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    Windows Secrets mentioned in their today's newsletter the product named above.

    Before I install the trial or purchased version, I would like a user's experience and opinions.
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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='770946' date='16-Apr-2009 18:48']Windows Secrets mentioned in their today's newsletter the product named above.

    Before I install the trial or purchased version, I would like a user's experience and opinions.[/quote]

    Just install it Gloria. The "Trial" (read FREE) version is all you should need. If you want to buy it, that's up to you but it's not necessary. It's been recommended here for quite awhile. I'm using as I type to scan a client's HD that I have slaved to my system. The first scan found 19 trojan horses and assorted malware on the drive.
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    In addition to DocWatson're reply: the free version is fully functional - it lets you scan for malware and it can remove detected malware.
    The paid version adds the following features:
    - Realtime protection.
    - Scheduled scans running automatically.
    - Automatic updates.

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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='770946' date='16-Apr-2009 15:48']Windows Secrets mentioned in their today's newsletter the product named above.

    Before I install the trial or purchased version, I would like a user's experience and opinions.[/quote]

    Yeah, ditto what everyone said. I've used it for months and purchased it for three of my four PCs including my netbook. That's how important I think it is. I came to that conclusion from constantly perusing *all* of the geek/tech sites and the overwhelming consensus is Malwarebytes, GMER (another freebie), and if you suspect something nasty has infected you, run HiJackThis (freebie too) and submit the log to any number of forums for interpretation. We geeks are really happy to help get rid of those nasties from your computer. And always check the following for unbiased tests:
    Software firewalls --
    http://www.matousec.com/projects/firewall-...nge/results.php
    AV:
    http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparative...iews/main-tests

    Warning: I just tested several of the top rated AV programs on AV-Comparatives and wasn't really happy with any of them for various reasons. Too slow to do weekly scans, too many false positives, used way too many Windows resources (and I have a huge server-class PC). I went with a top-rated integrated software firewall, Comodo Internet Security. It may not be for everyone but I'm super paranoid. I would also recommend a "safe surfing" solution for your browser but not the Comodo SafeSurf that is included with their SW. I found it to be useless. Also do not go with McAfee's site browser add-on. There's a great article in Windows Secrets newsletter about how McAfee doesn't keep their ratings updated, neither the safe nor unsafe ones. So what's the point?!

    Hope this helps. I have been in the I.T. biz since 1969 and I perform due diligence when searching for security solutions. But remember, the only safe computer is one that's turned OFF.
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    [quote name='cutedeedle' post='770974' date='16-Apr-2009 20:25']I went with a top-rated integrated software firewall, Comodo Internet Security. It may not be for everyone but I'm super paranoid.[/quote]
    We've only had one thread on [topic="747019"]Comodo Internet Security (Computer Security and Backup)[/topic], so please post your impressions after you've worked with the suite for a while. In particular, we know the firewall is great, but how about the other components (antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam)?

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    [quote name='HansV' post='770952' date='16-Apr-2009 19:05']In addition to DocWatson're reply: the free version is fully functional - it lets you scan for malware and it can remove detected malware.
    The paid version adds the following features:
    - Realtime protection.
    - Scheduled scans running automatically.
    - Automatic updates.[/quote]


    Thank you Doc and Hans, I've made up my mind to install the free version as Doc mentioned. I don't need the things the purchased version offers. I run all of my anti-virus, and all other protection programs I have manually anyway, so what's one more? As for checking for updates, I go through my programs regularly and update if ones available and I think it's necessary. Besides I get lots of my available update information from right here, so keep 'em coming fellas.

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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='771127' date='17-Apr-2009 22:52']As for checking for updates, I go through my programs regularly and update if ones available and I think it's necessary. Besides I get lots of my available update information from right here, so keep 'em coming fellas.[/quote]
    For updates on this program, and similar ones, I just hit the update button before I manually run a scan. It doesn't take long.

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