What tools do you use to protect your computer (PC) from viruses?

by rmx
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I use:
windows firewall
windows security essentials
malwarebytes

I need an alternative to malwarebytes. To often it blocks programs I want to run and doesn't give tell it's blocking it.

thanks, RMX
#computer #protect #tools #viruses
  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
    I don't use any... I just avoid downloading stuff I never paid for and haven't had a virus in 8+ years following that guideline. Computer also runs much better and lower chance of it screwing up my other software products I use as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author danfac2012
      Are you for real?


      Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

      I don't use any... I just avoid downloading stuff I never paid for and haven't had a virus in 8+ years following that guideline. Computer also runs much better and lower chance of it screwing up my other software products I use as well.
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      • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
        Originally Posted by danfac2012 View Post

        Are you for real?
        I'm for real. I have connected to plenty of customer computers the past few years to check why they have issues with my product. 99% of the time, they have downloaded so much crap that was cracked/hacked it wasn't funny and they had a F*** ton of viruses. In addition to the yahoo's that think it's cool to have multiple AV programs which just causes more problems than good.

        I don't aimlessly click on links in my emails.

        I don't visit random unknown websites, matter fact all website's I do visit are sites much like ESPN.com and other big-name well known news outlets.

        I don't download stuff I haven't paid for.

        8+ years, no issues yet.

        However, I couldn't say the same thing for when I did have a virus and did have an AV program installed and did do all the things I do not do anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author adamv
    I use the free version of Avast antivirus. I'm a big fan.
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    • Profile picture of the author NicheDad
      Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

      I don't use any... I just avoid downloading stuff I never paid for and haven't had a virus in 8+ years following that guideline. Computer also runs much better and lower chance of it screwing up my other software products I use as well.
      You can get viruses just visiting a website. Not meant in an offensive way at all so please don't take it that way. But you've been lucky. Not smart.

      Think because you only visit safe sites you're ok? Think again. All it takes is visiting an expired domain (plenty of those linked to in threads right here on WF) that some malware spreader has bought and loaded with pop-up malware and trojans and BAM... you're a victim.

      Originally Posted by adamv View Post

      I use the free version of Avast antivirus. I'm a big fan.
      I like avast too but they've been getting annoying with the seemingly more frequent re-subscription alerts for the free version. Thinking about buying.
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      • Profile picture of the author Blimeyoreilly
        I did have paid Kaspersky but an issue arose & somehow after contacting Kaspersky I was cut off the call after the operator was in the process of tweaking my account... cut a long story short it meant I had to re-insert the disc into my drive which I could not find (there were 100s of days left for the service) but heyho! sh.. happens... I had to resort to old tactics...

        These options are both good for free or paid alternatives...

        Avira
        Avast
        Microsoft Security Essentials
        Panda cloud

        I changed from the Microsoft Security Essentials to Avira because the former made my system work real slow (vista engine). I also know that many really big computer firms use Avira like it was God. I did start off with Avast for free just to be rid of all known germs then when the free service ran out (& because it affected my 'puters performance slightly) I opted for paid Avira option which you can also get for free (long-term - I was already familiar with the free version beforehand).

        Hope this helps

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      • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
        Originally Posted by NicheDad View Post

        You can get viruses just visiting a website. Not meant in an offensive way at all so please don't take it that way. But you've been lucky. Not smart.

        Think because you only visit safe sites you're ok? Think again. All it takes is visiting an expired domain (plenty of those linked to in threads right here on WF) that some malware spreader has bought and loaded with pop-up malware and trojans and BAM... you're a victim.

        I like avast too but they've been getting annoying with the seemingly more frequent re-subscription alerts for the free version. Thinking about buying.
        Again - I haven't had a virus in 8 plus years. I don't visit websites that would have viruses either or AKA not trusted well known sites. I do not click on random links around the net.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

          I don't visit websites that would have viruses
          I wish you good luck with that plan, Matthew. I admit I'm surprised it's lasted you 8 years, but I acknowledge that there have to be some "statistical outliers", sometimes. You don't actually use the internet very much, I imagine?
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          • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            I wish you good luck with that plan, Matthew. I admit I'm surprised it's lasted you 8 years, but I acknowledge that there have to be some "statistical outliers", sometimes. You don't actually use the internet very much, I imagine?
            No - just 16 hours daily..Not much at all.

            People are forgetting, you actually have to DOWNLOAD junk to get a virus. Click on crazy links from people or sites you do not trust. Not having their windows OS up to date. It's not as easy as you think to get a virus.

            When you get those - OH YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD THIS PLUGIN TO VIEW in a popup window - obviously you don't click on it, if you need anything download it manually directly from the source. I mean it's pretty simple to avoid viruses IMO
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            • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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              Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

              People are forgetting, you actually have to DOWNLOAD junk to get a virus.
              I don't think they're forgetting that: they may just (unlike yourself?) be bearing in mind that that can happen automatically, without your "doing" anything.
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              • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
                Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

                I don't think they're forgetting that: they may just (unlike yourself?) be bearing in mind that that can happen automatically, without your "doing" anything.
                That's not true.. Whoever told you that probably sold you your AV program.
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                • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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                  So you have javascript turned off, then, do you, Matthew? :confused:
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                  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
                    Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

                    So you have javascript turned off, then, do you, Matthew? :confused:
                    No - I don't have it turned off!

                    The websites that would infect your comp with viruses from java are setup like that from the beginning from the person that runs the site generally. You will not get a virus from browsing WELL KNOWN safe websites. IE; Foxnews, MSN, etc etc..

                    Pretty obvious - stay off of porn / warez / black** websites and you should be safe. That doesn't mean that you should click on the suspicious looking link that was spammed all over facebook..

