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    I need a recommendation for anti-virus software

    I use McAfee, but I have no idea how good this is.

    Let me know what do you use and how you like it.

    It's for PC.

    Thanks

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    AVG is free and pretty good. So is the Microsoft Security Essentials. This is coming from a guy that runs an IT department.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinracer View Post
    I use McAfee, but I have no idea how good this is.

    Let me know what do you use and how you like it.

    It's for PC.

    Thanks

    I used Mcafee at my office and it killed my computer. Took forever to boot, update and let through a bunch of viruses anyways.

    I switched my computer to AVG free at first then got us all on the paid version. Was quicker to boot and more seamless in function. However it let viruses through as well.

    Both times it was those viruses that start on boot and take over telling you you have a a virus and to buy this virus protection program. They deleted the other programs locked out the task manager and stuff and were total pains to remove. We ended up wiping one computer and I had to fight way into the HKEY to get the second.

    So what i learned no virus protection will protect you against clicking a link or opening an attachment by yourself, this is a major means of getting viruses. You can buy systems that monitor and prevent changes to your registry files and that is the only way to prevent that kind of virus attack, beside just not opening attachments from emails. I used Malwarebytes paid version to monitor registry changes and prevent this kind of stupidity.

    AVG-Norton-Mcafee will all catch the garden variety virus on a thumb drive or website intrusion but they can't stop user enabled viruses.
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    I always liked the free Avast. Never had a problem and I could load it on many computers. Now I am using Microsoft Security Essentials. It is free to download from the MS site. Been using it about a year and have not had any issues.
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    If your windows is a legit copy, use Microsoft Security Essentials. Also, stop using internet explorer if you haven't already - Firefox is much better overall and it isn't as easy for websites to infect your computer.

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    Thanks all for your suggestions.

    I have PC with a legit windows 7 home premium, and I only use firefox.

    So it's down to AVG or Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Which one should it pick? I have no idea which one, both sounds good specially they are free and work.

    also how can I find out which windows 7 64bit or 32bit I have ?

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    AVAST.

    Also would recommend using Chrome or Firefox, or anything but Internet Explorer....and would recommend downloading less porn

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    Another IT guy vote for free Microsoft Security Essentials

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

    Symantec EndPoint (business class) is also pretty good. Most of the others are just resource hogs, even AVG has started adding too many features.

    Also as stated above, watch what you click on and what you ok. Be sure to read before clicking. Also watch out for attachments in emails that look like pdf or zip or rar files but are actually exe files. And don't install special video codecs for your porn. ;-)

    Think before you click!

    Couple more tips. Create a limited account that you do all your use in, and a separate administrator account. This way when something wants to update or install it will ask you for admin credentials. This will stop many of the possible infections, especially since it will make you think about it first. This is how Mac and Linux operate by default which makes them slightly more secure. Lack of viruses created is their other security not because they have less flaws. Most general public buy and use Windows based PCs so hackers target the majority!

    IE 9 is actually pretty safe at the moment. Of course hackers target it and Adobe Flash and Reader and Sun's Java. Keep all of those updated, keep Windows itself updated, and run as limited user and you'll be good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbg33k View Post
    AVG is free and pretty good. So is the Microsoft Security Essentials. This is coming from a guy that runs an IT department.
    Yup. My computer guy recommends those to his customers. I use Google Chrome.

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    Firefox and Google Chrome aren't any safer then Microsoft explorer. In fact they are worse becaues they have holes and exploits that haven't been patched yet and that your anti virus isn't programmed to protect.

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    I run ESET Smart Security... It's pretty good and rated pretty well in consumer reviews.
    I paired it with CCleaner and Auslogics Defrag and everything runs perfectly!

    Check out the reviews of all the offerings on the market....
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    Ive personally used AVG for over 4 years now and have never run into any virus problems with any of my computers

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    I had McAfee on a desktop and a laptop. I constantly was getting attacked; a virus finally killed my desktop. I changed to Norton and I have not had any problems for a year now. I have been impressed with Norton. I now have a desktop, two laptops, and two netbooks on Norton.

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    The free version of Avast has always worked well for me...
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    I build security products for a living. I like Kaspersky but to be honest most AV products are close these days. The free AVG version is probably as good as any if you don't want to spend any money.

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    +1 For Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Very light on system resources yet extremely effective. They offer a 30 day free trial so check it out.
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    AVG, Ad-aware, and Spyware blaster have kept my puters free of anything since I installed them. All free from download.com.
    I also make sure my browser, OS and those programs are always up to date. I manually check every week for updates if it doesn't update automatically.

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

    Another Vote from an IT guy.

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    You mention only virus protection. You also should also have Spyware protection and a firewall.

