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Computer Security Software Opinion
None | April 21, 2014 | Gypsy286

Posted on 04/21/2014 7:05:52 AM PDT by GYPSY286

Favored Computer Security Software-What's the best and most economical?


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: antivirus; computersecurity; norton; securitysoftware; windows
My subscription for Norton expired over the weekend. They want me to renew at $89.95 although I found the same thing on Amazon for $29.95. Was wondering if any Freeper out there got PCMatic or another computer security software and what you think is the best security/best deal.
1 posted on 04/21/2014 7:05:52 AM PDT by GYPSY286
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To: ShadowAce
TECH PING
2 posted on 04/21/2014 7:07:50 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: GYPSY286

ESET NOD 32.


3 posted on 04/21/2014 7:08:58 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: GYPSY286
You can pick several free versions and rotate them, run one one day and another the next and do better than norton. Norton was more trouble than a virus to me. Download.com the old PC magazine is the place to go. SuuperAntiSpiwarare is the one I use the most but the free one has a popup I have to x out each day. If you upgrade you only get 30 days more and they want money. They even have technical advice also.
4 posted on 04/21/2014 7:11:40 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: GYPSY286

Later


5 posted on 04/21/2014 7:12:12 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: GYPSY286

IMO, AVG from Amazon with AVG’s PCTuneup as part of a package deal.


6 posted on 04/21/2014 7:14:34 AM PDT by Errant
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To: All

I use Vipre Antivirus


7 posted on 04/21/2014 7:17:25 AM PDT by Klemper
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To: GYPSY286

From what I’ve been told, PCmatic and others advertised on tv are bad and become a virus themselves.


8 posted on 04/21/2014 7:17:54 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: GYPSY286

I use MS Essentials with Win7 on both my desktop and laptop.

It is free as part of Win7.


9 posted on 04/21/2014 7:17:54 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: GYPSY286; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; Still Thinking; ...

10 posted on 04/21/2014 7:18:51 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: mountainlion

Over the years, I have used seveal AV software.

Many of them because bloatware and took more resources, thus slowing the pc to a crawl.

Many upgrades created major conflicts with other programs.

MS Essentials seems to work seemlessly.


11 posted on 04/21/2014 7:20:43 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: GYPSY286

Screw Norton .. McAfee too.

I’m using ESET NOD32


12 posted on 04/21/2014 7:22:23 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: GYPSY286

1. Remove, destroy, burn, incinerate, and take a bodacious Obama on anything written by Microsoft or Adobe.

2. Get a computer that runs Unix or one of the many variations.

There, that’ll do it.


13 posted on 04/21/2014 7:22:33 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: GYPSY286

MS Security Essentials used to be highly regarded, but they have let it slip.

I use and recommend Avast Free Antivirus.


14 posted on 04/21/2014 7:32:16 AM PDT by GMMC0987
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To: TomGuy
MS Essentials with Win7

That's my take.  It's got less adware than AVG too.

15 posted on 04/21/2014 7:34:20 AM PDT by expat_panama
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To: GYPSY286

Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Free Antivirus

AVAST Software’s avast! Free Antivirus 2014

AVG AntiVirus Free 2014

Avira Free AntiVirus

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

Comodo Antivirus 6

and many more


16 posted on 04/21/2014 7:43:07 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: GYPSY286

I currently use Kaspersky Internet Security. Less headache then AVG. http://usa.kaspersky.com

AVG is free http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage
Only problem was the interface which was confusing to me and it’s aggressive scan. You can set files to be ignored but it was a hassle. It always worked.


17 posted on 04/21/2014 7:43:20 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: GYPSY286

My routine is MS Security Essentials real time and run Malwarebytes once a month as a backup.


18 posted on 04/21/2014 7:47:14 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep rigsupreme Splasht)
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To: GYPSY286

Lots of good suggestions here.

I’ve always had great luck with Kaspersky. I think it costs around $40 for a one year, three computer license. (I’ve always gotten it ‘free’ through work)


19 posted on 04/21/2014 7:47:25 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: GYPSY286

SpyBot S & D Free

AVG Free

ZoneAlarm Free

I have used the above for the last 15+ years.

or

Never connect to the .net

norton SUCKS!!!
Anything on TV is a scam.