                    It really is just common sense browsing..

                    Want to view porn ? - go to a comp with an AV program
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                    • Profile picture of the author Matt Duggan
                      I used Avast's free version of their anti-virus for several years and recently upgraded to the paid version. Very much worth it.
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                    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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                      Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

                      The websites that would infect your comp with viruses from java are setup like that from the beginning from the person that runs the site generally.
                      We must have slightly different standards/concerns, I think: "generally" isn't quite good enough for me. Apologies for the interrogation: to be honest, I'm always interested to encounter very extreme minority opinions in discussions here, as one can sometimes learn something from them.

                      I wish you good luck with your lack of protection, anyway.
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                      • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
                        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

                        I wish you good luck with your lack of protection, anyway.
                        Wasn't the first time I was told that
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                      • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
                        Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

                        Indeed, what Matthew is doing is equivalent to having unprotected sex only with women that "he trusts". Not a full-proof method!
                        I have no clue what sites you dudes are browsing, but i assure you as a few others said, there really isn't a need for an AV program provided you practice common sense.

                        Granted, the viruses people tend to get are generally a new virus that your AV program wouldn't remove anyway forcing you to download a separate removal tool.
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                        • Profile picture of the author Rbtmarshall
                          I've had to help fix quite a few family and friends computers over the years. The problems always stem from anti virus trials, or their annual memberships have ended.

                          I've also helped with a few that ask "Why is my system is running so slow? I'll just take it into best buy and have them fix it". I look at their running processes, and its an antivirus doing its scan of their computer which sometimes is a daily setting by default. I normally uninstall it, and they thank me for making their computer faster, and never have any virus issues.

                          Another thing about the people who go into best buy or similar computer fix services, is that they always get an upselling pitch, to buy an AV when the AV may have been the problem in the first place. But what do they care. the customer will come back for their next problem. After all, to the average person in this day of paranoia marketing, installing an anti-virus seems like its the right thing to do.
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                      • Profile picture of the author Dan Curtis
                        I use Vipre. It installs easily, updates without any problem, doesn't slow your computer and doesn't cause it to crash.

                        I have it on my office server and 11 workstations as well as three computers at home.

                        It catches everything and I never have problems with it.

                        And ignore anyone that says that you don't need an antivirus program. You have little to gain and a lot to lose by not having one.
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                      • Profile picture of the author Patrick Kelly
                        Hi,

                        'Touch wood', I have been using the free version of AVG for several years and have yet to experience a melt-down!

                        cheers, Patrick
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                      • Profile picture of the author scottsihm
                        I use Windows Firewall and Avira, work quite fine for me
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                      • Profile picture of the author michael clay
                        you can go any antivirus
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                      • Profile picture of the author koolphoto
                        I use free version of AVG and Avast on my computers.
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                    • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
                      Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

                      No - I don't have it turned off!

                      The websites that would infect your comp with viruses from java are setup like that from the beginning from the person that runs the site generally.
                      Not true.
                      This is one of the reasons why websites get hacked... So they can get used as a distribution platform.
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                      • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
                        Originally Posted by OldLodgeSkins View Post

                        Not true.
                        This is one of the reasons why websites get hacked... So they can get used as a distribution platform.
                        again 8+ years and thousands of hours of browsing later - No viruses.

                        Sure my own website can get hacked, and I suppose my friend could come to my house and install something on my computer without me knowing and I suppose if someone REALLY wanted to, they could hack into my computer though my IP address regardless of what firewall you use... and .. and..
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                        • Profile picture of the author NicheDad
                          Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

                          again 8+ years and thousands of hours of browsing later - No viruses.
                          Again, with all due respect, luck, not smarts.

                          Like he said it can be a well known site. There is a hack out there right now for the very software that this website runs on that allows people to post images in a post that load javascript when your browser loads it. You are lucky that someone hasn't done that. Not smart because you don't protect yourself.

                          So how do you visit demos of WSOs? Wordpress themes? You don't click on ANY links from WarriorForum?? Do you read any blogs?

                          Because if you do, there are just so many ways that you can be infected. Beyond what I said about re-registered expired domains that still have links to them on WF. A hacked site can look COMPLETELY normal but have malicious javascript loading in the footer.

                          Ok I'll ask one more simple question and leave it alone... If you don't have any anti-virus installed you don't have any way to scan your computer. How do you know you don't have a rootkit on your machine right now stealing all your data?
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                          • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
                            Originally Posted by NicheDad View Post

                            Again, with all due respect, luck, not smarts.

                            Like he said it can be a well known site. There is a hack out there right now for the very software that this website runs on that allows people to post images in a post that load javascript when your browser loads it. You are lucky that someone hasn't done that. Not smart because you don't protect yourself.

                            So how do you visit demos of WSOs? Wordpress themes? You don't click on ANY links from WarriorForum?? Do you read any blogs?

                            Because if you do, there are just so many ways that you can be infected. Beyond what I said about re-registered expired domains that still have links to them on WF. A hacked site can look COMPLETELY normal but have malicious javascript loading in the footer.

                            Ok I'll ask one more simple question and leave it alone... If you don't have any anti-virus installed you don't have any way to scan your computer. How do you know you don't have a rootkit on your machine right now stealing all your data?
                            No - I don't click on random links through the WF - even for demo's. I don't buy themes, I generally get em made.

                            There really isn't so many ways you can be infected. It's really quite simple, as I posted what I don;t do above and have stayed safe.

                            Unless the sites are my own or ESPN.com , new sites and a few others - I don't feel at the slightest bit at risk..

                            Yet the people that think they can download what they please from warez sites and expect their AV to catch all will be in for a rude awakening.
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                        • Profile picture of the author thetaspark
                          Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

                          again 8+ years and thousands of hours of browsing later - No viruses.

