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Antivirus And Firewall Questions


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#1 juventusfc

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 09:28 PM

Hi i am currently using AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 7.5.516 but is Avast Home Edition 4.7.1098 a better choice?

Also, i am using ZoneAlarm Firewall 7.0.362. Is this a good Firewall or is there a better choice? (free ones only :D)

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is Spybot SD supposd to always be in the system tray or just when its time to scan?

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#2 sharpe95

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 09:56 PM

I use AVG on my XP, but I don't remember using Avast. They're both recommended by many people and sites.

Windows SP2 has a built-in Windows firewall. The only problem with this is that there is no outbound protection, only inbound protection. The ZoneAlarm firewall offers outbound protection, as well as inbound.

Spybot has a program called TeaTimer.exe. If I'm not mistaken, this is for real-time protection. It runs, even if Spybot is not actually running. I have it disabled, as it caused me a few problems before. I don't really understand about TeaTimer.exe too much.

SpywareBlaster is a good program to use alongside Spybot. SpywareBlaster doesn't scan for spyware, but it focuses on blocking it from entering your system at all.

Edited by sharpe95, 01 January 2008 - 10:00 PM.


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Posted 01 January 2008 - 10:32 PM

thanks for the insight. Yea TeaTimer really slows down my computer for some reason. Im definatly going to download SpywareBlaster, it seems good. Thanks for the quick reply!!! :thumbsup:




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