Solved Which Anti virus package - help needed please!

October 3, 2012 at 06:06:12
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 256 RAM
I have had AVG anti virus - paid version with firewall - for three years. It would be easy to renew without effort as I am a only a month away from the end of my paid year but I might be able to do better for my money. I also installed AVG Tune up but that luxury (to me) will have to go.
I am afraid of being without a firewall as I have read how important this is. I think all the free a-v packages do not offer a frewall. I am a "silver surfer" - not very PC savvy.

Any thoughts from PC aces, please? I would be grateful for info. (in simple terms please). Thanks.
beetroot


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#1
October 3, 2012 at 10:24:31
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I would not lose much sleep over the matter. You will get differing opinions as to who likes what anti virus the best, but there is nothing wrong with AVG. When your subscription expires you should have the option to switch to the basic free version. You correct in that most free Anti virus products do not come with the firewall. However, windows has it's own built in firewall which AVG will ask if you if you want to enable when you switch to free protection. So make sure you enable the windows firewall if AVG does not do it automatically for you. Avast is another good free anti virus as well. Zone alarm has a free firewall you can download, but frankly the windows firewall (while not fantastic) is fine for most users. I would make the switch and not worry too much about it, also the AVG tune up is not a great loss other. Good luck, any issues in a month, get back to us.

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#2
October 3, 2012 at 10:26:56
One the most highly respected free antivirus+firewall packages is Comodo Internet Security. They also have a "not free" version if you need more features and/or 24-hour phone support. The cheapest "not free" version is only $20 per year. Go here: http://www.comodo.com/


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#3
October 3, 2012 at 10:55:15
I would take a look at Avast(free) if you are unhappy with Avg(Whatever you use should for antivirus protection should be a part of your security, not the total) as an alternative option. I might also look at Malwarebytes free, and do a scheduled scan every week. Your settings for browsing may also effect your security.

you might also look here for details

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/downloa...

edit: Please note below (thanks Derek)(I placed the link because it listed basic options with descriptions.)
:: mike


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#4
October 3, 2012 at 12:39:43
Re the link in #3.

OK for ideas but the versions of software shown might be outdated (Microsoft Security Essentials, for example, is not the latest one). Go to the appropriate source website if you decide to download anything listed.

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#5
October 4, 2012 at 10:32:45
Hi computer aces. I hope I am not repeating myself. I did a reply "thank you" post before but am not sure what happened to it.
I apologise to phil22 to whom I wrongly awarded a minus point when it should have been a plus point. I followed the link given by mikelinus from which I see there are numerous good solutions. His Malwarebytes recommend will be useful. I am going to install that (I hope!). HopperRox allayed my anxiety about the firewall which is why I awarded "Best Answer".
I am happy with AVG but their constant interruption warning messages drive me nuts. I did not receive much on line help when I asked a question. They have a remote computer help (to pay for) but it is dodgy, in my opinion, to have someone across the world delving into my data. Still, HopperRox says it's OK. I could probably nit-pick about all the other a-v packages.
I have CCleaner and DiscCleanup. I will manage with those and with the free edition of AVG this time whilst I mull over the other a-v offerings via their own websites, as suggested by Derek, including phil 22's recommend to Comodo. I have recently spent £100 plus the transport each way on the RAM upgrade (plus a Word sort-out) so will be glad of some freebie help!
I do wonder what's in it for all the tech people who offer freebies. ?
Thanks to you all.

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#6
October 4, 2012 at 11:54:13
I apologise to phil22 to whom I wrongly awarded a minus point

Tried to redress your marking error but initially gave +1 to #3 in error for #2.
Finger trouble must be catching LOL. Anyhow I'm sure both plusses are well deserved.

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#7
October 4, 2012 at 14:17:30
I plussed a point for phil, and minused one for me hope that sets things right. :). Thanks for the feed back Beetroot

:: mike


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#8
October 4, 2012 at 15:08:32
I use & install on every comp I work on > Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE ) & the Microsoft firewall.

Malware Prevention
http://www.malwarevault.com/index.html
"There is no magic involved. The majority of malware is installed by the user themselves"


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#9
October 4, 2012 at 15:15:58
mikelinus

Nah, you should have kept that point - modesty I reckon.

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#10
October 4, 2012 at 15:59:10
I don't suggest MSE because it is a manual AV....many people install it on win 7 and it is NOT set to appear on the taskbar. In that way....most people are unprotected because they HAVE to manually do scans. People don't take the time to view hidden icons, so UNLESS it is set to show on the taskbar...to me it is totally useless....

Avast on the other hand is TOTALLY hands free....no scheduled scans needed and updates daily to keep the PC safe.

As far as Comodo, the suite is not very good...AV is not up to par and quite a few nags from the firewall.

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#11
October 4, 2012 at 16:08:52
"I don't suggest MSE because it is a manual AV....many people install it on win 7 and it is NOT set to appear on the taskbar. In that way....most people are unprotected because they HAVE to manually do scans"

Wrong again, MSE sits quietly in the background, it springs into action when needed.

Very in-obtrusive & low on resources.


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#12
October 4, 2012 at 16:22:11
I differ from that...I have worked on many PC's where people had MSE installed. Most of them didn't EVEN do their first scan...like I said...the icon was hidden.

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#13
October 4, 2012 at 16:45:02
"like I said...the icon was hidden"
Never seen that in a standard install, you would have to turn off the default setting of > Real-time protection for that to happen.

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#14
October 4, 2012 at 17:01:56
I have the green (white ticked) MSE icon sitting next to the clock right now, as it is on two other computers here, including Windows 7. It works in real-time picking up anything nasty it finds when you are browsing. It is most definitely NOT a manual AV - that sort of AV hardly lasted into the Win 95 era.

How to test MSE Real-Time Protection:
http://www.rainydayz.org/node/162

Any program that has its taskbar icon hidden "still runs quite normally in the background". I have never had to show the icon for MSE, it was there from first install.

If you turn off Real-Time Protection (in settings) the icon is still there but it goes from green to red as a warning that you are no longer protected.

MSE will allow you to turn off the scheduled scan if for some reason you don't want to use that feature. If you do so the icon remains green, showing that you are still protected in real-time. The Quick Scan is carried out automatically on first installation.

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October 4, 2012 at 18:39:03

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#16
October 4, 2012 at 18:40:55
Not funny - factual and therefore the correct information to present to our posters.

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#17
October 4, 2012 at 18:44:32
whatever floats your boat I presume...we are obviously not on the same page.....I speak from ACTUAL usage

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#18
October 4, 2012 at 18:47:06
#15 and #17 are not proper discussion. I also speak from actual usage (right now).

What exactly are you disputing in #14?

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#20
October 4, 2012 at 19:28:35
Features are a completely different discussion, as are personal preferences. MSE stands for Microsoft Security "Essentials" and that's what it is - basic protection.

The outdated link in #19 shows clearly that MSE even had real-time protection at that time, and is not a "manual" AV as suggested in #10. I see nothing in the link that goes against what I said in #14 or justifies #15.

So what exactly are you disputing about #14 that makes it laughable?

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#21
October 8, 2012 at 18:40:25
Beetroot "I do wonder what is in it for all these techies offering freebies??? There is nothing in it for us. Most of us are techies and understand the frustration computers cause, especially when you are inexperienced. I am a Network Engineer in Canada, and if I have free time I check in with this site to see if there is any one whom I may be able to help. So what's in it? The satisfaction of helping people, saving them some money and a little thank you now and then!

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