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Can anyone recommend a good virus protection firewall etc that will cover most things needed these days, especially with dealing with online banking etc. needs to be compatible with windows 8
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I'm using Windows 8 with just the Microsoft firewall and Windows defender, both of which came with the OS.
I must admit to having serious doubts about trusting anything with 'Microsoft' written on it with the security of my machine yet eight months later, I've never had a problem.
avg free version you get same updates as paid version
Combination of Avast & MalwareBytes Both free, covers everything. Been running the pair together now for over 2 years. Zero problems.
Another vote for Malwarebytes.
Avast was OK but let me down a couple of times.
AVG was OK years ago but more recent versions, V7 or 8 and later perhaps, caused me nothing but trouble. I don't know if it made headlines on here but there was quite a bit of activity across various sites re. the problems it was causing.
Windows 8 has a very good antivirus and firewall already built into the OS.
AVG free version + MalwareBytes
Had both for 3 years without any problems at all.
Running the same as Malc, AVG + Malwarebytes. I also have CCleaner on mine as well.
Another vote for free a AVG
Quote: Running the same as Malc, AVG + Malwarebytes. I also have CCleaner on mine as well.
Me too, forgot to mention that one, plus SpyBot S&D
I generally base my choice off the top chart at download.com, which has been Avast + Malwarebytes for a long while. AVG is just as good, but I find Avast less intrusive while working.
My Bank insisted that I install "Trusteer Rapport" before converting an account to on-line access. I understand that Rapport will stop you from unintentionally logging into a bogus bank web site.
Just after this installation I found that I could no longer access Pay Pal (I could not even connect to Pay Pal). Eventually I discovered that there is a conflict between my Security Software (BullGuard) and Rapport. BullGuard are trying to produce a fix but meanwhile I have to either stop Rapport or stop the BullGuard firewall to connect to Pay Pal. Bullguard otherwise seems very good and is the most highly rated security package by Which? I may well stop Rapport because I store bank connection details in an encrypted database along with passwords etc. so I am unlikely to try to access a bogus bank website.
Quote: My Bank insisted that I install "Trusteer Rapport" before converting an account to on-line access. I understand that Rapport will stop you from unintentionally logging into a bogus bank web site.
As I understand it Rapport is more aimed at preventing phshing ansd "Man in the browser" attacks. Man in the browser attacks are really clever (and nasty), they sit between you and your online bank, so that for example:
You make a payment to gas company for £100.
The man-in-the-browser malware changes this to a payment to the fraudsters account.
The bank proceeds & pays the fraudster.
Every time you look at your statement online, the man-in-the-browser malware changes the lines that say "fraud accunt" to say "gas company".
You think you have paid a bill but instead your money is being syphoned off without your knowledge.
I know that some folk on this chatroom think that it is resource-hungry, but I have been using Norton for nearly 20 years without any problems at all.
For the past few years it has been Norton 360 that handles, my anti-virus, anti-spyware, back-ups, tune-ups, etc., etc. all perfectly satisfactorily.
Just one tip with Norton 360 - when your first two years are up, don't accept their offer to renew the subscription for £60. Instead, go back to Costco and buy a fresh 3-user package for £15.
I think a lot of those free anti-virus packages are fine as far as they go - but just make sure that they automatically update their virus definitions at least daily. I have had friends who got infected while using both AVG and Avast and when I asked them when their definitions were last updated, they didn't know.
I have Norton 360, which in my opinion is the best on the market. You have 24/7 backup online. If you have a problem that you cannot sort out, they can take over your computer and resolve the issue for you. Amazing stuff. Norton comes out on top on every review I have read, so it must be the best. As Gundog says, don't go through Norton to purchase it.
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