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Q: How do you keep your PC protected?

  • 32%
    I pay for an internet security suite that covers everything

  • 16%
    I use a free internet security suite that covers everything

  • 4%
    I pay for separate, third-party antivirus and anti-sypware programs

  • 23%
    I use free, separate, third-party antivirus and anti-sypware programs

  • 2%
    I use only pay-for antivirus

  • 11%
    I use only free antivirus

  • 4%
    I don't use any security software

  • 0%
    I don't know how my PC is secured

  • 8%
    I use a combination of free and paid-for security software


(Based on 997 Votes)

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PC Advisor

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There are several different ways to protect your PC, we want to know how you do it.

Let us know in our poll. How do you keep your PC protected?

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Condom

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I use MSE plus the occasional run of Malwarebytes. Her indoors uses Avast with Malwarebyes and Malwarebytes has never shown anything with MSE but occasionally picks up stuff with Avast.

I find MSE very good with no slowdown on either PC or downloads whereas I did find testing 360 that it did slow down things but not by much. I too got my 360 this morning so thanks to the powers that be for the opportunity to test it.

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Strawballs

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I also will change my answer to Norton 360v6 on 3 of my computers which I recieved through the post today for taking part in the beta test. Thank you very much Symantech and PCA

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Aitchbee

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I will be installing Norton 360 v.6 on 3 of my computers, forthwith!

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octal

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Interesting, that 4% that don't have any security software installed must be using Linux, that's what I voted because that's the only one applicable.

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matt2000

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panda av pro and threatfire used to have avast but it, like avg 9 died when one of 1069 viruses killed it.

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Chegs ®™

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Avast free. Used to use AVG until it started reacting with a games security.

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Aitchbee

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In the first instance, I've got 1 laptop 'n' 1 desktop...usually I don't do anything stupid.

Also, I've got 1 laptop 'n' 1 desktop. (in reserve) In case I have done something stupid.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Sygate (modified) Firewall

Avast as Anivirus

Windows defender real time antimalware backed up with SpywareBlaster as a blocker

Malwarebytes and SAS for weekly scans.

Most importantly I also use common sense on where I browse.

Best protection is everything backed up twice to external sources and a good clean image to restore if it all goes wrong.

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buteman

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Woolwell

Not knocking it but it is just a middle of the road freebie, But like I said before any anti-virus as long as you have a decent Anti-Malware program to back it up.

I also use WOT to keep me away from bad sites.it is not 100% correct but even if it was only 75% correct it is better than nothing.

And almost forgot about WinPatrol which I use.

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Woolwell

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buteman - I suspect MS give it away for free so that people put an anti-virus on. If you read the reviews MSE does well compared to other free programs.

These sites give independent results AV test and AV Comparatives

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buteman

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johndrew

I think whoever told you that must be telling Porky's.

If it was that good Microsoft would be selling it instead of giving it away for free.

It is ok as a freebie but would you actually pay for it if they started charging for it.

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Woolwell

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I cannot properly answer that poll. I use Kaspersky Internet Security 2012. It is not normally considered to be a free program but it was provided free of charge by my bank. So does it now become a "free" suite?

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tAtu*!

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BitDefender Total Security 2012 and HitMan Pro (Paid for) and then use online scanners for peace of mind (House Doctor or Eset)

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HondaMan

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AVG Free; Malware Bytes; Ad-Aware

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johndrew

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Toneman

I have been told that MSE is currently the best on the free market at the moment and I also use it. However I also use SpywareBlaster (to block any attempts) and Spybot S&D as a backup checker (TeaTimer disabled).

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Toneman

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Is MSE not sufficient on it's own?

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sunnystaines

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norton internet security 2012

spywareblaster free editions of SAS & MBAM

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Matt Egan

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ams4127 Good point (and we thought we'd covered everything!) - that option now enabled.

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buteman

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I will go along with the firs two.Usually free version of Anti_Virus and a paid for version of Emisoft Anti-Malware.

I would say any anti_virus as long as you have a pay for Anti-malware program that gives you full time protection.

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interzone55

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I use the Talk Talk security suite that comes with my internet connection.

Technically it's free with my package, but Talk Talk probably include the cost in my monthly fee.

Anyway I ticked Free

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ams4127

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You need one more category for people like me.

I use MSE (free) and MBAM (full, paid).

I cannot vote accurately.

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rdave13

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A one-off payment for Superantispyware and the rest are free.

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