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27th April 2011, 11:17 AM
I want to get a good anti virus software for my comp.
What's the best and which ones should I avoid?
27th April 2011, 12:46 PM
Avoid any you have to pay for.
Use Avast, AVG, Avira, or Microsoft Security Essentials. All free.
Each has their strengths and weaknesses. Avast is a good all-around program, AVG is a little more comprehensive but with a heavier footprint, Avira is probably the best at detection but a little technically-intensive to use, Microsoft is dead-simple to use but a little short on features and info.
28th April 2011, 10:11 AM
Thank you for the advice.
I'll check those out...
28th April 2011, 12:58 PM
In addition to anti-virus software, I'd suggest installing or activating a few other things on your computer.
For example, you might want to run regular scans with software like ad-aware or malware bytes. Both are free and fairly well respected (and malware bytes did help get rid of an annoying virus I had before.) A firewall is a good idea too (Windows has one built in, or you can download Zone Alarm.)
For my browsing, I've started to use Firefox 4, with 'No Script' add-on installed. It can be a bit annoying when browsing new sites, but after I got hit by a trojan downloader I feel a lot safer.
Edited to add: Just be sure you don't have more than 1 virus scanner active on your computer at a time... they can conflict with each other and really mess things up.
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