coming to the end of a contract with virmin were im meant to be getting 20mb, lol try 9 on a good day, but i need to get some decent software to protect the pc. ideas would be great. usual stuff firewall, spyware ect ect.
The source of 90% of all computer problems stems from somewhere between the keyboard and the chair. LOL!
I'm not in any way advocating no protection but if you were careful enough, technically you could get away without it.
As for choice, everyone has their own take on it so it's pretty much down to whatever floats your boat.
One thing I will say though,
Some of the bigger players in the marketplace are actually the worst....
In fact some of them only protect you because they grind your machine to a hault leaving it incapable of functioning properly. A bit like, "Less function = less chance of infection".
I'm referring to some of the big names like N****n & Mc**** which are both owned by S******c & who's only claim to fame is that either one will grind your system to a snails pace & are nothing short of a joke IMO.
Some of the free options out there are far superior (Again just my opinion).
Personally I use AVG (Paid version because it has it's own Firewall etc).
Plus it gives a 2 year X 3 machine licence at a very reasonable rate.
MalwareBytes (MBAM) is always close at hand too ;-)
Mischel Internet Security do a reasonably good product called Trojan Hunter & it runs nicely alongside your main Antivirus or Internet Security suite.
As for SPAM in the email sense, the best I have encountered is a package called Mailwasher Pro, exceptionally good for anyone using POP3 to access their mail. It lets you see all the incoming stuff right on the server before you ever accept anything, basically you get to stop it at source & not after it has arrived on your system.
There is no definitive rule when it comes to PC security so I'll only suggest the following,
Find something that delivers the following,
1. Free or at least reasonably priced.
2. Known for ease of use (No 3rd level qualification required to use it).
3. Easy on system resources (Doesn't grind your system to a hault, in the name of protection)
4. Updates regularly.
Most importantly, NEVER EVER go by the vendors description, if you were to believe any of their crap you'd imagine that they could cure the recession. Always Google for users reviews & ask other users what their experiences have been with different products.
I have some machines here that have been running on AVG FREE & Windows own Firewall for years & have never been infected by anything serious.
I mean, "Hello! You are visitor number 1,000 000 & you just won a million dollars" Click on me to claim.........
cheers Gman496 i will have a look in the next couple of days, sorry for being cheecky any websites would be helpful.(if iv over stepped the mods can remove the post and shoot me at there earliest convinence)
dee sorry matey just seen this but agree with Gman those 2 biggies he said keep away from - caused me and friends no end of trouble. I use AVG ( paid for) but recommended the free version to friends. Most free ones now have anti spy and anti virus in 1
I have used Avast! Free Edition in the past and am currently running on Avira AntiVir and it seems to be working very well.
"As for SPAM in the email sense, the best I have encountered is a package called Mailwasher Pro, exceptionally good for anyone using POP3 to access their mail. It lets you see all the incoming stuff right on the server before you ever accept anything, basically you get to stop it at source & not after it has arrived on your system."
To add or offer a slightly different take on what Gman stated here, I use Mozilla Thunderbird as my mail client and have it set to only download the headers and not the message. That way if it is not from a someone known, I delete it before it ever reaches my machine. :)