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Old 07-18-2018, 12:51 PM
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I'm currently using Spybot for the last year. It's time to renew. There are so many other software out there. I always worry about how independent internet reviews of antivirus software are.

Any suggestions/good experiences with antivirus software?

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Old 07-18-2018, 01:44 PM
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I use Avast Free antivirus
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Old 07-18-2018, 01:50 PM
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I use Norton which costs about $25 per year for 5 computers or devices. However, I understand that, if you have Comcast internet service, you can protect up to 7 devices with Norton for free. Unfortunately, I have no idea how well it works, or if it is better than anything else or nothing.
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Old 07-18-2018, 02:23 PM
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I started using WebRoot several years ago. I never know it's there and have yet to have any virus or other type of malware issues since I started using it. Some of the others I have used always seemed to make my PC's run noticeably slower when they were installed - WebRoot does not. It keeps itself up to date, scans by itself, and I never know when either are occurring. The nice part is you can usually pick it up at any walmart for 20 to 30 bucks for a year, for 3 PC's. My only complaint is that the annual renewal is more expensive, if you do it online. So, I just by a new one at Walmart the next year and use the key code inside to renew my existing installs of it on my PC's.
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Old 07-18-2018, 02:30 PM
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If you have Windows 8 or 10, Microsoft's free Defender is more than adequate for your anti-virus needs. Combined with Malwarebytes free periodic scans you are protected.

Win 8,10 already have it installed, just turn it on. Search for it, activate.
How to activate Windows Defender in Windows 8 | PCWorld
Free Cyber Security & Anti-Malware Software | Malwarebytes

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Old 07-18-2018, 05:08 PM
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If you have Windows 8 or 10, Microsoft's free Defender is more than adequate for your anti-virus needs. Combined with Malwarebytes free periodic scans you are protected.

Win 8,10 already have it installed, just turn it on. Search for it, activate.
How to activate Windows Defender in Windows 8 | PCWorld
Free Cyber Security & Anti-Malware Software | Malwarebytes
Is defender the same as microsoft security essentials?
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:29 AM
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1st question .. do you really need a Windows PC? If you need a program that only runs on Windows, then ... maybe.
2nd question .. are you tired of dealing with Windows updates and downloads and getting updates for the "addon" programs?

Answer .. Chromebook .. never gets a virus, so you don't need anti virus programs, or malware, updates are done in the background. All files are saved to the cloud, so you never have to worry about losing your files. There are thousands of apps that may do everything you do on a Windows PC.

Google "Chromebooks" and check it out. It's not a "toy" used only by school kids, it does real work and is being used by many businesses.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:38 AM
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1st question .. do you really need a Windows PC? If you need a program that only runs on Windows, then ... maybe.
2nd question .. are you tired of dealing with Windows updates and downloads and getting updates for the "addon" programs?

Answer .. Chromebook .. never gets a virus, so you don't need anti virus programs, or malware, updates are done in the background. All files are saved to the cloud, so you never have to worry about losing your files. There are thousands of apps that may do everything you do on a Windows PC.

Google "Chromebooks" and check it out. It's not a "toy" used only by school kids, it does real work and is being used by many businesses.
Ditto to all of the above. I worked as a Windows Admin for many years, when I retired I left the Windows World went to Mac(s) but added a Chromebook an Asus for $200. It's a very impressive machine. The model I bought looks very much like a MacBook Air but at a fraction of the price.

In the unlikely event your Chromebook has an issue you can simply do a PowerWash ( built into the Chromebook ) and that will solve any problem because it restores the computer to the original out of the box condition. The speed of the Chromebook is also great, it will boot up in less than 15 seconds. Try that will a Windoze machine.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:38 AM
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Is defender the same as microsoft security essentials?
You must be using Win 7. This explains it.

Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials: Which one do I need? – Microsoft Secure

D/L

Access Denied this is a good link.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:53 AM
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I used to get virus' on Windows (even though I had spyware). So about 4 or 5yrs ago our son suggested I get a Chrome-book. It's great! I can't print from it but it's good for e-mails, Facebook and the minimal things I need a computer for. We're not "techy" at our house so having I-pads etc. isn't for us.
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