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Do I need Norton Internet Security?

Just got notice from Norton about re-up, and it's now up to $110. Is there a cheaper or maybe even free way to protect my computer? [more inside]
posted by james33 on Jan 13, 2017 - 18 answers

Windows 10 best practices for home user?

I'm getting my first Windows machine after 5 years of using MacOS. What are current best practices for software hygiene? How do I neuter Windows 10's spyware? Do I need third party anti-virus software? Is there good maintenance software I should use from the start? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Jan 12, 2017 - 6 answers

Which flavor of awful should I buy: Norton Vs. McAfee edition

I am holding my CEO's credit card in my hand and cannot leave work without purchasing either Norton or McAfee today (thanks to our sales guy who keeps getting malware on his computer). Running a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro-1370 with Windows 10 and Windows Defender, however, they are not convinced this is sufficient and are forcing me to buy/install one or the other today. Help? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jun 24, 2016 - 20 answers

Looking for "horror stories" of computer virus infections

I need to put the fear of God into some foolish, negligent users. I'm looking for examples of organizations that were hit with some kind of horrible malware (like CryptoLocker) or had sensitive data stolen -- all because of a really stupid action by an employee. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on May 2, 2016 - 21 answers

OSX on-demand antivirus/malware?

I don't do a lot of random downloading, and surf with NoScript, so I'm not too concerned about an always-on solution. I'd like to be able to scan odd bits and pieces, though. I used to use ClamXAV. That's gone to a paid product, which I'm 100% okay with paying for if it's still the best option. What else should I be looking at?
posted by curious nu on Mar 9, 2016 - 3 answers

Infected with Mac ransomware, but I caught it - next steps?

I was one of the 6,000 unlucky souls to download the KeRanger ransomware virus for Mac. It seems that I caught it after it started to encrypt my files, but before it encrypted all of them. Am I still at risk? Next steps? [more inside]
posted by rock'em sock'em puppets on Mar 9, 2016 - 3 answers

Computer defense

I'm getting a new computer (Windows 10). What are the current best practices in personal computer protection, starting from the beginning? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 12, 2016 - 15 answers

Possible malware infection: Network printers are spewing gibberish

I need advice on how to deal with an apparent malware infection that's causing most (or maybe all) of the network printers to print gibberish pages. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2015 - 7 answers

New Laptop Best Practices

I have a new laptop (PC, Windows 7 Pro, Toshiba). What should I do/download/install/uninstall/set up to keep it running in tiptop brand new shape? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Mar 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Anti-virus for Windows - is there any point?

I'm trying to weigh Symantec et al's admission that anti-virus software is now effectively useless against many threats vs. the recommendations in this thread of running nod32 and Malwarebytes pro in tandem. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jan 5, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I keep my son's laptop from gettin' the cooties?

My son is about to get his first laptop, a Windows machine. I'd like to install the necessary software to keep it free from all the nasty stuff Windows machines can catch. We're a Mac family so my knowledge of personal A/V software is minimal. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 15, 2014 - 16 answers

Recommended security/AV software for windows 8?

What is the current state of the art / recommended best bet in security and anti-virus software for Windows 8? Paid options are on the table. [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on May 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Best free antivirus software in 2013?

This was last asked in 2011, and things can change a lot over 2 years. In your experience, what is the best (free) way to protect one's PC? Ideally, it would use native system dialogs, not hog the CPU, and respect users by not constantly attempting to up-sell.
posted by anemone of the state on Nov 16, 2013 - 21 answers

Is there a great, free alternative to Ad Aware?

Is there a great, free alternative to Ad Aware? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Oct 30, 2013 - 15 answers

Windows XP, have Avast Antivirus program, now I have McAfee Virusscan...

I don't know how this happened, I have used Avast Antivirus for years, now my computer is telling me in the Control Panel on Security Center I have McAfee Virusscan running and it is up to date - but I can't find the program - I tried looking in Add/Remove Programs and by searching for it and it is not coming up. If I leave my Avast Antivirus running the Security Center tells me I have two antivirus programs running and need to remove one. If I could figure out how to operate the McAfee Virusscan to update and scan it I would consider taking the avast off. Any suggestions appreciated.
posted by just asking on Sep 26, 2013 - 6 answers

At-home vs. At-work Antivirus Protection

Is it still worth paying for antivirus software for computers on my work network? I manage the IT needs for an 11-person office. [more inside]
posted by bullitt 5 on Dec 18, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I remove "jucheck.exe"?

