Mike’s Favorite Anti-virus Solution

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Software

Mike’s Favorite Anti-virus Solution

On the sign for my computer repair business are the words “Virus Expert”. I service numerous computers each week with viruses on them. Not wanting any “come backs” after the repairs, I have a great need to satisfy all my customers by installing the best selection of Anti-virus software.

Viruses used to be merely a joke or a prank, but they have since evolved into serious threats, most of them now try to steal from you. Most viruses are completely hidden. They silently infect trying to steal your passwords, credit card numbers, bank account information, and your identity. The criminals who make viruses are aggressively trying to steal from you any thing they can. Millions of dollars will be drained from bank accounts this year by cyber criminals. And there are other types of viruses that try to steal personal, corporate, or government secrets. And there are viruses that turn innocent computers into distributed bot-nets to attack web sites, or send out spam. Just face it, viruses are an epidemic and you do not want any of these to ever to get on your computer.

My favorite anti-virus solution is four programs I have hand picked and thoroughly tested on hundreds of computers: Microsoft Security Essentials (also known as Windows Defender on Windows 8), SpywareBlaster, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium, and HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard. Two are free and two are subscription programs. The definition of malware is malicious software (viruses).

Microsoft Security Essentials also known as Windows Defender on Windows 8 (free)
Antivirus protection that is made by Microsoft just for Windows. It is light on system resources and provides basic protection. It has a resident scanner that scans files opened, copied or downloaded. I have found it to be less bulky and more problem free than Norton, McAfee, Avast, AVG, etc.

SpywareBlaster (free)
This security program helps secure your web browser against spyware and adware. It works alongside your existing antivirus software, enhancing your protection without any fuss. After installing be sure to click on “Enable All Protection”. You should manually update SpywareBlaster once a week, and enable the latest protection. Click “Updates” – “Check for Updates” – “Enable protection”. http://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium, (MBAM)
(annual subscription required*) – Compliments your antivirus software for better protection. Detects and protects against malware in real-time. Blocks hacking and phishing attempts. Features malicious website blocking and advanced malware removal.

The MBAM real time protection module comes with the Premium version. The Premium version is what Mike recommends, not just the free version. Mike’s Computer Repair is an officially registered reseller for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. You can purchase the key from Mike. Mike is trained to properly install and configure MBAM for you. This does not replace Anti-Virus, it complements it.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/

HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard
(annual subscription required*) Provides real-time exploit mitigation and anti-espionage technologies. Stops exploit attacks that abuse known and unknown weaknesses in widely used software, like web browsers, plug-ins, Java and Office applications. Vulnerabilities in current or outdated software can no longer be abused to silently install unsolicited software or malware. CryptoGuard blocks the encryption of files caused by crypto ransomware viruses. Mike’s Computer Repair is an officially registered sales partner for HitmanPro.Alert. You can purchase the key from Mike.
http://www.surfright.nl/en/cryptoguard

Conclusion
There is no need to pay $90 per year to Norton or McAfee. I see too many computers come in with viruses that had these not as good solutions. My recommended solution is less $$, provides total protection, and has proven 100% effective. Why not let mike install these for you? Mike will do professional security audit and removal of your old software before installing the new software. Please call for an appointment.

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