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Discussion in 'General Security' started by kingsjan, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. kingsjan

    kingsjan Thread Starter

    Jan 26, 2013
    Hi! I am a senior citizen and have a fairly new dell inspiron laptop. McAfee has just auto renewed my protections for $89, but don't think I prob need all that and is great expense. I pay bills, search web, do e-mail, facebooks, a little writing. What do I actually need?
    anti-viru?, spywall? firewall? Thanks so much for the help. you are a God-send.
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    i'm not an expert here - but if you look through the security forum, you will see a lot of recommendations for windows 7/vista

    The windows 7/vista firewall is considered adequate and especially if you are connected behind a router.
    Have a read in our "general security" forum and look for the advice from our security gurus.

    Several excellent free antivirus programs are available (But you should only ever have 1 on the PC at a time otherwise this can cause issues ).

    Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) I personally use and install in the computers that I work on.
    If you are using windows 8 - you already have this product and its now called windows defender (different to the earlier windows versions, also known as "windows defender")



    EST Nod 32 also gets a lot of very good reviews although it is not free
    ESET NOD32

    these Two programs are also recommended to be on the PC and can be on with any of the above antivirus programs.

    Malwarebytes I personally use and install in the computers that I work on.

    superantispyware I personally use and install in the computers that I work on.

  3. lunarlander


    Sep 21, 2007
    All the features inside Mcafee are good protection. If you don't experience any slow down, then I would keep Mcafee. The activities you do on your computer are all normal, and expose you to all the risks that the web has to offer. And since your computer is relatively new, it has the power to run all the protections that Mcafee offers. More protection is always better.
  4. LilScoop


    Jul 23, 2009
    ESET is on sale at FRYS online through the 31! Super great deals! ESET NOD32 V5 is $19 for 1 OR 3 PCs on sale at FRYS online. It's not their latest version that just came out - that's why it's on sale at such a good price -, but no worries. If you purchase this, just use your serial license and go to ESET's website and download the latest version for free! There's free telephone assistance with ESET too to help you. ESET's Smart Security is also on sale through FRYS online - V5 for 1 PC at $24.99. Just upgrade to V6 in the same manner described above for NOD32 V5 and save yourself some money. Smart Security has the anti thief feature meant for laptops. It's not on V5 but you'd be going straight for the free upgrade to V6 anyway so you'd automatically get it when you upgrade.

    For the cost of a new computer, I wouldn't go with a freebee. You can Google free versus paid antivirus and read about the differences. For the sale price FRY'S is offering, it's the way to go. I'd call McAfee and ask them to reverse off the charge, and if they won't notify your credit card company. That's too expensive.

    Whenever you've bought an antivirus subscription, you want to keep your eyes open for sales and purchase next year's subscription on sale and prior to your current subscription running out. If you do it this way, you'll save yourself a lot of money, as these companies typically charge a lot more at renewal time than what one would have paid if they bought their next year's subscription eariler than needed and just hung on to it and didn't activate it or install it until their subscription actually expires. And make sure you're not on auto renewal!
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