My wife got a new computer and asking me a ton of questions. We have been paying for Norton Antivirus for years, but I remember discussing here, about free antivirus software.
If we need to pay for it, I understand why, but if there is something out there that is free and good, why pay for something we dont need.
Someone told her to use the following and we dont know anything about them. The free software is Windows Defender, Malwarebytes and Ublock origin.
Any help or input would be greatly appreciated.
The free ones are all OK but since I do all my banking stuff and also buy online with CC I have opted for the paid subscription option. It covers a lot more areas than the free. Free one covers basic virus updates and scans etc. Other is supposed to cover spyware/malware etc as well.
I use AVG, have for years. It does automatic updates when required and keeps me up to date on new stuff. Also lets you know if you go to a site that might be a security problem. Don't see many of those any more.
I suppose if you have Windows 10, you already have windows defender which I think will cover the basics and probably a bit more.
Norton Anti-Virus is only good for stopping viruses in emails and files. It's of little use for surfing the web, which I feel is the greater danger. If you want protection for that, then you need to get one of the "suite" packages from the major players. That will cover viruses, hacking attacks, trojans/spyware/bots...
I used Norton/McAfee on my computers for nearly 2 decades, and also had most of the other major/minor players over the years (Dr. Solomon, Inoculan, F-Secure, Panda, Aladdin, CA, webroot, BitDefender, Kaspersky, ZoneAlarm, AVG/Avast...), because I ran a couple of offices and did some computer consulting.
Earlier this decade, after discussing with one of my coworkers who used to run his own store doing computer repairs and networking, I switched to Windows Defender. Since then, I have not had a single problem after training my wife to be super-careful about what she clicks on and what she installs. If you are disciplined and reasonably careful, all you really need are:
1. Windows Defender 2. your router firewall turned on (that is the default nowadays) 3. never download a file you aren't expecting 4. never directly click on a link in an email (copy "link location" using right-click because link location and link text is not necessarily the same thing, paste in browser, examine the link location for suspicious stuff like ".xx" at the end of domain name indicating another country, and then only hit return when you feel comfortable the link is valid). 5. have your browser set to show link address, put your cursor over the link and glance at the link address BEFORE you click it (on most browsers, the link location will show at the bottom left corner)
Windows Defender will not: -- remove trojans/spyware/bots that are already in your system (use Malwarebytes, hands down the best for that, but not that good for everything else) -- protect you against known hacked or problem sites (need a package that includes internet protection from the major players) -- protect you from the greatest spyware (Microsoft Windows, Google, Amazon, Ebay)
For our offices, we current use Avast. Even though we don't do a lot of surfing the internet at the office, a lot of our coworkers are not necessarily very rigorous nor computer savvy, so we install Avast as a pre-caution. Some of our coworkers installed Avast Professional (not free) on their home laptops.
The advantage of the professional software is that some of them will also protect your handheld devices.
But as for me, it's simple Windows Defender, a good firewall (won't stop things going out, though), and discipline. That, however, may not work for everybody.
As mentioned above caution is probably the best option. The Windows Defender is probably as good as you need but not great if you do a lot of browsing or use social media Check your settings to make sure updates and features are on. As a Windows product, it protects downloads mainly if you use the Windows browsers - Explorer, Edge Also good idea to have Flash blocked in your browser settings.
A lot of problems come from landing on the wrong site. One thing you can try out is a browser addon/extension that may help with unsafe sites I use Chrome now so the addons are Safe Surf Safe Browsing Windows Defender Browser Protection They probably have the same Firefox apps also The nice thing about extensions is the ease to install, remove and being FREE
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2019 16:17:36 GMT -5 by sforgca
On the XP machine I used Avast and Malwarebytes. On the new Win7 I am using Microsoft Security Essentials. The only problem is that it updates every day and I am not sure how to change the update schedule, if it can be changed. However, I will probably install Malwarebytes as a precaution.
On the internet, with Google I use WOT (Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings) to indicate a trustworthy site.
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