New Laptop - what's the best security road to follow?

  Aitchbee 23:28 19 Sep 2011

One of my older sisters got a laptop (acer aspire - featured on this website), and also got connected to the internet BT broadband), this week. I will be visiting her this week.She's got windows 7.Would it be wise to use the security packages that are on it, or should I help her with the free ones that are available.I will recommend this website to my sister, of course. Thanks HB.

  Forum Editor 01:08 20 Sep 2011

Almost certainly your sister's new machine will be preloaded with a trial version of either Norton or McAfee anti-virus software.

It's obviously up to her whether she decides to continue with (and pay for)one of these after the trial period - both are excellent products - or whether she decides to opt for the free version of another product. Other forum users may mention the free version of AVG, which is very popular, and rightly so. It provides basic protection against computer viruses without all the bells and whistles associated with its (and others') paid for versions.

In the end it's a matter of personal choice and depth of pocket - free software like AVG will keep you safe from viruses, but that's all.

  Aitchbee 07:54 20 Sep 2011

Thanks for that FE.I will show her your advice on her laptop and take it from there.I am using AVG free version on this computer, and seems to be VG.I will help her with other safety measures.She is a novice to the internet and computers, in general.I will take my laptop round to her house to show her what I have got in place, regarding security online.

  birdface 11:23 20 Sep 2011

If she does not mind spending a few Bob.Emisoft Anti Malware and AVG Anti-Virus both for £22 from Here.

Also download Malwarebytes and Spywareblaster and that is all you need.

Remember if she Banks with Barclays I believe you still get Kaspersky fo free with them.

  Aitchbee 14:27 20 Sep 2011

Thanks buteman - I will put your suggestions to my big sister.

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