What type of protection can a person put on their home computer to prevent uninvited malware, postings, phishing, etc.?
I'm looking to get, from Comcast or another provider, something to download that will protect my computer from downloading unwanted junk, emails, background files that prevent and slow down my computer while on the web. Is there a software or service that can alert me to something that is only interesting in getting on my computer to sell me something every time I click
There is no single product that at the moment gives you full protection.
You need to have a combination of protection installed.
Installing it is insufficient, once installed it needs to be updated and scanned on a regular basis.
I recommend allocating about half an hour weekly to checking and updating all your security.
1 - A Good uninvasive Anti*-Virus Although FREE anti virus programmes are ok you will get better protection with a paid version of the same.
Norton and McAfee are very memory hungry so can cause older PC's to slow down dramatically.
As well as ant virus I recommend a good Spyware removal programme like Spybot or MalwareBytes but once installed these need to be regularly updated and scanned to stay protected.
Lastly Windows update need to be run regularly as automatic update miss many vital updates
Answers are good. Paying for the coverage garners about another 5% of possible malware/viruses, so I use free stuff:
This last one is excellent; has Windows safe mode capability, so once infected you can use this to get about anything. Keep updates current.
Comcast provides Norton Security Suite fee of charge to their Internet subscribers. Search for it after you login to their site.
I use Malbytes for the anti malware.
Antivirus software protects your device from viruses that can destroy your data, slow down or crash your device, or allow spammers to send email through your account. Antivirus protection scans your files and your incoming email for viruses, and then deletes anything malicious.
Generally your provider such as Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable , ComCast as you mentioned offer these services for free or for a very low cost. You generally need to cal their call center or technical support to purchase " only what you want and need ". Also you can purchase a firewall for additional protection for home use. SonicWall offers a Residentail product for a reasonable price. If you have more than one computer to protect for example you have a small business working from home Fortinet also offers great products. Another great option is the "cloud". You can host desktops in the "cloud". These products are callrd Hosted Desktops , Virtual Desktops or the acronym VDI.
We personally like to use ESET. Its user friendly, easy to install and perfect for catching anything harmful. Typically if a computer is already infected, ESET will do a sweep and clean. If something cant be removed, we will do a data backup and wipe/reload the OS and then install ESET.
Just a side note....be very careful about downloading free antivirus. They often come with additional surprises (and not the good kind.) :(
most of the major players offer full suites to protect external attacks to your computer - Norton, Vipre, Panda, McAfee, eset, Webroot, Kaspersky. The more you tighten down their settings, the less things "pop up" to try to sell you something. But your computer cannot read your mind and cannot know what you do or don't want to buy. You have to exercise control where you go on the Internet. Just like you would exercise caution driving your car and avoid going in a seedy neighborhood where you could be carjacked, mugged or shot at.
If you stick with mainstream links to sites, and install the software, that's the best you can do. Often Comcast and others will provide you with a FREE license of protection software as long as you are a customer and they try to block some of that before it ever gets to your computer as well.
I have 2 programs and I feel completely safe from all unwanted files - I use AVG Antivirus with firewall extension and Advanced System Care to run a complete scan every week. My PC is faster and I never had a "fear" of getting problems while I surf. Plus, if you are using a Chrome Browser, for example, there are antivirus and anti-malware extensions available. Same goes for Mozilla. I really don't recommend Internet Explorer, I don't know any extensions for that and it's usually easier to infect.
I renewed my Norton SW and so far things look to be running okay. This gives me comfort for the time being but I look forward to reading a few of your suggestions below. I have the old computer on my desk and look forward to try and getting one of my three computers covered so that I can use the old PC to do any downloads in the future. You (collectively) covered a lot of good ideas and I will look forward to making a comment to engage you. Thanks again.
There's nothing like a perfect system that won't encounter malwares or security threats as long as its on a network but there are some measures you could take to reduce it such as:
- Have an anti-virus program on your system. Make sure its a licensed version or upgrade the trial version so you could make use of all its features and scan your system regularly.
- Make sure your windows updates periodically.
- Ensure you de-fragment your hard disk & scan your hard disk when you notice your system becomes slow.
- I'll also recommend purchasing tune up utilities software. Its very effective for system maintenance. Use it very often.
I hope these ideas gives you your desired result.
All the best.
I can recommend two freeware solutions which have kept me safe for years: ZoneAlarm firewall from www.zonelabs.com and Spybot Search & Destroy from http://www.safer-networking.org/dl/. They are super lightweight (unlike Norton and McAfee programs) and seemingly very effective.
Lets focus on your needs. You want increased security. You have been installing software to solve the problem. It has not worked. Try a fresh approach. Rather than pushing on a string by loading and reloading countness software updates, deal with it at a new layer. How about the whole house? Just like a basic utility, like water. Security as a service as it were. That is the way to dramatically reduce the quantity of unwanted junk, emails, background files that prevent successful app execution and slow sown your computer while on the web. #liberteks
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I think VIPRE is the best antivirus for the present time.