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#1 dan9119a

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 10:01 PM

Any recommendations for free security software?

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#2 Teenage.Zombiee

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 10:24 PM

Hello :flowers:

Here are some Anti Virus recommendations.
Avira AntiVir or Avast Home Edition
Please note its is best to only run one anti virus program

I recommend Comodo Free Firewall as your firewall. Its much lighter on you system than ZoneAlarm.

And here are a few Anti Spyware utilities
Spybot Search & Destroy - Uber powerful tool which can search and annhilate nasties that make it onto your system. Now with an Immunize section that will help prevent future infections.

SpywareBlaster - Great prevention tool to keep nasties from installing on your system.

SpywareGuard - Works as a Spyware "Shield" to protect your computer from getting malware in the first place.

IE-SpyAd - puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone so you'll be protected when you visit innocent-looking sites that aren't actually innocent at all.

Head over to the Freeware replacements For Common Commerical Apps topic for more :thumbsup:

Edited by Teenage.Zombiee, 14 March 2008 - 10:27 PM.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 10:54 PM

You can try the following combination:

Anti-virus: AVG Free Edition (Quite popular)
Firewall: Comodo or Zone Alarm
Anti-spyware:
Super Anti-Spyware (which has been praised quite a lot by many people & itself! You will know what I am talking about if you download it!)
AVG Anti-Spyware
Spybot S&D


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Posted 14 March 2008 - 10:55 PM

I also highly recommend Comodo Firewall Pro for your Machine... It works for both 32bit and 64bit versions off Vista and XP, And is really light on resources (On my Vista machine, running at 2,352K-7,356K)!

I also recommend SUPERAntispyware

Edited by Josho, 14 March 2008 - 10:56 PM.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:19 AM

Well there are many choices to choose, one place where you can find some is the Freeware replacements For Common Commerical Apps, as Teenage.Zombie had suggested.

I highly recommend the following combination of freeware internet security programs:

Anti-Virus: AVG Anti-Virus (Free Edition)
Anti-Spyware: Spyware Terminator along with SpywareBlaster as-well as Ad-Aware 2007
Anti-Rootkit (Optional): AVG Anti-Rootkit
Firewall: COMODO Firewall PRO

These work great for me, because they get the job done, remove malware efficiently and are not resource hogs :thumbsup: . Also, just keep in mind, that no protection is 100% foolproof :flowers: .

Regards,
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 01:02 PM

Any recommendations for free security software?



for compatibility with which windows version please?

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 04:55 PM

I recommend Avast also...it is a great antispyware....A tip: If you have xp turn on the windows firewall if you don't have windows xp download the free Zone Alarm Freeware...

Windows XP users turn on automatic updates. Thats the extra protection for xp users....

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:24 PM

Any recommendations for free security software?



for compatibility with which windows version please?


I have windows vista

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:25 PM

The programs I recommended all work with Vista so you good to go if you use them.

Edited by david28, 15 March 2008 - 05:26 PM.


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Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:32 PM

Kawacan, Avast is an anti-virus program, not an anti-spyware.

And also, it's recommended that you use a third party firewall instead of Windows Xp inbuilt firewall because the Windows one blocks only inbound traffic and not outbound ones. That's what the experts say. Zone Alarm is a good one. Also Comodo.

Turning on Automatic Updates is recommended. I recommend the option 'Download Updates for me, but let me choose when to install them'. For me, by doing this, at least I have an understanding of what I am installing...

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 07:09 PM

Turning on Automatic Updates is recommended. I recommend the option 'Download Updates for me, but let me choose when to install them'. For me, by doing this, at least I have an understanding of what I am installing...


I second that opinion. It can get annoying when you are trying to do a task that requires high processing power and you don't work out why your PC goes slow until you notice it is downloading and installing updates without you knowing. Yes it's true that the updates can run in the background without you noticing, except for the part where it slows down your CPU sometimes.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 03:44 PM

I agree with you David. Maybe the 3rd Option might be the right one for some people. Unless they are like me, mostly wandering through the WWW and not involved in a 'high process' requiring job...

Edited by Juha, 16 March 2008 - 03:45 PM.


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Posted 18 July 2008 - 04:55 PM

Sorry to have to say that I "have" to stay for a while with a freeware antivirus (I mean it is not for pleasure). Then I have been checking several ones. AVG 8 is too heavy for my system; AVG 7.5 that runs lovely has started with the pretty joke to not install the famous shield (so, it's necessary to re start...); Avir is a joke for updating because the line is always occupied; Avasta has a too "original" appearance that I do not like. I think that, by now, the NOD 32 3 is a very good product but it's also too heavy for my current PC. If somebody can tell me the secret to avoid the uninstalling of AVG 7.5's shield it will mean that's obvious the best. Greetings.

You can try the following combination:

Anti-virus: AVG Free Edition (Quite popular)
Firewall: Comodo or Zone Alarm
Anti-spyware:
Super Anti-Spyware (which has been praised quite a lot by many people & itself! You will know what I am talking about if you download it!)
AVG Anti-Spyware
Spybot S&D


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Posted 18 July 2008 - 05:04 PM

What about CCleaner? Many thanks.

Well there are many choices to choose, one place where you can find some is the Freeware replacements For Common Commerical Apps, as Teenage.Zombie had suggested.

I highly recommend the following combination of freeware internet security programs:

Anti-Virus: AVG Anti-Virus (Free Edition)
Anti-Spyware: Spyware Terminator along with SpywareBlaster as-well as Ad-Aware 2007
Anti-Rootkit (Optional): AVG Anti-Rootkit
Firewall: COMODO Firewall PRO

These work great for me, because they get the job done, remove malware efficiently and are not resource hogs :flowers: . Also, just keep in mind, that no protection is 100% foolproof :thumbsup: .

Regards,
David.


"There are atoms and vacuum; the rest is opinion"
(Democritus, several centuries before Hume and Kant)

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 02:52 AM

Zonealarm, Spybot & Ad-aware are all past it's prime.

This is the kind of software that was recommended 2, 3... 5 years ago! and even more. COMODO Firewall Pro 3, Highly recommended. SUPERAntispyware can take both Spybot & Ad-aware Down, and MalwareBytes' AntiMalware is getting better each release and very activity being updated and developed.

I still recommend Avast! for Free & NOD32 for paid AV.

My Opinion. We aren't living in in 1980 anymore!

Edited by 3xist, 19 July 2008 - 02:54 AM.





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