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so I need another firewall and anti-virus/anti spyware progs?


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#1 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 03:37 PM

Hi,
I'm not too PC-literate, but the way I see it,my Win XP Home has its own firewall, and my free AVG 9 is anti-virus/anti-spyware, so I'm fully covered aren't I, or do I really need to install extra programs?

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 05:53 PM

No malware program is 100% effective.
That's why it's a good idea to go with a layered protection strategy.

In addition to your AVG anti-virus, it's a good idea to occasionally run 1, or 2, online scans.
Don't install a second Anti-virus, as this could potentially cause problems, which may render both programs ineffective.
Check out Post #1, of our Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps topic, for a list of some of the available online scanners.

As far as malware is concerned, installing Malwarebytes' (mbam), and/or SUPERAntiSpyware, and running them as on-demand scanners, should pretty well cover your bases.

As stated above, no program is 100% effective, and shouldn't be a substitution for safe surfing habits. :thumbsup:
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Posted 21 March 2010 - 06:05 PM

What are 'safe surfing habits'?

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 06:19 PM

Staying away form the likes of porn sites, cracking sites, etc.

What web browser do you use?
If Firefox, a couple of good security add-ons, to install are WOT, and NoScript.

Another good one, just for blocking those annoying advertisements :thumbsup:, is Adblock Plus.
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Posted 21 March 2010 - 09:11 PM

You are probably just fine with what you have and using what TG suggested, but if you want to have outbound protection then you would need to get a third party firewall.

I prefer to have outbound protection just in case something slips by my protection and also to stop various programs, including Windows programs, from "calling home" or updating at will. I use one with an operating system firewall so I am alerted if something is about to be installed on my system or a program tries to insert itself into my system startup.

Even though I practice safe surfing habits, use a good antivirus program and scan occassionally with on-demand malware scanners, I would not be without a firewall with outbound protection.




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