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Antivirus And Firewall Protection


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#1 travisgal369

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Posted 25 November 2005 - 10:35 PM

Would like to know how to determine which type of protection is really best for my system. My system is windows XP compact presario SR1520NX. Not really sure what to use as to avert or mcaffe or somrthing else. Don't like norton it took over my computer and I unstalled it.

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Posted 25 November 2005 - 11:43 PM

travisgal369,

First of all let me say, welcome to Bleeping Computer. As far as what products to use for virus & malware protection? I take the approach that it's more a matter of personal choice. I'm going to add a link that has a very comprehensive list of software. Link Here. The best part is that, those are all freeware products. Read up, research, try them for a while. See what works best for you. Peruse the various threads here. However, one firewall and one antivirus at a time. You can have more than one of each, installed, however make sure that only one of each is running. Then have several malware products as well. For example, Spybot S&D, Spyware Blaster, Adaware, etc. Also on many of the products, listed in that link, there are tutorials to give you more information. I'm sure others will add their thoughts on this topic as well.

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 01:42 AM

There are several choices for the three main categories, antivirus, antispyware, and firewall. I list a few plus some common utilities..

Antivirus (Run only one.)
AVG Free Edition Antivirus (I personally use)
Avast Home Edition Antivirus Freeware
AntiVir Personal Edition Classic Freeware
BitDefender 8 Free Edition AntiVirus Freeware

Antispyware
Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta (2000,and XP only)
Spybot
AdAware SE Personal Edition
Ewido Security Suite - 14 day trial(2000, and XP only)
A Squared Free

Utility
cCleaner
Everest home (hardware information and diagnostics)
Memtest86 "A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic"

Firewalls (Run only one.)
Sygate 5.4 (I personally use)
Zone Alarm

Best of all... they are free.
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 02:36 AM

Here is a good article:
http://wiki.castlecops.com/Roll_your_own_Free_Security_Suite




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