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Discussion in 'General Security' started by RoyalX, Apr 13, 2010.

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  1. RoyalX

    RoyalX Thread Starter

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    I got this laptop(my first one) last December, it's an eMachine E627 with AMD Athlon(tm) Processor TF-20 1.60 GHz, 2.00 GB of RAM and 64-bit Operating System, Windows 7 Home Premium.

    Now, it came with Norton Security, but that has expired.

    What should I do? should I uninstall it, and install a new Security program? if so, which one would be best(free software). Oh, and by the way; Do I have a good laptop?



    Thanks.
     
  2. How'dIdoThat

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    I'm not a techy, just an average pc user like yourself. Norton can be a pita to remove and it's been ages since I've used it. The best I remember on it is to right click on it's icon next to the clock and click exit or end. Then uninstall it with the removal tool... http://service1.symantec.com/support/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2005033108162039 Everyones got their preferance as what to use but I like, http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ and http://www.malwarebytes.org/ and http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html Remember to always restart the computer after updating, installing, or removing anything. Your computer looks great compared to my ole beast.
     
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    tomdkat Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Was that Norton Internet Security 2010 by chance?

    Peace...
     
  5. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

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    MS Security Essentials works on:

    Operating System
    Windows XP 32‐bit
    Windows Vista/Windows 7 32‐bit
    Windows Vista/Windows 7 64‐bit

    It also works like this:

    Minimum system requirements for Microsoft Security Essentials
    Operating System: Genuine Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3); Windows Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2); Windows 7

    Microsoft Security Essentials also supports Windows XP Mode in Windows 7. For more information, see the system requirements for Windows XP Mode in Windows 7


    Malwarebytes works with:

    •Support for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).


    Spywareblaster= I could not find whether it made any difference as to 32-bit vs. 64-bit but it does work with

    SpywareBlaster works on Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7.
     
  6. Dead-a-Lot

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    antivirus programs are just waste of time, man. Each person can create virus and nobody will know about it, so your computer will be infected with it lots of time.
     
  7. aka Brett

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    Thats terrible advice.
    Although no AV can catch all malware.most can protect you from the majority of bad files.
    Some detect phishing sites as well as other very useful features.
    As a rule that I think most will agree with..If you have windows then opt for a decent AV solution
     
  8. Dead-a-Lot

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    aka Brett, this is a fact.

    Imagine the following:
    John Doe is creating a virus today, and tomorrow he is going to release it in Internet.

    Tomorrow comes. You download some game or screensaver. And respectively this new virus by John Doe. There is no anti-virus programs that know about it because this virus is not popular.

    And now let's multipliable John Doe with another John Doe and with another John Doe
    and with another John Doe and with another John Doe.......Did you get it?

     
  9. aka Brett

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    The scenario you describe is for the latest viruses.....lets say 50
    Ok so with the AV installed you may not be protected for the latest 50
    But you will be protected from the hundreds of thousands existing viruses.
    Who has the better chance of an infection?...The guy without protection ofcourse.
    While the guy with protection can still get nailed..the odds are much much lower

    Also many AV solutions detect malicious file behavior..so a virus signature isnt necessary
     
  10. Dead-a-Lot

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    aka Brett

    only 1 virus could make your PC a mess.


    you say: ..."Who has the better chance of an infection?...The guy without protection ofcourse.
    While the guy with protection can still get nailed..the odds are much much lower"...

    and this is true.

    But I do not like how anti-virus programs do their job. There is no anti-virus that could detect all viruses on my or your computer.
     
  11. hogndog

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    I've heard good things surrounding Microsoft's Security Essentials, excellent advice mate..(y)
     
  12. aka Brett

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    Can you edit my avatar out of your post....at first glance it appears to be my post{or was that the intent:confused:}
     
  13. hogndog

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    I don't see it that way mate, it appears to be kosher..:eek:

    Hogndog

    I'm off to hit the sack keep a keen eye lookout mate
     
  14. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Fine an anti-virus won't protect you from everythuing but it is an important (vital) line of defence
    It is the same priciple as an airbag or a setbelt in the car. They won't always stop you being injured in a crash but in a very high proportion of cases they will limit the damage and save your life

    Nothing is guaranteed in this world and if you want to avoid all possibility of infection on acomputer then lock it away & don't use it

    BUT installing an anti-virus and Microsoft Security Essentials is amongst the better ones nowadays in blocking malware getting to the computer will go a long way to protecting you
     
  15. crjdriver

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    This is just flat wrong. Modern AV software is updated many times per day. The chances of what you describe happening are infinitesimal at best. The chance of acquiring a virus doing what you describe ie without AV is very large.
     
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