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How to protect PC? - November 21st 2016, 11:27 PM

I'm planning to get a new PC and was wondering what would be the best combo of protecting it?

Here's what I have in mind...

Anti-virus: Avast or Avira? (Which one?)
Firewall: Comodo or ZoneAlarm? (Which one?)
Anti-spyware: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and SuperAntiSpyware free
Windows Monitoring Utility: Windows Defender or WinPatrol? (Which one?)

Any other recommendations?

Also do your router and Windows 10 have firewalls that are good enough or is it necessary to add another?

Thanks for any help.
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Re: How to protect PC? - November 22nd 2016, 03:32 AM

I don't know much about those kinds of things. However, when my family helped me set mine up I have:
Windows Defender.

Not sure if this helps at all, but I figured if I tell you what I have it might help?

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Re: How to protect PC? - November 22nd 2016, 07:24 AM

If you're getting a new PC, I'd say talk to the salesman. They normally have great advice. Also, use Google. New stuff is always coming up, so thats a good idea.
And finally, prevention is better than cure. Avoid shady websites etc etc.

To answer your question, given the options you stated:

a) I'd say Avast, although its a heavier file, and that could slow your PC down.
b) I have no clue really. sorry
c)SuperAnti is what my friend swears by
d)WinPatrol is what the afore mentioned friend again swears by.

Hope this helps. Again, i'd say talk to the PC salesman, he should have some suggestions.

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Re: How to protect PC? - November 22nd 2016, 09:29 AM

Thanks for all the help. Please keep them coming folks.

I will ask the salesman for sure. I just want some extra opinions and if they contradict what the salesman says, I'll bring them up.

Depending on the processor, should these programs running all the time slow the PC down?
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Re: How to protect PC? - November 22nd 2016, 09:30 AM

The salesman will likely only have basic knowledge unless it's an actual computer store. The people selling computers at places like Walmart really don't have good information. You could always go into a Windows or Apple Store depending on which you get and ask them (you don't have to say you didn't buy from them).

I personally only use Windows defender, but I also use my PC mostly for gaming rather than the Internet and downloading.

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Re: How to protect PC? - November 22nd 2016, 10:51 PM

Don't ask the salesperson because they usually aren't honest or they don't know.

My boyfriend is a big computer person and has been working with Pc for years he said:

2) either
3) malwarebytes
4) windows defender

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Re: How to protect PC? - November 23rd 2016, 10:37 AM

I personally use Avira (it takes up less memory space), but I've heard Avast is a slightly better option if you've got extra storage on your pc.
Just make sure not to install both Avast and Avira together, I think they can send false alarms to each other.
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