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Windows 7: Can i virus spread like this?

19 Jul 2010   #11
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Auron586 View Post
Hi, recently my two sisters got computers and have a habit of going to random websites or clicking adverts/downloads.
Yes, clicking on an advertisement or a download can easily get you malware/viruses. Even at legitimate sites people assume are safe, someone could have compromised the site and posted a malicious advert.

The list of sites compromised by malware laden banners/adverts in the past is quite long, but also includes sites people assumed were safe, such as Fox News, MSN, The New York Times, Facebook, etc.

I agree with Doc & gregrocker, put MS Security Essentials and Malwarebytes on their PC's, and make sure they use them to run regular scans

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19 Jul 2010   #12

Windows 7 64-Bit

thank you both for that information, just to clarify, none of us have any malware at present, i am just trying to become as secure as possible.

i will check that homegroup thing soon.

Any other security tips to combat this sort of virus spread? (i dont use social networking or email on my computer so not much threat from that.)

EDIT: sorry Borg i missed your post! i will be sure to install malware bytes on them all (do you know the official site?)

at the moment im using AVG (full version) and my sisters have AVG (free) and Nortons 360, should i replace them with MS security essentials? (i would like to keep avg (full) if possible)
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19 Jul 2010   #13
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Here you go Auron586


at the moment im using AVG (full version) and my sisters have AVG (free) and Nortons 360, should i replace them with MS security essentials? (i would like to keep avg (full) if possible)
It depends on if you are comfortable with AVG. Have a look at this page:

What's the Best Anti-virus?

I know that MSE is free, has a good track record and uses little system resources.

I have McAfee and MSE running on mine together (McAfee came with the sys pre-installed). However keep in mind not all AV's "play well together" & you can get conflicts running more then one.

When installing MSE, it is recommended that you uninstall any other Anti Virus, however, you can try to put it on & if they do "play well together", that's an extra layer of protection that's good to have.
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