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.
Anti-malware tools have never been 100% solutions – but, despite what we hear on the news, they are far from dead!
If you follow a few security measures it’s perfectly safe to uninstall an old anti-malware program and then install your new choice.
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 support for XP ends, you may find yourself open to unpatched vulnerabilities. Having an updated anti-malware tool is your first line of defense.
Malware not showing up in the Add/Remove Programs list doesn’t surprise me at all. After all, malware’s success is based on its ability to hide from you!
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.
Windows Defender Offline is a free Microsoft tool to scan for malware before Windows boots or when it can’t boot at all. It’s can be a convenient approach to removing some stubborn malware.