Free but excellent malware protection

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Paul H, May 6, 2010.

  1. Paul H

    Paul H Guest

    I use Avast and AdAware on my XP netbook, my wife's Vista laptop and my W7
    notebook. PC Mag and PCworld give Avast top ratings. No mention of
    AdAware, although last year PC Mag said both were top picks. Both mags give
    Microsoft Security Essentials mediocre ratings.

    Consumer Reports gives Microsoft Security Essentials thumbs up, but what do
    they know compared to PC Mag or PCworld.

    I would like to have real-time mal-ware protection - not have to run AdAware
    frequently (a very slow process), and do the update 1st. Is there a better
    free alternative?

    TIA, Paul
     
    Paul H, May 6, 2010
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    Fuzzy Logic Guest

    MSSE is rated the 'best' free product here:

    http://lifehacker.com/5433229/microsoft-security-essentials-ranks-as-best+performing-free-antivirus

    I have been running it on XP and Vista since it came out of beta and I am generally happy with it.
     
    Fuzzy Logic, May 6, 2010
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    Americano Guest

    Americano, May 7, 2010
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  4. Paul H

    Paul H Guest

    I downloaded and installed Malwarebytes. It found zero problems. Then I
    ran my AdAware and it found 22 bad somethings. Hmmmm...
     
    Paul H, May 7, 2010
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    Hank Arnold Guest

    Hank Arnold, May 7, 2010
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  6. Malwarebytes doesn't do viruses, at least not yet.
     
    FromTheRafters, May 7, 2010
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    Americano Guest

    Americano, May 7, 2010
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  8. Paul H

    Paul H Guest

    Will tracking cookies hurt me? Cause me to get a lot of targeted email
    advertising?
     
    Paul H, May 8, 2010
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    Bob Guest

    Bob, May 10, 2010
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