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Windows 7: Anti-virus

08 Jan 2011   #11
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

I would just devote an hour or two and do a full scan with Malwarebytes


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08 Jan 2011   #12
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

I'd choose Avira. But mostly, it depends on your level of computer knowledge. MSE (Microsoft security essentials) for average home users and their computing needs. If you do stuffs related to internet more, you should go for an internet security package. But the more heavy an antivirus, the more pop-ups you'll have to deal with.
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08 Jan 2011   #13
neeraj

Windows 8 CP x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
I'd choose Avira. But mostly, it depends on your level of computer knowledge. MSE (Microsoft security essentials) for average home users and their computing needs. If you do stuffs related to internet more, you should go for an internet security package. But the more heavy an antivirus, the more pop-ups you'll have to deal with.
agree with EzioAuditore.!
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08 Jan 2011   #14
jessejw

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks for all the good information I am going to get rid of MSE and use malwarebytes.
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08 Jan 2011   #15
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jessejw View Post
Thanks for all the good information I am going to get rid of MSE and use malwarebytes.
You mean just Malwarebytes? You need to have atleast 1 anti-virus program running for optimum security.
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08 Jan 2011   #16
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jessejw View Post
Thanks for all the good information I am going to get rid of MSE and use malwarebytes.
I would suggest keeping both, but getting rid of the others. Like Ezio said, you need to have a live anti-virus running to keep you safe. Malwarebytes (free) is not a live anti-virus.

Just my opinion with MSE though. Many others will prefer different.
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08 Jan 2011   #17
Hakon

Windows 7 build 7600 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jessejw View Post
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A BSOD could be a driver issue too. Post the Malwarebytes findings when you're done




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You should only have one installed at a time.
They can conflict with each other and having four installed at the same time is a no-no.
Ok, what is the best one to have?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
What do you mean by ''I installed all of them"? You shouldn't run multiple antivirus programs simultaneously which may result in conflicts, blue screens, slow downs.
However, malwarebytes can be used in congestion with other.
Ok, what is the best one to have?

Let me correct their posts, you should only have one always-on, active, background monitoring antivirus installed, having Malwarebytes + Spybot + Security Essentials installed is fine, since only Security Essentials is the only one constantly on. The others will not conflict with them. The only thing that might cause conflicts (unlikely tho) is the Spybot TeaTimer (if i remember correctly).

That also happens to be my choice of A-V programs (Spybot + Malwarebytes + MSE)
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08 Jan 2011   #18
Hopalong X

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

Malwarebytes is an on demand scanner.

You have to open it and tell it to run a scan. So keep it. Update every time before running.

I run it every 7-14 days as a just in case. It has never found anything that my active AV's missed but worth doing in my opinion.

What you run as the active is up to you. Though it would be a good idea to run it by us even. There are some mediocre to bad ones.

Mike
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08 Jan 2011   #19
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jessejw View Post
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There is Malwarebytes, and Microsoft Security Essentials. I would start with Malwarebytes though
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
Microsoft Security Essentials.
Avast
AVG
Avira
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I think I might have a virus, is there any freeware programs I can use to scan.


thanks!
Avast is a popular choice. Some also like to use Microsoft Security Essentials
Thanks everyone I just installed all of them and I am running a scan. I had a blue screen of death come up so I thought something might be wrong it was right after I installed something so I deleted it and I did not type any passwords or anything in I'm going to change my info after I scan and remove whatever is there.
This is just for future information. I always like to create a restore point before I install anything that way if an issue arise's or I'm not happy with the driver/program I can easily do a system resore.
Fabe
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08 Jan 2011   #20
jessejw

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hakon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jessejw View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ie9 View Post
A BSOD could be a driver issue too. Post the Malwarebytes findings when you're done





Ok, what is the best one to have?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
What do you mean by ''I installed all of them"? You shouldn't run multiple antivirus programs simultaneously which may result in conflicts, blue screens, slow downs.
However, malwarebytes can be used in congestion with other.
Ok, what is the best one to have?

Let me correct their posts, you should only have one always-on, active, background monitoring antivirus installed, having Malwarebytes + Spybot + Security Essentials installed is fine, since only Security Essentials is the only one constantly on. The others will not conflict with them. The only thing that might cause conflicts (unlikely tho) is the Spybot TeaTimer (if i remember correctly).

That also happens to be my choice of A-V programs (Spybot + Malwarebytes + MSE)
I have Avast on all the time and i use Search and Destroy, CCleaner, and Malwarebytes I took off MSE
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