#1 By: howtogeek, July 22nd, 2013 06:40
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/168361/how-to-build-your-own-internet-security-suite-for-free/
You don’t really need a full Internet security suite. However, many people like having them — and they pay dearly with subscription fees. But you can assemble your own security suite for free.
#2 By: Allan CosmicSurfer, July 22nd, 2013 12:22
You should include WinPatrol from BillP website
Keeps me informed of everything I need to know to control my Computer... and if any new Process or program wants to run or add to "start-Up"! A MUST have!
And of course it's FREE.. with a paid version.. But FREE is all you need!
#3 By: K K Vinay Kumar, July 22nd, 2013 12:40
Please "How To Geek" don't ever recommend crappy AVG to anyone. Earlier I was using AVG free edition for more than 3 years & I was very loyal to AVG until recently while using AVG 2013 free edition my computer started to overheat & all the applications took more than 1 minute to open. All this happened when my computer was 100% free from viruses.
After having such an horrible experience I decided to use Microsoft Security Essential which in the beginning I was doubtful about its performance but to my surprise it turned out an excellent Antivirus & after using Microsoft Security Essentials my computer never became slow. It never overheated & all the applications are opening very quickly & most important thing of all boot time is reduced, starts up very quickly(i.e under 2 minutes i'm using Soluto to find out my boot time) now i'm having the same experience as I had when my laptop was brand new.
Hence to all the readers of this post I recommend you all not to use AVG especially AVG 2013.
#4 By: Richard_Steven_Hack, July 22nd, 2013 16:48
The problem with antivirus suites is that they tend to change every year. For a couple years one will be decent - then suddenly it will become complete crap. This year it appears both AVG and Avast have gone into the toilet.
Don't use Microsoft Security Essentials - it tests poorly on the independent AV tests.
I have no idea now which AV you should use as my usual recommendations appear to have become crap. As usual, the software industry is a disaster and very few pieces of software are either functional or reliable.
If you really want to avoid malware, switch to Linux and Stop Clicking on Sh*t.
#5 By: theMike, July 22nd, 2013 17:31
I have to agree with this. AVG is possibly the worst thing you can put on your computer. It has a dismal record of prevention, it slows your computer to a crawl, and does not uninstall from your computer. also, throw in spybot s&d. it will turn your system into a slug with few if any results.
#6 By: Ross Uhlfelder, July 22nd, 2013 21:14
What about Malwarebytes ?? I've deleted most of the malware (virus's, etc) on my and others computers with Malwarebytes - free version
I like AVAST because the home page has a update screen for JAVA, adobe flash and browsers. It also has a boot scan built in to its scan menu.
#7 By: Kannan G, July 23rd, 2013 00:59
Try Diskmax (www.koshyjohn.com) .. Its also free..
#8 By: Steve Jackson, July 23rd, 2013 03:35
AVG 2013 is slow and bloated. MSE is poor at detection using the findings of the independent AV reviews. Got to admire the UI for simplicity - all AV should aspire to it.
Avast! has the Toolbar Cleanup and the Software Checker, the number one cause of slow browsing and number one security risk vector.
Also puzzled as to why MBAM hasn't made an appearance, plus the MBAR beta is looking good so far.
Windows Firewall has very few serious competitors - ZA is prehistoric and has always caused lockups and interoperability problems.
#10 By: TheGift73, July 23rd, 2013 11:01
Really surprised to see that you are recommending AVG and ZoneAlarm? ZoneAlarm has caused more BSoD issues on machines that I have repaired in the past than I care to remember. I stopped using AVG when 8.0 came out and the bloat started.
#11 By: John Geldreich, July 23rd, 2013 12:23
I'm surprised that Avast was mentioned, but Avast Online Security and Web Reputation plugin wasn't, which works great with Chrome. Malwarebytes is also noteworthy. Also, for cleaning out what gets missed (and you all should know that NOTHING is 100% foolproof) run boot scans with BitDefender and AVG Rescue boot disks. If they miss it, there's always ComboFix.
#12 By: hcl, July 24th, 2013 02:01
You can use Sandboxie to run the unknown program dowloaded from the Internet.