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Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2016 7:46 a.m. PST

I'm normally a Mac guy, but I need to help my parents set up a new Windows 7 machine. There's a few things I could really use some help with…

Is there a free antivirus package we should install?

Is there a good free malware removal package we should run?

We're buying the machine refurbished. It's supposed to come with legitimate Windows 7 Pro. How do we know if we actually have that? Is there a key or serial number we can find somewhere?

I'll have to fight my way through the rest, but hopefully Chrome and WiFi and Quicken will setup without undo hassles.

Thanks in advance!

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2016 9:42 a.m. PST

'Free' AV s'ware is worth what you pay for it.

Go with a good solid s'ware from reputable sources -
I use Geeksquad's and have NEVER had a problem.

I don't advocate Norton – it has failed my wife
2-3 times (she will not switch from it).

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member21 Jul 2016 2:29 p.m. PST

start>control panel>system
there should be a tab for system info which identifies t=your chipset ans windows version with a valid key/serial#

sunderland21 Jul 2016 4:29 p.m. PST

For antivirus, just use microsoft's, you can find it somewhere on their website. For malware, malwarebytes.

tkdguy21 Jul 2016 5:41 p.m. PST

Avast is a good antivirus, and the basic download is free.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2016 10:18 p.m. PST

Thanks for the good info.

Here's something else I found, for the record…


CeruLucifus22 Jul 2016 11:07 p.m. PST

Yes google "Free Antivirus Windows" is a good way to see what's out there.

Unlike in the Mac world, there are multiple free antivirus programs and most cover the basics decently well.

I've used Avast, Avira, and AVG in the past. All have a basic free version but keep prompting you to upgrade to the paid version with more features. At some point the prompts get unbearable and I uninstall and try something else. Willpower is key here. Someone else might cave and buy the paid version.

Last Hussar23 Jul 2016 4:12 a.m. PST

I don't know if its backward compatible, but MS did a full suite for W10.

Schogun23 Jul 2016 5:01 a.m. PST

I currently use, all free:

Spybot Search & Destroy

Stay away from Norton (not free anyway)

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2016 3:31 p.m. PST

Thanks to all, this thread helped quite a bit.

We had some trouble with the Win10 download. In case it helps anyone it turns out you need to turn off the Win7 Updates feature first, *then* do the download. Keep your Win7 product code handy.

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