Which anti-virus do i install?

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hello, i am not very expert user in windows. my computer has become
very slow and i think it is virus. could anybody pls suggest a
suitable antivirus for me? thanks.

Re: Which anti-virus do i install?

On Sun, 6 Apr 2008 21:55:40 -0700 (PDT), willtell wrote:

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There are many good free AV applications available, and almost everyone
has his favorite. Most of the users are emotionally attached to their av
application and will have excellent reasons for not recommending any
other brand.
The most important thing here is that all of the available choices
listed here are better in some respects than in others, and which choice
is better for *you* depends on what you do, how you work, and which
features you use. The way you use your PC is different from others.
Have a look at this:
and be guided accordingly.
Good info can be obtained here:
and here:
http://www.av-comparatives.org /

If the above is too 'deluging' consider these options:-
Real-time AV applications - for viral malware.
Do not utilize more than one (1) real-time anti-virus scanning engine!
Disable the e-mail scanning function during installation (Custom
Installation on some AV apps.) as it provides no additional protection.
In fact most experts believe that scanning incoming and outgoing mail
causes e-mail file corruption.

Avira AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic - Free
You may wish to consider removing the 'AntiVir Nagscreen'
Free antivirus - avast! 4 Home Edition
It includes ANTI-SPYWARE protection, certified by the West Coast Labs
Checkmark process, and ANTI-ROOTKIT DETECTION based on the best-in class
GMER technology.
(Choose Custom Installation and under Resident
Protection, uncheck: Internet Mail and Outlook/Exchange.)
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
http://free.grisoft.com /
(Choose custom install and untick the email scanner plugin.)
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus 7.0 - Not Free
ESET NOD32 Antivirus - Not Free
http://www.eset.com /
and (optional)
On-demand AV application.
(add it to your arsenal and use it as a "second opinion" av scanner).
BitDefender10 Free Edition

A-S applications - for non-viral malware.
The effectiveness of an individual A-S scanners can be wide-ranging and
oftentimes a collection of scanners is best. There isn't one software
that cleans and immunizes you against everything. That's why you need
multiple products to do the job i.e. overlap their coverage - one may
catch what another may miss, (grab'em all).

SuperAntispyware - Free
Ad-Aware 2007 - Free
Spybot Search & Destroy - Free
Windows Defender - Free
WD monitors the start-registry and hooks registers/files to prevent
spyware and worms to install to the OS.
Interesting reading:
"...Windows Defender did excel in behavior-based protection, which
detects changes to key areas of the system without having to know
anything about the actual threat."

After the software is updated, it is suggested scanning the system in both
Normal and Safe Mode.

Good luck :)

Re: Which anti-virus do i install?

Kayman wrote:
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[snip Kayman's excellent overview and advice]

It's true that viruses and other nasties can slow down your computer,
but so can a lot of other things. Allow me to offer you some unsolicited
and somewhat off-topic advice. This is strictly speaking not the correct
forum for this subject, but since you admit a lack of expertise, I think
it may help you to be aware of other reasons for slow downs. Removing
the baddies may not be enough of a cure.

The fact is that your computer will slow down, even if you never have a
virus infection. Here are the most common other reasons that your
computer slows down, in approximate order of severity:

a) Fragmented disk(s)
b) Unused or invalid Registry keys
c) Multiple versions of programs
d) Temporary files
e) Left-over parts of uninstalled programs
f) Unused programs
g) Rarely accessed data

Most of these problems can be fixed by running a variety of utilities,
such a registry cleaners, defragmenters, etc. Start with the System
Tools in Windows. There are also a number of utilities and utility
suites available, most of them better than the ones included with
Windows. Google on "computer system utilities", "computer utility
suites", and "computer maintenance" to get started.

It's important to have a regular maintenance schedule. If you don't feel
comfortable doing it yourself, take the machine to a reputable shop. You
pay to maintain your car, right? I believe that maintaining your
computer is as important as maintaining your car. A lot of people have
found out how painful (or even costly) it is to lose information stored
on their computers. That includes me. It's the reason I've become
paranoid about data loss.

So, develop a regular computer maintenance routine. You can learn how to
do most of it yourself, and by doing so, you will gain a lot of
confidence. Confidence is good!

Oh yeah, back up important files to CD or DVD regularly.


wolf k.

Re: Which anti-virus do i install?

On Mon, 07 Apr 2008 10:27:45 -0400, Wolf K. wrote:

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I wouldn't recommend a registry cleaner to an inexperienced user.
AUMHA Discussion: Should I Use a Registry Cleaner?
Note the comments from Mark Russinovich and the reference concerning ERUNT.

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Re: Which anti-virus do i install?

Kayman wrote:
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You're right, I should have added a warning, as some cleaners are very
aggressive. For routine cleaning, I use Registry Mechanic, because it's
"gentle", and in fact leaves a lot of detritus alone. I haven't yet had
a problem after using it.


wolf k.

Re: Which anti-virus do i install?


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I use this "old" (very old) cleaner

I have selected all, except:
- start menu cleaner
- custom cleaner

I have never had any problem using BeClean 1.4 (freeware).

Fred W. (NL)

Thanks Kayman! (Was:Re: Which anti-virus do i install?)

Kayman wrote:
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Thanks for the reference, I nosed around the various links in the
thread, and learned a lot. Will not recommend reg. cleaners in future.
Will I ditch Reg. Mechanic? As a matter of fact, I've been putting off
resubscribing as I wasn't sure whether it was a tool worth paying for.
So you've saved me a some dollars, too. ;-)

Thanks again.

wolf k.

Re: Thanks Kayman! (Was:Re: Which anti-virus do i install?)

On Tue, 08 Apr 2008 08:49:49 -0400, Wolf K. wrote:

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YW, glad the links were educational/helpful.

Good luck :)  

Re: Which anti-virus do i install?

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Try Kaspersky with SuperAntispyware combination.

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