                          Sure my own website can get hacked, and I suppose my friend could come to my house and install something on my computer without me knowing and I suppose if someone REALLY wanted to, they could hack into my computer though my IP address regardless of what firewall you use... and .. and..
                          Now I'm beginning to wonder just what OSes you've had to work with virus free in those 8+ years...
                          Its a well known fact that an internet connection for more than 30mins with or without web browsers or other internet application opened is enough to put anyone at risk.

                          I use Norton Internet Security 2012, but honestly, its the last AV suite I'm gonna buy unless Microsoft Essential becomes a paid app!!
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                          • Profile picture of the author Tobarja
                            Originally Posted by thetaspark View Post

                            Its a well known fact that an internet connection for more than 30mins with or without web browsers or other internet application opened is enough to put anyone at risk.
                            This is only true when the PC is connected directly to the Internet with no hardware router in between.

                            /me still virus and antivirus free.

                            But please, by all means, keep renewing your paid subscriptions, I'll work on an AV company investment fund.
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            • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
              Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

              And how do you protect yourself against malicious javascript code? I take it that you do not have javascript turned off by default? Many web sites these days won't work very well without it.

              You can therefore download a virus without explicitly authorising the download, if it is delivered via javascript.

              Again chief, I don't visit crap sites that would load javascipt to give my computer a virus. People create these sites with the intent to infect other peoples computer, I wouldn't get such a virus by going to say...The Warrior Forum or sites I visit daily.

              You make it sound as it i can go to my own website or any ordinary website an get infected with a virus... Not happening my man.
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              • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
                Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

                First I'm not your "chief"

                Second, there are many cases were sites considered "safe" or "normal" have infected people. Sometimes, hackers will even install code on a site surreptitiously and visitors will get infected.

                This can and does indeed happen, "my man". Your strategy is flawed.

                What do you do? Never visit a new site? How do you ascertain the reputation of a site you have never visited before? There is a big grey area and you risk attack if you don't check the source of every single script executed when you visit a site for the first time.
                Yes, my strategy is flawed yet people that use AV programs tend to always seem to get viruses while I do not. Very flawed indeed, I'll make sure to giggle the next story I read about someone needs to reformat their machine because they thought there AV program wouldn't allow a virus on it while I continue to enjoy my computer virus free - without taking a huge performance hit.

                Ah I remember my assistant had Kaspersky installed. What a nightmare that was, couldn't even install quickbooks with Kaspersky running. The trouble she went through to install a simple program and all because of an AV program.
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                • Profile picture of the author Fraggler
                  Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

                  people that use AV programs tend to always seem to get viruses while I do not.
                  I'm with Matthew. I never had any viruses when I wasn't running anti-virus and anti-malware software. I tempted fate one day though... first scan and I now had hundreds of infected files!

                  Luckily I stopped the scan and uninstalled in-time and I never saw a virus again.
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                • Profile picture of the author GeroC
                  Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

                  Yes, my strategy is flawed yet people that use AV programs tend to always seem to get viruses while I do not. Very flawed indeed, I'll make sure to giggle the next story I read about someone needs to reformat their machine because they thought there AV program wouldn't allow a virus on it while I continue to enjoy my computer virus free - without taking a huge performance hit.

                  Ah I remember my assistant had Kaspersky installed. What a nightmare that was, couldn't even install quickbooks with Kaspersky running. The trouble she went through to install a simple program and all because of an AV program.
                  How do you know if you have any viruses if you have nothing to check them?
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            • Profile picture of the author aaalexan
              Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

              No - just 16 hours daily..Not much at all.

              People are forgetting, you actually have to DOWNLOAD junk to get a virus. Click on crazy links from people or sites you do not trust. Not having their windows OS up to date. It's not as easy as you think to get a virus.

              When you get those - OH YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD THIS PLUGIN TO VIEW in a popup window - obviously you don't click on it, if you need anything download it manually directly from the source. I mean it's pretty simple to avoid viruses IMO
              Agree.
              But I want to add some more points:

              - There are very few malicious viruses now, but there is more spyware. People develop spyware to profit from it in one way or another, so they are not interested in revealing them. Most of them work silently on your computer for years and not you, not your antivirus program do not know about them.

              -nowadays ISPs filter most of the viruses.

              - If I want something suspicious to download I check websites Alexa rank, if it is less than 10,000 very unlikely to catch viruses
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    • Profile picture of the author tigerfun
      Originally Posted by adamv View Post

      I use the free version of Avast antivirus. I'm a big fan.
      so do I, I've use avast (paid version) for a couple of years and my computer is safe from any bad file
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    • Originally Posted by adamv View Post

      I use the free version of Avast antivirus. I'm a big fan.
      Also use them
      They are fast and best of all Free
      Other ones I have tried including norton and McAfree are all sooooo sloooowww


      I also have malware bytes and a few registry cleaners
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  • Profile picture of the author monstermoney
    I use Norton / AVG / Malwarebytes. Those have proved to be efficient over the years so long as you keep up with the updates.

    MM-
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  • Profile picture of the author Tobarja
    Running as an unprivileged user and using my brain before clicking has kept my computer safe as well for many years. It's not hard, the most important part is using your brain.

    I'm a power user, and average 30 hours or more of screen time per week(more before the last two babies were born). It's not luck.

    My wife also has not had any issues with her PC since we've been married(10 years this June). I explained to her that it's avoidable and to think or ask before she clicks.
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  • Profile picture of the author jakecoop79
    I use Zone Alarm, works pretty good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Nod 32 and a router.

