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Is It Better To Get A Suite Of Protection From 1 Source?


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#1 ferdyfox

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 05:38 AM

Over the years, I have used various firewalls (Zone Alarms, PCTools, Windows) and av/spyware (AVG, Spybot, Spyware Doctor, and Spyware Blaster). Recently I ran the PCTools Firewall and Spyware Doctor together, but somehow I had the feeling in my water that I wasnt completely protected. I have Spyware Blaster running at all times. Despite the fact that I do updates religiously and follow the advice about how to make sure your pc is running at optimum speed, increasingly I find that my pc is running slower and slower - but I have a reasonable spec for my needs - I'm not a downloader of music or videos or have any hungry programmes running. Basically I think I need to have a good spring clean and in the process of that I was wondering if whether bc people think that it is a good idea, mainly for stability's sake (ie so there are no conflicts between the Firewall and the AV/Spyware) if one goes for a combined package? I was going to give AVG's a shot and tried to download the free trial (the complete package including the firewall) but was advised at installation that the licence was expired. (That's another issue I know which I can sort out separately.) But in principle, is it a good idea or not? Advice gratefully received.

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 06:46 AM

Hello ferdyfox and welcome,

In my opinion suites are not as good as individual applications. What specs does the system have?

In most cases you should have
1 AV, 1 Firewall, 1 or more spyware scanners.

It is all down to user preference, using a suite of protection will be by far the easiest option, but I have found suites to use more resources and are slightly less efficient that an individual application. Also if the suite gets attacked and crashes the system is defenceless but if one program crashes in the individual program line up you are still protected to a certain degree as other programs will still be active.
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Posted 02 July 2008 - 07:56 AM

Hello Alan - thanks. Here's the spec - nothing fancy but it does the job that I need it for. I did use it for some time for my business, which involved quite a lot of Publisher etc work, and had no problems.

CPU: x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4
CPU Speed: 2663 Mhz
Number of CPUs: 1
Display: 1152 X 864, Bits/Pixel: 16, Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
OS Information
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3
Total Physical Memory: 503 MB
Physical Memory Available: 195 MB
Total Page File Memory: 1227 MB
Page File Available: 960 MB
Total Virtual Memory: 1729 MB
Virtual Memory Available: 1155 MB
Total Memory Used (percent): 61
Local Drive C: 78521 MB total, 57627 MB free

I actually had come to the same conclusion as you some time ago, but its good to have it confirmed. I really quite like AVG - it always comes up with a good crop of warnings (I dont trust scans that tell me there is NOTHING wrong) but I also know that these are probably to do with Spywareblaster (or have I misinterpreted my investigations into the huge number of warnings?).
Appreciate the input very much

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 08:04 AM

From the specs it looks like a good work based system.

Spyware blaster does set up a layer of protection you can always get a second opinion in the form of an online malware scan
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/uk/
http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
Regards,

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 08:27 AM

Thanks very much for your trouble Alan.
I will do as you suggest. In the meantime, I'll get spring cleaning!!
All the best
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Posted 02 July 2008 - 08:44 AM

You are welcome. Glad to help.

Just some usefull tools to help you spring clean your pc.

http://www.ccleaner.com/ a cleanup tool.
http://www.defraggler.com/ a defragger.
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm optimize services.
http://secunia.com/ update applications.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb963902.aspx a startup watcher
http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html a general speed up tool. (has a registry cleaner... can cause problems deselect the option when running)

Probably goes without saying really but remember to back up first.
Regards,

Alan.

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:16 AM

All-in-one tools and suites generally use more system resources than separate programs that do the same task. They tend to have varying degrees of strengths and weaknesses for each feature. In contrast, separate tools are designed, built and maintained with a greater focus in a specific area so they are generally of better quality. This means the program's performance for that particular feature is usually superior than their all-in-one counterpart. Further, all-in-one tools generally do not allow the user as much flexibility in tailoring default settings and usage.
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 10:53 AM

Hi,

http://www.ccleaner.com/ a cleanup tool.
http://www.defraggler.com/ a defragger.

For CCleaner please refrain from using the Registry Cleaner. Registry Cleaner does more harm to your computer than actually helping your computer. you can use the cleanup tool but please don't use the Registry Cleaner, if you must use it then please backup your registry.
Defraggler is only used to deffrag individual files, if you need to defrag your whole computer there are faster and better tools available such as AusLogics Disk Defrag, I personally like AusLogics Disk Defrag its fast and very efficent.
You can download it from here: http://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag
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