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Windows 7: antivirus software

18 Aug 2010   #1
sukar

windows 7
 
 
antivirus software

i just un-installed bit-defender 2010 since it was recommended by a few moderators on this site and several other people...so i was wondering what is the best anti-virus software i can obtain to protect my laptop from all sorts of malware, spyware, viruses etc

thanks


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18 Aug 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

In the opinion of most, and the others, will surely give their opinions; Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes and a good firewall.
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18 Aug 2010   #3
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I would like to make sure you know that he means a combo of the three. Windows Firewall isn't bad. If you use a router with a built in firewall, you definitely don't need any software firewall beside Windows Firewall
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18 Aug 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
I would like to make sure you know that he means a combo of the three. Windows Firewall isn't bad. If you use a router with a built in firewall, you definitely don't need any software firewall beside Windows Firewall
Yes, so correct.
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18 Aug 2010   #5
sukar

windows 7
 
 

well im currently on holiday so im not using any router here
but usually at my apartment i use the general linksys 54G router
is that enough with the windows firewall?
what about catching all sorts of virus's from websites...etc
btw im using windows 7
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18 Aug 2010   #6
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Thats the same router I have. Make sure the firewall is turned on and you should be alright.
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18 Aug 2010   #7
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yep, Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows Firewall, and I use TrendMicro Housecall as an on-demand AV. I used to use Spybot for spyware but Malware Bytes is better.
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18 Aug 2010   #8
sukar

windows 7
 
 

so basically im safe with the router firewall and i dont need any other additional softwares installed on my pc
i guess i learned something new today
i was always under the impression that a firewall was not enough to keep your pc competely safe
how do i make sure my router has its firewall on...i know my router has the orange light on
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18 Aug 2010   #9
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

whoa, thats not what I said. I said that if you have the firewall on, you don't need better firewall software. You still need to install a real-time AV program like MSE and have a back up scanner like MalwareBytes.
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18 Aug 2010   #10
Francis93

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Microsoft Security Essentials.

Though it is recommended that you also install an on-demand (second opinion) anti-malware scanner like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware or SUPERAntiSpyware.
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