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  • Profile picture of the author silyavski
    Hi,
    you can use no antivirus at all if you have good email provider like gmail and don't do the following stuff from your computer:
    -enter porn sites
    -enter hacker sites
    -enter game sites
    -install hacked programs
    -download freebies

    However if you have paid membership in respected porn, game, nzb, hacker etc. sites you can do it without worrying

    No other way for the virus to enter.
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    • Profile picture of the author rrm
      Originally Posted by silyavski View Post

      However if you have paid membership in respected porn,... hacker etc. sites you can do it without worrying
      "Respected" porn and hacker sites?
      RESPECTED porn and hacker sites?

      I didn't know those animals existed.

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    • Profile picture of the author serryjw
      Originally Posted by silyavski View Post

      Hi,
      you can use no antivirus at all if you have good email provider like gmail and don't do the following stuff from your computer:
      -enter porn sites
      -enter hacker sites
      -enter game sites
      -install hacked programs
      -download freebies

      However if you have paid membership in respected porn, game, nzb, hacker etc. sites you can do it without worrying

      No other way for the virus to enter.
      I would add to that political left/right websites.
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      • Profile picture of the author Pedro Ferreira
        I use the free version of Avast + Windows firewall, works great for me so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author eBayer
    I use Comodo Dragon!
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    • Profile picture of the author PeterKnight
      Originally Posted by eBayer View Post

      I use Comodo Dragon!
      Comodo Dragon is awesome, it's chrome but adapted with better security & privacy.

      Another good browser setting tip is to set flash to 'click to play' as flash is a common attack vector.

      I don't have Java installed, or Adobe's PDF reader as these too aren't worth the hassle with their vulnerabilities. When you really need them, just install the very last version at that point in time and then deactivate after. Saves a lot of potential trouble.

      I'm also pretty careful about browser extensions as these too can be easily be abused.

      I don't have an antivirus installed, I'd rather have a computer virus than use something like Norton, they are much more annoying. If you browse and download wisely you will minimize the danger and when it's really stealthy the AV program probably wouldn't have stopped it in the first place. Windows 7 is pretty darn good, I literally can't remember the last virus troubles I've had, nothing since Windows 7 for me. If I have a file I don't trust, but must open, I use virtualpc (which is also great for browser compatibility testing).


      I'm actually more concerned about my android phone's security than my pc. Most apps have far too many privileges, not to mention built in vulnerabilities.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
    i use AVG internet security and malware bytes but i always run suspicious software in virtual machine.
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  • Profile picture of the author silyavski
    From my experience when you mix an antivirus with malware program the result is a crash.
    Usually the malware program is the guilty one. This stuff is made for the extremely suspicious and is supposed that you have know and accept to deal with poping messages, confirming constantly and complicated stuff.
    I use also Windows security Essentials. Thumbs up for the virtual machine! In fact I have a PC i use only for work, tablet for the chitchat and laptop for my wife so she doesnt touch my PC. On top of it i have 2 same operating systems W7 in a case of crash.
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  • Profile picture of the author problog
    I use Windows security essentials; last year I got a nasty virus but fortunately was able to remove it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Copy
    The most important tool is practising safe browsing. On top of that, frequent updates, anti-virus protection (Microsoft Security Essentials), and an optimization / cleaning tool (CC Cleaner).
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Tango
    A combination of McAfee Total Protection which runs real time protection, and Super Anti Spyware (Free) which I run every few days manually. I've also used Malwarebytes in the past (Free), may download that again and see if it picks anything up. You can never be too safe.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jessica Lynn
    I use Eset Nod 32 & SuperANTISpyware. Been running this combo for years - have never had a problem and hope I never will (fingers crossed)!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rbtmarshall
    IMO, an antivirus program isn't needed, they are resource hogs at times.

    I rarely get viruses, Im pretty aware of what I'm installing on my computer. But as far as any security goes:

    I like Comodo free firewall. Firewall Download, Windows 7 Firewall Security, Firewall Protection for Windows 7

    ccleaner to delete cookies, temp files, dead registry data, etc.. I run that program daily

    I run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware every couple weeks just to be sure that I'm running clean. I don't use the full version so its not running at all times. I use the free version and scan as needed.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
      Originally Posted by Rbtmarshall View Post

      IMO, an antivirus program isn't needed, they are resource hogs at times.
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      ^ This right here
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    • Profile picture of the author azmanar
      Originally Posted by Rbtmarshall View Post

      IMO, an antivirus program isn't needed, they are resource hogs at times.

      I run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware every couple weeks just to be sure that I'm running clean. I don't use the full version so its not running at all times. I use the free version and scan as needed.
      Hi,

      After getting my PC hijacked some time ago, I disabled all MS related security.

      I opted for Prevx on my LapTop and Webroot for 3 other PCs used by my staff.

      Both anti-viruses are very fast, very light, very small footprint and doesn't hog resources at all.

      On top of that, I have Malwarebytes Full Version and Trojan Remover Full Version.

      They are working well with each other and very fast, a full circle 3D protection.

      So far, so good.
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  • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
    I start by using neither microsoft's nor apple's products and I've been a happy camper for over 10 years now

    Happy OpenSUSE user here... The integrated firewall's all I need.

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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
    Free Avast suite works wonders.

    I use Norton because it comes free with my Comcast membership.
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  • Profile picture of the author smileverse
    I do use avast home edition anti virus (free version) to protect my PC from viruses.
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    • Profile picture of the author absoluteallen
      Free AVG.

      Also get Spybot for extra protection.

