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#1 deni137


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Posted 01 February 2006 - 06:55 PM

:thumbsup: Hello, Can anyone give me some of your reviews about antivirus and spyware software? First I read that Trend Mirco PC-cillin 2006 was the best, and then with more searching I've read that The Shield Pro 2006 was even better. I'm lost, there are to many to choose from. Right now I have Panda installed, but that is just a trial. I want to purchase something that will work. Thanks for any help- Denise

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#2 franktiii


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Posted 01 February 2006 - 07:23 PM

Many people will offer their favorites, but every av program has strengths and weaknesses.

The most important things are to have av software installed, keep it up to date and have regular scans.

Also having a couple of antispyware programs installed and a good firewall program that monitors outgoing traffic are also important. Some versions of Panda offer spyware protection and a firewall.

Adaware, Microsoft Antispyware, Spybot and SpywareBlaster are all good and free anti-spyware programs. ZoneAlarm has a good free firewall.

If you like Panda and you have it installed already, then I would say stay with it. In a year you will have to renew your subscription and you can try something else if you want.

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Posted 01 February 2006 - 09:15 PM

Many members, including myself, have the following installed (all of these are free and work well):

AVG Anti-virus
Spybot Search and Destroy
Ad-Aware SE
Sygate Personal Firewall

Links to these, and others, can be found here:

I have a predilection for avoiding bundled software, since often the various components foten are not of equal value, and you are then tied to one vendor's bloated software. The good thing about using free applications is that you can "test drive" each of them yourself (note: you cannot have two firewalls or two anti-viruses running at the same time).

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Posted 02 February 2006 - 06:43 PM

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