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Windows 7: Best antivirus for sp1 new install

30 Oct 2018   #1
hazel123

W7 HP 64 bit
 
 
Best antivirus for sp1 new install

Have always been in the habit of installing antivirus before doing windows updates on a clean install but having difficulty doing this with a windows 7 starter netbook. Bought on eBay and reset to factory settings via recovery partition (so not exactly a clean install). In this case as itís an unknown netbook bought elsewhere wanted to make sure it was clean. Easy enough to install malwarebytes free via usb and that was all clear but had two attempts at downloading and installing two antivirus programs and difficulty installing (even with malwarebytes removed). Norton wouldnít install. So tried Bitdefender trial which did install but wonít update. (I set browser opening page to about download site before connecting to internet). It only has ie9 so thought that may be the problem. So installed Firefox installer from usb. Still no joy. Bitdefender just says browser is out of date and install another one - which I have and it still wonít update (Firefox is set as default browser). I am wondering if it has a virus - possibly in the recovery partition. Suspect a virus because had one on another laptop (which av removed) but itís one that spreads via the network. Canít clean install starter and donít have a home premium licence.

So think itís too risky to leave it connected to the internet doing updates without av. Even though mwb is clear. Any other av thatís easy to install on sp1 I can try?


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30 Oct 2018   #2
hazel123

W7 HP 64 bit
 
 

Never had a virus before but keep fixing up old netbooks and one of those had a virus that got in my usb stick (now binned). Luckily my av removed it when I plugged the usb stick into another laptop but it could have already spread before av found it. Have now immunised all my usb’s! But W7 starter is gla pain anyway and had glitches with it before - so could be it win’t Run modern av until updated. What do you think?
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30 Oct 2018   #3
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Hi hazel123,

I don't believe an AV will have an issue with freshly installed Win7 Starter. Your copy of Win7 may be corrupt. Have you tried using another?
You can download Win7 ISO from TechBench by WZT. Ultimate x32 & x64 are working. You can gain access to all versions with eicfg_removal_utility.zip

You can scan the recovery partition with Malwarebytes. To do so, start Malwarebytes, choose Scan > Custom Scan > Configure Scan > System > check scan for rootkits > Scan Now

You can obtain the OEM product key from your netbook with
KeyFinder | Magical Jelly Bean
You want the CD key not Product ID.

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30 Oct 2018   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If that is an oem preinstall, the product key from the HD is no use by itself.

You can either use the COA key from the sticker, or OEM Activation License
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30 Oct 2018   #5
hazel123

W7 HP 64 bit
 
 

Thank you. After some googling, apparently it’s a common issue with the free trial version of Bitdefender. As for Norton it seems it has just updated to a new version which is also having instal issues. So will try something else.
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30 Oct 2018   #6
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Never been a fan of Norton.
Maybe try M$ Security Essentials, it's their OS, & their AV suite.
Avast or AVG
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30 Oct 2018   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

As Snick mentioned. it is probably simplest to use microsoft own free av thing, MSE.

MSE
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30 Oct 2018   #8
hazel123

W7 HP 64 bit
 
 

An update. The reason Bitdefender woukdn’t update was because it had a phot captcha that needed verifying first and that dudn’t Display until net framework 3 was installed. Maybe same issue with Norton but also the inbuilt trend micro hadn’t uninstalled fully. Would have activated that but it said it was no longer supported. Norton still woukdn’t Install after net framework saying screen resolution too low (it’s a 10” netbook about 6 years old). Had a virus quarantined on another second hand laptop recently while this was turned on and just wanted to be sure it hadn’t been infected via the network. Been a total pain. Anyway have done scans with Kaspersky Rescue Disk, malwarebytes and Norton power. Eraser and all clean so it’s probably fine. Now just need to reset again and install mar and do the updates. Would have been quicker to do a clean install!

Interestingly mse says it’s better to have all updates done before installing mse!
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30 Oct 2018   #9
hazel123

W7 HP 64 bit
 
 

Still unclear about recovery partitions though and whether the can be fully scanned. The virus was on a usb stick used to install Linux on an old pc that clearly was infected. Binned the usb stick.
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30 Oct 2018   #10
hazel123

W7 HP 64 bit
 
 

MSE installed and windows updates going fine. Something weird though - when MSE was either updating or scanning, it got stuck for a while and the pc made 3 loud beeps - after that mse was unstuck and went along quickly. So is that a Windows update thing or an antivirus thing?
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