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    Default Which is best free security tool against viruses???

    Hi guys, Currently I'm using Avast in Desktop to keep my PC secure from viruses...
    It is fine.. I wanted to ask is any other free, handy but powerful tool against viruses???
    Which is best free security tool against viruses???

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    Jeff, you can try Microsofts Security Essentials, last time I checked it was a free program.

    http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

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    MSE and the most important thing, Good Common Sense while roaming in the cyber-jungle.

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    Run MSE along with Iobit 360 free and your good to go!

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    MSE and Malwarebytes.

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    Iobit 360 is poor at everything it does, besides it's not good running two virus programs. Here's the review of iobit 360:

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2355884,00.asp

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    No matter what tool(s) you use to secure your system, you need to continually check to see if it is effective. Various tools are available, but one that we keep going back to over the years are found on Gibson Research's website. Since their website was THE target of the first large world-wide DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack, they have shared many useful tools to help stop the same from happening to others.

    http://www.grc.com/lt/leaktest.htm


    https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm

    THE biggest problem I have to deal with regularly is someone's kids/friends/employee's disabling security measures "just for a while" so that they don't have to "bother" with it.

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    Welcome to the forums. I'm from Hendersonville as well, did I refer you here? BTW, love the Gnome/ Firefox avatar.
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    Best tool against viruses is your brain. Seriously. Be smart about what you access and download.

    Oh, and welcome to PureOC CutNGlass! I will refrain from making a comment about your name LOL.

    I saw Hendersonville, NC and immediately assumed Shattered referred you here.

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    It wasn't till I was replying to his post (yesterday, or this morning) that I noticed that he was also in Hendersonville. Laugh at my name, all you want! It makes no sense unless you knew me 15 years ago. I've used CutNGlass for so long (stained glass hobby) - even though I don't have a workshop area set up for that right now - can't have doggies stepping on glass shards. Right now I'm focusing on getting other things in my life in order first. I guess "add personal info to pureoverclock" goes on the list too.

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    Ah, well..........my assumption on the name is based on the fact you're a woman. I figured you were being cheeky with us LMAO.

    Welcome to PureOC, you sound very knowledgeable and fun. I'm sure you'll fit in fabulously here. Pay no attention to some of the old farts around here, they lose their walkers on occasion and get cranky

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    MS Security Essentials Update to v2.1

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2544035

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    Exclamation Being smart isn't enough these days

    Let's face it, hackers, exploiters, and those writing malicious software are smarter than you. I can attest from being a systems administrator for over 5 years that it doesn't always matter if you are being smart or not when you are connected to the web. The Nimbda Virus infected IIS web servers and propagated it's virus to unsuspecting visitors to infected sites. Other virii do the same thing, so in any case, an Anti-Virus software is not enough these days. I use Avast myself, but you should also arm yourself with a router for a hardware firewall with NAT, and a software firewall such as COMODO or something if you really want to be safe these days on the interwebs.

    Exploits in programs you are already running that are connected to the internet are also a big security concern these days, so make sure you update web based applications often also, especially your web browser.

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    After having dealt with several Virus problems, I will say don't try to depend on a anti-virus alone.

    Ideas are -
    Don't ever use an account the is in the administrator group.
    Don't use the same passwords for different user accounts.
    Try disabling unnecessary shares and accounts.

    And the one I think helps the best, isolate web browsing, using something like Vmware or Sandboxie.

    You could also use a firewall, Astaro is nice.

    It really depends on how concerned you are and how much work you want to put in.

    But, I really wouldn't depend on just anti-virus if you are concerned to much about it.

    Just my 2-cents.

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    Malware Bytes is really nice. It saved me couple of times and i use it every day since. When needed of course. +1 for this paired with MSE or Eset.

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    Default Re: Which is best free security tool against viruses???

    I have been using the Avast Free version as well the Comodo firewall [only] for about a year or so. Along with reg scans Malware-bytes.found this to be pretty efective and rather simple to deal with.Installed the Comodo Firewall [stand-alone] along with Avast for other as well and at first the Comodo Firewall can be a bit pesky' with it's notifications until one get 's the hang of it but a very effective and worthwhile combo that's free and appears to work quite well.
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