      Never needed anything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Davidbln
    i use Kaspersky + MBAM + Windows Firewall + SpyBod S&D.
    Kaspersky is realy good antivirus, here is review: http://privacy-pc.com/antivirus-soft...12-review.html
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  • I had over 20 pc's and tried everything over the year, however nothing worked. A friend said he got a mac and never had problems, so I tried it. For 2 years it's stable with no problems out of the box, the thing is amazing! So try a mac, I know it's not what you want to hear, but this worked for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author eac07740
    I use both Kaspersky AntiVirus and Symantec Norton AntiVirus both of which came preloaded on my desktop and laptop. They are equally as good. Just remember to keep the software's up to date. You don't want any new viruses sneaking onto your computer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bon-Bon
    I use Microsoft Security Essentials and super anti spyware. Both are free and does its jobs very well.
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  • Profile picture of the author jchoros
    Kaspersky on my windows computer, but I don't use any at all on my mac, not sure if you'd use a Mac for your IM purposes but hey, just saying...
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  • Profile picture of the author Vlad Bacioiu
    Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012. It's a cool toy ! :d
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  • Profile picture of the author Certitude
    The latest version of Avast with Windows Firewall.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raz0r
    I use BitDefender 2012, it's a godly piece of software
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    • Profile picture of the author Ravidya
      In my experience,

      1) Use a paid version of a good anti-virus s/w like Norton/ Kaspersky etc. These labs always keep themselves updated with the latest threats on a daily basis; meaning they take their business seriously.

      2) I said "paid version". Thats bcos, usually the free version is offered to you to experience the good features of the s/w and prompt you buy the full version with complete protection. Buy the paid version and protect yourself completely. If you weigh the risks vs benefits, I believe even the most popular anti-virus s/w is worth the price.

      3) Never run 2 anti-virus/ firewall programs. They always conflict with each other. For instance, switch off "Windows defender" if you are using a powerful Anti-virus program. You can check this- for instance if you are using Windows 7, go to Action Center under Security Settings, it will report all the conflicting Anti-virus, firewall and Malware programs and warn you to fix it. Fix it!!
      (Usually, the installed Paid full protection Anti-virus will take-over the default one that comes with the OS, which is good).

      4) There are tools like Windows Malware Removal Tool that can be "Run on demand" and that will not clash with the existing Anti-virus program. Similarly MalwareBytes can also be Run on Demand but should not be set to run on the background if you are already having another AV protecting your PC.

      5) For sure use, CCleaner.

      6) Use Private Browsing. Its called "Private Browsing" in Firefox, and "Incognito window" in Chrome. Doing so, when you close the browser it will clear the cache, cookies, history etc., even if you forget to use Cleaner.

      7) Delete some files that are stored needlessly in Temp files.
      Go to Start =>Run => type %TEMP%
      Select everything and delete.
      (All unwated files will in the folder will be deleted). Try that Now.

      My 2 cents.

      P.S. Having said this, can some keylogger/ malware/ spyware/ some malicious application can creep in despite having the "most powerful" anti-virus s/w? Yes, its possible. Not bcos you have done something irresponsible but someone is smart enough to sneak into your system.

      When I hear some friends here are not using any protection at all, its like playing a dangerous sports without wearing any protective gear. Better be careful than sorry. (No offense intended).
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  • Profile picture of the author WF99
    I use AVG internet security and USB disk security .. I update those database regularly .. Oh plus i activate WINDOWS UAC ...
    Enjoying my combination .. I had not been attacked or damaged by any virus since a long
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  • Profile picture of the author gentryliving
    I use Kapspersky. Quite good in performance.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    I use Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows Firewall and Spybot: Search & Destroy.
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  • Profile picture of the author xerocube
    I have use comodo firewall and microsoft security essential for two years,both are good combination of security.
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  • Profile picture of the author so11
    Hello Warriors,

    I have 10+ years experience in information security.

    Absolutely not a good idea not to run any antivirus.
    Mac, Linux/Unix users are less targeted, but still at risk.

    Im not a big fan of free stuff... My personal favorite is Nod32.

    regards,

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  • Profile picture of the author CyborgX
    I try to avoid faulty sites. If I have any doubt I try to ignore them. But as a security tool I use AVG internet security. Does the job for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Tracey
    I use an antivirus tool called "avast". It works best for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author seomagik
    Windows firewall
    Windows security essentials
    Eset Nod 32
    I have not had any problems with viruses so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author krown731
    Windows firewall (false results few times)
    Avira
    Kaspersky

    Haven't got any problems yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author robestrong
    Personally, I never used AV software. It's a pain, and if you know what you're doing, you never need it.
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  • Originally Posted by rmx View Post

    I use:
    windows firewall
    windows security essentials
    malwarebytes

    I need an alternative to malwarebytes. To often it blocks programs I want to run and doesn't give tell it's blocking it.

    thanks, RMX
    Ive gone 10 years with no antivirus, firewall, or anti spyware of any kind.They slow down my computer and they're easily replaced by common sense
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    • Profile picture of the author Emily B
      I use the free version of both AVG and Malwarebytes. On my old computer, I used to keep an installation file of Avast around if those two weren't able to handle the problem. So I'd just switch programs and hopefully that would work (which did work most of the time). I haven't needed to do that since switching to Windows 7 though.

      I do far too much browsing to go without some sort of protection.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaaa33030
    At the moment I am using the Comodo Antivirus program and Malwarebytes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ewan Lumsden
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    I use Kaspersky Pure.
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  • Profile picture of the author trulfos
    I use one called "Norton Internet Security". Can't give you any other suggestions because that is the only one I have been using for years. Seems to be quite popular.
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  • Profile picture of the author imkaren
    Windows I use Avast. Mac I don't use any.
    Just be aware of the links you click, then I think would be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author iuditg
    Avast Internet Security + Malwarebyte + Superanti Spyware = Secured PC.

