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    Default Best Anti-Virus Protection for Laptop

    I got a new laptop for Christmas, yay me!

    I am looking for suggestions on anti-virus/firewall protection that is free or cheap.

    Help me out!
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    Avira: http://www.avira.com/en/index

    The free version is just fine. I finally ponied up the dough (cheap!) for the pay version only because I felt the product was worth it and I tired of the small, not very intrusive ad that popped up once a day.



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    Panda is a pretty decent free antivirus that runs all the time. However, you get a lot of false positive warnings. Malwarebytes.org has a nice free tool to scan and clean.

    I have not used a lot of antivirus software in the past due to the way it interferes with code that I work with but I've not had a lot of trouble with viruses due to being diligent about using search tools instead of direct typing of sites and also looking at sites before clicking. I also stay away from porn sites. (no joke, that was the #1 issue at my old work...people visiting porn. #2 was people with their damned FB games.)

    Keeping up on your updates helps as well. Microsoft puts out new updates once a week and they also have a virus scan tool. Staying up on those updates helps.
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    After getting viruses twice with Maccafee, I've had zero issues since using Stopzilla for a couple of years.



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    Microsoft Security Essentials is a good free one though it's not as sophisticated as some of the other choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddyRoo View Post
    Panda is a pretty decent free antivirus that runs all the time. However, you get a lot of false positive warnings. Malwarebytes.org has a nice free tool to scan and clean.

    I have not used a lot of antivirus software in the past due to the way it interferes with code that I work with but I've not had a lot of trouble with viruses due to being diligent about using search tools instead of direct typing of sites and also looking at sites before clicking. I also stay away from porn sites. (no joke, that was the #1 issue at my old work...people visiting porn. #2 was people with their damned FB games.)

    Keeping up on your updates helps as well. Microsoft puts out new updates once a week and they also have a virus scan tool. Staying up on those updates helps.
    There will be no porn visiting here! LOL! I pretty much will just be using it for some online purchasing of horse items, online classes for school once in a while, facebook, the general day-to-day stuff.

    RE: Updates...how does one do this? I'm really not that tech savvy...
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    And I don't play games on FB, just chat & browsing.
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    How do I go about getting something installed? I get WIFI through my cell phone. I just power up the computer, connect to the web, go to the antivirus website of choice, download software, and good to go? With updating or running of the program regularly?
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    Almost any A/V program automatically updates on it's own at scheduled intervals or manually if you configure it as such. You go to the appropriate website - only the one from the program maker - and download an executable to run for installation.
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    Avira updates on it's own.

    Just go to the site, download the software and install it on your computer. Then forget about it. It does it's thing and you don't have to do anything.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SuckerForHorses View Post
    There will be no porn visiting here! LOL! I pretty much will just be using it for some online purchasing of horse items, online classes for school once in a while, facebook, the general day-to-day stuff.

    RE: Updates...how does one do this? I'm really not that tech savvy...
    are you sure you do not have a program already on?

    old wisdom is that you remove old anti software before you install the new one.

    Now, the tech geeks can tell you if you have to do it before download or before instalation. Since the process gets more and more automated.
    but it's basically easy: click download, and take it from there. the program will likely walk your through this with pop-up dialog boxes.
    Read carefully, don't just click. Or you might get another free program or toolbar which are a pain to get rid off.

    I am running Avast which is pretty good in the free version. The two grades of paid ones are not very expensive (50 bucks a year is smallfry vs computer guy hours to clean it up)
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    Avast is a really good free one.
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    It appears to have come with 30 days free of Norton A/V. Thoughts on this? is there a free version I can continue to use?

    Thanks all!
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    No. You can activate a Norton subscription that will take your 30 days and add a year to it and that's what the manufacturer wants you to do.
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    I have AVG and I like it.


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    The bottom line with any antivirus or anti malware program is that you have to keep it up to date and run it or it's not going to do you much good.

    A good resource for computer related stuff (and especially if you end up with a tricky virus) is bleepingcomputer.com When I've had to deal with a particularly nasty virus at work, this site has saved me.
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    On a side note, is there anything that will stop junk from being unintentionally downloaded? My 10 year old son gets on the computer, and plays games etc, and then there is all this junk on the computer, that drives me crazy....



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    Freebird, depending on what kind of OS you have (are you windows or mac?) you can absolutely create settings such that he cannot download crap onto the machine.

    However, many of the online games, FB crap, etc requires you to download in order to play so he may be limited. Personally, I think it's really wise because that's the kind of stuff that often carry the viruses. You don't even have to actively download anything to get a virus. Just clicking on links can initiate the process behind the scenes.

    With our Mac, each person has a user account and the kids' accounts have set times when they can log in and also have other parental/download controls in place.

    On a Windows XP or Windows 7 machine, you can also created multiple user accounts, retain your account as the administrator and make your son's account a user with tighter controls in place.
    A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freebird! View Post
    On a side note, is there anything that will stop junk from being unintentionally downloaded? My 10 year old son gets on the computer, and plays games etc, and then there is all this junk on the computer, that drives me crazy....

    I have recently blocked most of everything from our computers because, well, the kid had it coming.
    I was not able I think to block IE...need to find out how that works...

    however, I would suggest to pick games that don't require internet to play, there are a bunch of fun ones out there, or set the games he does play on the net up so he can't go anywhere else. (I have to admit, not sure how that works.)

    And of course, you need the strickt 'if you click on crap again, you won't see another minute of computer time until you graduate college!' moment.
    The kid managed within the first 24 hours (much less actually) on his brand new laptop to collect a keylogger that got an online game account hacked.
    Thankfully it was just a game, inconvenient, but no real harm done, plus the store exchanged the laptop for a brand new one without a problem once the tech geek looked at the virus
    if we had used that computer for banking we would have been up the creek in a big bad way!
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    I had Avast for a long time and I liked it. But when it came time to renew (it was free) it stopped working for me. It was probably operator error. I went with Norton for a while, but it costs to much, and took forever to run. It also seemed to take up a lot of space, and slowed the computer down.

    I use Microsoft Security Essentials, and manually check for updates once or twice a day. I check whenever I power the computer up. It seems to do a really good job, and the price is right.
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