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Firewalls And Anti-virus


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#1 felinepeachy

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 12:08 PM

I currently have Windows XP with SP2. I got rid of the %%$)^*Nortons due to many many complications and all seems well now. However, I downloaded Outpost Firewall Trial verison and AVG Free edition. They seem to work great. I purchased Spysweeper and have that installed as well. My question is, do I have enough protection or can anyone see that I need additional security? If there are any suggestions based on the features I currently have installed I would really appreciate it. I am always worried about not having enough protection. I do alot of on line banking and bill paying so I want to be sure.


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#2 Jesse Bassett

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 12:13 PM

I would recommend downloading the following free software:


-TweakNow Registry Cleaner
-Ad-Aware SE Personal (Lavasoft)
-Spybot Search & Destroy
-BitDefender 8 Free Edition
-Sygate Personal Firewall
-Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta 1

Do a Google search for these and you'll find them. I have a relative who recommends Ad-Aware & Spybot to be on ALL computers. He takes them apart and puts them back for a living. The other programs are good protection. You need some kind of ad-aware program on your laptop. Just having SpySweeper and AVG is Not enough.
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Posted 11 January 2006 - 12:27 PM

With all the malware floating around on the NET, you should have at least two anti-spyware applications, in addition to your firewall and anti-virus. Two very common such applications (both of which have free versions) are Ad-AwareSE and Spybot Search and Destroy. These two need to have their definitions updated, just like your AV, and will find almost all of the more common spyware and adware around.

Do NOT run two firewalls concurrently on your computer, as this will cause conflicts.

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Edited by jgweed, 11 January 2006 - 12:33 PM.

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 02:28 PM

It also would not hurt to include these free programs to help prevent spyware, homepage hijacking and increase your browser security.:
SpywareGuard [protects your homepage from being hijacked]: How to Use Tutorial
SpywareBlaster [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
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