Free but excellent malware protection

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Paul H

I use Avast and AdAware on my XP netbook, my wife's Vista laptop and my W7
notebook. PC Mag and PCworld give Avast top ratings. No mention of
AdAware, although last year PC Mag said both were top picks. Both mags give
Microsoft Security Essentials mediocre ratings.

Consumer Reports gives Microsoft Security Essentials thumbs up, but what do
they know compared to PC Mag or PCworld.

I would like to have real-time mal-ware protection - not have to run AdAware
frequently (a very slow process), and do the update 1st. Is there a better
free alternative?

TIA, Paul
 

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Fuzzy Logic

"Paul H" <[email protected]> wrote in
news:#[email protected]:

> I use Avast and AdAware on my XP netbook, my wife's Vista laptop and my
> W7 notebook. PC Mag and PCworld give Avast top ratings. No mention of
> AdAware, although last year PC Mag said both were top picks. Both mags
> give Microsoft Security Essentials mediocre ratings.
>
> Consumer Reports gives Microsoft Security Essentials thumbs up, but what
> do they know compared to PC Mag or PCworld.
>
> I would like to have real-time mal-ware protection - not have to run
> AdAware frequently (a very slow process), and do the update 1st. Is
> there a better free alternative?
MSSE is rated the 'best' free product here:

http://lifehacker.com/5433229/microsoft-security-essentials-ranks-as-best+performing-free-antivirus

I have been running it on XP and Vista since it came out of beta and I am generally happy with it.
 

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Chase

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Malwarebytes is a good altrnative for Adaware.
 

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Paul H

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Chase

americano
Vista Guru
Gold Member

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite
    CPU
    AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    Some Amount of Motherness
    Memory
    6.O GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA nVIDIA GeForce GT 240 512MB DDR5
    Sound Card
    Some Amount of Soundness
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Two Monitors: HP w1907 & Acer P191w
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 & 1440x900
    Hard Drives
    WD Caviar Blue 500GB
    PSU
    Some Amount of Voltageness
    Case
    Hp Pavilion Elite Case
    Cooling
    Some Amount of Coolingness
    Mouse
    HP: M/N:M-SBQ133
    Keyboard
    HP: Model Number: KB0911
    Internet Speed
    Comcast: 20 MB/S
    Other Info
    I have two monitors! I play Call of Duty: Black Ops & Modern Warfare II - Both on PC. Contact me through my website: ChaseKurry.com
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