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suggestions on anti-viruses

By darknate
May 22, 2006
  1. i am getting really frustrated with my computer always getting viruses. i have spybot:search and destroy, which i like until i found out that it can delete stuff that you need. so since i downloaded spybot and started using it, all these problems poped up. as you all can tell, i am just learning the basics of computers. if anyone can give me links to the best anti virus programs that are free, i would apreciate it dearly. and maybe some pop up blockers too.
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    any tool with sufficient power to be effective will also give the user
    sufficient rope to hang ones self :)
     
  3. darknate

    darknate TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    lol, anyways, does anyone have a suggestion on which is the best anti virus stuff? if you make a suggestion, please provide a link to it.
     
  4. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

  5. darknate

    darknate TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    thanks twite.
     
  6. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    I'll second avg . I've been using it for a while, it seems to be effective, while not hogging the system with unneeded features. I also recommend browsing with firefox to help prevent some spyware and other "baddies" on the net.

    I like webroot spysweeper as a good paid antispyware program.
    Avast is another free antivirus, it seems to be well liked by some users.
     
  7. darknate

    darknate TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    i already browse with firefox, i love it because it's faster than IE. i'll give avast a try too, thanks ultra
     
  8. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Good, Firefox is a very nice browser, while IE is pathetic.
    Best wishes, hope you get your virus issue resolved.
     
  9. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    Also, if you are using dsl/cable, or anything besides 56k, you should have a firewall of some sort. You may want to google that, and if you don't find anything, windows firewall is always a last resort.
     
  10. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    if you're gonna use AVG + a firewall, i'd suggest Sunbelt Kerio personal firewall.. has an ad blocker and also a popup blocker as well.. runs full version for 30 days or if you buy it, but also restricted version after the trail period (which is still pretty good, only web filtering is disabled as far as i can see...)

    zone alarm firewall tends to dislike avg's update manager..
     
  11. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    I've tried kerio, and it seems like it works well, except is seriously slows down my system. It literally doubled game load times when kerio was installed. So I uninstalled it and now I'm back to my fast load times. I've been using avg+zone alarm free and it seems to work fine.
     
  12. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    well like i always say.. every machine is different.. even to the point of one person saying Norton I.Sec. is good and works... now that's scary.. :evil::eek:

    find what combo works for you and thats about it i guess...
     
  13. darknate

    darknate TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    so far i've downloaded avast and super ad blocker. is it ok if i post what my virus scan finds so i know what not to delete? also, on avast, what does it mean by move to chest?
     
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