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Thread #148621   Message #3452125
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
14-Dec-12 - 11:32 PM
Thread Name: BS: Need anti-virus program now!!!
Subject: RE: BS: Need anti-virus program now!!!
I've used Avast, AVG, and a couple of others I wasn't so impressed with. I use Microsoft Forefront right now because it is an enterprise program I get through work.

There are other programs I run on the computer that have their own helpful aspects, and all are free. Keep it up to date and run a scan once a week or so. It can save your ass if you do get a nasty piece of malware in the system.

Spybot Search and Destroy. You need to click on the icon and run it as an administrator. Keep it up to date and scan with it every week or so.

SpywareBlaster. Another one to update manually. You don't scan with it, you just keep it up to date.

WinPatrol. Guards your registry and is going to prevent anything from writing to the registry without your permission. That's how malware embeds itself in your system, is by writing itself into your startup routine in the registry. You don't need to do anything, but you can use it to kick out obnoxious programs that want to start up every time you turn on the computer. If you don't use programs often, there is no reason for them to have a place in the startup routine.