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March 11, 2010 2:12:13 AM

Hello,

I have recently purchased a Dell 1750 with Windows 7 Home premium edition and I would like to know if I need an antivirus/antispyware program? I was going to download AVG free edition as I have had that in the past and it was great, as well as everything I have read about it has been positive. However when I went to download windows immedietly prompted me to remove Windows essentials that came with windows 7 because it could potentially cause commatibility issues. Any suggestions? Should I remove Windows Essentials? Or just install AVG free edition and keep Windows essentials and hope for the best, and hope it doesn't conflict and slow down my computer.
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March 11, 2010 2:44:20 AM

remove windows essential, no need to have more than one security suite, its like overloading the PC unnecessarily
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March 11, 2010 2:54:32 AM

You may want to try out Avira Free it is a great program and more effective then AVG.
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March 11, 2010 3:05:02 AM

Do not install more than one antivirus program in system, It will cause problems.

Microsoft Essentials id better than AVG free.

IMO, Go to Avira paired with Malwarebytes & Ccleaner, which forms best security & optimization setup.

Download & Install the following 3 freewares. It forms a free complete security suite for your system!
1. Avira Anvivir - http://www.free-av.com/en/download/index.html .
Avira is best & light solution for excellent overall system protection & internet security with real time updates, .

2. Malwarebytes - http://www.malwarebytes.org/ .
Malwarebytes is one of the best & effective antimalware tool out there.

3. Ccleaner - http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download .
CCleaner is a system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool with an efficient & most useful registry cleaner.

The Best Security & System Optimization combo for all types of systems.
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March 11, 2010 7:57:47 AM

Microsoft Security Essentials should be fine (I've found that AVG nowadays seems to be a bit resource-intensive); for extra protection consider using the hosts file available from
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
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March 11, 2010 2:46:44 PM

Thanks for the feedback, this is very helpful.
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March 11, 2010 2:50:14 PM

Saran008, if I install the 3 freewares you recommend and remove windows essentialls will i still have firewall protection?
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March 11, 2010 2:52:49 PM

Best answer selected by rshep1104.
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March 12, 2010 2:06:18 AM

Ya! you'll have!

Thanks for selecting mine as Best answer :) 

You are always welcome to this forum with any kind of system problems! :) 
We are here to help you any time :) 
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March 12, 2010 4:23:36 PM

i just got a new dell that comes w/15months of mcafee. should i just let it run it's course, and then go to the freebies?
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March 15, 2010 2:21:45 AM

If it comes with Free McAfee means, just leave it for 15 months & then you go as you said.
By the mean time you can Use CCleaner for system optimization!
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July 14, 2010 11:55:32 PM

saran008 said:
Do not install more than one antivirus program in system, It will cause problems.

Microsoft Essentials id better than AVG free.

IMO, Go to Avira paired with Malwarebytes & Ccleaner, which forms best security & optimization setup.

Download & Install the following 3 freewares. It forms a free complete security suite for your system!
1. Avira Anvivir - http://www.free-av.com/en/download/index.html .
Avira is best & light solution for excellent overall system protection & internet security with real time updates, .

2. Malwarebytes - http://www.malwarebytes.org/ .
Malwarebytes is one of the best & effective antimalware tool out there.

3. Ccleaner - http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download .
CCleaner is a system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool with an efficient & most useful registry cleaner.

The Best Security & System Optimization combo for all types of systems.



with regards to your answer for #1, do you feel avira is better than ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite? I feel ZA-ISS does a bang-up job for #1.

And do you think if ZA-ISS is used for #1, that it will play well with #2 and #3?

(Note - I know this miiiiight be considered a thread highjack, but I don't mean it that way, I'm just seeking a little clarification)


Thanks,

John B
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