Posted 11 February 2006 - 06:54 PM
You need several types of protection to secure your system:
1. Anti-virus; 2. Firewall; 3. Anti-Spyware; 4. Windows Updates.
Have a look in the Tutorials section for ways to keep your system secure on the internet :http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/Sim...rnet-tut82.html
In general terms though:
- Browser: You need IE for windows updates, but use Firefox for everything else.
- Anti-Virus: You can have AVG for free or you can purchase Norton Anti-Virus and then pay ~$50 per year for updates and it will be almost as good. You should only run one AV program.
- Anti-Spyware: Minimum requirement is AdawareSE, SpyBot S&D, and SpywareBlaster. I'd recommend Ewido as well. They compliment one another it doesn't matter how many you have.
- Firewall: Turn off the windows firewall and install Sygate or ZoneAlarm. Only run one firewall.
- Windows updates: Run these regularly (or automatically).
See the BC
compendium of Recommended Freeware
for links to these programs and many others.
Soltek QBIC, Pentium 4 3.0GHz, 512MB RAM, 200GB SATA HDD, ATI Radeon 9600XT 256MB, Netgear 54Mb/s WAP, ridiculously expensive Satellite Broadband
Windows XP Home SP2, Trend Micro Internet Security, Firefox, Thunderbird, AdAwareSE, Spybot S&D, SpywareBlaster, A-squared Free, Ewido Security Suite.