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must have software for new xp computer

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#1 penmark


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Posted 04 July 2005 - 10:39 PM

buying a new xp computer to link to wireless home network. what are the must have software products with respect to virus protection/spware/malware avoidance/hijacker avoidance and anything else you can think of. thanks.

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#2 TEB


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Posted 04 July 2005 - 11:01 PM

Zonelabs firewall and antivirus (not free)

Registry Mechanic
pctools.com (not free)


Mozilla firefox
mozilla.org (freeware browser)

Divx video/audio codec
divx.com (freeware or pro version)

javacoolsoftware.com (freeware)

Everest Software/hardware identification utility.
http://www.lavalys.com/products/overview.php?pid=1〈=en (freeware)

thats about all i can think of now....

Edited by Techsomething, 04 July 2005 - 11:03 PM.

#3 jhdeav


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Posted 04 July 2005 - 11:22 PM

Don't forget about Spybot Search and Destoy, Adaware SE from Lavasoft and for anti-virus I use Trend Micro PC-cillin.

#4 gilmour


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Posted 04 July 2005 - 11:33 PM

Just remeber one antivirus program one firewal and 2 spyware removers is all you need. Dont overkill your pc!

Best one I have used is spysweeper, actually better than adaware 30 day trial so its not free after, but worth the 25 bucks


#5 Halfman


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Posted 06 July 2005 - 02:37 AM

I use Dr. Web (as antivirus) and Privacy Expert (as anti-spyware and adware). This is sufficient for me. :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 03:52 AM

Freeware AntiSpyware and Security Programs

Software firewalls with freeware versions (run only one)
Zone Alarm SE: http://www.zonealarm.com/
Sygate: http://www.sygate.com/

Antivirus programs - freeware (you can only use one resident anti-virus program on your computer. More than one will conflict)

AVG: http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_index.php

Avast Anti-virus freeware

Anti-malware freeware (You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several)

AdAware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):

AČ - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html . Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.

CWShredder from InterMute (recently bought by TrendMicro)
CW Shredder removes some variants of spyware known as the Coolwebsearch Trojan. The Trojan takes advantage of a flaw in a key component of Windows -- Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine -- to install itself via popups often found on porn and illegal software (a.k.a. "warez") sites. Run CWShredder after installing, and have it look for updates. Then click the "Fix" button, and the program will both scan and fix any problems it finds. If your system does not have this kind of spyware, it will give you the good news.
Cost: Free

Hijack This and a variety of other tools for malware and pestware or

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these.)

Panda Activescan (IE only)

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
online trojan scans here -

Winsock XP Fix

How to submit a Hijack This log


Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)
MBSA is an easy-to-use tool designed for the IT professional that helps small and medium businesses determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. Improve your security management process by using MBSA to detect common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on your computer systems.

#7 thedon57


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Posted 06 July 2005 - 10:50 AM

hi microsft antispy and avast antivirus both are free both are good.
Now installed Microsoft Security Essencials on my Tower with Windows Home Premium 32bit and Toshiba Satellite Pro Laptop with Windows Home Premium 64bit

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