Anti Spyware/Virus Protection For Windows

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by bobber205, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020

    bobber205

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    I trust you guys the most. ;)

    I have a new pc that I want to keep protected. So far all I have is AVG anti virus. What kind of other software, especially spyware, should I get?
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    I have Spybot Search and Destroy as well as Adaware and Zonealarm firewall all as well as AVG.
     
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    You'll also want to download Microsoft Defender.
     
  4. OMAC1A macrumors newbie

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    www.bitdefender.com

    Bitdefender is the fastest AV tool I have ever used. I have given up on Norton, to me Norton has become bloatware. NOD32 is also very good and is the least intrusive of the AV programs I have used.
     
  5. nospamboz macrumors regular

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    I second Microsoft Defender anti-spyware, along with
    Avast Home anti-virus (http://www.avast.com, good and free).
     
  6. brasscat macrumors 6502

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    FYI - Certain Windows Vista versions come with Bitdefender (Vista Ultimate, for example). You may want to look at the price of doing a live-update of your version (if you have Vista) to the upgraded version with Bitdefender.

    Avast is no longer free, beyond a 30 day trial. They stopped the free virus scanning about 3 months back, I believe. They are good though.
     
  7. nospamboz macrumors regular

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    Avast Home is free. Avast Pro is not.

    http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
     
  8. brasscat macrumors 6502

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  9. solvs macrumors 603

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    Most of the above, plus Spyware Blaster. All free stuff. And a good hardware firewall with a really good config.
     
  10. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816

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    I run Avast for anti-virus and Hitman Pro for anti-spyware and anti-malware. Hitman Pro is really an umbrella program for a TON of freeware and shareware anti-malware programs, but it's cleaned every infected system I've ever come across.
     

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