Originally Posted by twisty8
Even though I ultimately ended up wiping my harddrive, you guys were helpful.
Can someone please recommend a preventative (rather than curative) free solution to adware, spyware, and most importantly, trojans?
I already have AVG installed and Windows Defender of course but..any other good free ones?
As said already - MBAM for periodic on-demand scans.
The best security is however to be smart what you download and which sites you visit.
Originally Posted by sba9630
If you can afford two machines...
I have a Windows machine for online poker and Netflix, for everything else I use Linux.
I used to support numerous family/friends on Windows, and stayed busy. After getting everyone to transition to Linux (and a couple to Apple) with java/plug-in/ad blocking extensions/add-ons, I rarely get calls. When I do, it's never about malware, etc., it's "hey, how do you do this in Apple/Linux..."
This, but you do not need two machines. Just install ubuntu on your machine, assuming you have a partition for that available. Ubunto live CD will automatically install GRUB2 and you will have a dual boot machine without breathing hard. I only boot into Windows if I need to play poker. For www surfing I boot into Ubuntu and do not need to worry about ANYTHING WHATSOEVER.