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#1 leor_77

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Posted November 03, 2010 - 11:31 AM

It looks like the main and popular ones are AVG, Avast, and Avira. I want something with minimal usage, and that is very effective. Also, I'm looking for tangible and tested evidence of effectiveness, not subjective opinions. Thoughts?

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Posted November 03, 2010 - 11:59 AM

http://www.microsoft...ity_essentials/

Don't have to do much unless you need to with Microsoft Essentials. Just set when you want your PC scanned weekly, and it'll do for you...automatic updates the spyware definitions, etc. Havent had a problem with this at all. Before I used Windows Live One Care but they stopped making that and now there's Microsoft Essentials :D

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Posted November 03, 2010 - 02:47 PM

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

Don't have to do much unless you need to with Microsoft Essentials. Just set when you want your PC scanned weekly, and it'll do for you...automatic updates the spyware definitions, etc. Havent had a problem with this at all. Before I used Windows Live One Care but they stopped making that and now there's Microsoft Essentials :D

:yes: Simple and does the job.

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Posted November 04, 2010 - 09:06 AM

AVG is cheap and catches EVERYTHING.

Since we've installed it at work (and me at home) we've had no viruses, worms, trojans or anything of the like.

Use Firefox as well and get the "No Script" and "AdBlock Plus" add-ons. You have to give permission to sites, but in the long run it works like a charm.

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Posted November 04, 2010 - 10:25 AM

adblock plus works great and i use the free version of ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4
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Posted November 04, 2010 - 10:33 AM

MSE

http://lakernation.c...free-anti-virus

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Posted November 04, 2010 - 10:45 AM

avg is nice, but it has way too many popups letting me know the computer in 'safe' and what not, or was that avast? i dont know i forgot, it was one of the two...but if u have a PC, id just get the Microsoft thing


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Posted November 04, 2010 - 01:45 PM

avg is nice, but it has way too many popups letting me know the computer in 'safe' and what not, or was that avast? i dont know i forgot, it was one of the two...but if u have a PC, id just get the Microsoft thing

I think it's AVG you talkin bout Pk, I got it and I deactivated the pop-ups, best antivirus I've ever had hands down

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Posted November 04, 2010 - 05:43 PM

i use avast....

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Posted November 04, 2010 - 05:54 PM

Mac OSX :laughing:

Nah but seriously all i have on my laptop is the essentials that Windows 7 comes with & never have any issues. Then again i had a xp desktop before with no protection & had zero viruses, trojans, spyware, etc in the 4+ years i had it.

N my macbook has nothing as well


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Posted November 04, 2010 - 06:05 PM

i have avg internet security (AV and firewall) and dont' have any problems. also use ccleaner, and malwarebytes antimalware.

if you're inexperienced w/ the internet, and are looking to avoid viruses, here's a couple of rules to get you started -

if you don't know where a link is taking you, don't click it

if you can't tell by the address or the subject who sent you the e-mail and what its about, don't bother opening it

if something pops up randomly and tells you that you won something, you didn't, X the window if possible

if you get pop ups that try to force you to click something before you can X their window, ctrl+alt+del, go to the processes tab and kill (end process) on firefox.exe, iexplorer.exe, etc...

do that, and mix in some cheap/free anti-virus and you should be fine

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Posted November 05, 2010 - 01:19 PM

I used Zonealarm for a while and it worked great, but i dont use any anti-virus programs now.
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