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    Senior Member peezybro's Avatar
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    I want to hear what everyone is using to keeping there computer protected for virus, Trojans, malware etc.

    Right now i am running Norton, but read that norton and other big named programs are not the best, some say its better to run multiple free programs for real time, etc and it is better protection.

    So whats your set up? and what works best!
    "ON TIME, ON TARGET, NEVER QUIT"


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    Unpaid WDF Intern TheGAME1264's Avatar
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    www.avast.com, and to clean up the scraps www.malwarebytes.com .

    Avast is ten times better than Bloaton, has a far smaller footprint, and it's legit free for private use. MalwareBytes catches the few things Avast misses (any AV is going to miss some stuff).
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    I run Avast! Free then if something does happen Malwarebytes...
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    Senior Member peezybro's Avatar
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    so running avast as real time and once in awhile run malwarebytes should keep my computer protected? and is that better than norton?
    "ON TIME, ON TARGET, NEVER QUIT"


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    Yes better and faster. And Free!

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    MS Security Essentials along with being careful enough to never really need anything else.
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    I just stay away from porn and other questionable websites woot!

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    Porn is questionable? No way...porn is awesome. It helps weed out stupid people...like the guys who print out pictures of the naked chicks on black and white laser printers (yes, this is something I've actually witnessed) and the people who believe the women are legitimately enjoying themselves.

    LEGALIZE PORN.

    Oh..wait...never mind.
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    LMAO that is funny

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    Notorn has always been a pain, it's partly effective, but a real pain to get rid off when you go to remove it. It's one of the few that doesn't play nicewith other AV software so you can't run multiples with it.

    Short of unplugging it from the Internet, there is nothing that will protect you 100%. But there are some common sense things that can help with any of the above mentioned AV and malware programs.

    1. Don't open and or click on email links that come from people you don't know... The phishing attempts are getting much more sophisticated. When you click on those links you are giving the browser permission to do what your AV was designed to protect you ( not execute programs from the Internet from an embedded link )... By clicking on the link, your browser opens the site, you click on the link and your machine gets infected with malware.

    2. Don't download software of anykind from just anywhere. Hackers use popular programs to embed their back doors in, publish them on file distribution sites that don't scan or monitor the software.

    3. Offers for free programs from anywhere than the original publisher should never be used.

    4. File sharing programs of any sort ( music, video, etc. ) should be avoided. Hackers use these file sharing sites as distribution points for their stuff as well.

    5. Dont click on shortened URL links anywhere ( email, web, social sites ).. I recently investigated a malware infection on a clients computer, traced it back to an email that had a link to what looked like a Facebook page ... But it was one of those shortened URL's ... It actually did go to Facebook, but immediately got redirected to a site that had an activeX that loaded some crap on their pc, it immediately opened a connection to a machine in china somewhere and started downloading some crap.

    Finally, if you're running a windows machine, make sure your windows updates Are current, not just security updates, or critical updates, but all updates.

    MS recently acknoledged that they pushed out an update last FEB as "important", so many people didn't bother with it. Come to find out, it was a certificate update that "dropped" the certs from sites and vendors that had been corrupted and are being used by some hacking groups to distribute malware.

    If you have been getting any certificate errors lately, you probably didn't get the update and your machine is vulnerable.

    Nothing is foolproof or 100% without common sense being engaged.


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