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April 5, 2011 7:46:08 PM

i am new to windows 7 from mac. and i need some good software for security. i did a trial of nod32 which was great and worked good in the background, but if i dont have to pay for the security i would prefer not to. is the free version of avg a good product? also is there any security software that is recommended?
thanks for the replies

i am using windows 7 64bit
i7-870
4gb corsair dominator
sapphire 4870 1gb
60gb vertex 2 ssd
1tb samsung spinpoint
650 watt ultra power supply

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April 5, 2011 7:56:11 PM

A lot of people typically run a free version of AVG or Avast in combination with MalwareBytes as a secondary, manual scanner. You'll have to wait for opinions on that setup, as I myself have a free subscription to Norton through my ISP, but I do have MalwareBytes installed just in case something would get past that needed more extensive scanning and removal.
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April 5, 2011 8:00:21 PM

thanks for the replies.

would i only need microsoft security essentials? i mean as my only software?

also does the malwarebytes slow down the computer at all, i dont want anything taking up alot of resources
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April 5, 2011 8:00:41 PM

I have used the free version of Avira for years with no problems. Microsoft Security Essentials is also a solid choice as is Avast.
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April 5, 2011 8:01:17 PM

npowers86 said:
thanks for the replies.

would i only need microsoft security essentials? i mean as my only software?

also does the malwarebytes slow down the computer at all, i dont want anything taking up alot of resources



Malwarebytes is a scanner only. Just run it once a month.
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April 5, 2011 8:02:15 PM

what would be the benefits then of a paid antivirus over microsoft security essentials?
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April 5, 2011 8:03:29 PM

An 800 number for support
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April 5, 2011 8:04:11 PM

Yup Avast is good, better IMO than MSE, new sandbox feature quite welcome!
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April 5, 2011 8:29:04 PM

thanks for all the responses.

so avast or microsoft security essentials is all i would need??
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April 5, 2011 8:41:42 PM

I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials. It is free and not very demanding. It takes care of all your anti-virus needs.
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April 5, 2011 9:02:21 PM

Agreed go with Microsoft Security Essentials
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April 6, 2011 5:01:21 AM

Avast and Malwarebytes work for me.
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April 6, 2011 7:07:32 AM

An Avira user here.

Remember to keep windows updated. Surf with something other then IE. (firefox with no script running is a great idea.) and run behind a router. Should be all the protection you need unless someone is actually trying to hack you.
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April 6, 2011 8:44:34 AM

I used BitDiffender 2009 and was not happy due to frequent crashes... I bought 3 licenses for all home computers (2 x Win XP & 1 x Vista) and on XP was quite OK but in Vista was very unstable and annoying...

But since the support expired I just installed MSE and so far, I like it, thus +1 for Microsoft Security Essentials...
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April 6, 2011 10:39:28 AM

Outpost have a free internet security suite.
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April 6, 2011 11:24:05 AM

I recommend Avira, it's the best antivirus according to this site.
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April 6, 2011 1:01:37 PM

If you want a cheap one get bit deender its working for me.
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April 6, 2011 1:01:58 PM

Bitdefender <Sorry
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