XP system would be as good for Windows 7 anyone care to shed some light on this for me? The security software I ran on my Windows XP system were: ZoneAlarm, SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebyte's Anti Malware, Symantec - AntiVirus and SpywareBlaster. Are these same programs still useful on Windows 7 and which ones are better than others? I'd like to also mention I am on a 30 day trial of Norton on my new computer, care to shed any light on how good Norton is in comparision to these other programs and/or suggest better ones? Thanks again and I apoligize if this is in the wrong section. Thanks! :D
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http://www.avast.com...ivirus-download
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
The above is what I would recommend as a minimum, by minimum I don`t mean add anymore AV programmes I mean you may want to pay to upgrade to another version of Avast to obtain more facilities.
Whilst Norton is good it is a known hogger of system resources and will slow your system down, use it until the 30 days are up and then uninstall Norton before you install the AV you decide on, this will avoid any conflicts which may cause your system to crash, I hope you find this info helpful.
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Thanks for the quick response! I have heard good things about Avast and may very well try it, but how does it stack up against Symantec - AntiVirus? Also I figured SuperAntiSpyware to be a very good free program, as a matter of fact members of this site guided me towards it, as they said it can pick up infections that other scanners may leave behind, any truth in that? As for Norton I will uninstall after my 30 days thanks for that heads up! :D Also it seemed you only mentioned Anti Virus programs and no firewalls, correct me if im mistaken but how do firewalls like ZoneAlarm, Sunbelt, Comodo or any other free firewalls compare? Thanks again!
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I have heard good things about Avast and may very well try it, but how does it stack up against Symantec

I havn`t used anything related to Symantec (who are responsible for Norton) for years, whilst it is very good it comes at a price, slowing your system down so if you can find an equally good AV that doesn`t hog your system it has got to be worth consideration IMO.

Also I figured SuperAntiSpyware to be a very good free program, as a matter of fact members of this site guided me towards it, as they said it can pick up infections that other scanners may leave behind, any truth in that?

Never used it so if anyone else can advise jarg1985 on this it would be helpful.

Also it seemed you only mentioned Anti Virus programs and no firewalls, correct me if im mistaken but how do firewalls like ZoneAlarm, Sunbelt, Comodo or any other free firewalls compare? Thanks again!

Comodo is very highly regarded but I have only read positives on W7 own built in firewall with only the user themselves downloading malware getting passed WF http://forums.thinkb...l-any-good.html something else for you to have a look at here http://windows.micro...indows-firewall and you are welcome.
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Thanks for the fast reply and great information it was very helpful! Now could anyone still advise on how SuperAntiSpyware stacks up againstther Anti Spyware programs thank you in advance!
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