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#1 defurman

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 08:14 AM

Have just bought a second hand computer off a mate which i intend to use for storing pictures, documents and music files etc and i would like to know the best "free" and easy to use + install anti-virus, firewall, and spyware products

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 08:52 AM

Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your technical ability and experience, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular combination that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone. You may need to experiment and find what is most suitable for your needs. Another factor to consider is whether you want to use paid for products or free alternatives.

No single product is 100% foolproof and can detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.

As a general rule most anti-spyware programs like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, SuperAntispyware, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, Windows Defender etc will not conflict with each other or your anti-virus if using them as stand-alone scanners. In fact, doing so increases your protection coverage without causing the same kind of conflicts or affecting the stability of your system that can occur when using more than one anti-virus. The overlap of protection from using different signature databases will aid in detection and removal of more threats when scanning your system for malware. However, if using any of their real-time resident shields (TeaTimer, Ad-Watch, Spyware Terminator Shields, etc) together at the same time, there can be conflicts when each application tries to compete for resources and exclusive rights to perform an action. Additionally, competing tools may even provide redundant alerts which can be annoying and/or confusing. Keep in mind that you can overkill a system with resource heavy security programs that will slow down performance.

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 01:51 AM

On other words, Basiclly, You just can only get the free trials.

The ones i recommend are Microsoft OneCare or Norton.
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Posted 05 September 2009 - 04:31 AM

OneCare is not supported by MSN anymore and you really shouldn't let Norton products near your PC.

I can only talk for myself but here is what I use on my Windows XP Home Edition SP3 desktop PC.
My first choice of security is Comodo CIS but some people seem to have problems with it although I haven't.
A second choice would be the standalone Comodo Firewall with Avira Antivir AV.

Download and install a program called Spywareblaster it works unobtrusively in the background and blocks a huge range of baddies.
Download and install the programs Superantispyware and Malwarebytes and use them as on demand malware scanners.

Use Mozilla Firefox as your default browser and install the Firefox add-ons No Scripts, Ad Block Plus and Web of Trust for safe surfing protection. You will still need Internet Explorer but only for Windows Updates.

Although not strictly a security program Sysinternals Autoruns program used in conjunction with the start up list at the top of this page will give you an idea of what programs should and shouldn't be running at start up.

All of the mentioned programs are freeware and can be downloaded at the following safe download site link. http://www.filehippo.com/ where you can also use the File Hippo Update Checker to keep your programs up to date

If you choose Comodo products then they have an excellent and very helpful forum at the following link https://forums.comodo.com/index.php
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Posted 05 September 2009 - 08:42 PM

Really, MSN aint incorperated with Live OneCare Anymore? hmmmm...i thought it was...
And norton somehow works for me....it was actually a recommendation for my computer security....i dont see whats wrong with it.
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 04:51 AM

Hi Kenji,
Microsoft is concentrating on their Windows Live Essentials suite which is in Beta mode at the moment and can be downloaded by European users at the following link, http://www.softpedia.com/ As this is the next generation of One Care they have decided to discontinue with it.

The problem with Norton is that it is a resource hog and very difficult to completely eliminate from your PC. The left over remnants are then famous for interfering with whatever replacement program is used. If you look in the stickies at the top of this forum you will see a sticky dedicated to Norton, Give it a read and you will probably change your mind about them.
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 12:06 PM

Norton has a program disabler?

Huh, go figure.....I thought it was good.....
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 11:12 PM

Norton was the first and only antivirus I've used since my first PC 14 years ago, until last year when I clicked on a link on a webpage. It is a great removal tool if you have a virus. The problem I have with Norton is that it doesn't have very good real-time protection, heuristics, and malicious website protection. Norton 360 let a brutal malware application get on my PC, multiply itself, and eventually destroy everything on the PC. I had to use the recovery disc and all my old info would have been lost if I had not recently backed it up. I would recommend any internet security suite with real-time protection, such as Kaspersky or TrendMicro (only because I have experience with them). I haven't tried the free programs because to me, security software is worthless without real-time heuristic protection. Ask anyone at GeekSquad or a PC repair shop about Norton, and they'll recommend anything else. I don't understand why Norton gets such great reviews when it can't compete with programs that stop the problem before it gets on the system.

Edited by hippocratEz, 06 September 2009 - 11:18 PM.


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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:37 AM

If you're just using your computer to store your files I strongly suggest you run it under a Limited User Account.




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