wondering if Symantec is a good anti virus or if more is needed

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SomeWhere907

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My husband downloaded and installed symantec as my virus protection HOWEVER i have downloaded viruses with it on, so i'm wondering if i need to use something more and or if it is a good anti virus program.

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daz1

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not possible to download a virus "with it" if from norton direcly, it is probably as safe a anti vi as is possible other than products like kaspersky etc , some love it some hate it, main reason for not likeing it is it takes over your computer and uses huge resources but if you want 99% safety then norton,kaspersky is the way to go
 

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A stand-alone antivirus program cannot protect your computer 100% against the various malware and spyware and other "nasties" that it's exposed to when you browse the Internet.

I recommend that you download and install

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1.1100

SUPERAntiSpyware 4.47.0.1000

After they've been installed and their definition files updated and the computer restarted, run a quick scan with them(one at a time of course).

After the quick scan is finished, select and remove EVERYTHING that was found.

I recommend doing this once a week.

They're user-friendly, they do a good job, and they're well-recommended in these forums.

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My husband downloaded and installed symantec as my virus protection HOWEVER i have downloaded viruses with it on, so i'm wondering if i need to use something more and or if it is a good anti virus program.

Thank you
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There is a concept called 'layered security' that will help.
A brief read here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Layered_security

If you read this forum, you should get an idea of various security applications that offer a wide range of coverage against various types of malware. There is no one application that provides 100% security.
So several are often used that focus on different issues with some overlap.
There are many combinations that do this well, but one thing you need to be concerned about are conflicts among those you choose.
This forum can help you on that, so can a google search.

Many here have preferences for different security apps and combinations that work quite well,.

I like Avast! for an AV, many here also like Microsoft Security Essentials AV.
I use Online Armor as a firewall on one computer and Comodo on several others.
Superantispyware has a good reputation as an antimalware app as does MBAM....I use both with no conflicts, but not as active scanners. I use the free versions.
Javacool's Spyware Blaster is a recommendation from many.
I prefer Firefox with it's various security extensions, to IE.
I also use my browser in a sandbox ( Sandboxie) for a little more security coverage.

And keep up on all Microsoft Critical Updates.

A user's online habits also make a difference.
Browsing risky topics a big one, downloading software from unknown secondary sources/sites also a risk.
P2P downloading of software, movies and music from places that allow illegal copyright violation is a big risk.


Hope that helps :D
 

Cookiegal

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not possible to download a virus "with it" if from norton direcly, it is probably as safe a anti vi as is possible other than products like kaspersky etc , some love it some hate it, main reason for not likeing it is it takes over your computer and uses huge resources but if you want 99% safety then norton,kaspersky is the way to go
Not "with it" but "with it on"....two very different things. :)
 
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No antivirus product provides 100% virus detection, because new viruses are written every day. There is a site called virustotal.com which scans files you upload with 39 different antivirus scanners. Then you'll get to see if any of them labels it as a virus.
 

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Thank you! i downloaded the superantispyware and another one :)
Eh, just what "other one" would that be? There are plenty of fake or ineffectual antimalware products out there, and you need to be cautious about the product, but even more cautious about the source. Even if the program is normally legit, downloading it from malware_r_us.com isn't a good idea. One of the most dangerous things you can do online is a search for security products or information, because so many of the hits are likely to take you to malicious websites. "Free" anything should be a danger signal, too. Yes, there is certainly superb freeware out there, but you have to investigate carefully before you download. Free screensavers, wallpaper, etc. is almost always a source of malware. Think of most of the "free" stuff online like finding a half-full beer bottle on the sidewalk. Would you drink it?
 

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Touching on Stoners post regarding Sandboxie....its a very good product.
Can be a little frustrating at first..but worth taking the time to figure it out.

To avoid the frustrations there are times you need to empty it{the sandbox}....Lets say you need update your browser or add ons...do that outside of sandboxie...then be sure to empty the sandbox before starting your browser{after you updated your browser and add ons}.....Its easy to run if you can remember the above.

I highly recommend it if one does questionable surfing....After a browsing session one cant empty the sandbox...Dumping the newly gained files while doing so.

http://www.sandboxie.com/


As far as you getting a virus from symantec.....Naw.
But it does show that one needs more protection that just an AV solution.

I use kaspersky internet security
Spywareblaster
Sandboxie
Malwarebytes
Spybot...Mainly for the tools but do scan once in a while with it.
Adblock plus...a FF add on.....less chance of accidentally hitting a trick link..plus saves on bandwidth
Total virus add on for FF...You can easily submit a file before opening it...dozens of AV engines from all the major AV solution providers scan it...showing the results.
 
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