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Discussion in 'General Security' started by yanr1949, Apr 7, 2012.

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  1. yanr1949

    yanr1949 Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    My antivirus software recently expired. They (Norton) want me to renew the subscription, and I would like to see if there are any comparable free alternatives that won't slow my computer down, but will provide sufficient internet security. Can anyone recommend some good options that won't harm or slow my computer?

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    I highly suggest the advice Phantom010 posted. Microsoft Security Essentials is a great program that protects your system from a virus or any malware.
     
  4. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    I agree. (y)

    Go with Microsoft Security Essentials.
     
  5. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    After you uninstall Norton, don't forget to use the Norton removal tool that Phantom010 linked you to. The Norton uninstall leaves a lot of file and registry debris behind. The removal tool is designed to find and remove it. Do both before installing Microsoft Security Essentials.

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    I stopped recommending AVG because it's gotten bloated and problematic and contains a file/registry cleaner that can wreak havoc with a computer by using it. (n)

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  8. Appleking

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    I like to run avast along side with malware bytes anti malware. Regardless of your anti virus, think about running malware bytes beside it because if your anti virus would happen to never detect a virus/spyware, malwarebytes probably will. But I don't recommend only running malware bytes, you do need an anti virus along side
     
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