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What logicearth said is, unfortunately true.
Anti-Viruses depend on signatures and behaviors to kill an virus. It is physically impossible to have a AV that catches every singe virus/malware out there.
The reason: When a new virus is released into the wild, it has to be identified.
After identification, samples of it must be submitted to the AV companies to develop a cure. This can take anywhere from several hours to days depending on the complexity of it.
Once the cure is developed, it has to be deployed. The new AV defs will be updated according to user settings. If they get regular updates, they'll get them faster then if they decide they will update their AV defs every week or month.
And staying off the net won't help either depending on how many people have access to a computer. Flash drives can host some nasty viruses.
The best you can do is keep your AV defs up to date, avoid going to sites that have the potential for viruses/malware (sites that have illegal software, cracks, porn, etc.).
Make sure you keep all your programs up to date with the latest patches. Doing this will cut down on the chances of you getting a bug, but not eliminate the possibility.
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|16 Feb 2011||#8|
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Many people in this forum run MSE, which is free.
What you decide to run is up to you. You can look at 10 test results and get 10 different answers.
The best AV is the one you feel comfortable with and keep updated regularly. Remember, your AV does no good if the definitions are out of date by 2 or 3 months.
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|16 Feb 2011||#9|
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Please read the following information that I have provided, which will help
you prevent malicious software in the future. Please keep in mind, malware is
a continuous danger on the Internet. It is highly important to stay safe
while browsing, to prevent re-infection.
Essentials: this is Microsoft's free antivirus/antispyware program. It
equips you with protection against viruses, spyware, trojans, rootkits, and
worms. It is also light on the computer's performance. Note: when installing
this, you have both an antivirus and antispyware. Make sure you also get a
*AVG Free: this is one of the most
powerful, and easiest to use security software. The free version equips you
with protection against viruses, spyware, trojans, rootkits, worms, and
rogue software. Note: when installing this, you have both an antivirus and
antispyware. Make sure you also get a firewall.
* Avast!: This is an advanced malware
removal antivirus program. The free version equips you with protection
against viruses, spyware, trojans, rootkits, worms, and rogue software.
*Avira Antivir: this is an advanced
malware removal antivirus program. The free version equips you with
protection against viruses, spyware, trojans, rootkits, worms, and rogue
*Rising Antivirus: this is a
lightweight, and great virus destroyer. It removes tough viruses, and even
rootkits and trojans get destroyed.
* is a great malware removal program. It is recommended for anyone's
arsenal. There is a paid version, which is highly recommended, but the
program will work fully for free.
Tallemu Online Armor: The free version is just as good as the
premium. I have linked you to the free version.
* Comodo Firewall:
the free version is just as good as the premium. I have linked you to the free
version. The optional security suite enhances the firewall by 40% increase. If
you would like to install the suite that includes antivirus, then remove your
old antivirus first.
* PC Tools Firewall Plus: Free
and excellent firewall.
NOTE: Please keep ALL of these programs up-to-date and run
them whenever you suspect a problem to prevent malware problems.
Resident Protection help
A number of programs have resident protection and it is a good idea to run
the resident protection of one of each type of program to maintain
protection. However, it is important to run only one resident program
of each type since they can conflict and become less effective. That means
only one antivirus, firewall, and scanning anti-spyware program at a
time. Passive protectors such as SpywareBlaster can be run with any of
Rogue programs help
There are a lot of rogue programs out there that want to scare you into giving
them your money and some malware actually claims to be security
programs. If you get a popup for a security program that you did not install
yourself, do NOT click on it and ask for help immediately. It is very important
to run an antivirus and firewall, but you can't always rely on reviews and ads
for information. Ask in a security forum that you trust if you are not sure. If
you are unsure and looking for anti-spyware programs, you can find out if it
is a rogue here:
Spyware Warrior: Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites
Securing your computer
Please consider using an alternate browser
Mozilla's Firefox browser is a very good alternative. In addition to being
generally more secure than Internet Explorer, it has a very good built-in
popup blocker and add-ons, like NoScript, can make it even more secure.
Opera is another good option.
If you are interested:
Please consider using virtualization software to prevent permanent changes
to other programs and data in your computer. Some examples are below:
Application level virtualization (For regular users)
your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making
permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.
Benefits of the Isolated Sandbox
* Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection
of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser
is trapped in the sandbox and can be discarded trivially.
* Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary
files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don't leak into
* Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding
in your email can't break out of the sandbox and can't infect your real
* Windows Stays Lean: Prevent wear-and-tear in Windows by installing
software into an isolated sandbox.
System level virtualization (For advanced users)
*VirtualBox- VirtualBox is a powerful
x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home
use. VirtualBox is an extremely feature rich and high performance product .
Wondershare Time Freeze-Virtual system safeguards real system
# Easy switch between virtual system and real system: To enter virtual
system, you don't need to reboot computer; to return to real system, just
exit System Protection, and you can save or discard virtual system data
# Effective virtual system tool: Time Freeze creates a virtual environment as a
twin (copy) of the real system, on which you evaluate applications, watch
movies, and perform online activities. While the real system is under
protection, you no longer have to worry about viruses, spyware, malware
and other threats.
# MBR protection: Time Freeze 2.0.3 enhanced protection to the boot sector
of hard disk so as to guarantee the normal startup of system.
Happy surfing and stay clean!
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