I just got a new laptop with 30 day free norton. It's about to expire. I do Internet banking so I'm searching for a new and up to date virus protection.
What the best virus protection out there?
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15-02-2012 16:32 #1Gday Australia
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Best Internet security / virus protection
15-02-2012 16:39 #2
We use bullgaurd. Its great never had a problem with it. A1yr subscription is $89.95 and that's for upto 3 comp or it's $79.95 for 1 comp
15-02-2012 16:44 #3
Don't buy Norton, what ever you do. It sucks, hogs the computer's resources.
I use Avast, its free and I have never ever got a virus, if the site is even suspect it pops up warning me. I do internet banking everyday. Any Avast updates itself everytime you connect to the net.
15-02-2012 17:10 #4-
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when i bought my computer i had the 1 month free norton virus thing too but when it ran out we forgot to put virus protection on there and i think about a month later my computer completly shut down, on the screen it had red background and big black writing on it (forgot what it said now)
we had to take it to the computer store to get it fixed (you couldnt even turn it off) $190 later and its fixed. it had thousands of viruses. trojans, spyware, malware. you name it we had it. the guy who fixed it could not believe how many viruses it had on it, he had never seen anything that bad before.
get a couple of different virus checkers. if you have norton get another one as well as norton only picks up certain viruses (other virus checkers only pick up certain viruses as well)
we have super anti spy weekly, anti malware monthly, cleen-up 4-6 weekly and norton. and it works really well
15-02-2012 17:28 #5Gday Australia
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Awesome thanks. I will look at getting those mentioned
Also what about using a iPhone. Is there virus protection for phones??
15-02-2012 18:09 #6
Best protection? A Mac. Failing that, Linux.
Failing THAT, the free anti-virus packages work every bit as well as the paid ones, and in some cases better. Avast and AVG were both good back when I used Windows, and I doubt they have gone downhill significantly since.
You'll also need an anti-spyware/ad-ware package. Again, look around at the free ones.
If you just do the email/web browsing type of thing, then using a better browser with the right add-ons will stop most threats at the gate. Firefox and Chrome are both worth a look.
Unless you jailbreak your iPhone, the chances of getting a virus is next to zero. Apple screens all the apps before they get accepted to the App Store. If you jailbreak, the chances are slightly higher but still very remote.
15-02-2012 18:21 #7
Can macs get viruses, or is it just a rare thing? Why?
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15-02-2012 18:30 #8
I prefer Avast and I've tried lots lol. I also run malaware every few weeks.
15-02-2012 18:36 #9
There are a few reasons. The two main ones are that the operating system is, in practise, more secure, and that there are far less OSX machines than Windows ones. This makes it less attractive for people that write viruses, and less likely they'll spread if they do.
15-02-2012 21:09 #10
Get a Mac. No viruses (or very rare as pp said). I've had a Mac at home for years, no problem. Have a pc at work (even with high tech anti virus software) and probably gets sick about every 6-8 months.
Mac is the best!!!
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