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Which AVP and Firewall is the BEST ?


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#1 SunnyTX

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 12:40 PM

Free or paid. Don't mind paying reasonable price if that's the route I gotta take. I am about to do clean install with XP SP1 CD then I will d/l SP2 and turn on SP2 firewall if I can figure it out,lol. Is there anything else I should have ? Have AVG for AVP. Is there a better one free/paid ?

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 01:08 PM

Hiya SunnyTx,
Just read your post. I did the exact same thing to a second computer I was able to pick up cheap, that had a corrupt version of XP installed.
Complete clean install with SP 1, then added SP 2.
I downloaded and installed the free AVG software...works well, no problems at all, updates are regular.
Activated SP2 firewall, no problems, although in my main computer I have McAfee firewall. but thats just my preference.
Dont forget however to download anti-spyware, I use Ad-aware SE and Spy Bot,seach and destroy.( Both free downloads ).

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 01:12 PM

Just a comment about the Windows firewall. While it is better than nothing, it does not have the configurability nor features you can find in even free firewalls. Most importantly, it does nothing about examining outgoing packets; your computer, if ever infected, could thus become a bot without anything to stop it.

Both Zone Alarm, and my personal choice, Sygate Personal Firewall, are better options then the Windows firewall, and both are free.

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Edited by jgweed, 11 June 2005 - 01:13 PM.

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 08:50 PM

Zonealarms :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 08:49 AM

I use a Linksys Router as my firewall and AVG for anti-virus and don't have any problems. I also use NetStat Live to monitor outgoing connections as the Router firewall is only monitoring incoming packets.

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 08:58 AM

Hi SunnyTX~ I use AVG free for my AVP and I use Kerio personal (free) for my firewall. They work very well together for me. When you get your clean install done make sure to at least have Spybot Search & destroy and Ad-Aware SE. They are both a necessity IMHO. :thumbsup:

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#7 SunnyTX

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 09:08 AM

Thanks everyone for your replies. Some very good advices.

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 09:09 AM

I use a Linksys Router as my firewall and AVG for anti-virus and don't have any problems. I also use NetStat Live to monitor outgoing connections as the Router firewall is only monitoring incoming packets.

I also have Linksys' Router. Do I have to turn on a firewall in it ? How ? Or does it turn on as soon as it is connected. I mean does it act like a firewall just by being there ?

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 09:12 AM

I'll be doing clean install in T minus 3 hours. Wish me luck,lol

Edited by SunnyTX, 12 June 2005 - 11:52 AM.


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Posted 12 June 2005 - 09:32 AM

The firewall is on by default. The router uses Network Address Translation (NAT).

NAT Technology
NAT technology translates IP addresses of a local area network to a different IP address for the Internet. Each computer on your network has a local IP address. When the router gets the data transmission to forward out to the Internet, the router puts a different IP address on the transmission. This way, whoever receives the data transmission doesn't know what the actual IP address of the computer is, so the computer is hidden, safe from prying eyes.


But I still monitor my connection with NetStat in case something gets in and then tries to get out. You can still use a software firewall like ZA along with the hardware firewall in your router, if its present. What is the model number of your router?

Edited by Leurgy, 12 June 2005 - 09:33 AM.

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 11:51 AM

where can i find the model number ?
It says Wireless-B 2.4 GHz 802.11b Broadbend Router by Linksys

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 12:06 PM

My preferences are AVG and Zone Alarm. I've never used any of the other firewalls, so I can't give any opinions about them.

I also have a router but would not do without a software firewall, since you can pick up a trojan by browsing and the router will not block requests from inside the computer.

If I had to buy a pay antivirus, I think I might go with Kaspersky. They seem to be one of the more advanced and serious programs, though they can be brutal. I've seen a Kaspersky-powered free version dig viruses out of compressed folders and delete them. Of course, it might actually have been a false positive. :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 01:35 PM

According to this your router uses NAT.

Have a look at Important Information for Wireless Products and Wireless Security—Four Steps You Need to Take. You need to be sure you follow that to secure your connection/network.

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