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Help Me Decide On A Homepage


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#1 cricket

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 08:58 AM

I would like some experienced guidance regarding the selection of a home page. For years we used excite and myway, but I think somehow these may have let some bad stuff in. I use Mcafee virus protection and firewall, but want to cover this area as well.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Posted 01 December 2005 - 09:33 AM

Could you post what OS and browser you are using? The home page is personal preference. Excite should not be a problem as long as your antivirus is updated. I would run the Google toolbar with the popup blocker enabled. That will lower the aggravation factor.
If I read your POST correctly you want advice on security as well? If so you came to the right place.
The general rule:

1) One antivirus. There are several very nice freeware verison that are effctive. I prefer AVG. I don't like McaAfee or Norton because they draw heavy on resoures.

2) One firewall.I use SyGate but it was disconnected 11-30-2005. I still plan to use it for a while, but have stop recommending it. The only other freeware firewall I feel comfortible recommending is Zone Alarm. It's will supported and very effective. XP firewall is a was of time and instills false security. Use it if you have nothing else but be cautious. It will not stop malware from sending your info out onto the internet.

3) Antispyware and online scanners. As many as the resources on your computer will allow you to run. This is where you will get alot of different opinions,espercially here. I'll provide the list below of what I run.

4) Utilities. There are several and you will again get several opinions most of which will be good.

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

Online scans
Trendmicro's Housecall
Panda's ActiveScan
F-secure's Virus Scan
SyGate's Trojan scan

Utility
cCleaner
Everest home (hardware and software information)
Fresh Diagnose (Diagnostic and system resource)
Memtest86 "A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic"
MicroSoft's Memory Test
Digtal Dolly (Hard drive utility)
www.bootdisk.com

Firewalls
Zone Alarm

Best of all... they are free. I hope this helps.
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Posted 01 December 2005 - 09:53 AM

Thanks for the thorough reply!

I am going to go through the steps for submitting a hijackthis log (as soon as I can) for analysis (after running all the spyware detection programs recommended) since I really have been having a lot of new troubles with computer performance, specifically- slow start-up and shut-down, flashes of "end task" messages that look like mysterious programs are running in the background, inability to use musicmatch (including inability to uninstall it), and error messages that programs are terminating, among a few other things. I did download and run spybot and adaware, but it looks like there are others recommended by the good folks here.

Think I'll lurk around and learn before I go the psychopath route and take a hammer to the computer.

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 10:01 AM

Sorry - forgot to include this:
I use Windows XP home edition on a dell dimension 4700 and internet explorer via cable modem service.

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 10:31 AM

In cCleaner there is a feature that will allow you to unistall programs. Spybot has th same feature. If you are having trouble with Windows try one of those.
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Posted 01 December 2005 - 10:33 AM

Are you using a router? Even if you only have one computer you should use a router. Routers are a layer of protection from intruders.
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Posted 01 December 2005 - 10:50 AM

No, I am not using a router. I am not familiar with why/how to use a router.

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 11:04 AM

They start at $40 at Walmart and pretty much plug and play. Plug Cable in modem>modem into router> computer(s) into router. If you aquire another computer or say a friend bring his/her notebook over it would only take a minute (or two ) to hook up. Big thing for you is it makes your computer more secure. In simple terms it's a hardware firewall.
Just one more link in the security chain.
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Posted 01 December 2005 - 12:57 PM

Hmmmm - sounds like something to put on my Christmas list!

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 01:09 PM

http://store.yahoo.com/justdeals/rp614nar.html
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Posted 02 December 2005 - 08:39 AM

THANKS!

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 08:42 AM

Did that help?
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