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  1. #1


    Scotland
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    Windows 8.1

    Virus protection


    As I pick up my new lAptop tomorrow I'm guessing it will only come with anti virus trial. Can anyone recommend any good anti virus protecters? Are free anti virus such as avg any good?

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  2. #2


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I've tried a lot of them. Presently been using COMODO for a couple months and really like it. Maybe not the best for the novice as it has a lot of user options and can take awhile to figure out the best settings.

    Other than it, I would recommend Avast. Both have free editions for home use. Some people swear by only using Windows Defender and running Malwarebytes regularly.

    I'm sure you're going to get lots of opinions on this one.
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  3. #3


    As important as anti-virus and anti-malware programs are, it is also equally important where you surf the net and what you download or e-mail attachments you receive and how you handle them.

    Don't download software from unknown sites. When you do install "good" software, don't just accept the "defaults", but do a "custom install" and read carefully what the software is trying to install, to make sure you are getting what you are expecting. Careful about opening e-mail attachments, they can contain a virus or malware.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    You will get no sensible advice from anyone. I would say Defender is fine for me, others like Avast Free others like other things. Nothing will be better just because you pay for it.

    You could Google it until your are bored but sevenfrums has a good thread if you want to read 700 pages of opinions (mostly disliking Norton)

    The real answer is don't click on something unless you trust it. I'm vegetarian - I don't eat something until I've asked what is in it.

    Defender and Malwarebytes free is I think OK.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    - Windows Defender
    - EMET
    - Do not disable the User Account Control (UAC).
    - Use a standard user account instead of an administrator account.

    I recommend that you always log in with a standard account for everyday use, even if you are the only person using your computer. Using the standard user account still allows you to install software and make changes, but only after entering the administrator’s password.

    Best way to protect yourself from Windows exploits is you | chuck talking tech

    We all know that when we setup a new computer we “should” create a standard user accounts for all system users and not use the administrator account for day to day activities.

    According to the analysis done by Avecto of last year’s Window’s “Patch Tuesday” vulnerabilities and reported February 18, 2014 in the “Removing admin rights mitigates 92% of critical Microsoft vulnerabilities” choosing the standard over administrator role can reduce the chances of a user’s system from being compromised by malware attacks.
    edit: March 30, 2015 Removing admin rights mitigates 97% of critical Microsoft vulnerabilities

    If you already have Windows 8/8.1 installed, how to change your current user account from an administrator account to a standard account?

    Step One: Create a new administrator account. There is no need to create a Microsoft account.

    1. Create a new local account: link

    9. To Add a Local Account in Windows 8 and 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the bottom Sign in without Microsoft account link. (see screenshot below step 8A)

    B) Click/tap on the Local account button. (see screenshot below)



    C) Type in user name, password, and password hint for the new user account (standard), and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    2. Change user account from a standard account to an administrator account: link

    Step Two: Change your current user account from an administrator account to a standard account.

    Now you have an administrator account (local account) and a standard account (Microsoft or local account).

    Step Three: Now always log in with a standard account for everyday use (see screenshot below).

    Click image for larger version

    Please note that sometimes you will need to log in with an administrator account (see screenshots below).

    Click image for larger version

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    Last edited by genet; 02 Apr 2015 at 14:57.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    - Windows Defender
    - EMET
    .
    Yes. EMET, I forgot. Good point Sir. Me too, always.
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  7. #7


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64
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  8. #8


    India
    Posts : 1,536
    Win 8.1 Update x64


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    - Windows Defender
    - EMET
    - Do not disable the User Account Control (UAC).
    - Use a standard user account instead of an administrator account.

    I recommend that you always log in with a standard account for everyday use, even if you are the only person using your computer. Using the standard user account still allows you to install software and make changes, but only after entering the administrator’s password.

    Best way to protect yourself from Windows exploits is you | chuck talking tech

    We all know that when we setup a new computer we “should” create a standard user accounts for all system users and not use the administrator account for day to day activities.

    According to the analysis done by Avecto of last year’s Window’s “Patch Tuesday” vulnerabilities and reported February 18, 2014 in the “Removing admin rights mitigates 92% of critical Microsoft vulnerabilities” choosing the standard over administrator role can reduce the chances of a user’s system from being compromised by malware attacks.
    NOTE: If you already have Windows installed, how to change your current user account from an administrator account to a standard account?

    Step One: Create a new administrator account.

    1. Create a new local account: link

    9. To Add a Local Account in Windows 8 and 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the bottom Sign in without Microsoft account link. (see screenshot below step 8A)

    B) Click/tap on the Local account button. (see screenshot below)



    C) Type in user name, password, and password hint for the new user account (standard), and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    2. Change user account from a standard account to an administrator account: link

    Step Two: Change your current user account from an administrator account to a standard account.

    That's it. Now you have a standard account (Microsoft or local account) and an administrator account (local account).
    I'm hopeful of trying this advice on my PC. Few doubts, if you could clarify:

    I have only one account in my lap - thats me - its MS account & obviously I'm the admin. Now, according to you, I should create a new local account - make it Admin from control panel - then change my first Admin acc to Standard(even if it is MS account). Is this correct? Will doing this make any changes or malfunction of anything already present or installed in my system?

    Second thing, can EMET be installed in my PC - it already has KIS & MBAM free. Will there be any conflicts , resource hog? (I've SSD already in my lap as boot drive)

    Thank u very much
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  9. #9


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    I have only one account in my lap - thats me - its MS account & obviously I'm the admin. Now, according to you, I should create a new local account - make it Admin from control panel - then change my first Admin acc to Standard (even if it is MS account). Is this correct?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    Will doing this make any changes or malfunction of anything already present or installed in my system?
    No.

    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    Second thing, can EMET be installed in my PC - it already has KIS & MBAM free.
    EMET should work well on your computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    Will there be any conflicts, resource hog?
    No.

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    Last edited by genet; 25 Sep 2014 at 05:50.
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  10. #10


    India
    Posts : 1,536
    Win 8.1 Update x64


    @genet
    Can I copy my present admin user profile to my new local account so that I dont have to change settings & install apps again on the new one or is it not possible?
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