    That's what I use.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ayesha F
    I am using Kaspersky for so long and its really good!
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  • Profile picture of the author gax13
    Banned
    Avast Internet Security
    Stopzilla
    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    Advanced SystemCare PRO
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  • Profile picture of the author Therese
    Kaspersky - set to automatically update
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    i too don't use any programs to prevent malicious stuff. I have been running that way for many years. I won't claim i don't get viruses, but I run everything from cloud based systems. Some public systems and some my own private cloud apps.

    When i do get something on the cpu, I just re-install windows. I don't even mess with them, i just reformat and re-install windows. There is absolutely nothing on my computer itself that is not on other places in the cloud.


    but honestly, others are right. the vast majority of times that i have gotten a virus, i was clicking links or visiting very high risk sites. Your brain alone can keep you away from most of this stuff.

    In my experience the programs designed to keep viruses and stuff off my computer often times prove to be almost as much of a headache to deal with as a virus itself.
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    • Profile picture of the author aaalexan
      Originally Posted by David Keith View Post

      When i do get something on the cpu, I just re-install windows. I don't even mess with them, i just reformat and re-install windows. There is absolutely nothing on my computer itself that is not on other places in the cloud.
      It will save you a lot of time if you Restore your System State from earlier date instead of reinstalling the whole thing.
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      • Profile picture of the author David Keith
        Originally Posted by aaalexan View Post

        It will save you a lot of time if you Restore your System State from earlier date instead of reinstalling the whole thing.
        yes, i do that sometimes, but honestly the cpu runs so much smoother with a clean install every so often anyway. Besides my girlfriend can usually find something she thinks i should be doing anyway for the hour or two it takes to do a full clean install.
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  • Profile picture of the author eman1
    I use:
    1. Windows Security Essentials
    2. Norton
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  • Profile picture of the author williamk
    Banned
    I use Kasperesky and Comodo Firewall so far I have no infections what so ever. I am happy with them.
    Also I am a bit technical guy, so I figured out some basic steps to safeguard ourselves like Autorun disabled etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Manoj V
    I use the paid version of AVG with MBAM.

    Operating a computer without an antivirus is like sleeping in your house with the door open and hoping that thieves will not come by. You may also think that only you know that your door is open :-).
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  • Profile picture of the author creativesweb
    Eset NOD32 Security Suite.... Need no more
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  • Profile picture of the author Jinjer
    PC security is important to me, so I use a multi-layered approach:

    -Windows 7 limited user
    -Windows UAC
    -Windows Firewall (controlled with a 3rd party app)
    -Microsoft EMET
    -Avast (only the essential modules installed)
    -Malwarebytes & SuperAntiSpyware (manual scans)
    -SpywareBlaster
    -Firefox (with NoScript & Web of Trust)

    It may seem complicated, but it's not, and my PC runs fast. I haven't had a virus or malware in years, so I must be doing something right.
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  • Profile picture of the author hugofortin
    Hi,

    I use McAfee, but it's not really up to date. Maybe, I should update it.

    Hugo
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  • Before moving to Mac, I used to have Kaspersky in my old PC.
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  • Profile picture of the author Heath Allison
    Here is the list I use and they are all Free
    CC cleaner
    Avast antivirus
    Malwarebytes
    Spybot
    SuperAntiSpyware
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonmilsont
    I am using only the antivirus software which is very helpful for me to protect my computer. I just remove my temporary files and history regular on my pc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan J
    Kaspersky is pretty slick IMHO. I think Norton is personally over-rated, or maybe I just don't like it due to the margin that is made in it. (ex-PC World employee)

    Avast is also good. Either way as long as you avoid dodgy websites, spammy emails and crappy downloads...you should be fine...providing you got some sort of anti-virus.
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  • Profile picture of the author DJL
    I have been using iolo System Mechanic Professional for a couple of years, and it works very well. It is not free, but can be installed on every PC you own at no extra cost.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    Originally Posted by rmx View Post

    I use:
    windows firewall
    windows security essentials
    malwarebytes

    I need an alternative to malwarebytes. To often it blocks programs I want to run and doesn't give tell it's blocking it.
    thanks, RMX

    ^^ All reasonably good.

    I here that a virtual machine is the way to go, then if there is a problem you can just format it and start with a clean slate, as it keeps all the important files on your HD completely separate.

    The problem I perceive with AV software is that it becomes a challenge for the pro hacks to get around them, just because they want to gain kudos in the hacking fraternity, it is a great shame they fail to realize their talents could make them a great deal of money legitimately, without causing distress to others.
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  • Profile picture of the author goneebo
    I use botrevolt

    it is a must you clean your pc constantly, did you know your computer has over 64k ports?
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Eset's Nod 32 is the best according to Leo The Techguy, I've been using it for years and it rocks. It's not bulky like Norton or MacAfee.

    Amazon.com: Eset Nod32 Antivirus V.4.0, 3 User:...Amazon.com: Eset Nod32 Antivirus V.4.0, 3 User:... (not an affiliate link).

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  • Profile picture of the author davegarcia939
    I am using free version of AVG to protect my PC.
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  • I dont' think there is a solution. After 20 years I gave up and switched to a Mac, 2 years now not one virus. I know it's not what most want to hear but the Mac is way better and I had 20 windows laptops and they all sucked to compared to my Macbook pro
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  • Profile picture of the author ohayo
    I am still using the old avg! lol...Anyone same like me ?
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  • Profile picture of the author johntan17
    I have been using Avast Antivirus for 5 years and am very happy with it. I have not been infected by any virus ever since I switch to Avast. If you are on a tight budget, you can try their free version which can track down most of the spyware and viruses. One thing I like about Avast is that the downloaded file is small compared to other antivirus software so the speed of your computer does not slow down too much when the program is running at the background.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcorvin
    I use the full version of AVG.

