Free Antivirus and Antispyware Software
Posted 06 June 2010 - 07:21 PM
Posted 06 June 2010 - 07:37 PM
Thanks for your help!
Posted 06 June 2010 - 07:41 PM
In a word, yes.
There is a default firewall that comes with Windows called (creatively) Windows Firewall. It's not terribly effective, which is why this thread recommends a few free firewall programs. Once Norton is gone, you will need to install a new firewall program if you don't want to use Windows Firewall.
Posted 07 June 2010 - 03:40 PM
Edited by jenn8485, 07 June 2010 - 03:48 PM.
Posted 15 June 2010 - 10:33 AM
Second thing is the Comodo and the ZoneAlarm screen shots are out of date, I know Comodo v4 and ZA v9 has a new UI compared to the latest version.
Finally for on demand scanners why not add Hitman PRO (no disinfection after 30 day trial) and Trend Micro House Call?
Posted 30 June 2010 - 11:08 PM
Microsoft Security Essentials shows much promise. It is decent at detecting malware, particularly in proactive tests that simulate the handling of new, unknown malware. It took first place in my rankings of free antivirus software.
Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:29 PM
Question 1 (AV) - does MSE's better performance/resource usage and definitions beat Avast's boot scan capabilities? I've been using Avast up to now, and actually did need the boot scan when I had a trojan attack. I like the new Avast and have had no problems with it, but I want the best product.
Question 2 (anti-spyware) - I currently have Ad-aware, Spybot and MBAM. Ad-aware has a realtime component (Ad-Watch), whereas MBAM is just an on-demand scanner. I don't use Spybot much now. I see that Ad-aware doesn't make your recommended list, but I've found it to be good at finding spyware and removing it. Is it a good 1-2 punch with MBAM, or should I use MBAM + SUPERAntiSpyware, which also appears to have its own realtime protection?
Question 3 (firewall) - I don't use a firewall currently (was that foolhardy?). I assume Windows 7 comes with a firewall. Should I turn it off and install your recommended Comodo product instead?
Question 4 - Are all these products 64-bit OS compatible? (and is that even an appropriate question?)
Posted 08 August 2010 - 02:18 PM
As for a firewall - the firewall with Windows 7 is more robust than the older version that was on Windows XP, and will provide better protection. Using a 3rd party option might be customizable, but the built-in firewall is certainly better than nothing at all!
Posted 16 August 2010 - 02:05 PM
Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:17 PM
Edited by Oberon75, 15 September 2010 - 05:21 PM.
Posted 09 September 2010 - 07:56 AM
Posted 09 September 2010 - 10:58 AM
hello, i am currently running Webroot Internet Security Essentials, actually my sub expired today and i was wondering if it would be better to use MSE or stay with the paid version of my current Webroot product? if it is recommended to go with a paid av, how is webroot, is there a program that "geeks" recommend or is MSE just as good as the one i am paying for now. help, also i have a new laptop on the way, so i guess this would also be installed on that one too. my current computer has XP on it, new laptop will be windows 7. thanks for any help.
Just thought I would say that I did use Webroot ISE and while I loved it, I found that my computer became slower and slower each year I updated to the latest version. Plus, I could not for the life of me figure out how to configure the firewall to allow access to my WoW game. I tried everything I could find online and nothing worked except for turning it off, so I decided it was time for me to switch. I switched to VIPRE a few months ago on my laptop and love it. It's easy to use and I love that.
I am currently installing free programs on my mom's laptop right now and I am using MSE, Comodo Firewall, MBAM, SUPERAntiSpyware and SpywareBlaster on her laptop.
Posted 13 September 2010 - 08:30 AM
ERUNT - regular backups
Sysrestore - regular restorepoints
TFC - occasional cleanup
MBAM - run on demand only, not full time - toolchest in case I suspect something
Spybot S&D - ditto above
SuperAntiSpyware Free - keep updated and normally run.
Avast Free - normally used, but need install MS or purchase Avast since I've begun to try to start a small business.
SpywareBlaster - Normally run
SpywareGuard - Normally run
Comodo Firewall (w/defense+,)- Normally run
MPV-hosts file, updated monthly
McAfee Site Advisor- run normally
Auslogics Disk Defrag - run occasionally
Update Checker - FileHippo - run normally
and wish to make the change but fear conflict will arise from the 'suite' I am using. Do you see conflicting programs here or especially considering the proposed change in Antivirus?
Posted 13 September 2010 - 08:45 AM
Looks fine besides that
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