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    What is the best software that will protect my laptop from viruses/trojans etc.?

    I am looking for software that protect my laptop from any dangers but doesn't cost too much. Any ideas?

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    Avast Free

    As above.

    Avast free works well for me - however it has to be combined with 'safe browsing' and regular OS patching.
    Ie - don't download stuff unless you are sure it is safe / reputable, don't click 'Yes' to everything that pops up, etc.

    Original Poster

    Thanks, I'll have a look now.

    avast and also spybot search and destroy 2.4, you must update and run spybot at least once a month

    also try malwarebytes with an anti virus, it picks up all sorts that an Average will miss

    Damn predictive text I meant AV not average

    Microsoft Security Essentials should be enough unless you're visiting torrent sites...

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    dougle34

    avast and also spybot search and destroy 2.4, you must update and run … avast and also spybot search and destroy 2.4, you must update and run spybot at least once a month



    Avast for sure, not sure about spybot anymore tho- used to be a standard, now I think malwarebytes has clinched it.

    Kaspersky and Malwarebytes use both but cost you or u can download for free..

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    I have a MacBook, I don't use AV on it, no problems so far anyway.

    it's not a software but it is free and easily trained

    link below

    linky

    yes some might down vote me but it's a serious point - common sense really!

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    iv got avg.

    For all the Avast lovers, how much of a CPU hog is it? I still have nightmares from using McAfee, I wouldn't want to go to anything similarly hoggish (I'm running a i5 4690k @ stock).

    The top three are paid for ones, but really are worth it. You can usually get them for under £10 if you know where to look. Sometimes you can even get them free, as follows:

    Bitdefender (They always have free promotions every now and again)
    Kaspersky (Free for Barclays customers)
    F-Secure (Free for Virgin Media customers)

    Microsoft Security Essentials/Windows Defender is rubbish, and basically should never be used. They regularly come at the bottom of independent lab tests.

    Lastly if you have to use a free anti-virus and can't use the above ones I have recommended. Use Panda Antivirus, this is the best free anti-virus software on the market, and always comes out top in tests.

    HTH.

    I used Avast on a Advent laptop and had to take it off , really slowed the laptop down .
    All my machines have Avira and Malwarebytes and I NEVER get problems .

    Malwarebytes, then go to google and search for malwarebytes pro codes --------- get the pro version free!

    I would have said avast but it's starting to pee me off a bit now . Quite a lot of adds and if you want it to remove 'dangerous' add ons it forces you to install bing or ask search bar/ set as default search engine (I think those are the two)

    But I would still vote for malwarebytes great product

    Good suggestions

    toshapetriji

    I have a MacBook, I don't use AV on it, no problems so far anyway.

    Wow you got some jealous window users on you.
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