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Best combination of antivirus, firewall ecc.


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#1 Feade

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 04:35 PM

What is in your opinion the best combination of free protection methods? :flowers:
Avast and some firewall? Norton? Comodo internet security? ...

:thumbsup: I would like to know what do you think about it.

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 07:41 PM

I use MS security essentials, no firewall (only the router and win 7 firewall) and no combination of other av programs. I suppose Im carefull with what I open and download. I would say that super-antispyware and Mlawarebytes are excellent programs. I use these to help fix client PCs.
Also Ultimate boot cd http://www.ubcd4win.com/ and Dr.Web http://www.freedrweb.com/livecd/

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 08:51 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 prevent, 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, using more than one anti-spyware program like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, SuperAntispyware, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, etc will not conflict with each other or your anti-virus if using only one of them for real time protection and others 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 all their real-time resident shields (TeaTimer, Ad-Watch, MBAM Protection Module, 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.
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