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  1. dotty999

    dotty999 Thread Starter

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    I've been using Avast for some time now without issues until my system became unstable recently and I found I had a virus.
    I eventually managed to run a free ESET online scan which picked up the virus and plenty of other bad stuff and got rid of them so I'm looking for a more reliable programme that I can trust to do a better job where Avast failed.

    Any advice would be much appreciated!:)
     
  2. lunarlander

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    BitDefender has a free version. It has found a nasty infection for me. Also it won some awards last year. Although that is no guarentee of future performance....
     
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    What OS are you using?
     
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    Dotty:

    No antivirus program all by itself will protect a computer 100%.

    What other security-related programs are you using?

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    thanks I'll check it out

    Windows 7 Laura

    Malwarebytes and Superantispyware
     
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    I also use them, but I've added AdwCleaner to the mix because it's good at finding and removing what they don't.

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    I use AVG Free on all my computers and i've never gotten a virus. Like frank already said it won't keep you 100% safe so you should use it alongside programs like malwarebytes & superantispyware. You should also use a firewall because it will help you stay virus free. If you don't have one installed then the built in windows firewall should be on. You may want to look into installing a plugin like McAfee SiteAdvisor, it's free & it will stop you from visiting a site that contain viruses, if it blocks a site you trust you'll have the option to see the site at your own risk. I use it & it's actually stopped me from going to an infected website a couple of times. I'm glad i have it & recommend you at least check it out. Here's a link to the site incase your interested. www.siteadvisor.com
     
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    White it's a good tool don't let this give you a false sense of safety as it will not block you from a legitimate site's URL that's been compromised in real time. It will only protect you from sites that are in a database and known to be harmful at the time they were tested. :)
     
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    thanks, I'll give it a try :)

    I use the Windows firewall, it's as good as any free app, I have used the Mcafee plugin previously, I think I'll give it another go, it can only help and not hinder :)
     
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    I actually tried to download the free version but it wouldn't run, I've been checking out the free AV's reviews, some say AVG is good but others give it a bad review, I've always liked Avast until now when it failed to find a virus
     
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    Are you running Windows Firewall with outbound blocking active? If so you need to temparariy turn that off.
     
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    I run adwcleaner and it removed some more. Some registry entries. And a file safeguard.secure.search.xml is put in quarantine with a vir . Is it a virus ?

    I kind of like it. It doesn't require installation, just run when you like so the chance of interference with other spywares will be none after the run.
     
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    I just use the firewall's settings and haven't changed any, I don't usually use the Windows firewall so I didn't know about outbound blocking

    checked it out and info says "AdwCleaner is not commonly downloaded and could harm your computer"
     
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    Use AVG Free Version. Even Though I Use AVG 2014 It's Protected Me Even After My Licence Expired. You Might Get The Same. Also I have Never Had A Virus.
     
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