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PrenticeBoyofDerry

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:40 pm Reply with quote

My PC anti virus security stuff is due to expire, to cut a short story even shorter.
It cost me nowt 12 months ago it's by kaspersky.
Is it worth renewing or going for something else?
Input appreciated.
cheers peeps
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:12 pm Reply with quote

Kaspersky is good and probably worth the money if you have to pay to renew, but there are some good free antivirus programs that do a really good job.

Only in Alphabetical order and NOT best-to-worse:

Avast
Avira AntiVir PE
Comodo AntiVirus

There are several more free ones in my 'NOW1' thread at the top of this Software Forum. Have a look and then either read the reviews or Google them.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:19 pm Reply with quote

Microsoft Security Essentials seems to be getting some good reviews. Another one worth consideration maybe.

http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:59 am Reply with quote

cheers dave.m and Rider, will have check over them tonight.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:44 pm Reply with quote

Assuming that you mean internet security instead of just antivirus you'll need antispyware and a firewall as well. Also if you're removing kaspersky you'll need one of these removal tools (at the bottom) to make sure its removed properly: http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208279463
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:16 pm Reply with quote

I have just installed this
http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials
and PC Tools firewall.
will that do, I am not the best at this stuff icon_redface.gif
and removed kerpsky
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:23 pm Reply with quote

That should be fine, just check in your Security Centre (from Control Panel in XP) that the Windows firewall is turned OFF.
It should have been automatically turned off by the PC Tools firewall but just check, because you should not have two software firewalls running.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:29 pm Reply with quote

I've gone into control panel
Security Centre says at least one firewalls is on, is the one I should turn off.
Before I installed PC tool firewall I got warning telling me I was not protected by a firewall.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:31 pm Reply with quote

Just turned that off and says PC Tools firewall is protecting system, so that is good.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:59 pm Reply with quote

My only other suggestion is to install Winpatrol which should protect your startup options, which has the effect of keeping your machine speedy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:06 pm Reply with quote

how do I do that? idiots guide please icon_wink.gif
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:14 pm Reply with quote

If you carry on adding more and more pointless security app's you will be better off having a virus!

The best web protection available today is free. It's called common sense. Use generously.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:18 pm Reply with quote

BoxCleva wrote:

The best web protection available today is free. It's called common sense. Use generously.


I ran out of that years ago icon_lol.gif
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:57 pm Reply with quote

BoxCleva wrote:
If you carry on adding more and more pointless security app's you will be better off having a virus!


How exactly is anything suggested pointless??? Only pointless thing I can see is you comment.icon_rolleyes.gif

@PrenticeBoyofDerry

Go here: http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html Download it install it, basically all it does is monitors for things trying to run when you turn the computer on, allows you to edit them and has a delayed start option for things you want running but dont want delaying boot time. Very simple to use.

Also I take it you have a spyware scanner of some sort??
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:53 am Reply with quote

daozen wrote:

How exactly is anything suggested pointless???


The point ,daozen, is that it is plainly obvious to even the most hard of reading, that PBOD is not particularly confident with what he is doing. He has Essentials, which whilst perhaps not the best package available, it certainly has to be one of the easiest to use. Adding something like WP will only cause confusion and frustration with a novice user.

Know your audience!

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Also I take it you have a spyware scanner of some sort??


Did you read his post at all ?

Quote:
I have just installed this
http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials
and PC Tools firewall.


Your advice would be more relevant if you read the posts icon_lol.gif

And here's a little snippet from an independent review of MSE. Note the underlined area, which will hopefully explain my point even further.

Quote:
Based on testing, the detection offered by MSE is great for a free product. It was far better than we expected in all honestly. Yet, that does not mean it is infallible. New threats, and new methods to expose users to them, appear hourly. A little caution while surfing the Web, and good maintenance routines like applying system patches and software updates regularly will offer you far more protection than any AV engine or product.
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