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  • Windows 7 Utility Software

    Hey there gang

    Just upgraded to Win 7

    My old antivirus (PC Tools) failed me so I want to replace it.

    I also need to find some sort of backup software.

    Right now I am using the Windows 7 Security (which seems pretty good) but would welcome comments on good antivirus/antispyware/firewall/etc programs

    On backup I am currently just doing manual backup to 4GB flash drive encrypted with True Crypt (just for client security).

    Any suggestions there ?
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    Re: Windows 7 Utility Software

    is that the same as Microsoft Security Essentials? that's what I'm using with Windows 7 laptop and Windows Vista desktop. so far no problems, knock-on-wood.


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      Re: Windows 7 Utility Software

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        Re: Windows 7 Utility Software

        Yes it is MS Security Essentials and I am pretty happy so far. I might eventually try going on Ebay and get Norton 360 (from what I have read the resource hog issue is not as big anymore).

        I am disappointed in MS Backup/Restore. I mean even the freeware backup programs let you create multiple backup settings but it only lets you do one ??

        I back up to different flash drives but MS Backup will only recognize one and I have to reprogram each time.

        So I'm just doing manual backup on a Truecrypt Flash Drive.
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        • #5
          Re: Windows 7 Utility Software

          i personally use AVG Free, Malwarebytes Anti-malware and Spybot Search and Destroy, along with the Ad Block Plus addon to Firefox

          all are good, free programs...dont' bother paying for Norton, no one really needs to do that
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          • #6
            Re: Windows 7 Utility Software

            I use McAfee, and have had great success with it.

            Backup? I just back up all my data to redundant drives on the network. I have a spare drive in a drawer with my OS (Win 7) and all my basic programs with personalized settings all set to replace my main drive should something happen.

            It is a system that works for me.


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            • #7
              Re: Windows 7 Utility Software

              I get CA Security Suite for free from my ISP and it serves my needs. I've heard the new free Microsoft security software is pretty decent for what it is. My mom uses Webroot on her laptop.


              • #8
                Re: Windows 7 Utility Software

                i was a bit hesitant relying on Microsoft Security Essentials considering it's a MS-made AV.. but i was pleasantly surprised at how well it works. haven't gone back to AVG since


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