posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 12:18 PM
The nastiest thing that ever happened to us online happened at facebook. We clicked on a picture of someone we didn't know and the computer locked
up. When I tried to reboot, it failed. I had to hook my primary hard drive up as a slave and run the error check from the (now) master drive. Turns
out that one of my system files was corrupted during that process (ntoskernel.sys, I think), and all I had to do to repair it was to replace the file
with the uncorrupted one from the other drive. After that, (now master drive again) I had no more problems.
I use Avast myself, but I still find trojans on my system with CCleaner or IObit's malware fighter. All of these programs are free.
The reviews I read say that Avira is probably the best free antivirus, especially for older (slower) computers. I'm ok with Avast for now, but like I
said, sometimes trojans do get through. I just check frequently and remove as needed. It seems that I get trojans from "work at home" sites, so if
you're not surfing porn, you're still not safe.
I also don't trust the download sites that make you download their branded download/install programs. There are download sites that don't make you do
this, and I use them. Paranoia? Who knows?
edit on 8/18/2011 by visualmiscreant because: added comment