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Windows 7: Good security software

07 Jan 2010   #1
Kevin Olson

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Good security software

There are so many choices out there, which are among the top to buy?


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07 Jan 2010   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

There are a lot of threads on this. Scroll down a few pages or use the search function. This comes up weekly if not daily here.

Several of the top choices are free.

Random names that get a lot of discussion here:

Free: Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast, Malwarebytes

Not free: Symantec, Kapersky

If you mean firewall, I'd guess the most commonly used one is built into Windows 7.
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07 Jan 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

One of the best is free and easy to download. MSE Microsoft Security Essentials. It is made with Windows in mind. Unlike the others, who are trying to be compatible with every OS.
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08 Jan 2010   #4
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, Kevin. Welcome to Seven Forums!

If you are looking for a security suite, you may find AV-Comparatives.Org Torture-Tests Security Suites - Security Watch helpful in determining what you want to use on Windows 7.

Note: If you elect to use Microsoft Security Essentials, you will need to be sure the Windows 7 Firewall is on or install a separate software firewall.

I compiled suggestions here for getting started with Windows 7.
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08 Jan 2010   #5
ryan7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Anti-Virus:
-AntiVir*
-Microsoft Security Essentials

Firewall:
-PC Tools Firewall*
-PrivateFirewall

IE8:
-WOT* (I like WOT because it stays up to date, however it is based on user ratings which isn't always reliable.)
-SiteAdvisor (Not as up to date as WOT, however SA will work in the 64-bit version of IE8

Spyware:
-Windows Defender* (comes with Windows 7)
-a-squared*
-Malwarebytes*

Anything with a * beside it, is what I use
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08 Jan 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

@Ryan I, too, use WOT. I like the feature that alerts you to less than reputable sites, while still on the Google website. I found out about it at another great forum, Freedomlist.com

@Corrine,Thanks for your post and the link to Security Garden, which is always good reading.
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09 Jan 2010   #7
Kevin Olson

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Thank you for the suggestions.

Im taking Kapersky Internet Security 2010 for a spin at the moment and so far I like it.
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10 Jan 2010   #8
Creer

Windows 7 Home Premium x32 SP1
 
 

You can also take into consideration:

Firewall:
Look'n'Stop 2.07 (ultra light firewall)

Image Backup Software:
ShadowProtect Desktop (top notch image backup software, very reliable)

Also remember to enable DEP for all programs and services, and enable UAC or work on LUA (Limited User Account).
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10 Jan 2010   #9
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

I'm uncertain whether I would need to purchase any security software atm - so much good and free stuff out there
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10 Jan 2010   #10
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
I'm uncertain whether I would need to purchase any security software atm - so much good and free stuff out there
Probably the best free security list in the world - Wilders Security Forums
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