Your Antivirus protection has expired. What next?

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  1. There are some great suggestions in this article. Making sure your Windows computer has up-to-date virus protection is vital for minimizing the very real and prevalent virus threats found in all corners of the Internet. Just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean they’re not there. In fact, the absence of obvious ‘tell-tale’ signs may mean a virus is doing it’s job very well… and it’s not something you want to learn the hard way.

    There is some really great FREE anti-virus software out there and sparing the technical explanation, ‘free’ does not always mean ‘lower quality’ in the competitive world of internet security.
    A great source of information and way to evaluate your PC security options is with the industry-trusted, independent testing organisation http://www.av-comparatives.org/ – Hope this helps others to continue with virus-free, happy computing!

  2. For those who want a free anti-virus, I recommend Avast. Simply because of its features. It has webprotection, mailprotection and of course realtime protection plus it has some neat opt-in or out features and you can always change these features through programs and features ->change, in the control panel.

  3. I have been using Microsoft’s free firewall and antivirus for years now, and honestly, I cannot ever remember getting any viruses / malware — even after going to some rather ‘naughty’ sites — for testing purpose! Microsoft’s own set up is the least intrusive of all — and I have tried Norton, McAfee, Avast, AVG, etc.

    Now, I know that Windows Defender has gotten a bad rap these last few years, for catching fewer baddies than others. As I wrote above, my set up has blocked NOTHING in years and years. So what gives??

    1. I am the luckiest person in the world?
    2. There are actually malware in my PC but Windows is too incompetent to flag them?

    3. There are lots of media hype out there?

    I believe it’s Scenario #3. I periodically scan my computer with Malwarebytes and it has found absolutely nothing either! Sure, there are baddies out there, but I truly believe there’re lots more media hype!

    My two cents — for home/personal use — there’s no need to waste money and no need to burden your system with third party add on’s. Just use what comes with Windows — plus the user common sense precaution.

  4. It’s great that you have not had the unfortunate experience of malicious software on your PC and it would be impossible to state as to how you have managed to avoid that situation without knowing your usage habits and system configuration. Possibly a more productive way to look at it would be questioning what has kept you protected during any such encounters.

    1. I tend to agree that your case has little to do with luck.

    2. There could very well be convert malware on your system, although you mention scanning regularly with Malwarebytes which has found absolutely nothing. Malwarebytes provides fairly good reason to trust that the PC is clean and I would recommend trusting its judgment.

    3.I also agree that there is lots of “media hype out there”… but I would argue that the hype is not unfounded.

    Your situation says to me that even a ‘proven lower-performing’ security option is better than no protection. With regards to Windows Defender (and Windows Firewall), it has received a bashing that may have been more justified in the early days rather than in more recent times. When properly configured, Windows Firewall can perform as good as any other system based firewall and Windows Defender is a great layer of protection. You might also use the default UAC settings which is a very strong defence that many users switch off because they feel it is too annoying.

    There are likely many ‘fail-safe’ reasons you have navigated your way through common malware encounters, and its a credit to the systems which have adequately done their job for you. If you are convinced that the prevalence of malware/viruses is all just “media hype” I would recommend having a look at http://www.exploit-db.com/ – Which is a catalog of recorded exploits/vaulnerabilities and then if you head over to http://www.symantec.com/security_response/landing/threats.jsp – you can find a healthy list of malware found in the wild. Bear in mind these are only what is listed, and viewing both sources by date will give you an idea of the substantial risk of a chance encounter.

  5. I would say that 99% of all new computers come with an installed antivirus and with limited days. Of course that’s how the company’s get you to buy their software and who could blame them. They’ve got to make a living also. Most will just hope on and buy the software and others will look for FREE ANTIVIRUS software and that is exactly what i did. There is a bunch of FREE alternatives and all pretty much do the same job, prevent your machine for being infected. But there are a few which belong to a select group which can compete with PAID VERSIONS and really have nothing to envy. Which one you might ask? Lets start by mentioning a few, Avira, Panda and Avast. All 3 are completely FREE and also have premium and pro versions where you would need to spend some $$$, but you can easily get by with their FREE versions. None of them are perfect, neither the paid versions nor the FREE ones so, Why pay for it? I personally have Avira Free as my antivirus and it works just fine. What you get with the paid version is a couple of extra options and a few features but the FREE version will do the same job, protect your machine. Isn’t that what we want? Make no mistake, any of the 3 FREE antivirus, Avira, Panda and Avast will do an excellent job it’s just a matter of what your necessities are and what you like. So just get any of these 3 a try and be assured that you will be protected. Another thing, always do periodically back-ups and Microsoft Updates which will always be your life saver. Just don’t forget that the BEST ANTIVIRUS is your COMMON SENSE….. enjoy… and a MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL …. HO HO HO …..

  6. If your antivirus protection has expired, then you can also use another antivirus protection. Various antivirus protection software’s are available online such AVG, Avast, Norton, Quick Heal and many more.

  7. I have McAfee and has expired. Changing date to an older date in the system and can update the software. I wonder is this alright to do. Please advice

  8. What a joke site this is. It is part of McAfee. LOL. All PC s have anti virus. Just remover McAfee and go to security settings and and activate the anti virus McAfee is over riding.

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