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#1 bgorrah

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 05:40 AM

Once a week I use the following: Super Anti-Spyware, Ad-Aware, Spyware Blaster, AVG Anti-Rootkit, Zone Alarm, Avira Antivir PE Classic, CCleaner and PC On Point.

Am I being overly protective?

In what order should I follow for best results

Your advice and/or suggestions would be most welcome.


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Posted 26 November 2007 - 05:49 AM

It depends on your internet habits. I expect you run IE. I think you need to make that assesment on your own. Do you find stuff weekly, that needs to be removed.
I'm not gonna tell you what I do, because I think I'd be banned from the site.
Have you tried firefox instead of Internet explorer. It is very easy to setup and offers far better protection.
In a week get back to me and tell what kind of protection then.

Zonealarm is that an anti-virus version.
Your software firewall needs to run 24/7.

Just my cents. :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 08:19 AM

Not being familiar with all of those programs, I'd like to stress that you should only have one antivirus running at a time and only one firewall running at a time.
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 08:27 AM

nightspydk...I have used Mozilla Firefox for quite some time now.

I use Zone Alarm as my Firewall.

I understand that Firefox's Firewall is not very good and that was reason I went to Zone Alarm.

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 10:52 AM

Firefox doesn't have a firewall, bgorrah.
It's strictly a web browser, like Internet Explorer, except a lot more secure.
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 11:52 AM

How often you use anti-malware applications to scan your hard drive really depends, I would suggest, on your surfing and downloading habits, and the frequency these find malicious files. If, for example, you never go on-line without your firewall and Antivirus real time protection enabled, and if you do not visit potentially dangerous sites or download files without careful research, and if you use an alternative browser to IE, then I suggest the following that a weekly schedule should include a thorough scan by your Antivirus first, and by at least two of your Anti-spyware applications (the order of the latter is unimportant), with appropriate action taken after each scan.
I would avoid the use of registry cleaners entirely, as the benefits of their use are minimal, and the danger to your computer's ability to run are great.
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 02:41 PM

Not being familiar with all of those programs, I'd like to stress that you should only have one antivirus running at a time and only one firewall running at a time.


John...I do have only one anti-virus and one firewall running at a time....Thanks
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 02:46 PM

Firefox doesn't have a firewall, bgorrah.
It's strictly a web browser, like Internet Explorer, except a lot more secure.


tq1911.....sorry, I thought I read someplace that Firefox's Firewall was almost useless and that's why I went to Zone Alarm Firewall.
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 03:00 PM

How often you use anti-malware applications to scan your hard drive really depends, I would suggest, on your surfing and downloading habits, and the frequency these find malicious files. If, for example, you never go on-line without your firewall and Antivirus real time protection enabled, and if you do not visit potentially dangerous sites or download files without careful research, and if you use an alternative browser to IE, then I suggest the following that a weekly schedule should include a thorough scan by your Antivirus first, and by at least two of your Anti-spyware applications (the order of the latter is unimportant), with appropriate action taken after each scan.
I would avoid the use of registry cleaners entirely, as the benefits of their use are minimal, and the danger to your computer's ability to run are great.
Regards,
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John.....As a 'Newbie" I understood your suggestions up to your last sentence where you mentioned registry cleaners. By that, do you mean that CCleaner and PC on Point are registry cleaners and should be avoided?
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 10:59 PM

PC On Point is a Windows Registry Cleaner, Kernel32 DLL Error Message Fix & Access Violation Repair Software. Free PC scan that easily finds the cause of errors that result in computer problems, fixes corrupt files hidden in your PC and allows you to avoid reformatting and common reboot errors. Scan will identify errors related to missing startup programs, missing system fonts, invalid shortcuts, missing dll files, invalid application paths, invalid device drivers, missing file associations and missing help files.

http://www.pconpoint.com/

I never used this program but since it claims to be a Registry Cleaner, I would avoid using it.

CCleaner is a freeware PC optimization tool. It combines a system cleaner that removes unused and temporary files from your system and also a fully featured registry cleaner!

http://www.ccleaner.com/features

You can use the system Cleaner but avoid the Registry Scan for issues.
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Posted 27 November 2007 - 04:26 AM

PC On Point is a Windows Registry Cleaner, Kernel32 DLL Error Message Fix & Access Violation Repair Software. Free PC scan that easily finds the cause of errors that result in computer problems, fixes corrupt files hidden in your PC and allows you to avoid reformatting and common reboot errors. Scan will identify errors related to missing startup programs, missing system fonts, invalid shortcuts, missing dll files, invalid application paths, invalid device drivers, missing file associations and missing help files.

http://www.pconpoint.com/

I never used this program but since it claims to be a Registry Cleaner, I would avoid using it.

CCleaner is a freeware PC optimization tool. It combines a system cleaner that removes unused and temporary files from your system and also a fully featured registry cleaner!

http://www.ccleaner.com/features

You can use the system Cleaner but avoid the Registry Scan for issues.


quietman7.....thank you so much for your detailed answer to my question. Being new I'm scared to death to go anywhere near the Registry and for that reason I have deleted/removed both PC On Point and CCleaner.
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Posted 27 November 2007 - 07:32 AM

Your welcome.

As I said though, its ok to use CCleaner's system cleaner to remove all the temp and junk files. Just stay away from the registry cleaner. If you need to learn more about CCleaner see these links:

CCleaner Tour: Using and Understanding CCleaner
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Another safe alternative for cleaning up your junk files is to download and use ATF Cleaner by Atribune.
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Posted 27 November 2007 - 11:58 AM

Don't forget, Bgorrah, there is the handy Windows Disk Cleanup tool (found in the Accessories folder in most Windows versions) that will allow you to safely remove unneeded and temporary files.
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