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this is the worst advice ever-you recommend no anti virus (really bad advice)yet claim to be professionally engaged with computers(what ever that means).i use outpost pro it has a good firewall,anti virus etc. all in one.i got a years paid licence for free during a promo on a tech. site.keep your eyes peeled on various tech. sites and you will get a paid version for free sooner or later.avast is a good free anti virus and outpost also do a free firewall.winpatrol is also a good addition,comes in free and plus version.the free version is only limited in the sense of the program being able to check startup entries names and what they are for,google is your friend and the feature is not important.
Originally posted by CriticalMess
My reply might be controversial in the eyes of many computer users, but 'common sense' is a best practise approach to avoid virusses and the like. Anti-virus/malware/etc. programs will never safeguard you from ignorant clickery on web sites entirely.
If it is privacy you are concerned with, I would advise you to not install any AV software and disable the myriad of built-in safeguard application pre-installed with Windows 7.
Did you know that if you fail to install an AV like application on Windows 7 within a certain amount of time, Windows Update will do it for you?
According to the adage 'Follow the Money', one could ask him or herself why there are so many free AV suites available. But then again that could just be conspiratory little me.
Admittingly I am professionally engaged with computers and have therefor an above avarage understanding of how these things work.
The choice is really yours to make. What is most important for you and what is the most likely threat for your personal circumstances?