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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Looking for AVG Antivirus 7.5 freeware. I just installed 8.0 and I want to go back! [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy
on May 3, 2008 -
I am in the market for some new anti-virus software and possibly a new router. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600
on Apr 27, 2008 -
I need your help to settle a debate. Could you suggest the safest antivirus setup, within the confines of Windows XP and a wireless internet connection, with the least
provide the statistics to prove it? I need more than simple AV comparatives
. I need stats on the virtues of Firefox versus IE, on using two function-differentiated user accounts (admin versus everyday, with the 'everyday' account having no admin privileges), etc. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Mar 25, 2008 -
What software (or combination of software) are you using to keep your computer internet-secure these days? [more inside]
posted by danwalker
on Mar 12, 2008 -
I'm after a bootable antivirus CD to scan a Windows XP computer. It must be fast, update-able and easy to use. [more inside]
posted by joshnunn
on Feb 27, 2008 -
What is a good lightweight anti-spyware/anti-virus application that wouldn't slow down an already old, slow computer, and would act as an extra layer on top of good behavior and careful Firefox usage? [more inside]
posted by Ricket
on Feb 16, 2008 -
What is the best anti virus software? My Panda subscription is about to expire. Is there an independent service that reviews them. I haven't had any trouble. Just wondering.
posted by ok
on Jul 15, 2007 -
I've got a file (completely harmless) that my anti-virus program (AVG) sees as a security threat, and am now unable to open it. Is there any way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by jimmy
on May 1, 2007 -
Anyone recommend PC tuneup software, installable to a portable drive or USB stick? Something for tuneups/cleanups, kind of like System Mechanic Portable Toolkit used to do. [more inside]
posted by bartleby
on Apr 26, 2007 -
Is there a decent antivirus for MS server operating systems that doesn't cost a breathtaking amount? [more inside]
posted by jfuller
on Mar 11, 2007 -