Protect a PC and clean up the crap on Windows

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I recently asked my twitter friends how they protect their Windows XP PC from viruses and clean up all the crap you usually find on Windows machines (I wouldn’t know, I have always used Macs). Here are their answers:

freecloud @mbites as well as AVG, use something like Lavasoft and CrapCleaner and   run those every so often. XP is quite clean, strip the addware

iusher @mbites I’ve used http://www.nkprods.com/ncleaner/ on an XP machine with good results, or CCleaner http://www.ccleaner.com might be OK
iusher @mbites I’ve used http://www.nkprods.com/ncleaner/ on an XP machine with good results, or CCleaner http://www.ccleaner.com might be OK
sbisson @mbites I’ve found Avast! both better than AVG and also a lot less of a resource hog.
Alfie @mbites ESET NOD32 good and free, easy
grouchal @mbites I have a lot of respect for onecare – if you also sign up you can monitor the machine remotely – uptodate etc – for a low price
BrotherMagneto @mbites Highly recommend AVG, I run it at home and it’s great, updates automatically, uses few resources http://free.avg.com/
rmmarshall @mbites Windows defender can find adware that AVG won’t. Best rule: run all the programs several times to completion.
domsparks @mbites I have Norton 360 – lots of protection features + simple backup , but can slow down PC, especially  if it’s an old
offmessage @mbites: AVG all the way – and it’s free: http://free.avg.com/
BrotherMagneto @mbites Highly recommend AVG, I run it at home and it’s great, updates automatically, uses few resources http://free.avg.com/
loudmouthman @mbites avast, firfefox, lock down IE add ons, use gmail no local email at all, and create a restricted profile and add crossloop.

rmmarshall @mbites Windows defender can find adware that AVG won’t. Best rule: run all the programs several times to completion.

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