Posted 08 February 2012 - 08:24 PM
Posted 09 February 2012 - 06:38 PM
I just got a new Asus desktop. Best Buy is carrying them now. It's a great way to go if you don't want or need all the extra stuff a lot of box store PCs are bundled with nowadays.
"Open Office" is plenty for most home computers and it's FREE!
Posted 09 February 2012 - 06:44 PM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:16 AM
And that pretty much goes for any of the bundled trial stuff you have alternative programs for.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 04:55 PM
1) It's free.
2) It has no advertising or "upgrade requests" (pop-ups, pop-unders, nag screens, etc... none of it).
3) Head-to-head testing articles I've read of the top ten free "anti" software programs (e.g. AVG, Avast!, Comodo, Malwarebytes, Panda Cloud, etc.) actually ranks it second in detection.
4) Since you're on Microsoft Windows already anyway...
I had always installed AVG on any computer that I had to "clean up" for friends and family. But, for the truly computer un-savvy, the little ads telling them to "upgrade now" would throw them off. So, I had actually switched to installing Avast!, as well as using it myself. In my experience, it has the best blend of detection rate, removal rate, and easy, yet powerful, user interface. The one drawback was that it requires users to renew the free license annually. It was at that time you would get the ads about "upgrading" to the paid version. But, in two minutes, once re-registered, you wouldn't see anything again for another year. It was great! Unfortunately, in the latest version, Avast! is now forcing an "upgrade" to a trial of the paid version when you have to renew your annual license. You can roll the program back to the free version in only a few minutes, but the option to do so is sort of "hidden in plain sight", if you will, at the bottom of the summary page. Personally, I can't stand stuff like that. It's bad enough even for those who are computer savvy, but it's a nightmare for those who aren't. I've had lots of calls and e-mails from others I installed Avast! for in a panic because they didn't know what to do.
So, now, MS Security Essentials is the go to for anyone running XP, Vista, or 7. The only real downside I've seen thus far is that it lacks a few advanced features such as "sandbox" and the ability to set it to turn your computer off after an auto-scan is complete, for example. But, it more than gets the job done in a surprisingly minimalist (especially for MS) way.
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Posted 11 February 2012 - 09:28 AM
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