Antivirus?

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by frank55, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. frank55

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    Hi guys; On this Hp Dv6 1259DX with win 7 installed came with
    a free malwarebytes Anti-Exploit , and Panda Free Antivirus,
    my question should i keep these or should i delete these? thanks in advance.
     
  2. djsfantasi

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    If you did decide to delete them, what would you replace them with? Why would you want to delete them? (This is a trick question)
    Have you heard of Microsoft Security Essentials?
     
  3. frank55

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    Thanks bro; well i'm asking because i don't know those,i have on screen all the time i boot requesting to update them, which i turn down,should i update them?these are free and don't know if they offer any protection!.
    about the Microsoft Essentials i think that is active too, do you think since i have the Microsoft Essentials that i don't need the others? thanks
     
  4. djsfantasi

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    Be sure that you have Microsoft Security Essentials. If you do, you don't need the others. But my bet is that you don't. HP wouldn't install both.

    As far as the updates - yes, go for it. Antivirus needs daily updates in order to work. Some software will do it automatically in the background. Perhaps the installed version is an older version that needs to be updated to work and then will automatically update virus refs. In any case, let it update.
     
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  5. sirch2

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    Second djsfantasi, get rid of the others and just use Microsoft Security Essentials/Windows Defender
     
  6. djsfantasi

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    They aren't really free. And a large company like HP is unlikely to risk their reputation with antivirus that doesn't protect. They're likely free, because the makers licensed it to HP in order to get market penetration. In a year, when they charge you for updates in a yearly support contract, is when they'll make their money.

    This has nothing to do with your question, but is a short lesson on why computers come with tons of "free" software.
     
  7. djsfantasi

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    Here is the official download for Microsoft Security Essentials:
    Download
     
  8. MikeML

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    How long do you suppose it will be before Microsoft drops its support for Win 7, like they did for XP?

    What is a good alternative to Microsoft Security Essentials for those who are running XP?
     
  9. djsfantasi

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    I wouldn't run XP for any reason! I have a lot of business retiring XP machines.

    With MSE, you're more likely to get continued support. And if I were a betting man, I'd say Win 7 support still has a few more years. Win 8 is a major paradigm switch which will take a while to go mainstream.

    Besides MSE is good for Win 8 & 8.1
     
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  10. eetech00

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    Hi

    Yes...shouldn't run XP anymore...it is unsupported and MS no longer patches that operating system.
    By continuing to run XP, you risk exposing the system to new exploits that can't be fixed as well as
    providing a potential attack platform to exploit other systems.

    As far as Anti-virus software for company desktops/server use, Symantec Endpoint protection, or Microsoft Endpoint protection are the ones to use.

    eT
     
  11. frank55

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    Thank's to all of you and have a great Christmas
     
  12. GaryCole

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    Hi, I did not understand is panda antivirus bad? I've bought at tablet Galaxy at goodguyselectronics, and it is also has this one. Or should I install other one?
     
  13. djsfantasi

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    I didn't say Panda was bad. I said you should not run two antivirus products at the same time. Reading this review , Panda looks like one of the top choices. Read the review.

    Remember, don't run two antivirus programs at the same time, like MSE and Panda.
     
  14. bertus

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    Hello dj,

    Can you give a NORMAL link in stead of the mobile one?
    It does NOT work on a desktop.

    Bertus
     
  15. djsfantasi

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    Sorry. I do most of my postings from my mobile device, and don't notice the host name difference. Thanks for pointing out the problem!

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2463592,00.asp
     
  16. electronis whiz

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    Pretty much personal preference. I have never use Panda AV so I can't say that's good of bad.

    If you do change i'd say your best option is Avast. I used Clam AV for a while it always seemed to have some issue or another, updates often failed. I went to security essentials it was ok for a while, then I knew someone using it got a nasty bug and I had to backup and reload their system. I have talked to people in corporate environments that run MSE they said it misses a lot of stuff.
    AVG has pretty much always been a resource hog, Mcafee is supposed to be junk.

    I have good lick with avast, but also heard good things on kaspersky and symantec.

    I'd keep the malwarebytes on it. I run that in addition to malwarebytes pro, Avast free.
    Not technically an AV program, but is related get secunia PSI it tells you updates needed, and helps maintain a secure system.
     
  17. BReeves

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    Another point of view.. I haven't ran any anti-anything for years, simply do not like the lost clock cycles and in-your-face user interface of most antivirus programs. I do run a scan using the free version of Malwarebites once in a while but it never finds anything. I follow a few simple rules that keeps me out of trouble.

    1. Never click a link in an email unless you are expecting someone to send you a link and even then confirm with the sender before the click.
    2. Stay away from any web site that is offering anything FREE, nothing is free.
    3. Stay away from porn and game sites.

    Just use common sense and be suspicious of everything before you click, they normally can't get to you if you don't let them in. I also happen to be running XP on this particular computer, it didn't all the sudden quit working when Microsoft abandoned it.
     
  18. R!f@@

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    Eset has protected me for years
     
  19. MikeML

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    Ditto.
     
  20. tracecom

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    Under the new scheme, all editions of Windows Vista will qualify for extended support until 2017 while Windows 7 will be supported until 2020.
     
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