Best Free Security Programs For New PC?

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    Best Free Security Programs For New PC?

    Just received my Dell XPS 13 today & looking for some advice on the best free security programs to install in 2015. I do quite a lot of downloading so wanting the best free protection solution. Is it still advised to have a firewall, antivirus & other protection measures installed? I've uninstalled McAfee which was bundled on the laptop & have installed Avast for now - if there's a better free antivirus option please let me know. Thanks

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    Avast or AVG is the best

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    I'd go to a paid virus scanner asap! but Avast is the better of the free ones

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    You can pick up a 9 month promo-code for the paid versions of Bitdefender for like a dollar on G2A. Malwarebytes licenses also come very cheap on there. Probably much better than going for a free AV. Just make sure you turn off Bitdefenders firewall - it's awful beyond belief.

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    The most recent AV-Comparitives show Panda Free Antivirus to rate very highly. Avast is also good. You'll be fine with either of those.

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    Of the free options Avast seems to offer the best compromise between threat detection and not being invasive or setting off a whole bunch of false positives.

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    Thanks I'll stick with Avast then! Would you recommend I download any other security measures such as a firewall &/or any other programs that work well with Avast? Maybe CCleaner or Malwarebytes or something like that? What would be the best stack of security programs & is it really necessary?

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    bless wrote:
    is any of it really necessary?
    Nope.

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    Privoxy wrote:
    Nope.
    This

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    Avira is by far the best free AV. Use Kaspersky or ESET if you are looking to pay for a full security suite.

    Unless you are downloading from random shareware sites, you shouldn't even need antivirus. The zerodays and APTs will bypass all of it if someone really wants to get in.

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    Microsoft Security Essentials

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    gathixpower wrote:
    Unless you are downloading from random shareware sites, you shouldn't even need antivirus.
    You what?

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    #13
    Pretty much this for free route:

    Avast/360/panda/avg + malwarebytes + ublock origin (ad blocker) + Common sense

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    Install EMET alongside what ever anti-virus/anti-malware + host-based firewall solution you go for:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2458544

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    Latest version of Avast free has nagging popups on startup which can't be disabled. Kind of ironic.
    Last edited by Richard7666; 31st July 2015 at 2:07 am.

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    ChizzBo wrote:
    Microsoft Security Essentials


    Much better: http://www.pandasecurity.com/newzeal...ree-antivirus/

    Panda + Comodo firewall + AdBlock Plus. Malwarebytes for post infection. Cleaned many a derp friend's computer with MalwareBytes.

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    ChizzBo wrote:
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    Only if he was using Windows 7, but since he just got a new one today its probably Win 8.1 or 10, which there is no MSE for - it's Bit Defender.

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    bless wrote:
    What would be the best stack of security programs & is it really necessary?
    It is actually necessary to have another layer on top of your AV, What if you get hit with something like a zero day crypto virus ?

    configure windows built in Applocker if you have it or install a anti executable program and run your browser and email in sandboxie. Or another good alternative is Blueridge Appguard its very easy to configure for the average home user and it kicks ass. then you will be fully protected

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    Thunderstorm wrote:
    It is actually necessary to have another layer on top of your AV, What if you get hit with something like a zero day crypto virus ?

    configure windows built in Applocker if you have it or install a anti executable program and run your browser and email in sandboxie. Or another good alternative is Blueridge Appguard its very easy to configure for the average home user and it kicks ass. then you will be fully protected
    That Sandbox myth:

    http://www.securityweek.com/applicat...tacks-research


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    Jarsky wrote:
    Only if he was using Windows 7, but since he just got a new one today its probably Win 8.1 or 10, which there is no MSE for - it's Bit Defender.
    You cannot recommend it for any Windows OS. Even Microsoft don't even recommend it so why do people still insist on carrying the horribleness?

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    And what does Microsoft recommend?

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    They recommend an anti-virus. They'd never recommend an outside product by name.

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    Windows Defender + run Malwarebytes occasionally.

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    People really use anti virus? Just know what you're downloading.... not hard...

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    Logikk wrote:
    People really use anti virus? Just know what you're downloading.... not hard...
    Vulcan wrote:
    You what?
    ^

    Dat ironic avatar name yo.