I just got a new laptop. For the last 5 or so years I have used free AVG and free Spy Bot. The Best Buy I purchased this computer from said neither is good enough if I do much social networking saying Facebook is horrible for picking up "bugs" and virus's. He also told me if I do any online banking (I d0) that I should purchase the additional coverage for $49 the AVG offers. He also said PC Cillian and Norton are good. I am not very "computer smart" and was wondering if anyone could recommend or suggest what they would do? Am I okay with the free products I have always used and have not had problems?Answer Question
Answer by adnilm at 10:49 AM on Apr. 26, 2012Credits: 118775 Level 40 Technology 101
I hate Norton and McAfee. I use one my dad told me about. It's called Webroot. It's about $50, and provides coverage for 3 computers. It lets me determine when it scans (I choose to have it scan every time I turn the computer on), and it quarantines anything it thinks is a virus. It even has a way that you can open those items in a safe environment to find out what they are, if you think it might be something you actually need/want. I will never use any other product again.
I did use the free ones you mention, and I never had any problems with them, but I'm also super cautious, so I can't say that it's because they were so effective.
Answer by wendythewriter at 10:49 AM on Apr. 26, 2012Credits: 41663 Level 29 Technology Minor
Answer by Rosehawk at 11:11 AM on Apr. 26, 2012Credits: 85806 Level 36 Technology Minor
After getting attacked by a super nasty my computer geeks put Malware and Microsoft Security Essentials on mine, so far, very good. Both are free versions.
Answer by emptynstr at 11:49 AM on Apr. 26, 2012Credits: 5552 Level 18
Avast is free, and it is awesome.
that said, trust the experts. Cnet.com is a great resource for technology products
Answer by rkoloms at 8:38 PM on Apr. 26, 2012Credits: 72785 Level 35 Technology 101
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