Posted 10 April 2005 - 09:38 AM
There is so much info on the web about security that it is more confusing than than actually downloading and surviving a virus or a trojan. Let me give some of my insight after years of experimentation with almost every known software protection combination. My preferences are; and I mean running these programs at the same time! McAfee Virus and their firewall, Zone AlarmPro,Ad-Aware SE Pro by Lavasoft, Pest Patrol(free Version),Hijack This,Spy-Bot, Javacools SpywareBlaster, and Webroots Spy Sweeper. You might ask why? These programs seem redundant, but actually they overlap very little because each one has their own area of specialty. Some are great at adware, while some are efficient at trojans. The most important feature with this combination is that they do not conflict or give false positives. while covering you for almost every known mal-varient. You will also need a good registry repair, the best is Tune-up Utilities 2004, You will also need the best hard drive defragmenter, that would be Executive Software's Diskeeper, pro not home. And don't forget Answers that Work's program, Ultimate Trouble Shooter. With double firewalls one will have to be set at a lower "priority". If you use Zone Alarm as you primary firewall, and McAfee as you virus protection, nothing will get in or out of you computer without you allowing it. I defragment and clear up my registry every time I turn on my computer. You might ask, What about Norton? It is just too buggy and conflicts with everything. I hope this helps anyone how is confused. Just a note, Everybody one time or another downloads a problem, but with the right tools you can quickly bring your computer back.