I have recommendations for specific security software and techniques in various places on the site. Here’s a short summary.
It’s tempting to think more is better when it comes to anti-spyware and anti-virus software and firewalls. In reality too many can cause trouble.
There just isn’t a best… and knowing that will (hopefully) lead you in the direction of safe internet practices.
If that large file is a backup image, then maybe your anti-malware tool knows what I know… that there’s no point in scanning it.
If you follow a few security measures it’s perfectly safe to uninstall an old anti-malware program and then install your new choice.
Quarantine gives you the option to “rescue” files you might want. Of course there is one way to make sure you always have an extra copy of everything…
Sure, you can cover your webcam with tape. But that won’t solve the real problem… you’ve got malware on your computer!
When Microsoft stops support for XP your computer will keep working. The big problem is unsupported vulnerabilities.
Typically there’s no need to be terrified of clicking on images… as long as you know what to look for and how to manage your protection.
It’s best to uninstall old anti-virus software before installing a new one, assuming you make sure to stay safe during the transition.
When you install a new anti-malware tool on a machine that has similar programs already, you may see a warning about possible conflicts. Basically, you have three choices to continue.
The best operating system in the world can’t save you from dancing bunnies.