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Top Antivirus programs to have?

#1Dark222Posted 7/18/2014 1:03:21 AM(edited)
Hi, I think 2 Antivirus programs are enough right? I currently only have Malwarebytes, which should my second one be?

Also I'm not really sure what a fire-wall does or what it is for? Which one should I get?

Lastly, how often should my laptop be scanned?

Thanks, any additional information to this kind of topic is much appreciated.

Edit: Only looking for free programs, not paid :)
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#2majinbuu58Posted 7/18/2014 1:07:30 AM
You should only have one antivirus. They tend to interfere with each other
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#3iPr0kkaFTWPosted 7/18/2014 1:07:55 AM
I'm using MalwareBytes as well along with Microsoft Security Essentials.
#4PsythikPosted 7/18/2014 1:07:57 AM
Common Sense 2014
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#5phy2jshPosted 7/18/2014 1:09:19 AM
inb4commonsense

Just get Avast and forget about it. They are all about as useless as each other, so don't agonize over it. The manual programs, such as Malwarebytes, are much more effective than the real-time ones, in my view.
#6phy2jshPosted 7/18/2014 1:09:50 AM
Psythik posted...
Common Sense 2014


damn my slow typing!!
#7mikewu1Posted 7/18/2014 1:27:12 AM
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#8ShinnokxzPosted 7/18/2014 3:03:34 AM
There's a few ways to approach security programs. Obviously people that are gifted the nerd gene can get by fine without any, installing one only when the situation arises.

If you're relied upon to administer for users that DON'T have the know how to keep themselves and their systems safe, unfortunately even have a cocktail of Security Essentials + MalwareBytes doesn't help. I've found that, as far as commercial products goes, McAfee is the way to go for users like that.
#9jairusmonillasPosted 7/18/2014 3:17:44 AM
I'm using ESET for 8 years now.
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#10DC07301981Posted 7/18/2014 5:23:23 AM
I use avast and Malwarebytes and haven't had any problems. Best combination of antivirus software I've ever used.

Doesn't hog resources, it's discrete, and best of all, they're free.

Along with common sense when browsing, you shouldn't have too much of a problem.