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Windows 7: Do I need an antivirus on my PC....?

01 Mar 2013   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It is very foolish not to use anti virus programs. Even the great websites one visits can be infected and they don't even know it. Therefor you won't know it. Because there are great FREE anti virus programs like MSE why would anybody take the chance?


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01 Mar 2013   #12
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Prevention is better than cure
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01 Mar 2013   #13
robinb9

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit/64bit
 
 

Prevention is better than misery
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02 Mar 2013   #14
rybosix

Windows 7 ultimate 32
 
 
2nd That

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
It is very foolish not to use anti virus programs. Even the great websites one visits can be infected and they don't even know it. Therefor you won't know it. Because there are great FREE anti virus programs like MSE why would anybody take the chance?
I would 2nd that. I used Mac for years and even bought Nortons once cause someone said it helps to remove those malicous things from Universe, even if that do not have detremental effect on your specific computer Mac computer.

Finances have forced me to become PC user, but even before that, I helped my wife put in place MS defender Essentials couple of years ago.

I put in place right away on my new used Toshiba along with free Avast. Also use free Avast on wifes Mac, tho it won't scan the Mail.

So just inloaded Malwaebytes and just waiting to;

1) find out if Malwarbytes will play well with MSE defender, and free Avasti,

2) follow instructions to install if to see if it plays well.

Meanwhile, created FHNT(?) format on #3 partition of external HD I use for Mac cloning.

Inloaded Macricum also, but still unclear of what it showing me, so slow to try cloining( my preference ) or imaging. Some years ago, I heard that cloning is the best security we can do, at least on a Mac, so hope to get to that Macrium clone process today, with out erasing my other partitions of a clone Mac.

rsix
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02 Mar 2013   #15
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rybosix View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
It is very foolish not to use anti virus programs. Even the great websites one visits can be infected and they don't even know it. Therefor you won't know it. Because there are great FREE anti virus programs like MSE why would anybody take the chance?
I would 2nd that. I used Mac for years and even bought Nortons once cause someone said it helps to remove those malicous things from Universe, even if that do not have detremental effect on your specific computer Mac computer.

Finances have forced me to become PC user, but even before that, I helped my wife put in place MS defender Essentials couple of years ago.

I put in place right away on my new used Toshiba along with free Avast. Also use free Avast on wifes Mac, tho it won't scan the Mail.

So just inloaded Malwaebytes and just waiting to;

1) find out if Malwarbytes will play well with MSE defender, and free Avasti,

2) follow instructions to install if to see if it plays well.

Meanwhile, created FHNT(?) format on #3 partition of external HD I use for Mac cloning.

Inloaded Macricum also, but still unclear of what it showing me, so slow to try cloining( my preference ) or imaging. Some years ago, I heard that cloning is the best security we can do, at least on a Mac, so hope to get to that Macrium clone process today, with out erasing my other partitions of a clone Mac.

rsix
Ok rybosix well mate if you mean Malwarebytes MSE and Avast (I am suspecting the Avasti is a typo) then you are going to have problems at some stage of the game because as a general rule you should never have more than two main antivirus programs on the machine at the same time.

By main programs I mean - Avast and MSE as they are more than likely to conflict. The Malwarebytes is ok as it is usually used as a on call scanner.

The choice is yours but you need to pick one or the other. There will probably be a few that will disagree with me but in my experience conflict is what will happen.

If you are stuck for choice this is what I posted a few days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World
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02 Mar 2013   #16
Andreas W

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Personally I don't use AV becasue I deem that I don't need them but I do recommend others I know to use AV that are not that into computers, the only program that I use is Malwarebytes, if I install MSE I only get BSOD after a while, I used AVG for years without it ever finding a single virus so got rid of it. For my surfing I use ad block plus and others to stop websites to load certain items and that seems to working since malwarebytes never find anything either. But this is just me.
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02 Mar 2013   #17
rybosix

Windows 7 ultimate 32
 
 
3 = Conflict

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Ok rybosix well mate if you mean Malwarebytes MSE and Avast (I am suspecting the Avasti is a typo) By main programs I mean... - Avast and MSE as they are more than likely to conflict. The Malwarebytes is ok as it is usually used as a on call scanner.
There will probably be a few that will disagree with me but in my experience conflict is what will happen.
If you are stuck for choice this is what I posted a few days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World
I did get Avast correct twice before teh error in third use of it. 2 out three is......whatever

Glad you were able to grasp what anti-virus program i was talking about tho.

I forget where I read and/or hear that-- maybe in this forum and elsewhere? ---MSE Defender and Avast worked ok together, and if there is a problem, I'm not yet aware of it on my Toshiba A135.

A dude in this thread or another confirms what you say, that using Malwarebytes should not be a problem in conjunction with one or the other AV I'm using. So I will be installing it here sometime.

I just finished trying to clone my PC onto the third partition that has my mini clone on 1st partition. Erased my clone of mini.....I had some vaque memory that it cant be done or more difficult than I want to deal with. I dunno.

Thanks for suggestions, tho probably go with what I have plus MWBytes

Rsix
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02 Mar 2013   #18
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Andreas W View Post
Personally I don't use AV becasue I deem that I don't need them but I do recommend others I know to use AV that are not that into computers, the only program that I use is Malwarebytes, if I install MSE I only get BSOD after a while, I used AVG for years without it ever finding a single virus so got rid of it. For my surfing I use ad block plus and others to stop websites to load certain items and that seems to working since malwarebytes never find anything either. But this is just me.
Hum would interesting to see if SuperAntiSpyWare or the ADWCleaner came up with anything Andreas.

But for the record what you are saying is right and as I said earlier lot depends on what you do and where you go

But if you have never tried them or even feel inclined to give them a go
SUPERAntiSpyware | Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware!
AdwCleaner Download < from bleeping computer
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02 Mar 2013   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Anyway, I installed AVG 2013 Free.
And to my surprise when I ran a scan it did not find a single problem.
That does not surprise me. AVG never finds anything. Use a decent AV program and a good scanner, and you will find things.
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02 Mar 2013   #20
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rybosix View Post
Quote:
Ok rybosix well mate if you mean Malwarebytes MSE and Avast (I am suspecting the Avasti is a typo) By main programs I mean... - Avast and MSE as they are more than likely to conflict. The Malwarebytes is ok as it is usually used as a on call scanner.
There will probably be a few that will disagree with me but in my experience conflict is what will happen.
If you are stuck for choice this is what I posted a few days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World
I did get Avast correct twice before teh error in third use of it. 2 out three is......whatever

Glad you were able to grasp what anti-virus program i was talking about tho.

I forget where I read and/or hear that-- maybe in this forum and elsewhere? ---MSE Defender and Avast worked ok together, and if there is a problem, I'm not yet aware of it on my Toshiba A135.

A dude in this thread or another confirms what you say, that using Malwarebytes should not be a problem in conjunction with one or the other AV I'm using. So I will be installing it here sometime.

I just finished trying to clone my PC onto the third partition that has my mini clone on 1st partition. Erased my clone of mini.....I had some vaque memory that it cant be done or more difficult than I want to deal with. I dunno.

Thanks for suggestions, tho probably go with what I have plus MWBytes

Rsix
Yep if you mean Avast and Malwarebytes that's good and a couple of other on call scanners you might like to try in the future
AdwCleaner Download < from bleeping computer
SUPERAntiSpyware | Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware!

Oh and little plus if you need to work n the Toshiba for any reason -
Taking apart Toshiba laptops and notebooks. DIY guides. Disassembly instructions. < then go to disassembly guides if you ever get stuck - post back
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