    I use WebRoot for Virus and Spyware, and ZoneAlarm (the free version) for the firewall.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinracer View Post

    also how can I find out which windows 7 64bit or 32bit I have ?
    This question was missed. Right click on "computer" in start menu and choose properties. Or use a key combination of the windows key and the pause/break key (not all laptops have this key)

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    Since no one has mentioned it I use the Comodo Antivirus (free version). It works very well. No issues with it yet (~2 years). I have always found McAfee and Norton to be finicky and problematic (just my personal experience).
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    Never had any issues using AVG.

    nortons and macafee on the other hand, let viruses in on a few occasions. Never again.

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    2nd ESET, I run NOD32. It isn't free, but then neither is a new computer if yours gets all effed up by viruses.

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    Another satisfied Microsoft Security Essentials user here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Mac OSX. LOL! Hell, even OS 9.2.2 will work.
    Linux...even better because it's free

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Mac OSX. LOL! Hell, even OS 9.2.2 will work.
    I lub my Mac.

    After reformatting a million PC's, I was over it.

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    Free version of Avira no problems what so ever with windows 7

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    Avast for a free solution and Nod32 if you wanna buy a good AV.

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    Anti Virus is all useless, I've tried loads of it at different clients, there pc's get virused and trojaned and spywared and stop working without once a message to say you have a virus.

    I use :-

    UnHackMe - First BootWatch AntiRootkit - Greatis Software

    It runs at start up and removes everything I've had so far, just restart and it stops it running in the first place, only thing I could find to remove root kits to.

    Virus killers only work, ran from another PC with the hard drive out.

    Spybot is usefull to.

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    I don't think that any one AV app will guarantee a clean machine. If you want too be sure follow the Major Geeks Malware Removal Guide... READ & RUN ME FIRST Malware Removal Guide (incl. spyware, virus, trojan, hijacker) - MajorGeeks Support Forums

    It takes a while but it's very thorough.

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    Avast, Avira, and AVG are all free and work well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Rail View Post
    I always liked the free Avast. Pete
    That's what the Chron recommends.

    Free anti-virus software does the job, experts say
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    I used to like AVG, but every now and than you hear of a definition that targets system files and corrupts installation so i stopped recommending it, also, it feels like it has started to bloat over the last few years.
    I have been recommending Microsoft Security Essentials for a few years now, it feels like it isn't bloated (yet) and has marks that are comparable to AVG and Avast.
    Also, another plus for me, is it doesn't confuse my clients by asking them to buy a paid version, which means that my client's ask me less dumb questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cibrlx01 View Post
    Also, another plus for me, is it doesn't confuse my clients by asking them to buy a paid version, which means that my client's ask me less dumb questions.
    I am in agreement with that especially when my clients are mom, sis, gf, neighbor etc.
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    I used AVG free for years, and it was good for years, but in the end seemed to cause more problems than it solved, switched to Karspersky 2 years ago and it's excellent, when I first installed it on my old computer it even cleaned up stuff that was already infecting it, now I have a new computer and i've never had a virus.

    The version I have is specifically for internet browsing
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    Firefox and Google Chrome aren't any safer then Microsoft explorer. In fact they are worse becaues they have holes and exploits that haven't been patched yet and that your anti virus isn't programmed to protect.
    Whatever. Everyone knows IE is the worst for security. Firefox and Chrome update regularly to plug holes.

    For those running MSE - MSE has a very slow detection engine. AVG and Avast get higher marks because of this.

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    AVG free.

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    avast free and malwarebytes for spyware. myself and many friends and family run this setup with no ill issues in the past couple years.
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    I use avast anti-virus for almost 2 years now and haven't had any issues.

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    I run AVG free and Malwarebytes. Haven't had a virus issue since. I am running Google Chrome as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbg33k View Post
    AVG is free and pretty good. So is the Microsoft Security Essentials. This is coming from a guy that runs an IT department.
    Caviet on AVG: It sometimes doesn't like Windows 7 64 bit. Sometimes it works fine on Win 7 64 bit.
    I haven't figured out why. When it works though it's pretty good.

    Microsoft Security Essentials works good. It is also currently the best at finding "unknown" malware. IE, malware not in the definitions files.
    My assumption is that Microsoft knows their own security problems best. They also know better than anyone else how their programs are supposed to operate, so they can monitor something abnormal going on in the background.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wbmason55 View Post
    AVAST.

