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None of them will conflict with your other security programs.
The 2 most recommended are Sygate
, and Zone Alarm
Try them both (running only 1, at a time
), and see which you prefer.
It's really more of a personal choice about, which one you're more comfortable working with.
You should keep your Java updated to the newest version.
Java is not a bad thing, but it can be used for bad things.
If it's not kept updated, it could become vulnerable to malicious code, which could compromise your machine.
The same holds true for ActiveX controls, there's both good, and bad.
An example of a good ActiveX control, is the one that some online virus scanners have to download in order to scan your computer.