What do you think? A little to excessive? I am paranoid about viruses and security and thus I have these ALL scan once a week (during the night). I to dust every 1-2 months (and blow out the heat sink as well).
I little too much for me. Now I'm only really running Windows Defender, AVG Free, and do all of my other clean-up and maintenance with TuneUp Utilities. Before making the switch to Vista 64, I only used ZoneAlarm instead of Windows Firewall.
Knock on wood, but I have, NEVER, repeat NEVER had any viruses, malware, trojans, and any other threat get to my system. Perhaps I'm just lucky.
Originally Posted by Lord Xeb
What do you think? A little to excessive?
Have three programs...
ESET - NOD32 (which I use as a site ad blocker too).
PCTools - Spyware Doctor 6 (to remove all those damn tracking cookies and spyware which NOD32 may miss -- like changing the site name from *.com to *.net which these spyware companies love to do to evade blacklists).
PCTools - Registry Cleaner (to clean up the registry of junk).
It actually is quite fast. It works fine (after everything starts up since only 3 of those start on startup) and the only downside is that my boot time went up by 10s. But to me that is a reasonably price to pay. There is no lag and when they all run, they run when I am not on it.
It comes down to personal preference. If it stops you from getting virus/malware etc and you dont have any trouble running it all then go for gold. Rather lots than none at all. Just make sure you dont double up on virus/firewall engines running at the same time youll run into issues. I prefer to run Very little protection because its my job to remove the stuff so infections for me arent an issue of sorts.
Avast Free Edition
Well, the reason I run things like this is because I have a lot friends' data backed up on my pc (almost 100GB) and I scan anything before it is ever even opened. Autorun is turned off via registry to stop confickr incase it is there (which there is a good chance it isn't). I have had 3 of my systems destroyed by viruses (and 2 of which were not my fault, blame my cousins who range from the age of 12-15). I am 19, but when it comes to most things, I have the maturity of a 25+ yr old.
so i have AVG Free, Malware-bytes anti malware, and spybot does that seem sufficient?
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