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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Best PC Security Suite that is Vista compatible?

So, the trial version of McAfee and indeed the downloaded trial version of Windows OneCare have run out on my relatively new laptop which operates on Windows Vista and I want to get the best possible Security Suite onto it but which is best and also compatible with Vista? Of course, McAfee and Norton are best-sellers but I certainly won't be buying Norton having previously found it quite finicky on compatability with various software so I'm guessing it's not a good mix with the also finicky Vista. McAfee hasn't thusfar caused me major problems with Vista but then I'm not a 100% sure it's completely compatible with Vista and therefore working to full capacity. I've heard some good things about Kaspersky but have also heard it can interfere with Messenger.

I also want to ensure that whatever I spend my hard-earned cash on is more than just a mere anti-virus, that it has firewall, anti-spyware etc. capability as well, i.e. that it is giving me as much bang for my buck as is possible.

Any suggestions from more technically adept bloggers would be very welcome.

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Kev said...

Howdo Curly.

Try AVG Free from Grisoft http://www.grisoft.com/ (antivirus) free for home use (if you cough up about 20 quid you get a fire wall with it too (the Vista/M$ firewall is pants).

For a separate firewall you can get a free version of Zone Alarm http://www.zonealarm.com/ (find the pull down menu bottom centre and select the free option).

Have used them both for ages and havent had any probs with them. Norton & McAffee are bloaty, memory hogging bags of pants!

PS happy birthday for the other day!

Curly K said...

Howdy Kev, thanks for the tips and thanks for the birthday wishes - thank God it's over now! :)

Kev said...

No problems.

I guess you wouldn't want 2 birthdays a year then a-la Mrs Windsor then?


Curly K said...

No thank you very much, I ain't no queen but you already know that Kev!

Anonymous said...

Hey there,

You might give Zone Alarm Security Suite (http://www.zonelabs.com) a once over. You can download a 15 day free trial to see if it's to your liking. Also be sure to check out the reviews at http://www.cnet.com.

Good luck!

Best regards,