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Windows 7: Recommend a good free internet security program please

14 Oct 2010   #1
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Recommend a good free internet security program please

Has anyone got any good recommendations on some good "easy to use" free internet security software please ?

I help out quite a few Silver Surfers (old age pensioners) around my area as a sort of help the community kinda thing. I do it for nothing as allot of the old folks don't have 2 ha-pennies to rub together and I hate it when they get ripped off by the large IT companies out there that just wanna take them for all that they have.
Thing is I use a paid for internet security program and I haven't really played with any freeware programs in this field that are out there.
I'm looking for something that is really basic with minimal user intervention, that will keep them fairly safe as lately I've had a spate of malware and adware problems that I've had to help sort out.

90% of them are using AVG for normal virus like activity but allot of them are getting duped by fake "anti virus" programs like "Antivirus 2010" and multiple malware programs etc.

I've done some research into the following but would like to have your opinions on the best way forward ...

Online Armor
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall
PC Tools Firewall Plus
Comodo Firewall Pro
Agnitum Outpost Firewall

PS. quite a few of the PC's are entry level, so could you also give an indication on any performance issues as this would also be greatly appreciated.


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14 Oct 2010   #2

W7 Professional x64

Comodo is a very interactive firewall, but I really enjoy it, and it's very friendly. It also has an anti-virus as well. A lot of my IT friends recommend zonealarm as well.
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14 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

I highly recommend Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). Lets just say I don't always stick to "safe surfing" and MSE has never failed me in the year or so since the first beta was released. I also recommend Comodo firewall (only the firewall) for XP users. Vista and 7 users should be fine with windows firewall.
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14 Oct 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

The number one choice of the vast majority of those answering questions here is:
MSE - Microsoft Security Essentials
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14 Oct 2010   #5

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1

I would just go with Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free takes little or no setup and is very effective for the average user even using XP. Forget all the fancy suites and add-on firewalls. Keep it simple.

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14 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
Comodo is a very interactive firewall, but I really enjoy it, and it's very friendly. It also has an anti-virus as well. A lot of my IT friends recommend zonealarm as well.
I do not recommend Zone Alarm for a Win 7 system. It is almost guaranteed to cause crashes on most Win 7 systems. We work BSOD's nearly everyday where ZoneAlarm is the cause or one of the causes. I do use ZA on my XP system.
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14 Oct 2010   #7

W7 Ulti/64, XP Pro/32

I use MSE on W7 and XP machines.
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14 Oct 2010   #8
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I would have your Silver Gleaner's use MSE AV and either Comodo or Windows Firewall.
Used both for awhile and have had no issue's.
That is awful nice of you to take care of these lovely folks and not charge them for your services.
You rewards will come later.
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14 Oct 2010   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Rreading the thread starter's original post, then the only answer is:
Microsoft Security Essentials which will automatically set up Windows Firewall for you. Truly a turn-key operation.

If you want one-stop shopping then Microsoft Security Essentials is the answer. This is the one and only anti-virus/anti-malware on my computers and is the only product I install on other computers. I've never had anyone displeased with MSE.

Incidentally, I'm also an old geezer. Just have been doing this kind of thing for more years than most forum members are old.
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14 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1

I agree with most here Nick. For the people you are talking about, you can't go wrong with MSE and Windows Firewall. If you want/need more control of the firewall, just add Windows 7 Firewall Control : Sphinx Software
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