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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-15-2011, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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So I have a new laptop and am looking for suggestions on what to use for antivirus/spyware/adware ect...

So I was thinking ad-aware and spybot from download.com, are these any good or is there something else that you guys recommend?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-15-2011, 09:57 PM
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They will slow the performance a bit of the lap top but I have always used (in my old PC days) Symantec or McAfee - I am sure there are some new underground hip offerings that I am unaware of - I think TrendMicro has an offering in this space as well

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I have been happy with both Zone Alarm and the AVS suite at separate times.

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I have been happy with both Zone Alarm and the AVS suite at separate times.
Ive had really good luck with ZA and the free Nod32. Of course it takes a little moxie to configure ZA correctly

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Zone Alarm and Avast. Used these for the past umpteen years. Last tiem I used Mcafee it locked my computer up for 15 min everytime I turned it on. MCafee said "they are working on it" and never fixed it.

I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.
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I've been using AVG Free edition for the last few years. Lower processor load than others and solid protection.

Recently I'm trying Microsoft Security Essentials. Not sure how I like it yet, but it's free.

Windows 7 comes with Microsoft Security Essentials installed.

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I use Vipre on my persomal and work machines. Some nice perkks come with it. Free insurance which I had to use and was a flawless procedure.

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Microsoft security suite works well and is updated often. Free and it does not slow things down much.
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

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I'm a fan of Avast. I've also used Search & Destroy from time to time.
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I'm a fan of Avast. I've also used Search & Destroy from time to time.
+1 = Avast.

We have been deploying AVG corporate with decidely mixed results at the office. It is fairly lean, but with some applications and file types it can slow the performance to a crawl. The problem with AVG and others is that the support isn't as good as Symantec.

If you are looking free, and easy, Avast is pretty hard to beat.

If you are looking to purchase something, and support in the event of a problem is a concern, I would recommend symantec. It will slow your computer down a little more than a AVG, NOD32, Avast, Kaspersky, etc. but the support is better than those alternatives.

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I don't use shit and my computer is 4 years old. Of course I am not heavy on porn sites like some of these leghumpers so maybe that lowers my chances of computer STD's. :LOL

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I use Microsoft Security Essentials behind a firewall at home.

For work I use Trend Micro Worry Free Business Security Advanced 7 with IMHS for antispam and message scanning. I've have fairly decent luck with both to date.
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the last build of mcaffee is horrible.
i like avg free.

i'm not using anything on my laptop, but i've installed avg on my parents computers and it's not slowing down anything.

if firewall, i'd always choose hardware firewall (router) over installing a fw on each machine.

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I guess it depends if you're focus is prevention, or clean up.

I'd rather not have the mess in the first place.
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I've been using AVG Free edition for the last few years. Lower processor load than others and solid protection.

Recently I'm trying Microsoft Security Essentials. Not sure how I like it yet, but it's free.

Windows 7 comes with Microsoft Security Essentials installed.
So it does have windows 7 but there is the alert that says it doesn't detect anti-virus software. Maybe it has the security essentials already, today is only the second time i've even turned it on so i'm not sure.

I'm looking for something for prevention. Right now I just took the ethernet cable for my xbox 360 and plugged it in just to get online. should I buy a wireless router? Really I just want to set it up properly so it will last for a while with no problems. Plus I do all my banking online so I want it to be secure.

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