    Also would recommend using Chrome or Firefox, or anything but Internet Explorer....and would recommend downloading less porn
    Errrrr.... Yes..... Especially videos, they are the worst....
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    Microsoft Security Essentials works good. It is also currently the best at finding "unknown" malware. IE, malware not in the definitions files.
    My assumption is that Microsoft knows their own security problems best. They also know better than anyone else how their programs are supposed to operate, so they can monitor something abnormal going on in the background.
    The biggest issue with MSE, like I said, is the fact that the program is slow at detecting threats. Along with that I don't like the fact that the program updates itself whenever and that can't be turned off. Waste of resources on some computers.
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    Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Just use it. You'll have to download it, as it doesn't come with windows 7.

    It has good real-times protection as well as scanning. And because it is a Microsoft product it works seamlessly. Seriously, it's a good product, use it.

    Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is not only the least intrusive option, but it's arguably one of the most secure options. And as I said it updates through windows updates seamlessly. No third party developers with big ideas, just a product that works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    The biggest issue with MSE, like I said, is the fact that the program is slow at detecting threats. Along with that I don't like the fact that the program updates itself whenever and that can't be turned off. Waste of resources on some computers.
    If you really hate updates, you can open up services.msc and disable the Windows Update service. However, for a casual user I wouldn't recommend doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaink View Post
    Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Just use it. You'll have to download it, as it doesn't come with windows 7.

    It has good real-times protection as well as scanning. And because it is a Microsoft product it works seamlessly. Seriously, it's a good product, use it.

    Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is not only the least intrusive option, but it's arguably one of the most secure options. And as I said it updates through windows updates seamlessly. No third party developers with big ideas, just a product that works.
    Actually MSE isn't really as good as you think. It only does a few things well. others rate better. Read about it here...

    https://www.av-comparatives.org/imag...od_feb2011.pdf

    As far as what I was saying about scanning speed there are better choices than MSE...



    If you really hate updates, you can open up services.msc and disable the Windows Update service. However, for a casual user I wouldn't recommend doing this.
    I update my system about twice a month and I like to do it manually. No need to have a slew of programs tying up my connection while trying to use the computer or surf the net. Thanks for the tip, I knew about that.
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    It's not a perfect product. However it's made by the people who made the operating system, and as your report says catches 95.8% of malware with few false positives.

    The very slow scanning you commented on is on-demand scanning. Which I almost never do. And if I do it's one file or archive.

    I agree to disagree. While I agree MSE isn't perfect, I still stand by what I said.

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    I use MSE but I'm a fairly conscious computer user too so that probably helps, and I never get viruses or any problems from being online.

    Some stuff I see never ceases to amaze me. People I'll help out and a month later the computer is trashed again.

    For those people, I can only recommend a non Windows OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaink View Post
    It's not a perfect product. However it's made by the people who made the operating system, and as your report says catches 95.8% of malware with few false positives.

    The very slow scanning you commented on is on-demand scanning. Which I almost never do. And if I do it's one file or archive.

    I agree to disagree. While I agree MSE isn't perfect, I still stand by what I said.
    I agree.

    The key to MSE, is that it knows "unknown" threats best because of MS's inside knowledge of their own OS.
    I've run both "quick scans" and "full scans" while streaming videos with no hiccups.
    My PC is 5 years old, not state of the art and it isn't hamstrung by MSE.
    As far as scan speed, that is changeable in the settings tab. You can set how much to limit the processor usage during a scan.
    A quick scan never takes me more than a couple of minutes.
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    Bit Defender...this is what we use now..I work in the Comp Industry...and it works very well..it gets alot of stuff the others miss...if your looking for something free,...AVG/Avira/Avast...course if you have Vista..avast might have conflicts with that OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eckstream1 View Post
    I run ESET Smart Security...
    I paired it with CCleaner and Auslogics Defrag and everything runs perfectly!
    I have a simular setup....

    I run:
    Sonicwall Firewall
    NOD32
    CCleaner
    Diskeeper

    Using the Sonicwall, we only have active AV scanning on Internet and E-Mail and then run an In-Depth scan once a week. Over the years I had a few pesky things get thru on the kids computers at home but never anything at work.

    What kind of stuff are they looking at? (grin)

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    I use Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast. To me their the best free ones and they useless of your memory and cpu.

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    Security Essentials, same engine as Microsofts Forefront Enterprise product and its free

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    It was a joke, you humourless wankers. Thanks for the negative rep, you tools.

    I worked for Compaq/HP for just short of 8 years, so naturally I am biased. Yes, biased against having to always worry and stress out about viruses when I really need to get work done instead.

    Having recently just started working for a company with a Windows 7 mandatory install I am very dissatisfied with itóI thought that Windows 7 was supposed to be better than Vista, which was supposed to be better than XP (which was a bloated turd, but the USB support made it more enjoyable than Windows 2000). However, it seems as though several steps back have been made. I want XP back now!
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    I recently got a new Windows 7 equipped machine.

