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Windows 7: AntiVirus

01 Dec 2010   #11

win 7 ultimate

You should add a malware/spyware program besides an AV. The majority of people, pitifuly, can´t configure their AV very well. I would install a firewall too. But just keep in mind that a good firewall is only good if it´s well set up.

Anti-Malware/spyware Spybot, just to set an example, is a free and good one. There are many others.
Firewalls, you have Outpost, ZoneAlarm, Comodo and so many others, but remember what was stated before about setting it up.

if don´t feel very easy about firewalls, AV and spywares configurations (how they work) and vocabulary, there are plenty of stuff about that on the internet if you want to find out or you can post back and we´ll try to give you a hand.


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01 Dec 2010   #12
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

No Zone Alarm. Major issues with Win 7. Ask any one on the BSOD crew.
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02 Dec 2010   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

It's been bugging me for like a month to decide between Norton AV or Kaspersky AV. Kaspersky lately has been doing a lot of False Positives with software I use, and having to always Add to Exceptions is a pain in the ass.

Plus Kaspersky really hasn't shown anything when I scan. So I don't know if I'm doing that good of a job, or if things are blowing right past Kaspersky or not. I almost wish something would try and attack me
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02 Dec 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rmw020 View Post
Avast is annoying, how do i stop MSE from reporting back to Microsoft as i never participate in anthing like Skynet which is really annoying.
"According to Aaron Hulett | Microsoft Malware Protection Center “if you disable SpyNet, you’ll also disable Dynamic Signature Service”

This is essential for MSE's Spynet information ...
1) If you allow SpyNet Reporting to send a signature back, AND it is a recognized bit of malware AND your MSE has has not been allowed to update automaticly, then it downloads the signatures and removes the offender.

2) If you allow SpyNet Reporting to send a signature back, and it is a NOT recognized bit of malware, MSE will retreive a sample of code from your machine to create new signatures.
The new signatures will be downloaded to your machine to remove the malware AND the new signatures will then be included in the daily MSE updates.

So, basicly if you plan on being the first in the world to contract a new malware, you need to leave SpyNet Reporting turned on.
But if you use reasonable care, any new malware reported to SpyNet today, will be included in tomorrows update.
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