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Karlsweldt wrote:There are many browser results to "best free anti virus" programs. Here are some..
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-fr ... ftware.htm
http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/collecti ... ee_av.html
http://www.ehow.com/list_5832348_top-10 ... grams.html
Of course, reviews differ.
With any 'freeware' program, you may not get all the features of the same program you could purchase. But they are almost as effective as the premium programming. Some brands require a lot of 'overhead' memory use.. others not as much. Thorough scanning of all files is critical, as well as daily updates to stay abreast of the latest threats.
Any version of an anti-virus program will require extensive use of CPU cycles.. so consider fewer background programs to be active while the scans are in progress.
Some programs are more expensive than others.. without much gain in protection. But if running multiple systems (small office), you do consider the "bottom line" as to costs.
Myself, I prefer AVG.. have three active systems (all are not on every day!) and the package cost is very reasonable.
Forgot to add.. that any system is most vulnerable when first started up, until the anti-virus and firewall programs are active. If possible, delay the Internet connections until after those programs have become active! Keeping the router or hub on a separate power switch is the simplest.
BIGMAN131307 wrote:These have always been good:
Microsoft Security Essentials
Spybot Search & Destroy
Keep them updated, run them at least once a week, surf the web with common sense, etc. Then they should work fine for you.
It is one reason I have moved over to open source stuff, plus the fact it is a lot, lot quicker than a bug patched bloated windows operating system.
And that is the reason why I still have some win2k/XP/Vista and win7 machines - slow, clunky and bloated.... It is still one reason why Edimax products are good, there is linux and mac support...evasive wrote:It is one reason I have moved over to open source stuff, plus the fact it is a lot, lot quicker than a bug patched bloated windows operating system.
Yesterday had to do a fresh install after my kids computer got struck by harddisk malfunction. 127 the first round, another 22 in the second round after which I thought it safe enough to surf (avast being installed/updated, flash updated, java updated, adblock plus installed). My biggest issue with migrating is I still have some windows-only programs for which there is no wine-solution yet. It's getting better but some POS manufacturers flat-out refuse to make open source/webbased administration tools
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