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Posted by howdy (+4945) 9 years ago
AVG used to be free but no longer...does anyone know of a good free program one can download...trying to save money thanks...
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Posted by neonfreedom (+292) 9 years ago
I still use AVG just dont do the updates and it still works the same just doesn't have the fancy updates,i also use Advanced SystemCare 5,and its free and works pretty good..hope this helps!
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Posted by howdy (+4945) 9 years ago
Thanks for the info and hope it does as well...when your ISP is suppose to be screening for viruses makes me wonder why we need even more protection but then I am quite an old lady and a novice to this stuff...
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Posted by Bridgier (+9222) 9 years ago
dont do the updates

Not certain what you mean by this - if you're not updating the anti-virus program itself, that might be okay, but if you're not letting it update its virus signatures (and I'm not certain if the two are seperate in AVG or not), then it's probably not doing you much good.
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Posted by StacieE (+395) 9 years ago
Microsoft Security Essentials is free...you could try it
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Posted by neonfreedom (+292) 9 years ago
I have had this Laptop for 4 or 5 years now,i have had the same Anti virus protection programs on here and it still runs great..i also defrag as well as both of the programs i mentioned in my first post..
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10002) 9 years ago
Windows 7 and earlier -> Microsoft Security Essentials

http://windows.microsoft....s-download

Windows 8 -> nothing, it's built in
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Posted by howdy (+4945) 9 years ago
anyone else have experience with Microsoft Security Essentials??
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Posted by Bridgier (+9222) 9 years ago
I think it's what I use - I'd have to check when I get home to be certain.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10002) 9 years ago
howdy wrote:
anyone else have experience with Microsoft Security Essentials

Security Essentials is highly rated. It's pretty much the best for the desktop. Also, it's basically the same thing Microsoft has now integrated into Windows 8/RT on forward.
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Posted by t.anderson (+103) 9 years ago
I just downloaded free AVG the other day , it is still free
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Posted by howdy (+4945) 9 years ago
ok installed the Microsoft Security Essentials and I thank you so very much for all suggestions...Feel safer already LOL...
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Posted by Art (+206) 9 years ago
My wife just bought a Dell all in one computer that came with Windows 8 but she says it came with free McAfee antivirus. Why would it come with McAfee if Microsoft Security Essentials is built in to Windows 8? I must be missing something.

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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10002) 9 years ago
Marketing.
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Posted by David Schott (+17169) 9 years ago
McAfee probably pays Dell a small fee to have a trial version of its anti-virus software pre-installed on new Dell computers. McAfee hopes you renew your subscription to McAfee Anti-Virus. Dell likes the little bit of extra money (profit margins on PC hardware are small). Dell probably also hopes customers think it's an upside of buying a Dell.
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Posted by bh (+186) 9 years ago
Had AVG on a computer once ended up with about 240+ trojan horses on it. Free just wasn't worth it.
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Posted by slowman (+31) 9 years ago
Avast still free I use it on a couple of my computers. I also have Malwarebytes all would like you to buy but have free version.
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Posted by DarrellGood (+1) 9 years ago
I use Unthreat Antivirus, it's a free antivirus and I'm happy with it. It runs smoothly and doesn't slow down my computer when scanning it. Haven't had a virus since I got it, I totally recommend it!
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Posted by chizzer yuprod (+16) 9 years ago
Maybe try SpyBot.
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Posted by howdy (+4945) 9 years ago
Now that I have windows 8 do I have to install this as you mentioned it is included on Windows 8 RT but I don't know if my version of windows 8 is an RT whatever that is?? thanks in advance for your help...
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10002) 9 years ago
Windows 8 and Windows RT (two different operating systems) each include the new Windows Defender built-in, which replaces Security Essentials. You shouldn't need to install anything else. In fact, I don't believe the installer will allow you to setup Security Essentials on those platforms, since it is irrelevant to them.
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Posted by howdy (+4945) 9 years ago
OK, will do nothing then and thanks...it had a McAfee program on it "trial version" and I deleted it as I have never liked McAfee...Just seems to be too complicated for a novice like me...thanks again for the advice...
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