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antivirus program suggestions

Discussion in 'General Security' started by tgilliland81, Feb 15, 2013.

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  1. tgilliland81

    tgilliland81 Thread Starter

    Oct 19, 2012
    I currently do not have any antivirus protection on my laptop and I need some recommendations on security programs. I am clueless about this stuff so any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, if you know of any good, free ones that would great!

    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Starter, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N455 @ 1.66GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 28 Stepping 10
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 1013 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 3150, 5 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 228373 MB, Free - 200006 MB;
    Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0GHG2G
    Antivirus: None
  2. ETech7


    Aug 30, 2012
    MSE, but read reviews and decide which features important for you. Keep in mind though, AV is not a panacea.
  3. captainron276


    Sep 11, 2010
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    Many members here recommend Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5201 or http://www.avast.com/en-us/index both are free. ONLY USE ONE Anti-Virus program, having more than one will cause problems!

    In conjunction with either of them use both of the following and run them at least once a week.

    Make sure to update their definition files during the install process.
    Make sure to uncheck and decline to install any extras, such as toolbars and homepages, they may offer.
    Make sure to uncheck or decline to use the "Pro" or "Trial" version, if it's offered.
    After they're installed and updated, restart the computer.
    Run a quick scan with each one.
    After each quick scan is finished, select and remove EVERYTHING that was found.
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    I'm guessing you have a Dell Inspiron Mini 1018 netbook.

    Why hasn't Windows 7 been upgraded to Service Pack 1 which was released almost 2 years ago?

    Have you been maintaining that computer and keeping it up-to-date?

  5. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

    Aug 27, 2003
  6. lunarlander


    Sep 21, 2007
    ESET Nod32 user here. It is light on resources and usually ranks good in most antivirus tests thru the years. A fellow member here Aka Bret has ran tests against the latest viruses ( at that time ) and found that Kaspersky and ESET manages to stay alive against viruses that tries to disable AV. Which means that they get to live another day till signatures arrive to disinfect them
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