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#1 Osiris

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 04:31 PM

I was wondering if someone could make a possible list of all the free programs that i could download onto my computer to keep it safe and how much a firewall would be in canadian money.
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Posted 13 February 2006 - 05:06 PM

BC does have a list of freeware programs here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

This list includes free anti-virus applications, free anti-spyware applications, and one or two free software firewalls (so you can save those Canadian dollars). Because of the ever-changing status applications, be sure to read the replys which update or expand the original post.

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 05:12 PM

:thumbsup: thank for the link jweed and are the firewalls anygood or is that a stupid question ?
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Posted 13 February 2006 - 05:46 PM

Many of our members have used those firewalls for years. Industry reviews rate them highly and they are more secure than the one included with Windows XP. You can use them with confidence, imo.
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Posted 13 February 2006 - 06:55 PM

This is a list I recommend. I have mark the mian programs I use. Download and install the online scan plugins. Once infected, properly installing any program can be problematic. Good luck and enjoy...

Antivirus (Run only one.)
AVG Free Edition Antivirus (I personally use)
Avast Home Edition Antivirus Freeware
AntiVir Personal Edition Classic Freeware
BitDefender 8 Free Edition

Antispyware
Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta (2000,and XP only)
Spybot Tutorial
AdAware SE Personal Edition Tutorial
SpyBlaster Tutorial
SpywareGuard Tutorial

Trojan Removal Tool
Ewido Anti-Malware After a 14 day trial it will not scan automaticily(2000, and XP only)(Features)
A Squared Free

Online scans
Trendmicro's Housecall Internet Explorer Only
Trendmicro"s Housecall FoxFire Only
Panda's ActiveScan Internet Explorer Only
F-secure's Virus Scan Internet Explorer Only
SyGate's Trojan scan
eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner Internet Explorer Only

Removal Tools
Kaspersky Removal Tools
AVG Manual Virus Removal tool
MacAfee Stinger Virus Removal Tool
Symantec's Viurs Removal Tools
BitDefender Removal Tools Free

Utility
cCleaner
Everest Home (hardware and software information)
Belarc Diagnostic Tool
Memtest86 "A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic"
MicroSoft's Memory Test
Digtal Dolly (Hard drive utility)
Active@KillDisk-Drive Wipe Utility
BartPEWindows 2000 & XP Only.
Ultimate Boot Disk Utility
www.bootdisk.com
BIOS beep & POST codes
Firewall Security Test
Snap Backup (Backup Utility)
SpeeDefrag 2.1 (Restarts, runs, and shuts down Windows)


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
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Posted 14 February 2006 - 08:48 AM

I have used both ZoneAlarm and Sygate (I greatly prefer the latter); either will add a strong layer of protection for your computer.
The applications listed in the post have been used and recommended by many members, so you can be assured that they do not contain spyware, and work well.
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#7 Osiris

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 02:29 PM

So these are top of the line and should i only download one in each catagory ?
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Posted 14 February 2006 - 02:54 PM

Only one of the antivirus and one firewall. You can install as much as your computer can handle from the rest. Minimun of 512mb of RAM and a P-III 500mhz processor and good system maitaince should handle all of them (but only one firewall and one antivirus).
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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:04 PM

so one firewall and one anti spyware anhything else to keep out problems? i think i have thoes requirments to.
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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:06 PM

As many Antispyare program as your system can handle. Only one AntiVirus.
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Posted 15 February 2006 - 03:12 PM

Ok thanks for clearing that up.
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 02:11 PM

Trendmicro"s Housecall FoxFire Only


Acklan it's FireFox not FoxFire... Geeze...

Another thing is you have a router you have a firewall. T

hat is what is called a hardware firewall. Those links we gave you are Software Firewalls.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 02:35 PM

Ok but they work just aswell right ?
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 02:53 PM

No they are very different. In most cases hardware firewalls only block inbound connections. With software firewalls you also gain the benefit of application protection. What this means is you can limit what applications can reach the internet etc.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 03:07 PM

Trendmicro"s Housecall FoxFire Only


Acklan it's FireFox not FoxFire... Geeze...

Another thing is you have a router you have a firewall. T

hat is what is called a hardware firewall. Those links we gave you are Software Firewalls.


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As far as software and hardware firewalls. It does not hurt to have both. You just cannot have two software firewalls. If you have to choose Grinler is right software firewalls give more security. One router with hardware firewall will cover all your computers, you do not need one for each computer.
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