times already hold true for your cousin also. If you have forgotten all that, then spend some time reading one of your other NUMEROUS threads. This thread is a repeat and I am locking it.
You guys may be wondering why I'm raising this matter again, but this time, it's more my cousin. Here's the case scenario:
Just a few days ago my cousin had passed me her laptop to fix, claiming that her laptop has been hacked. She said that her friends found her online in Windows Live Messenger, even when she was using her laptop with her wireless off.
Just after I turned on her laptop, guess what I found? A Norton Internet Security 2005 software installed inside the computer, and it had already long EXPIRED! (for about a year I guess)
Right now I've already scanned her computer with AdAware SE Personal and Advanced WindowsCare (my own security arsenal), and found a hacking software deep inside the mass of data in her laptop! (I'd suspected that a hacker had managed to install that software successfully, and took down her e-mail address and password as she logged into Messenger once.)
Although I've done quite an amount of work on her laptop (by cleaning up the hacking software), I'm starting to think: how about getting an antivirus software, since her Norton Internet Security 2005 is just a long expired piece of junk in her laptop. Now, I don't know which antivirus will be good for now, whether a free ones or the paid ones.
I read my local newspapers today and found a very interesting piece of article inside (talking about the comparison between paid and free softwares, like Microsoft Office VS Open Office). One particular attention is that they compare the overbloated Norton Antivirus, the expensive but uses-less resources Kaspersky Antivirus, and the free and popular (similar to Kaspersky in less resources used) AVG Antivirus. It got me interested, as in getting a free antivirus as a replacement for NIS2005.
I'm not quite sure which antivirus to install inside her laptop (AVG, Avast, AntiVir or Kaspersky). I just wanna look for an antivirus that is good in removing viruses (and maybe other stuff) and at the same time making it easy to use (see the NOTE below).
Also, given that she had already been hacked once, I'm also starting to wonder whether a firewall or a router will be good for her laptop. I've got advice earlier that routers can "make a computer invisible to hackers", but are they easy to use too? Or should I install a good firewall to protect her from future hacker attacks?
NOTE: To be frank, my cousin isn't really good in handling computers, especially securing her laptop. So ease of use is of utmost importance, although detection rates and removal of malware is pretty important too. So, I hope to find a good antivirus with what I would intend to protect her laptop from viruses that other hackers can pass.
NOTE*: To talk about a bit about her laptop, it has a Windows XP OS and slightly less than 500MB of RAM. Also, I'm trying to get her to find out if her modem/broadband has a wireless authentication of WEP or WPA. Right now I'm trying to clear up the clutter that has already accumulated to critical levels (she has a lot of files, including several old expired trial versions of several programs and a number of games. May be highly fragmented as she never does that for years)
NOTE**: I don't really appreciate people who post replies in this thread saying that so-and-so software has no problems in their computers after a period of using the software. I just would like to know if there's any programs that I can install without using a lot of her laptop's resources, as well as making it not too complicated to use. I appreciate that.
I hope to receive good replies soon.