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#1 NoUserName

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 17:47

Hello
I am on Windows 7 ultimate.
Do I really need to buy a commercial security tool? or free ones do the same job?
Please advise for which tools I should really rely on ?
Please consider this important very much.


#2 Anibal P

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 17:51

I use Microsoft Security Essentials and the built in firewall, is all I need, and it's all free. I see no real point in paying for security software that generally all it dies is annoy most of time while doing just as good and sometimes worse than the free alternatives

#3 Hum

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 17:53

AVG and Windows firewall have worked well for me.

#4 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 17:59

Microsoft Security Essentials and the Windows Firewall. Not much else needed.

#5 +Brando212

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 18:02

MSE here as well, and Avast! is usually my second choice

#6 episode

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 18:07

AVG and Windows firewall have worked well for me.


AVG is bloated and terrible now.

#7 ButteIrishProud

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 18:10

My vote is for MSSE and Malwarebytes.

#8 +Brando212

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 18:10

AVG and Windows firewall have worked well for me.

AVG is almost as bad as McAfee from my experience :x

#9 Eddie7

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 18:10

AVG is a huge resource hog. I use ESET Nod 32 and Malwarebytes. :)

#10 Shane Nokes

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 18:12

Microsoft Security Essentials or Win7 and earlier. Windows Defender (basically the same thing as MSE) for Windows 8, since it is built-in to the OS.

I also tend to just use the built-in firewall on Windows since I have a hardware firewall that's setup properly. :)

#11 typu

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 18:15

on windows 7 i used microsoft security essentials combined with my common sense and experience in computers. never had any harmful thing on my computer.

on windows 8 i use the built in defender.

as many other pointed out, you do not need a commercial security suite. imo it's kinda useless...

#12 episode

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 18:17

AVG is almost as bad as McAfee from my experience :x


It used to be really good, in 07-09ish. Now, not at all.

#13 OP NoUserName

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 18:46

since I have a hardware firewall that's setup properly. :)

more info please.

#14 Shane Nokes

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 19:31

more info please.


Tell you my firewall setup? Sorry, but I'll decline to share that, especially with how often I have people try to get in.

#15 OP NoUserName

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 19:48

Tell you my firewall setup? Sorry, but I'll decline to share that, especially with how often I have people try to get in.

Ofcourse not asking for sharing your firewall setting.
You mentioned hardware firewall, so I've asked about what kind of hardware and not the settings!