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Ad-aware, Spybot, Avg, Zonelalarm

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#1 ComputerWhizz7


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Posted 17 December 2005 - 02:39 PM

Is Ad-Aware, Spybot, AVG, and Zonealarm a strong enough combination to keep my computer protected?
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Posted 17 December 2005 - 03:57 PM

Seems like you've got the basics covered.

However, just so you have an idea, here is what I use:

Zone Alarm
Process guard (very good)
Win Patrol (should get this)
Spy Bot (teatimer on)
Spyware Blaster (you might consider this one as well)
Spyware guard
MS Anti-spyware
PrevX (works well with process guard)
Window washer (CCleaner works just as well)
Ewido (good for trojans)
Hijack This

Plus online scans: trend micro

I would suggest adding spyware blaster, and either win patrol or prevx and running CCleaner every now and then helps too.

Hard to believe we need so many programs just to stay safe.


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Posted 17 December 2005 - 04:15 PM

That is a good start indeed, and a good question. I would add a few more such as Microsoft Antivirus, and cCleaner, but the hardware resources need to be there.
What are you hardware specs? What OS are you using? How is you home network setup, if you have one. You should be careful not to slow your system down with to many programs running in the background. It would be ashame to have your computer protected to the max, only not be able to start and run or run very slowly, basis programs and services.
I have a list of programs I have found useful and safe...

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

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

Online scans
Trendmicro's Housecall (Internet Explorer Only)
Trendmicro"s Housecall (FoxFire Only)
Panda's ActiveScan
F-secure's Virus Scan
SyGate's Trojan scan
eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner (Internet Explorer Only)

Removal Tools
Kaspersky Removal Tools
AVG Manual Virus Removal tool
MacAfee Stinger Virus Removal Tool
Symantec's Viurs Removal Tools

Everest Home (hardware and software information) Site 1 (No longer available at this site)
Everest Home (hardware and software information) Site 2
Belarc Diagnostic Tool
Fresh Diagnose (Diagnostic and system resource)
Memtest86 "A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic"
MicroSoft's Memory Test
Digtal Dolly (Hard drive utility)
BIOS beep & POST codes
Firewall Security Test

Firewalls (Use only one)
Zone Alarm
SyGate Personal Edition
OutPost Firewall Free
Jetico Personal Free
Kerio Personal Firewall

Best of all... they are free.
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Posted 18 December 2005 - 06:38 PM

Thank you very much for you input.

My Computer Specs are:

AMD Athlon™ XP 2600+
512MB Ram
80GB Hard-disk
Windows XP Pro SP1

I'm just not sure if my computer is protected enough because of all the viruses and hackers out there!
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Posted 18 December 2005 - 09:50 PM

Said to say you are never protected enough. It all boils down to how much resoucres you are willing to tie up. You computer has enough resources to run the programs. If you can afford to move up to 768mb or even 1gb of RAM it would not be a bad idea. Especially if you game even alittle.
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Posted 22 December 2005 - 08:04 PM

What browser will you be using? There's a lot of additional stuff available to secure IE - but Firefox is (IMO) inherently more secure.

How reliable will you be in performing updates? I prefer autoupdating security software because I get lazy. I don't think that the free version of Ad-Aware will autoupdate - whereas the free Microsoft Antispyware will.
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