What is the best virus protection you can use to keep your computer cleaned up and running smooth?
The one I have now doesn't seem to be doing it and all it does is aggravate me wanting to sell me something!
I use Avast. They have a free version and a pay version. I use it because it is the one my tech recommended. I also use CCleaner on it once a week. That takes care of malware and registry problems. I also use Malwarebytes once a month. It takes care of malware also. Between the three of them, I have never had to take my computer to the shop for problems with virus' or malware. I have been using personal computers since 1987, so that is a pretty good record.
The best one I have used is Defender Pro, I believe it was called. We used it to get unwanted things we could not find off after something similar to the moneypak virus attacked. It got to the point, the computer couldn't.boot all the way before shutting down. My husband says the preventative product is Windows Defender, though.
Any of the major virus software is effective. Choose one and stay with it, keep it updated and do not buy every bell and whistle it has. Secondly, ust a cleaning program, I use Advance System Care from IOBIT, There is a free version and it works well. Thirdly be vigilant about what you read and where you surf.
I have a spam folder provided by my email host. When I get spam I put it there using the host facility for doing so. I have set my read filter to place e-mails that are not directed to me to go into a holding folder. I look at these suspiciously and never click on provided links.
When asked for personal information I ignore them, and if I suspect it is a phishing e-mail I contact whoever the official sender is suppose to be before doing anything with it.
Do not believe links in e-mails, the lower right cornor of my browser reveals real URLS and if it looks bogus, it probably is.
Want to be perfectly safe, disconnect the Internet, otherwise the above will work pretty well.
Finally have a clean system backup with all your software set up, back up any critical files and keep your email off your computer, use a network system.
PS If you get an offer too good to be true, it is usually trouble delete it.
Well thank you gp. Lately I have had a box coming up and saying I have a virus or something and to call this number right now! lol
I want to prevent that for sure! Never fear I don't trust a thing! lol
If you are getting a message often, you need to do two things. Get the name of the virus and the name of who is telling you this. Look them up on the internet. You could have a program on your system you need to remove.
At the time I'm using Norton, but I have also used McAfee. Another thing to consider is a good utility program like Norton Utilities. Corrupt registries can cause problems, or people forget to erase browser history, etc, which can sometimes slow down the computer. I usually run my utility program once a day.
Jackie, I am so glad you asked this question. Lots of great answers and advice. Kim
Norton, Avast, Kaspersky, Avira, AVG and Malwarebytes are some of the best. See the first hub I created for useful pc information. I recommend it. Expert advice on the article.
The first one that I used was Norton, maybe not the best. I have tried a few others and now I have Avast! (free) which I have been satisfied with. It tells me when it moved virus or malware to the 'chest'. [That is like the Recycle Bin.] I have never had a problem yet.
I use Norton but there are comparable ones out there. The important thing is to make sure you have the latest updates. Also, malwarebyres (free version) which is good to run too to clean up malware which Norton and others somtimes do not catch.
Also, always be sure that websites you are visiting are reputable, and if not sure download free tool from Norton to check website rating and satefy, norton safeweb lite.
Hope that helps.
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