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What To Keep, What To Get Rid Of

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#1 lula


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Posted 08 January 2006 - 08:32 AM

As someone was so helpful about my last enquiry, and reading some of the great help here, could someone just hep me sort out my confusion about Protection Methods.
I am currently running Norton Internet Security, which has integrated firewall and antispam.
I also have Spyware Doctor running
I have Ad Aware that I use for back up scanning
I have just downloaded Avast which I really like, but it conflicts with Norton so one of them has to go

My problem is this. I would like to get rid of the Norton totally, and use Avast instead.This means I will lose the Norton Firewall as well, so is my Windows firewall adequate or should I download another and disable the Windows?

Are Avast and Ad Aware enough protection in conjunction with Spyware Doctor?

If I uninstall Norton, whats the actual process- should I exit it, reboot so Avast is working fully, then uninstall the Norton completely? Do I need to be connected to the Internet to do this and will I be protected during the uninstall?

Sorry to be such a lamer, but I really am computer illiterate although trying very hard not to be. I have the added problem that my computer speaks mainly Italian as I am based in Italy.

I really appreciate any help offered, as I seem to be spending all my time now in a state of anxiety about antiviruses and etc, and very little time actually enjoying my computer..thanks guys once again

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#2 acklan


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Posted 08 January 2006 - 11:03 AM

You are not lame. You asked very good questions. The lame person just would have sat out there and do nothing.
There are several very good freeware firewall products on the internet...

Firewalls(Run only one.)
Zone Alarm Free for Personal Use
SyGate Personal Free Edition (I personally use)
OutPost Firewall Free
Jetico Personal Free
Kerio Free Personal Firewall

I prefer SyGate. Ironicly SyGate is a Symantic product. I do not like thier Norton line.
You will need the NIS removal tool...

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 04:27 PM

Free browser security programs:
SpywareGuard [protects your homepage from being hijacked]: How to Use Tutorial
SpywareBlaster [non-resident utility that blocks known malware sites by adding them to IE's restricted sites zone]: How to Use Tutorial
IE-SPYAD [blocks even more malware sites by adding hem to IE's restricted sites zone]: Install-Uninstall Tutorial

Free malware scanning/removal programs:
Ad-Aware SE
Spybot S&D
MS AntiSpyware beta
Ewido Anti-Malware v3.5
Ewido Install and Scan Instructions
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#4 lula

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 06:46 PM

Thanks both for all the great ideas. Im going to be brave and uninstall the Norton Security and yes I will use that tool. I will replace it with the Avast and
I will keep the Ad Aware for scans a few times a week. I'm going to read up properly on how to use Spybot S and D as Ive read so many good reports about it, so I will prob get that too. I'll keep the PC Tools spyware doctor for the time being although it tends to be a bit overzealous sometimes, and I'll grab me a new Firewall from the list there. Oh and I'm going to check out the browser security programmes as well...

I hope I haven't forgotten anything, and thanks again for the help!

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