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

05 Mar 2013   #31
Andreas W

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I ran AdwCleaner and it found 1 or 2 registry stuff not sure what that meant but I pressed delete, Super anti spyware on the other hand actually found 1 high threat adware so for now im keeping them since I rather use these "call scanners"


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05 Mar 2013   #32
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Reading through many post on this Forum you will find that there are a few programs for cleaning out bad things we use a lot. Different programs do different things. No one program does it all or we would all surly use that program. AdwCleaner does a nice job for what it is designed to do. If you want to use it later you will have to download it again. There is a time and place to use different programs. Reading through post in our Security Thread will give you some good ideas. Many of us have thousands of post but believe me we do more reading and learning than we do posting.
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05 Mar 2013   #33
ICIT2LOL

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

I agree Bear the ones that need downloading again I just keep in downloads and run from it. Mind you I do renew them like ADW from time to time to make sure it is up to date
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05 Mar 2013   #34
rybosix

Windows 7 ultimate 32
 
 
AV For ME

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
As for the security mate just chill a little because as I am always saying what you do on the computer is really the key. It is nice to have something watching your back but it counts for little if you are just plain carefree or reckless.So keep your Avast and the on call scanners that will be plenty.
ICit, I'm finacially chilled enough that I have not purchased AV, again, I'm only using free stuff and Avast and my new Malwarebytes have detected malicious stuff and stopped me from opening a site(s) or kept the site(s) from opening.

It makes no sense to me, to not use free AV at a minimum, other than it may slow the computer some to do the checking. That time factor becomes more critical to those using dial-out. I just got off 15 years of slow-- 5kbps --a couple of months ago.

Just in time to get my first PC W7 and I'm lovin it. My thanks again go out to the dude who recommended Malwarebytes. I cant remember which recent thread I saw it on.

Now if I can just figure out how to get booted from my clone Ex. HD. That is the best security. imho.

r6
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05 Mar 2013   #35
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rybosix View Post
Now if I can just figure out how to get booted from my clone Ex. HD. That is the best security. imho.

r6
I believe the general opinion is you open a can of worms trying to boot Windows 7 from an external hard drive. The preferred solution is to create a system image on the external drive and use that to restore your computer in the event of problems.

Booting from external hard drive

Many people recommend the free Macrium Reflect for creating the system image. One of the Forum experts created this tutorial.

Imaging with free Macrium
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05 Mar 2013   #36
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 marsmimar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rybosix View Post
Now if I can just figure out how to get booted from my clone Ex. HD. That is the best security. imho.

r6
I believe the general opinion is you open a can of worms trying to boot Windows 7 from an external hard drive. The preferred solution is to create a system image on the external drive and use that to restore your computer in the event of problems.

Booting from external hard drive

Many people recommend the free Macrium Reflect for creating the system image. One of the Forum experts created this tutorial.

Imaging with free Macrium
With marsmimar 100% on that R6 and I don't know if marsmimar would agree with me but I would certainly do a fresh install and just get the data you need off the external - well that is what I would do.

By the way is the PC going to be a build or a pre built? If it iss pre built the I certainly wouldn't be mucking around trying to alter teh set up with the extenal stuff.

That Malwarebytes I think you would have seen all through the forum as just about everyone uses it and myself I use the SuperAntiSpyware and ADWCleaner I referenced earlier - from time to time they are not heavies.

I am assuming you have CCleaner on too - if not it is just about the best clean up tool you can use -
CCleaner - Download < download from piriform and watch out for any add ons - untick them if there is
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05 Mar 2013   #37
rybosix

Windows 7 ultimate 32
 
 
Thanks Mars

Quote:
Many people recommend the free Macrium Reflect for creating the system image. One of the Forum experts created this tutorial.
Imaging with free Macrium
Thanks mars, yeah I used macrium to clone but it appears that PC's can no be cloned ergo have to do the image thing for 2nd best security for a PC.

To me it is a no brainer to have complete clone, image or as much 2nd set of data as possible stored anyplace but on the PC's internal HD and AV, and Malwarebytes type program.

If I ever get extra money I will get paid Avast. I'm relative newbie to PC's but not having the above is like playing Russian Roulette with data. imho If you have nothing of critical significance on the PC, then yeah less concern.

Thanks again! r6
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05 Mar 2013   #38
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:
Many people recommend the free Macrium Reflect for creating the system image. One of the Forum experts created this tutorial.
Imaging with free Macrium
Thanks mars, yeah I used macrium to clone but it appears that PC's can no be cloned ergo have to do the image thing for 2nd best security for a PC.

To me it is a no brainer to have complete clone, image or as much 2nd set of data as possible stored anyplace but on the PC's internal HD and AV, and Malwarebytes type program.

If I ever get extra money I will get paid Avast. I'm relative newbie to PC's but not having the above is like playing Russian Roulette with data. imho If you have nothing of critical significance on the PC, then yeah less concern.

Thanks again! r6
Well R6 I wouldn't say it is a complete no brainer I kept a clone (internal HDD's) of my original set up for each of my machines except the laptops. When started out building this is what I did and it saved me on a number of occasions by just slipping in the clone and away it went again minus some data of course.
I must however disagree that you shouldn't keep some form of image on an external my friend and update it regularly as a form of insurance - unless you are going to have a mass of internal drives. If you are going to use one drive and use different partitions then if that drive dies then you in a world of misery

By the way you didn't say whether you were building or not or using CCleaner?
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09 Mar 2013   #39
boyboyds

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I have no idea what all that gibberish means. I would like to know if the OP boyboyds got fixed.
What is OP and what is supposed to be fixed...? I must be missing something here.

Thanks,
BBDS
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09 Mar 2013   #40
rybosix

Windows 7 ultimate 32
 
 
Lucky 3 Aantibugs Plus A Bootable A+

I repeat I'm using Avast, MSE-D, and Malwarebytes. Since I tried cloning and cannot boot from ext. clone--- as you or others stated is the case ---my intentions are to do the image thing on the ext. HD.

Again, to me all of the above is an abvious no brainer, for operating a Windows OS PC. Malwarebytes has found two more potential detrimental sites.

I cloned every mac I've owned and once had copy all data from clone back to original.. I'm not clear what the differrence is between clone and disk image. Hope to try that out in the next few days.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol;2314209[/QUOTE
Well R6 I wouldn't say it is a complete no brainer I kept a clone (internal HDD's) of my original set up for each of my machines except the laptops. When started out building this is what I did and it saved me on a number of occasions by just slipping in the clone and away it went again minus some data of course.
I must however disagree that you shouldn't keep some form of image on an external my friend and update it regularly as a form of insurance - unless you are going to have a mass of internal drives. If you are going to use one drive and use different partitions then if that drive dies then you in a world of misery
By the way you didn't say whether you were building or not or using CCleaner?
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