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Anti-Virus/Malware

Post by MrAdaam on Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:06 am
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So, basically, i'm looking at upping the protection on my Windows 7 PC.
I currently have a few but want a list of what you'd recommened for whatever function. Anything goes, download links appreciated but I'm happy to do a bit of work to find them myself.

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Re: Anti-Virus/Malware

Post by Goatboy on Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:12 am
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I personally use AVG and SpyBot. I think if you can still manage to get a virus with those, you're better off not going online.
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Re: Anti-Virus/Malware

Post by MrAdaam on Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:14 am
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Anything else to beef it up and possibly detect things? I'd like to know whats going on in real-time if you get me. Spybot was a first download on the new system, I'll get onto AVG - can't believe I forgot about it!
Might try ZoneAlarm, heard good things about it. Anyone had any experiences?

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Re: Anti-Virus/Malware

Post by Goatboy on Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:24 am
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A healthy dose of common sense always helps. Honestly, people would be 99% safe online without any AV if they just thought about what they were doing before they clicked on every banner promising them their own private island.
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Re: Anti-Virus/Malware

Post by MrAdaam on Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:29 am
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I know what you mean exactly, fortunately my family aren't brilliantly smart and their interest of such banners get the better of them from time to time. Better to be safe than sorry aswell, especially with the rate they seem to find this crap.
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Re: Anti-Virus/Malware

Post by Draymire on Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:22 pm
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the only thing i use is malwaerbytes, mix it with common sense and you shouldn't have a problem. I have my family deathly afraid of clicking things unless i ok it first so i don't have much to worry about you should try that approach, lol.
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Re: Anti-Virus/Malware

Post by msbachman on Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:00 pm
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Draymire wrote:the only thing i use is malwaerbytes, mix it with common sense and you shouldn't have a problem. I have my family deathly afraid of clicking things unless i ok it first so i don't have much to worry about you should try that approach, lol.


I recall either malwarebytes or spybot s&d (my two faves for price and performance) having the somewhat annoying problem of asking for approval for all registry value changes.

That'd be my only problem with using them, because after an infection people are more cautious then they'll keep bugging you whether or not to "approve/deny" a given changed. Then again I'm sure there's some workaround, too; I've hardly ever had to use anti-malware software for reasons goatboy mentioned.
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Re: Anti-Virus/Malware

Post by insomaniacal on Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:36 pm
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Just watching what you download should be more than enough to be honest. If it looks sketchy, it probably isn't a good idea to download it. Relying too heavily on AV is just as dangerous as not having it in my opinion.
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Re: Anti-Virus/Malware

Post by Goatboy on Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:41 pm
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The one that always asks for approval is SpyBot. While it can be annoying, you shouldn't be modifying your registry that much in the first place. Also, as far as I know, Malwarebyte's is only an active scanner, meaning it won't block threats. AVG is passive, meaning it works in the background. I prefer Malwarebyte's for repairing a computer I know is infected.
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Re: Anti-Virus/Malware

Post by Draymire on Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:28 pm
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Ya i use common sense to not download stuff that looks sketchy but every once and a while i run malwarebytes just in case.
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