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Looking for a free security suite and antivirus for windows 7

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June 10, 2012 1:10:10 AM

Hello,

Found great info regarding free security suites reading all your comments. I haven't decided which way I'm going to go yet, but I have 3 days until my AVG Internet Security 2012 expires. (I may be able to download a free version of the same, but I'm shopping around now in the meantime.) I run Windows 7 on a Dell Laptop and do online banking, lots of surfing & social media, but no gaming. I probably fix in that 3rd Group Mg4PNwVFoAs defined on 3/1/11 that has no idea what's under the hood and usually says no when asked if they want to continue connecting to an unprotected site when warned about possible security breeches.)

I'm surmising from what I've read that I will need to uninstall AVG before I can download whichever suite I'm going to choose. Seems I'll be left hanging out to dry during those minutes that I'll be searching and actually downloading new protection. Could someone outline the steps to making that switch?

Thank you!
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June 10, 2012 2:35:01 AM

Far as a free one, Misrosoft Security Essentials is what I use. I never had an issue with it, and it runs smoother than AVG. Far as switching, here's what I do:

1) Download the setup for the new one.
2) Disconnect from the internet.
3) Remove the old one and reboot.
4) Install the new one.
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June 10, 2012 3:08:20 AM

You can download another security software while still running AVG. You only have to make sure you uninstall it before installing the new one. Otherwise you might end up two antivirus competing with each other for control of your system. It could cause strange problem such as really long boot time when the two security software tries to "kill" each other. Although there are some that play alone nicely with each other.

I personally uses comodo for firewall and avast for antivirus (in compatibility mode and using slightly more resource then just one security suit) but most good free security suits all do the job well enough. Microsoft security essential and AVG works well too. Its more important to be sensible with what you do online.
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June 10, 2012 3:27:54 AM

The best security suite is a smart user so it's always a good idea to start there. Following basic rules such as not downloading random files is sufficient to ward off 95% of all attack vectors. Microsoft Security Essentials will take care of the rest. To be completely honest, the only computers which "really" need security software on them are publicly facing servers run by companies.
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June 10, 2012 3:55:21 AM

I like to use komodo firewall, malwarebytes, and either securing essentials/ or AVG free.

Like pinhedd said, the best defense starts with a smart user...

And yes, you can download any AV without uninstalling the old one without having any issues. Don't install the new one until the old one is removed and computer is restarted.
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June 20, 2012 5:14:13 AM

runswindows95 said:
Far as a free one, Misrosoft Security Essentials is what I use. I never had an issue with it, and it runs smoother than AVG. Far as switching, here's what I do:

1) Download the setup for the new one.
2) Disconnect from the internet.
3) Remove the old one and reboot.
4) Install the new one.



Thank you these steps were very helpful.
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June 20, 2012 5:20:50 AM

Thanks to all. I used bits and pieces of several of your suggestions here. MSE was more than I wanted. Avast was my second choice, but when I found out that the difference between AVG and the free version of AVG was the firewall, I allowed Windows 7 to install its firewall and downgraded to the free version.

I did ad malwarebytes for extra insurance. Also found some ad-ons on firefox suggested here.

I tried Regclean, but found it was basically an advertisement. Does anyone swear by it?

I also liked Advanced System Care. Anyone?


Thanks Again!
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