Symantec admits anti-virus is dead

  sunnystaines 18:50 06 May 14
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I presume this applies to the other makes of AV too.

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  Flak999 23:10 06 May 14

I think a combination approach works best. First use a well protected router with hardware firewall and at least WPA2 encryption and a strong password, then a good up to date browser. (I use Chrome) Couple that with a good Adblocker (adblock for chrome) Then use a proprietary security suite I use MSE with real time protection switched on.

Then add a couple of stand alone malware programes, I use malwarebytes and super anti spyware. use these to scan at regular intervals in conjunction with Ccleaner. Do regular backups, I use Acronis and take a disk image every month after the monthly windows updates, plus I back up all of my documents music and pictures to a large capacity USB thumb drive.

I know you can never say never, but in 40 years of computing I have never had a virus and have never lost or had data corrupted due to a virus. Plus all of the programs I have listed are free I have never paid for security software it is unnecessary.

It goes without saying obviously, don't click on links in unsolicited emails and stay away from porn, and most people will never have a problem!

  namtas 10:59 07 May 14

MechKB 2 I see that you are using win 7 and Acronis, have you had any problems with Acronis. I ask because I have just replaced/upgraded to Win 7 and because my Acronis v 9.00 is not compatible thought to update to Acronis 2014, but on researching I found more negatives for it than positives. Which version are you using and have you found any problems in installing or using?

  namtas 11:47 07 May 14

Sorry apologies I need to address that question to user Flak999,

Have you had any problems with Acronis. I ask because I have just replaced/upgraded to Win 7 and because my Acronis v 9.00 is not compatible thought to update to Acronis 2014, but on researching I found more negatives for it than positives. Which version are you using and have you found any problems in installing or using?

  Nontek 12:30 07 May 14

Hi all, I am using Win7 and Acronis without any problems. I certainly recommend Acronis. I make Full Backups of my hardrive roughly every two to three weeks, but always after any big update of Windows or of any of my paid-for programs. The backups are made directly to an external hard-drive which is used for that purpose only.

I never use Incremental or other types of backup, just Full Backups. I have also used Acronis Clone-to when upgrading/enlarging my internal hard-drive.

Security is covered by MSE/Malwarebytes Pro/Tune-up Utilities and much prudence when on-line etc.

I have paid-for versions of Nero Burning ROM - M'soft Office 2003 - SIW Pro - PDF Converter7 - and MFS(X), been using most for over ten years without any major hiccups.

I also use (All Pro versions and compatible with Win7) Digital Image Recovery, FastStone Capture, Magix Audio Cleaner Pro, Revo Uninstaller and Teamviewer.

All working superbly thanks to my BT Infinity5 Broadband.

  Nontek 12:31 07 May 14

PS - I always keep up-to-date latest versions with all my paid-for (Pro) programs.

  Flak999 13:59 07 May 14

Jock1e

"How do you know when to use it."

Acronis is a very versatile program which allows you different options of backup functionality. It's main purpose is to image your hard drive so that if failure of the drive should occur and you lose all of your data you can quickly and simply return your machine to a working state in a very short time, without the need for laborious reinstalling of windows and separate programs. You can be back up and running with your machine setup just how you had it within 20 mins!

It is I believe the ultimate backup tool, it also has the functionality to backup individual files and folders to a separate drive. As to how and when to use it, that depends on how much critical data you produce on a daily or weekly basis. I find I only need to take a full disk image on a monthly basis, these images are Kept on a separate large capacity hard drive and I have six months worth of backups which as a new backup is made the oldest is deleted. (daisy chaining)

For simple document picture or music backup outside of my monthly disk image, I use a large capacity USB drive as and when needed.

  Flak999 14:03 07 May 14

namtas

I also am using Win7 professional 64 bit and the version of Acronis I use is True Image Home 2011 update 3 (build 6942) I have had no trouble installing or using the program and find it performs perfectly for my needs.

It is also fully compatible with SSD hard drives if you should have one of those.

  namtas 15:34 07 May 14

Flak999

Updating my PC I was informed that Acronis 9 was incompatible with Win 7 However on checking the latest version I found many bad reports relating to the problems with Acronis 2014, I will try the 2011 version.

  hastelloy 16:28 07 May 14

If you have a WD or Seagate HDD you can get a cut-down version of Acronis free of charge from WD or Seagate.

  Menzie 15:57 12 May 14

Today the software on the your PC is only half the battle, the other side is hacking into systems or exploiting vulnerability and stealing information with things like heart bleed that you cannot defend against.

I use Malwarebytes Pro as well as Avast Internet Security 2014 on my system. Have been using the free version for years and thought why not go pro?

I also use Acronis 2013 which has been fantastic. When installing an SSD into my laptop I was fully up and running in moments. When I didn't get along with a clean install of Windows 8 on my desktop withing 10 mins I was back to my previous OS like it never happened.

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