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Discussion in 'Computers' started by andruoid, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert
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    Just got myself a new Asus TP300LA laptop direct from MS. Besides some nice Asus utilities there is zero 3rd party trialware, Yay! It's been a while since I used Windows and I generally stuck with MSE at the time for AV defence. Win 8.1 comes with a rebadged/upgraded version of MSE called Defender. Opinions on it would be appreciated and 3rd party alternatives as well. 90% is how you surf I know but, having a good defence is always needed. Thanks!

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  2. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Android Expert

    I just use AVG Free Edition for Windows. Mostly, I install Common Sense and leave it running at all times.
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  3. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert
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    I used AVG when it first came out for a number of years. It was a good setup. Then moved to MSE, moved onto Avira and back to MSE. Haven't used Windows for 2-3 years until now.
  4. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog

    I use Linux takes all the headache out of it :p
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  5. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert
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    I've tried GNU-Linux on and off since RedHat ver. 4.1 (1998). The only time it was stable and enjoyable for me was the Mandrake ver. 5 through 7 (early 2000's). Mint and Trisquel was another favorite I tried a couple of years ago. Trisquel being one of the truly "free" and pure distros out there, even Debian is using 3rd party software. GNU-Linux is great however, it looks like the same old story: wifi issues, trackpad issues, etc. More of a headache than surfing carefully. ;-)

    I have looked online somewhat to see if a distro would run on my Asus TP300LA and it won't at this time.

    I'm thinking Malwarebytes (full version) as its a decent price. Still researching and again, suggestions welcome.
  6. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Android Expert

    I almost posted that about an hour ago, then decided not to-- it's said every time.

    I have been using Linux almost exclusively for at least seven years. Sure, I run into the occasional compatibility problem, but I had the same when installing Windows on custom machines, as well... Just a little research and a few days of experimentation usually results in happy computing.
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  7. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    I use a Mac. :p
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  8. bjacks12

    bjacks12 Android Expert

    a hammer in about 30 minutes if I experience another BSOD.
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  9. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert
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    The only BSoD I ever had was with Win98SE and that was because I went with an AMD K6 Series and crappy VIA chipset.
  10. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User

    Me too. I used to use Panda but it apparently stopped being free.
  11. AMOCO

    AMOCO The Computer Guy
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    I use Avast Free Home 2015 Edition on all my computers
  12. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator

    Defender/MSSE for me on Windows 8.1. Plus the Common Sense that @Crashdamage recommended. +++

    Yes, I'm also a fan of Linux, but since the OP was asking specifically for his Windows laptop that's not really applicable. ;)
  13. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert
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    After debating and researching malware and/or firewall solutions I've decided to just let Defender and Windows Firewall handle things for now. MSE is all that was on my Win7 OS for the longest time and never had issues. I've bought a couple of different solutions in the past and they just end up being resource hogs. If I really need to I could just run Linux in a VM and not worry. :)
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  14. bjacks12

    bjacks12 Android Expert

    On 7 i ran MalwareBytes, MSE, Windows Firewall, and Spybot(when it was still relevant, lol).

    On 8.1, I use the same minus Spybot.
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  15. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert
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    I also use a VPN service since I prefer a more open inet and less CRTC.
  16. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User

    I only use AV in my PC cuz it's free and, doesn't over-consume resources and seems like the right thing to do, although I've never really needed it (so far).

    I've never used it my droids cuz it does over-consume resources and as long as I get everything from the play store, I'm content to trust Google.
  17. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert
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    I stand corrected, Big Time. I purchased Malwarebytes which comes with 3 licenses and installed on my new laptop and our ancient 8 yr old desktop. The latter has only ever run MSE. After a full scan with MBAM it found 23 infections (8 different ones total) called PUP.Optional.*.*

    Just goes to show, you can be infected and don't know it.
  18. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User

    I've had the PUP too. As I recall, I just turned on show hiddens and searched for pups. Probably also did a regedit search too, but can't remember now.
  19. bjacks12

    bjacks12 Android Expert

    The secret, I found, is to uninstall A/V stuff and download toolbars for IE. They give you all your information without having to go to websites where the viruses are. :p If you can still see screen, you don't have enough toolbars.
  20. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User

    I only use IE on a new install to download Firefox, then I never use it again. Perhaps that's the wrong thing to do, but something I can't even remember drove me away years ago and I never use it anymore.
  21. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert
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    Firefox with duckduckgo.com as the only search engine ...also: AdBlock + NoScript ...and zero toolbars. 8)
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  22. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User

    Trying duck right now. Already have AdBlock but disabled NoScript on my ancient beast. Also curious about µBlock.
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  23. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User

    I decided, since I still have the space on my LG Access LTE, to break tradition and install AVG Free on it. It doesn't seem to get on the way and it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.
  24. rosario1990

    rosario1990 Member

    I use KasperSky for protecting my pc from virus.
  25. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    I had duck yesterday, delicious.
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