Over the years, I’ve repaired a lot of PCs. A lot. The most common issue about 70% of them have had were virus/malware related. Typically, the user actually thought they had an antivirus software, but either it had expired, was a free trial that they never activated, or was a piece of shit that was bypassed (coughNortoncoughMcAfeecough).
Yes…I did just tell you that two of the world’s most popular antivirus software are garbage (in my personal & professional opinion, of course). Not only are they resource hogs that slow your computer down, but there’s so much that they don’t pick up, that if you happen across malware from say, an ad on a porn website (don’t act like you don’t watch porn either…), you’re basically out of luck unless you know how to get rid of it.
You’re probably asking “well, what do you suggest?”. I will give you three great antivirus products that are free of charge. I’m not ranking these in any particular order, by the way, as I use one of each on all of my individual computers.
Panda Cloud Antivirus is a very light, non-intrusive antivirus that scans quietly in the background 24/7 while you’re doing whatever it is you do on your PC. Honestly it’s one of my favorites & I use it on my custom desktop. Unlike Norton or McAfee, it can be installed to run alongside another antivirus with no problem since it uses a very small amount of system files & practically standalone software. As mentioned, it’s free, although there is also a paid version with more features.
Comodo Antivirus is a very powerful piece of software. I was actually shocked when they announced it would be free a few years ago because of how well it works. Unlike Panda Cloud, it runs in the background but doesn’t automatically scan for viruses. You can either schedule it to scan on certain days at certain times, or perform a scan yourself. I recommend scanning at least once a week even though it does provide background protection.
Finally we have Avira Antivirus which is a hybrid of cloud scanning & local scanning. While it’s not as powerful as Comodo, it still bitch slaps malicious files & keeps your PC safe & operable. As with the others, it runs in the background & uses a very low amount of system resources.
So, yeah…now you have no excuse for not having an antivirus. However, be sure to uninstall Norton or McAfee before installing Comodo or Avira. You should actually receive a prompt to do so. Gotta keep those selfies, nude pics & bootleg movies/music safe.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@_maliante) or drop a comment here & if I’m sober enough, I’ll get back to you. Also to answer your question, yes, I do remote repairs for a “donation” if you’re in need.