Need other anti-virus in addtion to Prevx?

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  1. gak1952

    gak1952 Registered Member

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    Do I need any other anti-virus/malware/spyware on my machine in addition to Prevx. Currently, I'm running Prevx with Malwarebytes and WinPatrol? I was also running Zonealarm but have had to remove it because of stability issues.

    I've just started using Prevx after my original antivirus, Zonealarm failed to stop malware and spyware getting onto my machine and then finding it once it was on my computer.

    I had to download and run a lot of antivirus programs to remove all the malware that had gotten on my machine (this was from downloading freeware programs from sites like CNet, PC Brother, Wareseeker and the like). It took Prevx to find the last of the viruses and fully (I hope) clean my machine.

    Zonealarm now clashes with a lot of the antivirus software I have on my machine, even though they are, so far as I can tell, inactive. To the best of my knowledge I've stopped them running both at start-up and cleaned out any entries they made in the registry. However, ZoneAlarm keeps claiming that programs like AVG and Microsoft Forefront Client Security clash with it. This clash was rendering my preferred browser, Firefox Mozilla, unstable.

    So I decided to remove ZoneAlarm from my machine.

    I wonder if in addition to Prevx (I have the full, paid-for version) I need an anti-virus program running to maximize security on my machine. Presently, I have a paid for version of Trend Micro along with the free version of AVG.

    I would welcome any advice on this issue, especially any experience Prevx users have with AVG or Trend Micro along with Prevx.

    In addition to Prevx, I am also running Malwarebytes (full, paid-for version), WinPatrol (free version) and Hitman (free version).

    I thank forum members for any help they can give. I very much appreciate it.

    Thanks, in advance.
     
  2. Triple Helix

    Triple Helix Webroot Product Advisor

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    norton dns, panda cloud av, sandboxie and a good imaging software.........
     
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    Just replace Prevx 3 with Webroot Security Essential (Prevx 4) and use a backup software and you will be fine with what you already have above.

    If you really feel like, add one (but just ONE!) active anti-virus "on access" scanner. Piling up signature scanners (AVG, ZA, MSE, etc) will not help getting better protection, on the contrary will create problems of stability to the system (low level drivers are loaded on the system even if you turn off the active guards) and locks at the time of the infection .
     
  5. Triple Helix

    Triple Helix Webroot Product Advisor

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    Don't confuse the user he will get a free upgrade to WSA at some point as he is already a Paid user of Prevx! ;)

    TH
     
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    At some point indeed ;)
     
  7. gak1952

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    Thank you all so much for your help. I very much appreciate it. I had no idea Prevx had become Webroot Security Essential. Just a few questions about your responses.

    1) what is "imaging software" and what would be a free "good imaging software" to install on my system to supplement Prevx/WSE? (the "good imaging software" idea was made by ams963)

    2) can anyone recommend a free "active anti-virus "on access" scanner" (suggested by fax) to use in addition to Prevx/WSE

    3) regarding the suggestion of having "backup software" to supplement Prevx/WSE, (recommended by Triple Helix) I assume Acronis fits the bill here. Am I correct?

    Thanks again for all your input. I very much appreciate it. I'm now going to look into upgrading to Webroot Security Essential from Prevx.

    One final question: does anyone thing there's any better security package out there than Webroot Security Essential?
     
  8. acr1965

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    What is your operating system? XP, Vista, Windows 7? Also, do you have a 32 bit or 64 bit?

    These types of questions are not allowed on Wilders because they can end up as a very heated debate. But if you do a search (anti-malware, anti-virus and the polls) you can see what other criteria other people look for - such as detection test results, light on system resources, easy to use...there are probably a half dozen or so competent free antivirus programs available. But what may run perfectly well on one person's computer may not run worth a heck on yours.

    There is backup and image software, and other variations of having a backup strategy. Some programs can do multiple jobs, such as both backing up and making an image. Again, stating which operating system you have may help in letting you know you options. From what I understand, Windows 7 has basic backup and image ability but there are many very good and free 3rd party software available to do these jobs as well.
    see answer to question #2.
     
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    http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-imaging-program.htm

    panda cloud av or avast av............

    yup that fits alright......but I recommend keriver 1-click restore as is given in the above techsupportalert aka gizmos link...........
     
  10. 1000db

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    Since you've already paid for prevx and mbam, you should just use those. When the prevx converts to the webroot product they have a firewall in their WSA product if you feel you need a firewall. I don't believe you need a free product (or any other except maybe a back-up or imaging program) if you are using both of the aforementioned in real-time.
     
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    FWIW - OP just make sure that what is already built into Windows is not for you before heading off to the 3rd party alternatives. Most built in Windows software is limited in configuration and options but fairly easy to use. Techsupportalert has some pretty good articles for information. But they also have an agenda. And that's to generally convince you that you need to download and install 3rd party software because what is already built into Windows is bad. I believe, minus a few exceptions, TSA editors are not even allowed to recommend anything built into Windows. So they recommend the free 3rd party stuff which usually comes with an unneeded toolbar, spam email or whatever other marketing strategy they deploy. There are exceptions, of course.
     
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    good thorough explanation buddy :thumb:.......but I reckon the op already considers win built in imaging soft slippery as he mentions acronis.....in that case I think keriver along with the others listed in the gizmos are good alternatives to both win built in and acronis........
     
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    The migration from Prevx 3 to WSA is going awfully slow, is it not?
     
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    Yepp, made me leave Prevx/WSA all together.
     
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    Yes, it was too bad my parents had 3 licenses which never got upgraded to WSA. I had them switch security solution, even though I, myself, really like WSA. They just couldn't stand Prevx not supporting the later versions of Firefox. :(
     
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    Yes, unfortunately the delay isn't encouraging for those using Prevx. Before the end of the previous year, there was a talk about an equivalent WSA free version, but we're near February and still nothing.

    I don't think Webroot planned this very well. :blink:
     
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    Same here!
     
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    My Prevx license came up for renewal and I actually found it cheaper to purchase a new WRSA Essentials license online then renew my Prevx license. There was not a huge amount of difference in money terms but as it is likely that the transfer could take a while & I had to renew any way to get the transfer when it comes, etc., I decided to purchase new...to go now to where I would eventually end up and get the best in protection (personal view :D ) now.

    May be worth checking out what the options are at the time that your Prevx license comes up for renewal.

    Regards


    Balders
     
  21. Triple Helix

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    @ Baldrick - I agree if renewing it's best to get the version of WSA that you want and shopping around you can find great Deals! I have a 6 user Prevx with SafeOnline license with just over 2 years left on it for myself and 3 family members and at some point it will get updated to WSA!

    TH
     
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