How do I get rid of the virus (?) jucheck.exe which keeps popping up on my computer, telling me to update Java (which I know is already up to date)? [more inside]
posted by thetarium on Oct 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Is it necessary to have anti-virus on a Windows 2008 file server?

Is it necessary to have anti-virus on a Windows 2008 file server? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion on Sep 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Is anti-virus software necessary on a Mac?

Is anti-virus software necessary on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Jul 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Antivirus protection without the Internet

We have some never-on-a-network PCs set up in a lab at work; all are running Windows Vista. We need a good way to keep up-to-date antivirus software on them without relying on an internet connection. [more inside]
posted by mimo on Jun 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Scanning TrueCrypted hard drives

I'm looking for a good Linux distribution to run from a USB stick for virus scanning on Windows computers. Difficulty - these computers have their hard drives encrypted with TrueCrypt. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Jun 8, 2012 - 8 answers

My Mac has become a host for infected Windows office documents. I have hundreds of Office documents with other people's Windows viruses on them. Help!

My Mac has become a host for infected Windows office documents. I have hundreds of Office documents with other people's Windows viruses on them. Help! [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jan 11, 2012 - 12 answers


My very new computer just got zonked with a virus that won't allow me to download anything, such as the $70 worth of Norton Anti-Virus I tried to download. Please help. [more inside]
posted by TheRedArmy on Dec 2, 2011 - 16 answers

How do I protect my PC while surfing the net?

Please tell what I can do to be safer while surfing the Internet. I barely escaped a virus I got while surfing with the latest version of Firefox on a completely updated and patched Windows XP machine. [more inside]
posted by 14580 on Jun 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Rogue Software Removal

My networked work PC was infected with what appears to be XP Shield. Questions about this specific piece of malware... [more inside]
posted by Dr. Zira on May 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Anti-Malware for the Mac OSX?

Do good anti-malware tools exist for Mac OSX? [more inside]
posted by CancerMan on May 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Protect me from malicious web pages!

[ WindowsSecurityFilter ] Do I need a sandbox for surfing the web? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 on Apr 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Why can't everything be easy?

For my mother: a totally unexciting Windows tech question! Mysterious error code, and PC won't boot fully after updating antivirus software. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Jan 13, 2011 - 10 answers

What is the best Anti-virus and firewall apps for a Win 7 PC in 2011?

What is the best Anti-virus and firewall apps for a Win 7 PC in 2011? I just purchased a new Dell PC, and I'd like to set it up with a good anti-virus and firewall program. The general consensus seems to be that McAfee and Norton are bloated, resource-hoggy, and ineffective. Google turns up plenty of free programs, but credible, CURRENT reviews are hard to find. Many of the big programs offer "security centers" - huge programs that combine anti-virus, firewall, malware removers, and phishing protection. Some of this seems necessary, others not-so-much. Also, Win 7 has a firewall built-in; since I'm not remotely a security expert - I have no idea if this is sufficient, or I need a 3rd party app on top (or instead of it). So, what's a conscientious but non-expert Windows user to do? (I know, I know - get a Mac. Which I've done - I LOVE my iMac. But I ALSO need a PC for work...)
posted by stuehler on Jan 3, 2011 - 22 answers

ESET for computer protection?

Should I use ESET for home computer security? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Nov 21, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I protect my tech from this bug?

How do I prevent Antivir/SecuritySuite infections? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Sep 9, 2010 - 13 answers

*NIXing Malware

What antivirus software should I run on a large Debian web server? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism on Jul 27, 2010 - 8 answers

What am I missing here, to get this thing fired up and online?

