what is the best computer security software to by these days?

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  1. brainiac8008 says:

    I highly recommend that you get an AntiVirus suite that you must pay for. A lot of the free alternatives are not too great, a lot have some strengths and weaknesses. AVG is one of the worst free antivirus programs because it is bloated, it is not good at detecting viruses, and it says that some files are viruses when they are not.

    I recommend BitDefender for a well-rounded anti-virus suite or Avira Premium for best virus detection.

  2. blamay22000 says:

    No such thing. Not one piece of security software can honestly say they protect you 100 percent. They only know how to protect from what they know is out there. Common sense is the best protection you can have. Sadly, it seems to be not so common.

  3. FILE_SWAPPER says:

    I’ve had a great deal of success using Windows Live OneCare.

    The scan/removal is totally free.

    But the software must be purchased.

    Works Really Well – Sure that you’ll Love it!

    Here’s a direct link to the scanner

    You also have an option for their 3mth/90day trial

  4. davidlee099 says:

    Try to take advantage of your ISP’s antivirus software. If you have Comcast service, then you can go to security.comcast.net to take advantage of McAfee. If you have Verizon FiOS or Verizon Internet, then you can go to their main page and find something about Internet security. Contact your ISP to see if they offer antivirus software as part of their service. They usually do.

  5. WhiteScorpion24 says:

    Kaspersky Internet Security
    ESET Total Security
    AVAST Pro
    Norton Internet Security 2009
    Trend Micro Internet Security Pro
    Sunbelt VIPRE
    Comodo Internet Security
    PC tools Internet Security

  6. NormRaD says:

    There are many good computer security software that are free, and the free alternative is usually as good as the paid alternative. Here is a list:

    ***Antivirus Software (use only one)

    – avast! antivirus Home Edition
    – AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0
    – Comodo Internet Security (download, select to install antivirus)
    – AntiVir

    ***Antispyware software (use as many as you like)

    – Spybot-S&D
    – Ad-Aware Free
    – AntiVir

    ***Firewall software (use only one, not necessary as Windows already has a pretty good built-in firewall)

    – Comodo Internet Security (download, select to install firewall)
    – ZoneAlarm® Free Firewall
    – AntiVir

    I recommend the first choice of every category, cause its what i use myself. AntiVir is a three in one, so that’s an easy option. All the mentioned are excellent choices.

  7. QD1956 says:

    There is no such animal, not one of those suites (Paid or Free) is the BEST !

    Here are my suggestions (and warnings) for free software (I tried all personally):

    Avast is good but takes a lot of resources in the computer.

    If you need both Virus scanner and firewall, then the Comodo firewall http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/download_firewall.html is the top contender.

    Use it in combo mode (Antivirus/Firewall) at installation.

    The firewall itself is very robust and the just-released version 3 includes a well-designed intrusion detection system and Vista compatibility. Comodo also supports internet connection sharing, whereas the free versions of Kerio and ZoneAlarm do not.

    Make sure that you install it in “Advanced” mode, because the “Basic” installation has the HIPS ( Host-based Intrusion-Prevention System ) disabled.

    If you just want to use Comodo as a Firewall then for Virus scanning, use Avira instead http://www.download.com/Avira-AntiVir-Personal-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10322935.html?cdlPid=10901492 It is very light on resources and the detection rate of viruses and rootkits is outstanding.

    However, it does not include anti-spyware and anti-adware protection so add an Email scanner ( http://www.spamdel.com/ OR http://www.glenn.delahoy.com/software/files/Inbox.htm ) and see below for adware scanning.

    Anti-Malware/Spyware suggestions:

    Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware: http://www.download.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?part=dl-10804572&subj=dl&tag=button is a good choice and has gotten many people out of jams if you keep it updated.

    Spybot: http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-amp-Destroy/3000-8022_4-10122137.html?tag=mncol is also a good choice if you use it regularly and keep it updated.

    Do not use more than one Antivirus on active mode (it is OK to have one active and others in passive (manual scan) mode), one “software” Firewall (no options there as war between them will shut down your communication system if you have more than one), one good cleaner, two or three Anti spyware/Malware (they each detect something that the others have not seen) and one Email scanner (if your Virus scanner does not include one) but have at least one of each (for security) as there is no excuse to leave yourself wide open.

    Cleaner suggestion:

    Glary Utilities: http://www.glaryutilities.com/gu.html to remove junk files or remnants of installs (there is always some).

    Do not use Ccleaner ( In my time at helping others, I have found it more destructive than helpful and I had to rebuild systems nuked by it in the past ).

    And of course, NEVER have them working scans at the same time.

    When you scan, only the Firewall should be running alongside (in learn mode if need be).

    Use a methodic “one after the other” kind of scan !

    P.S.: DO NOT USE toolbars as they contain a form of spyware (even the ones from big names)

  8. Jessica Queller says:

    You don’t buy it. You implement it.

    Good security requires a multi-layered approach, and the least important layer by far is running some kind of anti-malware program (in fact, if you take care of all the other layers, you don’t even need an anti-malware program using up extra resources).

    In order of importance:

    1. Create and use almost exclusively a limited user account instead of the default administrator account Windows sets you up with

    2. Read up on social engineering and how to avoid it

    3. Don’t download illegal copies of software, music, or movies

    4. Set Windows updates to install automatically

    5. Make regular backups. If possible, back up your entire installation (using Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image)

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