Your Questions About Virus Protection

Posted by softwareguru on July 19, 2014

Joseph asks…

New laptop anti virus protection.?

What should I use for anti virus protection for my new Toshiba laptop?

softwareguru answers:

This Anti-Virus program called Microsoft’s Security Essentials, has been a favorite Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, Anti-Spyware application for a while and it’s free, unobtrusive, and it doesn’t slow your PC down, but now it’s even better with the new 2.1 release, which adds network filtering, heuristic protection, and more.
Just to be clear and direct with you: we absolutely recommend Microsoft Security Essentials as your anti-malware / anti-virus utility over any other option—and how can you argue? It’s totally free!
New Features in 2.1
Here’s all of the new features in the latest release, which make it even more of a must-download:
* Network Traffic Inspection integrates into the network system and monitors the traffic at a low level without slowing down your PC, so it can actually detect threats before they get to your PC.
* Internet Explorer Integration blocks malicious scripts before IE even starts running them—clearly a big security advantage.
* Heuristic Scanning Engine finds malware that hasn’t been previously detected by scanning for certain types of attacks. This provides even more protection than just through virus definitions.
These new features make MSE on par with other anti-malware applications, especially the heuristic scanning, which has been the only complaint that anybody could make against MSE in the past—but now it has it.
Disabling the New Features (Though You Shouldn’t)
If you head into Settings –> Real-time protection, you can remove “Enable behavior monitoring” to disable the heuristic scanning, or uncheck “Enable Network Inspection System” to remove the network traffic filtering.
Limiting CPU Usage
We can’t remember if this is a new feature or not, but you can head into Settings –> Scheduled Scan to reduce the CPU usage during the weekly scan—normally the weekly scan only starts when you’re not using the PC, but if you sit back down on the PC while the scheduled scan is going, performance will be less impacted with lower CPU usage.
Again, you should download this new version. It’s excellent. Note: you should make sure you only have a single anti-virus utility installed at a time.
Download Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0
Security Essentials Version: 2.1.1116.0
Antimalware Client Version: 3.0.8402.0
Engine Version: 1.1.7702.0
Antivirus definition: 1.113.1674.0
Antispyware definition: 1.113.1674.0
Network Inspection System Engine Version: 2.0.7707.0
Network Inspection System Definition Version:

Mark asks…

Best free virus protection?

What is the best free virus protection?

softwareguru answers:

If you want a free anti-virus I recommend in order of popularity, but please choose the right one for you (install only one):

1. AVG Free
a. A simple interface (easier to use than Avast! And Avira)
b. Can detect about 82.82% of viruses
Cons: low virus detection

2. Avast!
A. Real-time protection
b. It has an option to delete a virus once found
c. Can detect about 87.46% of viruses.
Cons: Too many icons and confusing user interface

3. Avira AntiVir
a. It can detect malware better than Avast and AVG
b. It’s cute umbrella icon
c. Can detect about 94.26% of viruses
Cons: A very sluggish update

Never install Norton anti-virus, it will take over your computer and is almost impossible to completely remove. The best anti-virus available is Kaspersky or NOD32 (recent tests at

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