    It has a SSD, and start up times were blazing fast, until I installed AVG. The slowdown increased my boot times so much, that I had to uninstall it. I switched to Microsoft Security Essentials, and it seems to have much less of an impact on startup times. Scans are quick as well.

    This video shows how disabling AVG changes start up times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    It was a joke, you humourless wankers. Thanks for the negative rep, you tools.

    I worked for Compaq/HP for just short of 8 years, so naturally I am biased. Yes, biased against having to always worry and stress out about viruses when I really need to get work done instead.

    Having recently just started working for a company with a Windows 7 mandatory install I am very dissatisfied with itóI thought that Windows 7 was supposed to be better than Vista, which was supposed to be better than XP (which was a bloated turd, but the USB support made it more enjoyable than Windows 2000). However, it seems as though several steps back have been made. I want XP back now!
    After using Win 7 SP-1 for a few months and getting the bugs worked out, I think it's a "good" product.
    XP was however mature and nearly bullet proof.
    I got on the Windows 7, 64bit bandwagon at a bad time, near the beginning of 2011. Java, Adobe and others were constantly sending out updates and patches to work out the bugs with the new 64 bit standard. That has finally tapered off.
    I found out some "problems" were because of Skydrive.
    Since the beginning of 2011 the addition of the major internet and program changes across the board have made things hell.
    I particularly don't like the "cloud".
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    7 is far better than XP. I run AVG and my startup times are not as bad as in that video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    7 is far better than XP. I run AVG and my startup times are not as bad as in that video.
    I all fairness AVG had some bugs with windows 7 64 bit near the beginning of 2011.
    I had been using it for sometime with ME and XP, so when I installed 7 on this machine I naturally went for AVG again. It broke my Win 7 install.
    AVG is a reputable company and I'm sure they've worked out the bugs by now.
    It took about three installs for me to figure out it was that edition of AVG and 64 bit 7 that didn't get along well.

    MSE is in version 2 now and has some improvements under the hood. The user interface seems cheap at first, but after a few months you might work on a PC with AVG, Avast etc and go, what's all this crap! LOL.
    If a person hasn't tried Microsoft Security Essentials in over a year, it deserves a second look.
    It's not obvious, but it does include things like Root Kit detection.

    Note: I just recently found out that MSE is optimized now for Vista and 7. because of that, some benchmark test show it's slowed some on some XP machines.
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    Until Microsoft offers an option to turn off the auto updates I will not be using MSE. It's quite annoying to be in the middle of something important and have the program interrupt what you were doing. That along with wasted resources having a program updating itself in the background.

    Never had any AV program break Windows. Sorry to hear about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    Until Microsoft offers an option to turn off the auto updates I will not be using MSE. It's quite annoying to be in the middle of something important and have the program interrupt what you were doing. That along with wasted resources having a program updating itself in the background.

    Never had any AV program break Windows. Sorry to hear about that.
    I've never had MSE interfere with anything, even while updating. And I'm on an older PC.
    Well, it does use a Core 2 Duo processor. Maybe I have enough muscle to scan, update and play all at the same time.
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    Maybe I have enough muscle to scan, update and play all at the same time.
    I probably do as well since my notebook is a few months old. I just don't care for MSE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Having recently just started working for a company with a Windows 7 I am very dissatisfied with it......

    I want XP back now!
    I'm an engineer and we tried 7 on a workstation. We use a bunch of different vertical market apps: 3D CAD, 3D Circuit Brd Design, Thermal Chamber Control, Data Logging, Micro Processor Programmer (firmware), etc.

    It would not even load my version of AutoDesk Inventor ($10k invested); it did load Altium ($5k invested so far) but wanted to run it in a virtual mode.

    Ya right -> I'm going to trust a circuit brd designed in a 'Virtual Mode'. Hey why not, it only costs thousands and weeks of lost schedule if it isnít correct. Or sure - Iím going to drop another $5-7K to upgrade Inventor so I can be a Windows 7 BETA test site - BS!

    We run XP SP3 fully patched and everything runs great - plenty fast Ė stable - etc.

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    We run XP SP3 fully patched and everything runs great - plenty fast Ė stable - etc.
    Couple more years and MS will not be supporting XP anymore. This will force companies to upgrade.
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    I like Avast!. It's very resource friendly and easy to use.It also helps not to go to dangerous sites and open email from unknown senders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlewolf77 View Post
    I like Avast!. It's very resource friendly and easy to use.It also helps not to go to dangerous sites and open email from unknown senders.
    I like Avast too. If I had to pick the three top free AV I'd pick Avast, AVG and MSE.

    For paid programs I'd say Kaspersky is one of the best.
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