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Windows 7: AntiVirus Question

05 Aug 2011   #11
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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10 Aug 2011   #12
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

If you ask 10 people what anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall to use ... you'll probably get 10 different opinions.

If you want basic protection against viruses, spyware, and other malicious programs, I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials. This is a free product made by Microsoft, updated at least twice daily by Microsoft, and designed to work with Microsoft operating systems including Windows 7. It does not use a lot of system resources and runs quietly in the background giving real-time protection.

Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection | Microsoft Security Essentials

I find that the included Windows Firewall is adequate for my needs and many people feel the same way. They don't use anything other than the Windows Firewall. Once you turn it on it just runs in the background and seems to do the job. Other people say the Windows Firewall isn't good enough. Only you can decide if you need something different.

Windows Firewall - Turn On or Off

Just in case some virus or spyware slips through I also use Malwarebytes free, SuperAntispyware free, and Hitman Pro free. These products are called on-demand scanners. They only scan your computer when you tell them to. In other words, they are not "on" all the time and they do not conflict with Security Essentials or the Windows Firewall.

Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO removes malware including viruses, spyware, worms and trojans, plus it protects your computer

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12 Aug 2011   #13
Sandie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Okay, so my McAfee Av runs out in 2 days, now should I 1st Uninstall using the Windows 7 Uninstall, and then use the McAffe MCPR that I just downloaded to remove also, or should I just use the McAfee removal tool. Thanks
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12 Aug 2011   #14
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote:
IMPORTANT: You must uninstall using the Windows software removal utility (Add/Remove Programs in XP, “Programs and Features” in Vista and Windows 7) before running MCPR. Failure to do so can result in the number of your licenses being incorrectly counted.
Source: How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee consumer products using the McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR.exe)

Although this recommendation has to do with your licensing, I believe it's best to follow the suggested procedure. I'd also recommend rebooting after running MCPR and then run it a second time and rebooting a second time.
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12 Aug 2011   #15
Sandie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks so much, I thought that was what you did just wasnt sure, TY again. Sandie
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12 Aug 2011   #16
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

You're welcome, Sandie. Let us know how it goes and if you have any other questions don't hesitate to post.
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12 Aug 2011   #17
jenios007

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Ηi Sandie. I want to give you my opinion about which antivirus to choose. After reading that, i wouldn't prefer MSE to protect my pc.

Microsoft Security Essentials ranked second last in AV-Test's protection rating - Neowin.net

Instead, i think that antivirus products, such as Panda Global Protection 2011, is the best (paid) solution to keep your pc safe from viruses.

jenios007
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12 Aug 2011   #18
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sorry, late to the party. AVG products have also caused problems with Win7.
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13 Aug 2011   #19
Sandie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks everyone, I ended up going with Norton (advise from my son in law), so will see how that works out. I did everything mentioned to get rid of the McAfee totally. Thanks again, Im sure Ill havemore questions somewhere down the line lol. Sandie
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