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Hi, believe it or not, I have been using my laptop for about five years without an anti virous program.  Now I'm beginning to see problems such as missing dll and not being able to load programs.  I'm ready to buy one,  Could someone recomend what I should get?  I use Windows XP.
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Use a free one. There are several, staring just with "A": Avast, AVG, Avira...

I recommend Avira. Or use Panda Cloud.
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by:Miftaul
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McAfee, Symantec, Kaspersky all work great. Just pick one.

Also regularly clear the laptop using anti-spyware programs like Spybot Search and Destroy.
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by:aadih
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To clean, if you suspect an infection, use Malwarebytes Antimalware (free).

[No need to pay money, in my opinion.  :-)]
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by:Technodweeb
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I would suggest Malwarebytes for immediate scan and clean. I would only use this as needed and not running in real time.
I would possibly also suggest Hitman Pro as a root-kit scanner and again only as deemed necessary and not in real time.
AVG (Antivirus only) for Virus protection and allow it to run full time.

All three have free versions which are very close to their paid counterparts.

free.avg.com
malwarebytes.org
hitmanpro.nl
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For antiroot cleaner: TDSSKiller.
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by:awawada
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I recommend Panda Cloud Pro with Malwarebytes Pro.
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by:Nick Rhode
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If you have a virus or want to check for viruses you can take a look at the article I posted.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Vulnerabilities/A_12285-Virus-Removal-Methods.html

As for antivirus I would stick to a free one.  MSE has been my favorite but since the recent AV post I have switched to my 2nd favorite which is avast.  You can take a look at where AV's stack up with reliability and performance here.

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/windows-7/julaug-2013/
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by:kostbad
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The free versions of avg-avast-avira are all good but not perfect.

You can combine them with a link scanner extension for your browser like dr web and a firewall like comodo or zonealarm to replace the one from windows.
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Doesn't do everything I want but it works and is free. Thanks
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