AndreaModa wrote: JeremyMcClean wrote:
dr-baker wrote:By the way (for reference for those who don't have anti-virus, or for those whose anti-virus is about to run out), what is the best free anti-virus software that one can download from the internet?
Spybot is pretty good, though really you should stop being so cheap and buy the best that's out there at your local tech shop.
Agreed. For good, decent computer protection you should be paying between £40-£50 a year. It's a lot of money, but totally worth it when you think of the value of the items its protecting. I've paid around that amount now for 4 years to McAfee and touch wood, have never had a single issue with viruses, malware, trojans or attacks on my laptop. The stuff pays for itself many times over when the life of your laptop/pc is extended by years.
Any suggestion you need to spend big to protect your PC is a myth. There are many paid anti-virus products out there that are aren't worth the CD they're supplied on.
My perfect, 100% free combo would be;ANTI-VIRUSAvira
- Probably the best free anti-virus out there. AVG can be a bit weak and let trojans, worms and other nasty things slip through the cracks once in a while, whereas Avast sometimes freaks out and implodes on itself (in my experience at least). Avira on the other hand is solid as a rock, and handily comes with a root-kit remover which even some paid anti-viruses do not. It also has the highest malware detection rate of any
anti-virus at 99.8%
- Effective and free. Handily, unlike many other firewall programs, it monitors both incoming and outgoing connections. In my experience, solid as a rock, unlike another popular free program called Comodo, which takes over computers like a plague.Router
- The most effective firewall of them all is your own router! Make sure its built-in firewall is turned on at all times, it is far better at blocking malicious connections than any software based firewall.PLAN BMalwarebytes
- If somehow all your defenses are broken down and a virus infiltrates your system, Malwarebytes can still save your PC. It does not provide any real time protection against malware, but once it has entered your system there is nothing better than Malwarebytes for tracking it down and killing it off.
Absolutely everything in that list is free. Well, except the router, but let's just assume you already have one of those.