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  • Started 2 years ago by indianafrank
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  1. indianafrank

    indianafrank

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    I know there are a few of you who could answer this question.

    I've had AVG Free antivirus software for years. It was great! The past year it's nothing but a headache. AVG has it's own popups, continuously, and is notorious for asking me to update to a paid version.

    Is there a good, free antivirus software?

    I still use Windows 7.

    Thanks in advance!

    I don't know where I'm going...but sooner or later I'll get there.
    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. bonanzadriver

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    Look into Bitdefender for virus scans and Malwarebyte for anti-malware

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    I use Avira, not sure if it's any good, but certainly does not even remind me of itself.

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    look up/google Microsoft Security Essentials, free for Microsoft, worked on my old system, Windows 7 and on the new Edge OS

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    Microsoft Security Essentials

    I would use this, but more importantly:

    1. Use a safe browser. I still like Firefox because Chrome is a memory hog.
    2. Use a safe email. Gmail and other services filter out most hostile attachments.
    3. Update your OpSec: never run any file you find on anything but a reputable site, never run any attachment sent to you in email, view suspicious Word/Excel documents through an online viewer like Google Docs.
    4. Lock down your router and disable non-essential internet-based services on your computer.

    You want a blackhole portscan for everything under 1024 at a minimum, and no devices exposed to the internet with file sharing enabled.

    This will eliminate 99% of your problems. For NSA hacks, Mossad black ops teams, Russian fuzzy bear hackers and /pol/ you will need to go deeper.

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

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    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. indianafrank

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    Microsoft Security Essentials

    Thanks! I'll look into it.

    [/quote]Use a safe browser. I still like Firefox because Chrome is a memory hog.

    deathmetal, I use Firefox...but what do you mean by this?

    Update your OpSec
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    You want a blackhole portscan for everything under 1024 at a minimum[quote]

    Thanks again,

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  7. madox07

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    Avast antivirus, free version works great for me!

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  8. fishnbanjo

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    +1 on Avast free version, when AVG became a memory hog I ditched it and tried Avast and it uses very little memory, turn on when an email is opened and off when it's closed gets high marks with me.
    banjo

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Another for Avast

    There are 10 types of people in this world, those who understand binary, and those who don't.
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    If you are on Windows 7, the machine is almost assuredly still vulnerable online, despite any anti-virus software that you may be running. Your best bet is stepping up to at a Win8.1 machine, or, if you have to, a Win10 machine. I would try to go with Win8.1, although that may be harder to find loaded on a brand-new machine. If you're on 8.1 just make sure to be running the built-in Microsoft antivirus and the scan, use Firefox or Chrome as your browser, turn on their built-in pop-up blockers, keep everything updated, and you should be good. Pretty safe bet that the add-on antivirus program that you are running is basically adware before it is anything else. Once you are on 8.1 and a browser with a good built-in blocker, you shouldn't need to run any add-on Anti-anything.

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    Ok, thanks all for the information.

    I tried to download Microsoft Security Essentials, but after 3 hours of still downloading I gave up.

    I installed bitdefender with no problem and will see how that works out.

    As for Avast? I want nothing to do with them. They purchased AVG which became a nightmare after 10 years of use.

    I want nothing to do with any company involved with AVG.

    I have enough problems keeping my insanity sane.

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    What Deathmetal said & update to Windows 10.

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    I use Avira, not sure if it's any good, but certainly does not even remind me of itself.

    +1 on Avira, it is good and free.

    Javan
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    +1 bitdefender

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    My computer guy, a girl actually, charged me $25.00 (hourly rate), to tell me Essentials is very good. I pass it on free. I raised my daughter, the professional "tech", to value a dollar. Gotta love her!

    She further advised me that most of the free programs are stripped down and not so good on the updates. That advice came free.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    Avoid AVAST! like the plague. It has falsely flagged non-malware several times in the past few years. The latest boondoggle cost me hours of work tracking down the false positives. Avast false positives for VBS:malware-gen.
    Thankfully no critical files were mistakenly quarantined/removed.

    I deleted AVAST!, & now use M$ Security software.

    +1 for Bitdefender (for both Windoze & Mac)

    - ∞ for M$ & Windoze (only use the latter for my wife to run QuickBooks - another yuck!)

    "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
    Specialization is for insects!" - Robert Heinlein
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    Using firefox install Add on Adblock Plus. It's very easy and works very well.

    Dave
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    Posted 2 years ago #

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