JMHO


20 posted on 04/21/2014 7:53:58 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: GYPSY286

AVG free edition + Spybot search and distroy + Auslogics registry cleaner + Auslogics disk defrag

Run once a week.


21 posted on 04/21/2014 8:07:04 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: GYPSY286

For what it’s worth

http://www.pcmag.com/reviews/antivirus

Everything changes every couple of years. Looks to me like ESET & Avast both rate ‘up there’. And, parroting others’ comments, Norton & McAfee are to be avoided. I wipe new systems that come with either and both cause more problems than they solve, imho.

As with everyone else, I have my own experience: Microsoft Security Essentials on Win7-64 platform, backed up with periodic Malwarebytes scan.

Worst thing you can do is have multiple antivirus/malware applications running processes at the same time. I like Malwarebytes as a backup as I can activate it at will.

I’ve gotten ZERO infections with MS SE. I used to use Avast, but like happened with Norton years ago, Avast left my system unprotected during a ‘renew’ period (prior to expiration) and I got infected. Couple that with their CONSTANT messages to UPGRADE, I tired of Avast and went with the free MS SE. We used MS SE at the office on Win7 platforms for the past 6 years with no problems as well after dumping Avast.

If I had an inclination to do something different, it would probably be to go back to Avast (not the free, which has limitations I’ve always been suspicious of).

Again, FWIW...


22 posted on 04/21/2014 8:15:58 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: GYPSY286

None of the antivirus programs for Windows actually works. I see infections from all of them. They ALL also consume big chunks of resources, popup annoying messages, and raise false alarms.

Your best bet is to establish a second login id, giving the new one Administrator privilege, and then revoking Administrator privilege from your current account, changing it to a limited/standard account. You do your ordinary work from your old account, but do all adds/updates/removes of software and peripherals like printers from the new account.

If you do get a virus, it affects only the limited account and cannot alter the system itself in any way, and is easy to get rid of as you just logoff, login to the Admin account and run antimalwarebytes to find and delete the virus files.


23 posted on 04/21/2014 8:43:13 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: GYPSY286

Both Avast and AVG offer free anti-virus software that is quite effective. Periodic scans with a top notch anti-malware software like Malware Bytes or Super Anti-spyware scans are a necessity regardless of what anti-virus software you might be running.


24 posted on 04/21/2014 8:52:49 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: GYPSY286

When Peter Norton made and ran his company (and the software that came with it, the utilities), it was the best out there (talking DOS days)..

As soon as he sold it, it has become the worst nightmare :/ NEVER get Norton ANYTHING :p


25 posted on 04/21/2014 8:56:48 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: GYPSY286

MSE was excellent, but on the ‘04 model XP laptop it failed to update about 3 months ago and left me defenseless. I tried a few other of the above mentioned freebies but they were all too intrusive and demanding compared to MSE...

...now on the advice of a comp geek I surf the net with Firefox with the ‘noScripts’ add on... that gives new life to my XP computer and I’m very satisfied.


26 posted on 04/21/2014 9:34:41 AM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: catnipman
None of the antivirus programs for Windows actually works. I see infections from all of them. They ALL also consume big chunks of resources, popup annoying messages, and raise false alarms.

I use Avast free and never had those problems.

27 posted on 04/21/2014 10:23:08 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: GYPSY286

OS X.


28 posted on 04/21/2014 10:24:39 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: ansel12

“I use Avast free and never had those problems.”

Ah. A sample size of one.

(I’ve done PCs for a living for 16 years, and have worked on hundreds of PCs.)


29 posted on 04/21/2014 11:02:08 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: GYPSY286
Left out in this was http://www.clamwin.com/
30 posted on 04/21/2014 11:25:30 AM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: catnipman

I have used discarded computers almost entirely for 20 years, the kind that are brought to you, and am the guy that people bring their computers to to clear up issues related to malware, you are wrong about Avast.

I have been using it for about 20 years, on dozens of computers and don’t run into what you claim.

I recommend that everyone run an antivirus program, and Avast free is great for most of us, what I find on the computers that I work on, is that some people don’t scan, and many don’t even update.


31 posted on 04/21/2014 11:28:49 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: GYPSY286

Unplug from Internet!


32 posted on 04/21/2014 1:49:16 PM PDT by Renkluaf
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