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best FREE firewall, anti virus & ANY other protection needed


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#1 produceranna

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 03:48 PM

So Im new here but not to computers...I have found a TON of VERY helpful info here and cant wait to learn more!

I just reformatted my hard drive...Can anyone tell me their opinion on the following: (prefer FREE)
- best firewall program
- best anti-virus program
- and or ANY other programs I should download, run, and use to protect my computer.

I have children who love to surf the web, facebook, watch videos on You-Tube, etc. and I would prefer to not have to reformat this thing again!

Thanks!
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#2 hamluis

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 04:24 PM

For a person who does not need the detail of a 3d-party firewall...the XP/Windows firewall does the job. There is no best firewall, but some create fewer problems than others on systems.

There is no best AV program...a number of them work quite well. IMO, the weakness with AV programs...lies in the fact that users don't necessarily keep them updated, which can make them ineffective against any recent version of malware or any form of malware which is more recent than the AV definitions installed.

BC has a forum I believe that you should visit, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/25/antivirus-firewall-and-privacy-products-and-protection-methods/. There may be others but this seems to focus on the type of info you want to know.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 04:56 PM

Thank you for your advice and help!

Ill be checking ou the forum now!
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Posted 01 June 2010 - 05:05 PM

You are welcome :thumbsup:.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 06:39 PM

Another suggestion:
Macrium Reflect Free

Now that you have a fresh format, install all of your programs, and set them up the way you want them.
Now, image your drive.
This will make an exact duplicate of your operating system, and installed programs.
This way, if you ever become so infected that you have to reinstall, you can just run your back-up image, and everything will be the way it was, when you first formatted, and installed your programs.
A lot quicker, too.

I suggest doing this, before you turn the kids loose on the Internet. :thumbsup:
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Posted 25 June 2010 - 10:21 AM

I use ProteMac NetMine, but it is for Mac Os.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 10:39 AM

I use ProteMac NetMine, but it is for Mac Os.



You really don't need that firewall for the macc mac has its own firewall that is very good at catching most harmful malware (the few malware that mac can get) Also it looks as if their site is non existent on my end so i would say that it is most likely not supported any longer. Just my opinion.

Also I use Avast for anti virus protection and malwarebytes on my 2 PC's and use nothing on my 4 Macs. :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:01 PM

Avast once installed updates itself so you dont have to worry, windows own firewall is ok
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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