questions about virus and malware protection
Posted 01 August 2014 - 06:25 PM
Posted 01 August 2014 - 10:02 PM
I now use:
- Avast! (Freeware)
- ZoneAlarm (Freeware)
- MalwareBytes Anti-malware (Freeware)
- CCleaner (Freeware)
- System Mechanic v14 (~$30 at Walmart) This is an excellent app for system maintenance. I've used it since V1.1
- Windows Defender
- Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
Posted 01 August 2014 - 10:32 PM
Ditch Windows and its headaches with "maintenance" software.
That's free. There is This one that looks a lot closer to Windows, also free. There are hundreds of different distributions, but any Debian based one is easy to update (apt-get is awesome).
Finally, the ultimate solution to Windows problems. Better hardware, better software, and can still run Windows in a pinch (useful for things like updating firmware on your mount when the vendor hasn't quite gotten past the "everyone runs windows" mindset).
It's a lot harder to "pwn" a windows box these days than it was a decade ago, but it still happens due to bonehead decisions MS has made over the years. Linux or OSX are far safer, but not immune. The number one reason any computer gets hacked/pwned is the behavior of the user.
Posted 01 August 2014 - 10:34 PM
Posted 02 August 2014 - 04:04 AM
Posted 02 August 2014 - 09:21 AM
If you've got Windows 7 or below, get Microsoft Security Essentials.
If you have Windows 8, anti-virus protection is built-in.
Either is good enough and either will spare you paying for something like McAfee or Norton that cause nothing but trouble.
Posted 02 August 2014 - 11:38 AM
I also have run the free Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows machines for many years with no problems, and never had any viruses or malware.
I've been useing MSE for over 6 months now and it has never found any threats (during scans or real time) for me either. Makes me a little nervous about how effective it is. My old virus scanners (AVG and Avast) found things occasionally. Also not too happy with not being able to control when it goes out for updates.
Posted 31 August 2014 - 08:44 PM
Windows security essentials is very basic and falls short in any of the comparative tests you can find online. It doesn't get the love and attention from Microsoft to keep up with the dedicated AV vendors. But, it's better than nothing!
Unfortunately, malware is becoming so sophisticated, the fundamental technology underpinning all AV software is falling behind.
Avast is working well for me.