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New laptop - keeping it safe?

Discussion in 'General Security Issues and Questions' started by lurla, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. lurla

    lurla Established Techie7 Member

    I know on the old d_a_l forum there was a 'practicing safe computing' thread that I used to go to to set up any new device. I can't seem to find that anymore. I just got a new laptop and I want to make sure it doesn't fall prey to any viruses etc. (especially after the kids break me down and I let them use it o_O. It came with Norton installed but I'm wanting to remove that I think because I was never a fan. I would prefer Avast, or whatever you recommend to be the best protection these days.
    Not sure if it makes any difference, but this is the model:
    Acer Aspire A315-21-92FK 15.6” Laptop with AMD A9 9420 Processor, 1TB HDD, 12GB RAM, AMD Radeon R5 Graphics, & Windows 10

    Thanks! As always, thanks for any advice!
  2. nukecad

    nukecad Established Techie7 Member

    The Windows Defender built in to Windows 10 is considered by many to be as good as most 3rd party Anti-Virus programmes.

    If you team it up with Malwarebytes Anti Malware then very little is ever going to infect your machine.

    While you shouldn't normally run more than one antivirus programme at the same time, Malwarebytes products are designed to happily run alongside any other AV without any conflict.
    So you can run MB3 as well as whichever AV you chose, giving you double the protection.

    My personal protection is Windows Defender running real time, with MB3 free version for a weekly threat scan.

    I also run 2 Malwarebytes beta products in real time:
    I have the stand alone Malwarebytes Anti Exploit beta. (Which is free).
    You don't need that if you have the full MB3 running real time, because anti exploit is included in the full MB3.
    I also have the malwarebytes add-on for Firefox browser, which blocks Malware/Scams and Advertising/Clickbait in the browser.
    There is also an add-on for Chrome if you prefer that browser. (There are versions expected for IE and Edge, but those are not available yet).
    Again the browser add ons are free. (For now).

    Although those last 2 are beta/experimental they work very well and hardly ever give any problems.
    Many users have the browser add ons in particular.

  3. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    Thanks for remembering. :)

    It's still there. I might need to update it again. SInce W10 is really secure right out of the box, we don't need a bunch of extra security tools any longer. With W10 in mind, I would appreciate a critique via PM when you are done setting up your new notebook.

    Practicing Safe Computing