    Michael Corvin
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  • Profile picture of the author go4glory
    I'm not a big fan of Norton. Count that out.
    But McAfee does most things for me. It blocks suspicious sites giving me some sort of warning and I on my part don't visit those sites and look for an alternative site.

    Also heard great things about Avast Internet Security.
    After McAfee, would move to Avast (Not that McAfee is bad).
    And if running a scan, Malware Bytes is highly recommended.
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  • Profile picture of the author garrycodman
    Go for the ESET Smart Security Suite - it's got everything for complete security! Anti-virus/malware protection/firewall and a whole range of security that one needs. I 've been using the entire suite for more than 2 yrs now and thankfully haven't had any problems...

    You can try out a free trial if u want .. then later purchase it after checking it out ..

    eset.com/home/products

    Make sure u go for the smart security suite .. and not just the anti virus .. as there 's more to securing a computer than just using a plain anti virus ..

    Hope this helps, good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author maclennan
      Originally Posted by garrycodman View Post

      Go for the ESET Smart Security Suite - it's got everything for complete security! Anti-virus/malware protection/firewall and a whole range of security that one needs. I 've been using the entire suite for more than 2 yrs now and thankfully haven't had any problems...

      You can try out a free trial if u want .. then later purchase it after checking it out ..

      eset.com/home/products

      Make sure u go for the smart security suite .. and not just the anti virus .. as there 's more to securing a computer than just using a plain anti virus ..

      Hope this helps, good luck!

      I have this version 5 of this programme , does everything, excellent product.
      Also use ccleaner,to clear history and registry 'tweaks'
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  • Profile picture of the author cancunapril50
    I have an awesome program for you. It will block 100% of virus and malwares. It is call shadow defender. It created a virtual copy of your operating system. Therefore no virus or malware can infect your physical hardware. You can get it for only $30. I used it for almost 3 years and never get any viruses.
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  • Profile picture of the author Litherland
    I did use Norton protection but now I use Virgin which came with my tv deal.
    I like to have that added protection as you never know.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonmilsont
    I am not using any tools but I am just using antivirus software which is very nice to use for me and it protect my PC from the viruses.
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  • Profile picture of the author AgentHomes
    I find virus protect just slows down my computer.

    I just use my head to never click on any bad links and have never had a problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew74
    windows 7 firewall and microsoft security essentials. have never had a problem with this software
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  • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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    Microsoft Security Essentials for me. It's free.
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  • Profile picture of the author rontheitguy
    I've tried just about all the AV's listed above, but I switched to Panda Cloud a couple years ago and never looked back. I also use OpenDNS to block out all the crap and I highly recommend it.

    As for Malwarebytes, it's a great program that I've used on other peoples PC's to fix issues but haven't ever needed it on my own. I just don't ever get viruses...running Windows 7 64bit currently.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheMaskedMarvel
    WNY Computer Repair & Technical Services started using Zone Alarm's Extreme Security Suite about a year ago. It was the best decision we have ever made. We finally found something that works incredibly well and has saved us on numerous occassions. This robust software suite comes with a PC Tuneup utility that also works amazingly well but you'll have to download that separately. I intend on using Zone Alarm products forever since they are always on top of things and are continuously coming out with improvements and updates. If you are using a free security suite I highly recommend upgrading now. Go here for a SPECIAL OFFER! ht tp://bit.ly/OB8wRq
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    • Profile picture of the author TheMaskedMarvel
      I've tried the free ones and at one time I used to install them on all of my customer's computers who didn't have an anti-virus program. Now I adamently push the paid ones since I too became a victim and was eventually infected by using free versions. It's worth the money to pay for one.
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  • Profile picture of the author thinkoutthebox
    The only security software
    that actually does what it
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    Comodo

    Anyone else that is not using
    comodo - obviously does not
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  • Profile picture of the author Morten V
    Right now I don't use any protection, but if I were to use any it would have to be Kaspersky..
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  • Profile picture of the author Parry
    AVG Premium 2012 is great tfor protection.

    Along with your anti-virus it's good to have an anti malware/ anti-spyware.

    I have Malware Antibytes(MBAM) which is available free.

    You can also use Spybot.

    Run scans everyday - you can use the feature to schedule scans.
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  • Profile picture of the author wildcard07
    From the I.T. Department at the College I work at, Superantispyware free edition. I have no ads no pop ups. I scan my system once a month and it stops most everything out there
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  • Profile picture of the author alandijulian
    In my computer I use avast and smadav antivirus. Until now my computer never have a problem
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  • Profile picture of the author clintmyers
    Norton works just fine for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author sladex
    I use avast only.
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  • Profile picture of the author anandshaw
    Currently I use McAfee Total Protection. Most importantly I do not visit sites that chrome flags as dangerous. Also I try not to download/install crap on my pc
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  • Profile picture of the author Rbtmarshall
    still only using Comodo free firewall, and have no problems at all. Occasionally I'll run a mailwarebytes (free version) scan.

    IMO, anti virus programs are resource hogs, and unnecessary. They have clever marketing campaigns though.

    Gmail helps keep less spam coming into my inbox, and I rarely open any emails unless the source is known. Also gmail disallows images by default, that is one way your computer can be infected, through emailed imaged.

    Chrome browser with Ad Block Plus extension(free) help in the browsing department. I rarely ever see a popup, and never any adsense or other PPC ads . You can manually add ad's to block them also. ex: header ads on forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author KriiV
    I only have a Zonealarm Firewall running. Antivirus's are unnessesary. Just don't download stupidly. I've had this computer for 4 years, never had a virus.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alminc
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      I've had these two installed for the last 12 months and I'm very happy. They don't affect the performance at all and my machine is 100% clean.

