How do you protect your PC from the internet?

@yoniarnon (1081)
Israel
July 16, 2011 2:44am CST
The internet is full with spyware scam sites, virus, warms and pop up... How do you protect your PC? I am using "speed up my PC" and "AVG anti virus" but i still feel my PC is slow and full with spy and bad internet files.. What do you recommend me to do?
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11 responses
• Philippines
16 Jul 11
Sorry to hear that. I am currently using ESET Smart Security 4.2 along with malwarebytes. For me, these two programs are enough to protect my PC from virus, trojans, spywares, and other malwares. For free version antivirus, I would recommend Avira AntiVir Personal 10 or Avast 6.0 Free Edition. Also, you can download malwarebytes for free. They have free and paid version by the way. It is a powerful anti-malware. It is being used by a lot of computer guru. I hope this would help you in anyway. Happy mylotting!
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@yoniarnon (1081)
• Israel
16 Jul 11
I think i will try this malwarebytes, is it good against spy ware to? What is malware by the way?
@owlwings (41156)
• Cambridge, England
16 Jul 11
I use the following: Avast! Antivirus (free version: currently rates slightly better than AVG but AVG is, nonetheless, a good option). Spybot S&D (a free software which detects spyware and auto-diallers which are not viruses and therefore sometimes not looked for by an AV program). If you are using any version of Windows less than Win 7, you should consider a firewall. ZoneAlarm Free is good. I also regularly clean out old files (probably once a week) using CCleaner and defragment my hard disk from time to time (about twice a year is quite adequate for most people). The above will solve most of the problems which people who complain that their 'PC is slow' report. Very occasionally I have had to reformat and reinstall Windows or to use the 'Repair' option on the Windows Install disk. In fact, though, this is hardly ever necessary. Most people will find that installing the maximum amount of RAM supported by their motherboard and by their version of Windows will be all that is required to get the best out of the PC. Many people also have many unnecessary programs running at start up and removing (or disabling) those which aren't needed can help, especially if they are unwilling to pay for extra RAM.
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@yoniarnon (1081)
• Israel
16 Jul 11
Thanks for the info, Now i am using AVG and it is anti virus and firewall i know that when you install it, the free vision it stay on your PC else if you format it.. Do you think that Avast! is much better and worth it? Spybot S&D i don't like much cause it is a very big software and i feel that my PC is even slower when i use it.. I use "AVG Anti-Spyware" instead but it doesn't find any thing.. I like to format my PC once in a while to and i feel my PC run much better after it, but i don't have power to do so much back ups before the format.. :)
@debs90 (547)
• India
17 Jul 11
Ok..let me tell you something. AVG is currently one of the best in business. I am using AVG 8 since 2009 and I didn't have any problem with AVG. I use internet regularly. Possible Reason that you are unhappy with AVG: 1)your version may be free or trial. They don't have the complete security modules. 2)Your version is not updated. 3) There may be some conflicting software in your PC. etc. Recommendations: I use AVG 8. I bought its original copy and I update it regularly. It performs really well. N.B. I have to agree that AVG firewall is not very good. So, you can use Zone Alarm Firewall. Its free version will do. Most importantly: Most of the malwares today come through USB port or removable disk. You should use some USB guard like USB Disk Security. These 3 together gives a good shield. They are performing really well in my PC. Hope the informations help you. Anyways happy mylotting.
@yoniarnon (1081)
• Israel
18 Jul 11
Thanks for the info, I really use the free version of AVG. Now i am using Malwarebytes and it is look like it is really working cause it block a lot of IPs. I don't using much USB ports so i guess most of my virus come from the internet
@debs90 (547)
• India
24 Jul 11
Ok..nice to see that my info helped you. I told about that USB thing because it is very common now-a-days. Its a good habit that you don't use USB.
@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
18 Jul 11
I'm using AVG as well. IT's good enough for me since it blocks out majority of threats. On top of that, i'm using Spybot, which tells me about changes to my registry, where i can allow or deny. That adds on to my pc's protection. I'm scanning my pc on a daily basis for virus, as well as cleaning my cache or whatever is there. So far, it's doing fine, but speed is a little slow though.
@yoniarnon (1081)
• Israel
18 Jul 11
I most of the time using my anti virus daily but some times it nice to use it once in a week and to see that it found a lot of bad things in you PC :)
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@blanksolid (1632)
• Spain
17 Jul 11
I have NOD32 antivirus at the computer installed and i find it very good with the purpose of defend operative system from threats like trojans, virus and phising websites. Moreover I usually clean my computer from website cookies thanks to CCCleaner program which help to save space like old registry keys and others.
@yoniarnon (1081)
• Israel
18 Jul 11
I don't like the Nod32 much i think it is a very heavy program, but my by i will try the CCCleaner, thanks for the info
@bird123 (10541)
• United States
17 Jul 11
I had a firewall, antivirus,and spyware. The virus walked by it all. I had to wipe the hard drive completely, reinstall and move on. I very kind person advised me to set up two different accounts on my computer. Administrative and user. A user can not alter or change any programs so I use that one on the internet. I still use the firewall and antivirus but haven't gotten a virus since then. It's an extra step that will save lots of headaches later.
@yoniarnon (1081)
• Israel
18 Jul 11
Sorry to hear that the Virus pass by every thing.. Thanks for the info it sound great to do 2 users on the PC, but the virus don't stay at your IP or something? Some years ago i like to have to windows on my PC than if one got down i repaired it with the other on..
@allknowing (84389)
• India
16 Jul 11
I have installed the Kaspersky anti virus software which has taken care of my pc so far. I update it every single day and pay for renewal once a year.
@raj_gupta (312)
• India
16 Jul 11
We actually don't have to protect our PC from Internet! Okay okay, I know what you mean. Well yes, the net is full of malicious program these days but if you are careful enough then they can hardly get into your system. Right now as you say that your system seems to be infected already, I'll suggest you to go for online full system scan. Panda provide one such scan that is really good and I have heard that Microsoft itself also provides online scan.
@yoniarnon (1081)
• Israel
16 Jul 11
O.k. i don't like using Microsoft things much, acsept windows.. I think you must use protection you can't now witch site dropping things on your pc..
• Philippines
30 Jul 11
AVG is a good option but when it runs, scans or updates, it eats up your computer resources slowing down your computer, I believe that this is causing your computer latency. I use Avira as my protection - the free edition, its as good as AVG or any other anti-virus software out there but it doesn't eat too much resources even when you're scanning. If you are just a regular user, 1 anti-virus is enough and your best protection would be yourself, make sure not to open any suspiciuos files or if you were infected, do some research on how you can remove the infection. Most severe infections would disable your Folder Option, MS Config and Regedit commands so I also check them once in a while to verify if I have an infection.
@beingwell (3625)
• Thailand
21 Jul 11
Hi yoni! I use Kaspersky anti-virus from my PC. So far, it's doing well and my PC is not slowing down. There are a lot of free anti-virus software online, too. Have you tried some of those?
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
19 Jul 11
Yes.. I always protect my computer. I used to use Norton antivirus software but now I use Microsoft Security Essentials. Norton charges a fee but Microsoft is free. You can go here and download it for free. Not a referral link! http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/default.aspx