Security/AntiVirus products

August 17, 2010 at 12:30:26
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB
Hello All,

To me, I am sure many many of you are experts in this field. Please help me to pick a good an AniVirus/Security product for my home network that include 3 computers, 1 network drive, 1 network printer and may grow more in the future.

Thank you very much,

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August 17, 2010 at 12:40:55
There are three free programs that do very well. Probably in this order:


Microsoft Security Essentials.


Avast and AVG have Pro versions. If you are considering paying, then their websites are likely to compare the free version with the Pro version. A major one is usually support (which you might not need).

Google for some reviews too, often pecking orders can change over the years.

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August 17, 2010 at 12:55:50
Thank you very much for a fast reply, Derek.

I am using a McAfee product. It is called "Total protection" and can protect up to 3 computers, costs me ~50USD a year. But sometimes I still have spywares. Do I need a different product to prevent spywares ? I like to have just one product that protect all aspects (viruses, spywares, malwares,...) for all my computers at home. And an important criteria: affordable (~50-60USD a year)


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August 17, 2010 at 14:07:12
If you look around these forums McAfee gets a poor rating.

If you should decide to run with any of the products mentioned be aware that there is no harm having other products around as long as they are simply for scanning in the event of a suspected infection. Two or more programs running in the background can cause conflits.

Two that spring to mind are:

MalwareBytes, which has a good record of finding and fixing things that AV's miss. The free version is fine and you just keep it updated and scan when required.

SpywareBlaster (free) is also worth considering. This doesn't run at all but puts kill bits in the registry to prevent access to various known nasties. It just needs to be updated about once a fortnight, that's all.

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August 18, 2010 at 16:40:06
Thank you very much. I will try those.

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