Do you need both Internet security and Antivirus software for a desktop/laptop?

I bought a pc laptop recently and it only has a trial version of internet security on it so I have to buy/download some type of security either before or after it expires, however I am confused on whether I need both or just one of them installed.

4 replies
  1. Ed G says:

    Internet Security is anti-virus software. Internet Security also includes other features like firewall and other security features that a stand alone anti-virus does not have.

  2. Joe says:

    NO !!!!
    If you buy the security suite you have trial of you have both anti virus & anti malware. Mayby not the best , but something. If you Go to you can probably find a better security prog. or for that matter even the same one for less money. If you want freeware you can go to & get an anti virus ( AVG, Avast, or Avira ) & anti spyware ( Malwarebytes or Superantispyware ) .

    The programs you buy are better nomatter what hype you here & Norton Internet Security is in my mind the best.

    One more thought. Alot of the cable providers are offering free security as part of their service & its normally pretty good so if your provider does the same go for it.

    The worst deal you will find is to buy from the trial offer.


  3. NO6664ME says:

    Well…you can keep it and pay for it or chuck it for another paid security suite or save yourself some money and opt for free apps that in some cases are better than paid.

    If you decide to get other security apps,you must first disable what you have now and uninstall it. Let me repeat myself,disable it first and then uninstall.Some ,here on Yahoo Answers ,uninstall security apps before they disable it and end up with live and active files/folders that are protected and find it impossible to install another security program.

    If you’re interested in saving some money and want to go free then here are some suggestions on what you’ll need with links:
    1. a firewall: ZoneAlarm free
    2. an anti-virus: Avira AntiVir Personal 9
    3. for anti-spyware/anti-malware (all 3): Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition,Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware,A-Squared free
    4. a browser: Mozilla Firefox and add to it:KeyScrambler,Adblock Plus,AVG Link Scanner (or McAfee Site Advisor)
    5.disk cleaner/privacy/temporary file cleaner: CCleaner

    ZoneAlarm is also available at but there seems to be some confusion when downloading and most are getting the 15 day free trial of ZoneAlarm’s full security suite so that’s why I gave you a different link where there is no confusion.

    My opinion: Pass on the paid and go with the free.There are options and not all are paid.

  4. Dunbar Pappy says:

    “no666…” has a some solid tips.
    In it’s ‘out-of-the-box’ condition, MS Windows is plagued with security problems and bad configurations that most users are unaware of, and securing that system from Internet predation & assault is not a single application, or a suite: and it’s not a “1 click does every fix” that so many want…it ain’t going to happen peeps.

    It’s layers of protection, user habits, system configuration, real time protection; and most important, threat matrix awareness (because the internet is so fluid and dynamic, it changes almost hourly).
    (Check for fairly current threats here:

    “Do-it-all” suites (CareOne, McAfee, or Norton, etc.) give users ‘feel good’ security, and lull them into complacency, which often has very bad results.

    Core defense applications might include (but not limited to):
    Avast! (anti-virus);
    or Microsoft’s “Essentials” home version (freeware; 3 versions):

    Kerio/Sunbelt Personal Firewall (free) is good entry level protection; paid version is excellent;
    SpywareBlaster (snoopware prevention);
    >>>The #1 defense against any malware: Use a “Limited User” account & Firefox, with ‘NoScript’ add-on, with “locked down” settings<<< and dual browser set up as I describe here:;…
    for even better protection (not for some OS’s).
    The key element or common principal is to keep rubbish from all sources out of your system in the first place: stopped @ your doorstep, with a layered defense.

    Most novice users do not like hearing this, but nonetheless, it’s true: using Windows requires you to become a security expert, it’s that simple. Something they conveniently omit telling you when you buy this system…

    If you don’t have time, skill or desire to do all this, plus ‘updating’ everything, have a look @ “Secunia”: checks all your 3rd party & OS updates, plus gives your system a rating (in %) of defense readiness…pretty handy.

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