What software antivirus etc...

  SJM1981 15:26 16 Nov 10

...would you recommend downloading for a knew PC?

My sister has just brought her new laptop round. So far I have downloaded, CCleaner and FireFox.

Anymore recommendations?


  SJM1981 15:27 16 Nov 10

I meant new, not knew...sorry!

  onthelimit 15:30 16 Nov 10

If it has pre installed trial prog of anti virus, remove. I'd then go for MSE, but I know others prefer AVG or Avast! - it's up to you. I'd also put on Superantispyware.

  john bunyan 18:14 16 Nov 10

I suggest: Firewall : PCTools
Anti virus: Avira, Avast or MSE - many here have found a bit of a compatability problem with AVG,(Instal only one of these);for anti malware: Spywareblaser, Superantispyware and Malawarebytes.
All the above are free.

  birdface 18:25 16 Nov 10

I would go along with john bunyan's selections but choose either Avast or Avira for the Anti-Virus.
Also maybe add WOT which warns you of bad sites.

  GaT7 18:33 16 Nov 10

As jb says, make sure to have only one antivirus program installed at any given time.

I'm not sure about the antispyware programs, but SpywareBlaster will happily run next to any other one. Don't install too many security programs as this can have an adverse effect on performance.

Few more useful free programs depending on her needs:
- Foxit PDF reader click here
- OpenOffice office suite click here
- LastPass password manager click here
- Paint.Net photo editor click here
- VLC media player click here


  AL47 18:46 16 Nov 10

i run

avast, as anti virus
zone alarm, as firewall
[both on all the time]

for run every now and again programs i use..

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