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Anti virus software for a beginner.

OK....so with some research, and help from you good folk, I've got my new laptop bought.......but what about anti virus software?

A friend recommends something called 'Antivir' which is free??

What would you advise?
 
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I'll check that out, cheers Steve
 
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pretty good stuff, and free
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I've been running AVG for the last 9 months, no issues or complaints so far


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Anti malware software slows your machine down and reduces productivity but is seen as a necessary evil.

There is a lot you can do to remove the risk of picking up an unwelcome visitor in your laptop before installing AM software.

The first thing you should do is create 2 user accounts.

1. Administrative Account - Used for making changes to computer settings and installing or removing new software.
2. Standard Account - Used for day to day use of your laptop

No antimalware software guarantees safety, so by using a standard account you reduce the risk of allowing malware that does get on your machine to have free reign to manipulate the entire system, it can only work within the constraints of the permissions of the standard user account.

Ensure that you have passwords on the accounts and that you have to enter the passwords to login and if you do get a nasty bug you can login to your administrative account which will not be infected and compromised to take measures to clean your computer.

Another thing to think of is where you store your data, you should not store things like photos, videos, music, etc. within your user profile, if the profile becomes corrupt or is compromised by malware there is greater risk of loss of data, one alternative is to store data is on a seperate partition on your computer and then backup regularly to an external device.

Some people go the whole hog and purchase a home NAS to access data from any device connected to your network.

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Anti malware software slows your machine down and reduces productivity but is seen as a necessary evil.

There is a lot you can do to remove the risk of picking up an unwelcome visitor in your laptop before installing AM software.

The first thing you should do is create 2 user accounts.

1. Administrative Account - Used for making changes to computer settings and installing or removing new software.
2. Standard Account - Used for day to day use of your laptop

No antimalware software guarantees safety, so in by using a standard account you reduce the risk of allowing malware that does get on your machine to have free reign to manipulate the entire system, it can only work within the constraints of the permissions of the standard user account.

Ensure that you have passwords on the accounts and that you have to enter the passwords to login and if you do get a nasty bug you can login to your administrative account which will not be infected and compromised to take measures to clean your computer.
very good advice from Sean - which I have benefitted from previously
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Cheers mate, another for me to checkout


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Anti malware software slows your machine down and reduces productivity but is seen as a necessary evil.

There is a lot you can do to remove the risk of picking up an unwelcome visitor in your laptop before installing AM software.

The first thing you should do is create 2 user accounts.

1. Administrative Account - Used for making changes to computer settings and installing or removing new software.
2. Standard Account - Used for day to day use of your laptop

No antimalware software guarantees safety, so in by using a standard account you reduce the risk of allowing malware that does get on your machine to have free reign to manipulate the entire system, it can only work within the constraints of the permissions of the standard user account.

Ensure that you have passwords on the accounts and that you have to enter the passwords to login and if you do get a nasty bug you can login to your administrative account which will not be infected and compromised to take measures to clean your computer.
I really am a novice at this sort of thing, but I understand the theory of what you say, cheers Sean
 
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I also would recommend AVG and Malware Bytes (anti malware).
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If you want all encompassing security go for a suite like comodo internet security or Avast.

Comodo also have some other free tools that could be useful.

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So, sparks, just how much porn are you going to be looking at???
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Wish this thread had been here 3 weeks ago before I paid for software.......
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So, sparks, just how much porn are you going to be looking at???
Now that I'm single, I'd say more than I was before


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Wish this thread had been here 3 weeks ago before I paid for software.......
It's only because my mate told me about free antivirus software that I knew it existed..otherwise I'd have stumped up for the payable option in store..........I was a bit lucky there
 
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Got microsoft security essentials on my sisters old desktop, that's also free and seems to be alright.
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Got microsoft security essentials on my sisters old desktop, that's also free and seems to be alright.
There's a lot for me to research here...cheers folk

It may take me some time...........it's taken me 10 minutes to work how to adjust the screen brightness..........
 
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There's a lot for me to research here...cheers folk

It may take me some time...........it's taken me 10 minutes to work how to adjust the screen brightness..........
MSE is what I would recommend too:
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Wish this thread had been here 3 weeks ago before I paid for software.......
but you only get what you pay for. i've got nod32 and it it's been real good.
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I back up and reinstall 10 - 20 customer laptops a week and most of the customers using paid for anti-virus software are completely wasting their money.

If you have never seen your virus checker pick up a virus the chances are its not doing its job. Retail stores talk you into buying it because they are on commission. You dont always get what you pay for with software, im a great believer in open source from experience.

Im gobsmacked at the way Norton sabbotages your computer after the licence expires (wrecks tcp/ip protocols preventing any internet access and corrupts the cd/dvd drive filter preventing it from being accessed??)

I recommend AVG as ive been using it for over 10 years and it has saved my backup server so many times.

Just the virus checker is free - free.grisoft.com or you can get the whole package quite cheap although fire walls are not needed if you are using a router as this is a big firewall preventing access onto your network.

AVG + Google Chrome + A bit of common sence is all you need to keep your computer safe.

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GhostyDog is spot on about having a standard user for your everyday activity - I've done this on my Mac, Mrs C's Win7 laptop and my mum's iMac and we've never had any problems. My FiL hasn't and he's had many nasties over the years but still will not follow my advice but then I only work in IT so what do I know

We've got MSE, SpybotS&D and MalwareBytes on Mrs C's laptop and they seem to cover all bases.
 
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GhostyDog is spot on about having a standard user for your everyday activity - I've done this on my Mac, Mrs C's Win7 laptop and my mum's iMac and we've never had any problems. My FiL hasn't and he's had many nasties over the years but still will not follow my advice but then I only work in IT so what do I know

We've got MSE, SpybotS&D and MalwareBytes on Mrs C's laptop and they seem to cover all bases.
 
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I used to use AVG but I'll add my vote for Microsoft Security Essentials. After many years of doing security badly MS have pretty much got their act together on this one. With that, a non-admin account for everyday use, and a sceptical attitude to opening anything you receive by mail, you should be OK.

Absolutely agree with Laptop Matt to steer clear of Nortons. Harder to get rid of than most viruses. Bought my Mum a laptop for Christmas - uninstalled the pre-packaged Nortons and replaced it with MSE and Malwarebytes.
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I had to treat myself to a new laptop recently as my old Toshiba Equium had really had it after 5 years....held together with metal plates as both hinges were broken, then MS rumbled my slightly iffy version of W7 during an unexpected major update

I ended up with a Fujitsu Lifebook which does what I need for a good price....the first thing I done once it had set up was to install Revo Uninstaller and use it to remove all traces of the pre-packed Norton before it had a chance to open, then put AVG free on.

Nae probs so far, and the hinges on this are a lot better than the tinfoil Toshiba ones.
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I'd go for Avast. AVG used to be good, but I've had problems with the later versions.
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Thanks for your help crew

I've set up 2 user accounts as suggested, and I've installed Avast

I really appreciate all of the advice.....I'd never have thought about 2 user accounts for example
 
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