      I used Norton IS before and it slowed down my computer signifficantly during startup, plus the protection was far from perfect.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    avast Antivirus and Malware Bytes.

    I think avast has a real time scanner, but when visiting some websites my computer has been affected by rouge programs pretending to be spyware scanners. Is there anything better at stopping this kind of malware?
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  • Profile picture of the author TonyBabb
    I don't have any active virus scanners or malware scanners running. I just pay attention to where I am going. About once a week I will run malwarebytes and the online version of trendmicro antivirus. This method has been working very well for me and my computers run much better without those extra programs running in the background.
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  • Profile picture of the author robestrong
    Currently I'm using VIPRE, although I constantly have to disable the Firewall to get into a host of IM websites among other tools.
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  • Profile picture of the author Silver Natural 9
    Until Chuck Norris starts promoting AV software, I use Kaspersky.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Shearer
    Having tested quite some anti-virus programs, I can personally recommend Kaspersky and Avira. People that I helped with this never looked back.
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  • Profile picture of the author srodoks
    i use AVG internet security and malware bytes but i always run suspicious software in virtual machine.
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  • Profile picture of the author dukegman
    I myself am a big fan of Kaspersky security products. They are light (for how I experienced) and really good at security. Im not trying to promote any brand here, just telling what I use and like.
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  • Profile picture of the author srodoks
    I use an antivirus tool called "avast", it works best for me
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  • Profile picture of the author juangarciamtl
    use deep freeze
    any change that you do in your computer
    disappear at reboot your computer
    so no virus, no malware

    you can turn it on and off when you want
    it is the safes think. you can install tons of software to try
    you can install the software and after activate deepfreeze
    and if it was a trial software
    everytime you restart your computer your trial will start again
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    Ubuntu. If I REALLY need to run a Windows app I load my most recent snapshot inside of VirtualBox. (A snapshot basically bypasses the entire process of booting into Windows in your virtual machine.)

    My VPS runs some of my IM related tools. And it can be accessed from anywhere, which is great.

    My home theater PC runs Windows exclusively, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author robg1
    I've never used a paid version of any antivirus software. Free ones are enough to protect your PC and the only one I use is Avira.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigAlrosen
    Been using avast and never had a problem...its FREE
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  • Profile picture of the author hron
    I use:

    free version of Avast antivirus
    Windows 7 firewall
    Malwarebytes free version to scan on a regular basis (the free v. is not realtime protector)

    Works really fine.

    Regards Hans
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  • Profile picture of the author webproishere
    Avast + Spybot and my paranoid HEAD
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  • Profile picture of the author Cyber Star
    I am using two program, Kaspersky AntiVirus, and a local antivirus to battle a local virus. I need them both because my business require me to surf the internet and download free images and photos for my tumblr post (yes, I use tumblr to drive traffic). As long as it is a legal image and can be downloaded for free, I will download that and it worth the risk.
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  • Profile picture of the author Syssolution
    I use Avast, total internet security. I would suggest to use a total internet security rather than using any free version.
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  • Profile picture of the author endovdayz
    I am using avast for a few years now.. You too can try it out..
    You can download it from the link below:
    http://kickass.so/avast-antivirus-ho...-t5590452.html
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  • Profile picture of the author tauhidbd1993
    Actually I do not use any antivirus for my personal computer. Because every antivirus make very slow the computer speed. If you do not visit the bad site such as porn site, never use virus affected pen drive, you PC will never affected. You can see every good site try to keep the user documents free from virus. such as when you wants to download any file from gmail, yahoo they will scan the file first, after scanning you can download. Hence you can use any updated antivirus program.
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  • Profile picture of the author Salma08
    I use Quickheal anti-virus from so many months to protect my computer from viruses. And till now I have not faced any error or virus on my PC. Quickheal is the bestest and cheapest anti-virus software I have found yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author SamiurBD
    I am currently using Ubuntu. So no virus.

    But if you are on Windows, you can use Avast!
    Try not to download softwares and toolbars that you don't need.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shri Gp
    I use Avast & 360 Total security
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave37
    I would suggest you use an Internet Security Suite, you get a better protection that way since an internet security suite also include the full functions of an antivirus.

    Most paid antivirus software can be upgraded to internet security version (might come in another name though)
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  • Profile picture of the author Martin1N
    Problem is, people think that viruses are so so bad. All viruses really do is give you a pop-up, advertisements etc.. so that the person who infected you make a little cents off of you. but he does this to a lot of people.

    These viruses are detected mostly.

    Then there's the annoying viruses, worms etc.. they mess with your system, they won't allow you to enter your computer or task manager and will claim your computer is infected and you have to call a number, or claims you have infringed copyrights by downloading torrents and you have to pay $200 or so.

    Now going to the really terrible viruses these are the ones that are not detected, they are encrypted by tools that was made by experienced hackers and are updated at all times. These viruses will keylog you, the person can control your computer and anything he wants with it, without you knowing (e.g install a program, a bitcoin miner, you won't even know!) you can become a "zombie" basically apart of a botnet and you will help make DDOS attacks, and again.. you will NEVER know!

    The really bad viruses.. you will most likely never come in contact with them since it requires someone who accepts everything, opens everything to get infected by such, and most of the time the hacker who distribute these are targetting companies or individuals.


    TL;DR: Viruses are really not that bad, and you shouldn't worry too much, get two-step verification on your emails, and have AT LEAST 2 passwords, 1 password for your emails, 1 password for your bank/serious stuff. Goodluck


    I use Microsoft Security Essentials, it's free, uses no CPU, has what I need, doesn't block things that I don't want blocked (oh ever used a program and bam it was detected or installed a game?)
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