What security programs or setup should I run on my Windows computer?

Sandeep January 18, 2012
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I have recently bought a PC. I want to protect it while surfing the net from viruses, trojans, malware and other such harmful things. What should I do?

There are a number of things like antiviruses, anti spyware, anti malware, trojan removers, adware removers and host of other things to use. Which ones should I use?

And please tell if some combinations are to be used or all of them together. I am not an expert and know little about these things. Please help.

  1. Igor Rizvi?
    July 31, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Im gonna tell you only the "lite programs"
    Avira:
    Avast:
    Iobit malware fighter ...

  2. Sandeep
    February 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Hi everybody
    I have a problem. I am currently on fixed pack of 1 GB of internet data usage per month. So I want to save as much of it as possible to cover whole month. I use opera more frequently and sometimes firefox. Recently I switched to chrome and I noticed that my data usage suddenly shooted up to a great extent. I use a program called networx to monitor data usage. When I inspected while working in chrome I found that when I open a website say Google for instance, chrome keeps on consuming data even without my opening new pages, and sometimes it consumes upto 2 MB of data in just 4 min (and goes on consuming to infinity until disconnected or browser closed) with just one web page Google opened!!!! This however does not happen with opera or firefox which remain still at around 100 Kb with Google opened for any period of time. 

    How can it be??
    I want to use chrome. I am getting good speeds with it.
    Any setting for chrome to stop this??

    Sandeep

    • Oron Joffe
      February 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Sandeep, you should really post this as a separate question.

  3. Sandeep
    January 25, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Thanks to all for sharing your valuable thoughts. I am using free avast antivirus, zonealarm firewall and malwarebytes and also WOT. I use more of opera than firefox to save packet data. (Opera turbo)

    Thanks again
    sandeep

  4. Oron Joffe
    January 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    As others have said, get a free anti-virus package, and a firewall (exactly one of each) and use a safe browser, ideal one with 'Web of Trust' or similar mechanim built in.
    In addition, I'd recommend installing ThreatFire (compatible with some AV programs and not others, but it will warn you if it can't be used with your current AV).

  5. Mike
    January 20, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Personally I would install one of the freeware anti-virus software (Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast, Panda Cloud...) and use a browser which supports Traffic Light and Web of Trust

    Personally I'm not a fan of software firewalls like the Windows Firewall, Zone Alarm, etc... They often cause more problems with the applications you want to run than protecting you.
    Local threads are usually eliminated by the anti virus and with pretty much all home modems/routers having a simple firewall included WAN (internet) threads should be nothing to worry about.

    * I want to mention that if you have a mobile device and use it on public WiFi you should in fact use a software firewall. You never know what the other people on the network are doing.

  6. Jay.0
    January 19, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Use epic browser (Indian brother of Mozilla),
    http://www.epicbrowser.com
    It has inbuilt security features for safe browsing.

    • Sandeep
      January 25, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Thanks jay.. I was not aware of it till now. I have downloaded it and will start using soon :)

      • Jay.0
        January 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        Yes many in India are not aware of it, it has so many features which is useful for Indian users like live tv and youtube channels of Indian tv shows.

        The context menu has the option of scanning any link with virustotal.com

        but still It is not my default browser, so not ware of drawbacks!

        Thanks for your feedback.

  7. Jeff Fabish
    January 19, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Sandeep,

    It depends on what specifications the security suit must meet. If you want speed, I'd go with Microsoft Security Essentials and the Windows Firewall. If you want security, I'd go with Kapsersky Internet Security (built in firewall). Checkout our list of anti-viruses, anti-malware and firewall applications.

     You should have a minimum of a firewall and anti-virus installed. Having an anti-malware and trojan removal software can only help, granted they do not conflict with the other active security software. You should never have more than one anti-virus engine or firewall running at a given time. 

  8. FIDELIS
    January 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Hello, I am assuming your system is running windows 7.  It is recommend to only run one antivirus and one firewall.  It is also recommended to keep your system updated.  You can do so by using windows update.  Make sure to keep system patched and install service packs. 

    The Firewall utility provided with windows 7 should be good enough for protecting your system.  If you decide to use something else, you could try Comodo Firewall free:

    http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/

    Or, you could also check the options provided by makeuseof in next link:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-windows-software#firewall

    For antivirus there are a few choices.  I would go with either, Microsoft security essentials or  avast.  For an antivirus solution that uses few resources and integrates well with your system, you could use Microsoft Security Essentials.  If you want a more comprehensive solution, try Avast.   Freeware recommended can be found in the next link:

    http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-windows-software#antivirus

    For a dedicated Antimalware solution I would suggest malwarebytes or superantiware.  The free versions are good enough.  They both can be installed in your system but make sure if both are installed, that only one of them is providing active protection.  Make sure to give your system a complete scan once in a while. 

    http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-windows-software#malware

    Also, for a rounded protection make sure to use browsers such as Chrome or Mozilla Firefox:

    Chrome:
    http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95346

    Firefox:
    http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/dl

    Also make sure to visit secunia site and scan your system and software for vulnerabilities.  Once you run a scan, it will show you vulnerabilities and also links for updating your software:

    http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/

    Also make sure to install system maintanance tool such as crapcleaner.  You can find more options in next link:

    http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-windows-software#maintenance

  9. Anonymous
    January 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Concerning antivirus, depends on you and how you will use the internet and then if you wish freeware or shareware

    Freeware
    Avast
    http://www.avast.com/index

    Avira
    http://www.avira.com/en/index

    Microsoft security essentials
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials

    Panda Cloud Antivirus
    http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/forHome/

    Immunet protect
    http://www.immunet.com/
    you can have another layer protection and works most security tool, so you can install it with others.

    If you would like stronger then Avast or Avira sharewares will do you may wanna look Bitdefender products that also includes in one version parental control.

    some shareware antivirus will also add link advisor so before clicking on the link you can see the degree of trust. Now if you wish you can download and install similar one the addon Web of trust
    http://www.mywot.com/en/download

    Now you can add winpatrol
    http://www.winpatrol.com/
    will alert you if a program would like install and add registry point or startup in this way you can deny if it is a malware or allow if you trust the source

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