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#1 cosmic_sniper05

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 03:05 PM

I'm running Windows XP SP 2 and currently using AVG Free Edition 8.5, As for my Firewall, it's the default windows firewall.

Occasionally, I think there are still some malwares that passes through the type of protection I have (though I know that it's almost impossible to have malware free computer). :thumbsup: Please suggest software that I can add to my list of protections.

I also consider the size of my HDD (60G) so please suggest only those that are crucial for basic protection and troubleshooting.

Thanks!

P.S. To make the scenario more complicated: Our computer is shared by 3-4 "hardcore" users. Each has about 2-3GB My documents
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Posted 20 May 2009 - 03:11 PM

Avg is a good program to have. You have to keep in mind that there is no single program that can find every
Infection. We like to recommend the use of several.

As for the firewall I would dissable windows firewall and go with Zone Alarm.

And for the Spyware/Malware:

Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware Free.


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Posted 20 May 2009 - 03:26 PM

Avg is a good program to have. You have to keep in mind that there is no single program that can find every
Infection. We like to recommend the use of several.


If you mean to use several antivirus products, it's not recommended to have more than one antivirus on a computer at a time.

Also, Spybot and Ad-Aware are normally not recommended anymore due to poor detection rates (at least last I heard). Alternatives to them that have better detection rates are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware. Both programs free. Just make sure that you set SAS to not load on startup if you're using the free version.

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 04:17 PM

Oops!

I'm so sorry! I didn't realize that I had wrote it like that.

Yes, That is correct: Multiple Antivirus Apps will conflict with each other.

What I meant to say is that it is good to have multiple Antispyware/Malware Apps.

Edited by Newb4Life, 20 May 2009 - 04:18 PM.


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Posted 20 May 2009 - 04:54 PM

Ah, okay. All a big misunderstanding then.

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 07:09 PM

cosmic_sniper05,

You don't mention how much RAM you have, but here's a nice setup in my opinion:

Outpost Firewall Free (to replace Windows Firewall)
Avira AntiVir Personal Free Edition (to replace AVG)
WinPatrol
SUPERAntiSpyware
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Web of Trust (WOT)

Using the FREE versions of all will provide excellent protection.


Good luck :thumbsup:,

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 02:26 AM

You've got a great setup, if you also use safe practices you'll almost never get infected.

But since there are other users that use your computer I would also suggest you add Prevx 3.0 to your AVG and Windows Firewall. Prevx is an advanced behavioural blocker which provides great protection. The free version does not remove malware but does alert you to it.

As RedDawn said Superantispyware and Malwarebytes Antimalware are great on-demand scanners.

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 07:09 AM

You can try Ashampoo Firewall. It has an easy-to-learn interface. You need to register for a free activation key if you want to use it beyond 10 days though.

Edited by j0nath4n, 21 May 2009 - 07:09 AM.


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Posted 22 May 2009 - 08:53 AM

I'm just wondering... What is with the default Windows Firewall or what's not in it that makes it inferior to other firewall products?
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Posted 22 May 2009 - 10:31 AM

Two things...

One: It only blocks incomming traffic; Which means it can't stop any kind of software, like a trojan, from downloading some of his little friends.

Two: You can't tweak the windows firewall settings.

Three: It's made by microsoft. :thumbsup:


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Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:08 AM

I would also recommend clean your temp folders once or twice a week. Both of these programs work very well.

nCleaner

or

ATF-cleaner

As a side note, I NEVER run a registry cleaner (even the one included with Ncleaner) it can only lead to pain and misery. :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:15 AM

Three: It's made by microsoft. :trumpet:


:thumbsup: So what's with Microsoft? :flowers:

Is it possible that, because of a third party firewall, it would result to more problems with legitimate software?
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Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:17 AM

tjdouglas,

I'm using Ccleaner for about every 2-3 days.
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Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:22 AM

tjdouglas,

I'm using Ccleaner for about every 2-3 days.


Excellent. You are on the right path. :thumbsup:




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