I bought a new laptop today, an inexpensive Compaq. I've not opened the box yet, don't want to run the thing without a decent anti-virus anti-malware etc and etc, on the machine and operative -- I figure I'll use my existing puter to download the latest AVG onto a USB stick and install it onto the Compaq before getting online. Also intend to run Decrapifer software and also CCleaner to get all the gunk off the machine that I can. Question: What else do I need to do to fire up this Windows 7 machine, if anything? Also -- once cleaned up, I'd like to image the drive to a USB drive I've got, that USB drive came with proprietary software and I'm sure that'd be fine, but do you have any preference as to what drive imaging (freeware) software to use? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Jul 4, 2010 - 18 answers

AVP for Me?

Virus Protection at a discount? I use Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 (or internet security in past years) and it's usually $60. However this time of year it is only $10-$20. I currently have 189 days left on my current subscription. Can I buy another copy of Kaspersky 2010 now and install it in 190 days and get another year of service or do I have to buy a 2011 version next year?
posted by saradarlin on Jun 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Difference between anti-spyware and anti-virus?

What are the main differences between anti-spyware and anti-virus? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Apr 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Computer is melting down!

Overrun by malware / viruses. Anti-virus programs won't work, system restore is blocked, files are being damaged - I don't know what to do! [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Dec 27, 2009 - 20 answers

Stupid Blue Screen... Grumble Grumble.

Problems with Kaspersky Anti-Virus and XP... Blue Screens and All! More inside. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar on Dec 14, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I keep my new laptop new for as long as possible?

How do I keep my new laptop new for as long as possible? [more inside]
posted by wet-raspberry on Dec 13, 2009 - 16 answers

Antivirus with on/off switches

I am looking for some recommendations on antivirus/antimalware software for Windows. Specifically I am looking for an antivirus program that will allow me to selectively turn on/off components as needed. [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek on Oct 26, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I make an Antivirus Pro 2010/Protection System infection go away?

How do I make an Antivirus Pro 2010/Protection System infection go away? [more inside]
posted by momzilla on Sep 24, 2009 - 21 answers

Is my anti-virus lying to me?

My anti-virus say's my computer is infected, but I think it's talking bollocks... or has xearth suddenly turned evil on me? [more inside]
posted by ComfySofa on Sep 17, 2009 - 12 answers

Virus-free or virus hiding: is my computer Conficked or just fine?

On or around April 1, my computer caught something that caused havoc with my antivirus programs but now everything seems fine--this can't be correct? [more inside]
posted by librarylis on Apr 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Hope Me, AVG

Is there something similar to AVG Free Antivirus for Vista Business? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin on Mar 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Digital Immunodeficiency Disorder?

My laptop's been infected by something that is interfering with all the usual solutions. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 25, 2009 - 30 answers

Help this man scan, if you can

Anti-virus and anti-malware scanners mysteriously unable to update -- how to tell if I have a virus, and what to do about it? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Dec 15, 2008 - 22 answers

Which anti-spyware and anti-virus programs are best at detecting and removing spyware and viruses respectively and why?

Which anti-spyware and anti-virus programs are best at detecting and removing spyware and viruses respectively and why? [more inside]
posted by Fluffy654 on Oct 7, 2008 - 12 answers

How can I uninstall AVG 8 antivirus software, when normal uninstall doesn't work?

Botched AVG 8 install on Windows XP machine, now setup program (uninstall/repair/install) hangs. The partial install is causing problems. How can we get AVG off the machine when normal uninstall won't work? Details inside on the many things we've tried. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Aug 22, 2008 - 16 answers

where do my viruses come from?

When AVG antivirus finds a virus, it tells me where it is and the filename. Is there any way to find out where it came from? I'm showing a handful of trojans and exploits over the past six months and I'm curious.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jul 5, 2008 - 3 answers

Thin Defence

Is 'Trend Micro Antivirus plus AntiSpyware' and Spysweeper (along with the firewall) enough to keep a PC clean? [more inside]
posted by Kronos_to_Earth on Jul 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Problems with antivirus software. How do I check there aren't any viruses?

I think my computer might have a virus. Are there any trustworthy security testing services that I can use to conclusively prove whether or not this is the case? [more inside]
posted by Jack Alucard on Jun 10, 2008 - 7 answers

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